Elementary Schools in Allen County, Indiana

This is Not a comprehensive research list of Allen County schools. Most information is collected from photos posted and discussions appearing on social media. Eventually web sites, addresses and phone numbers will be added as time permits. Because there are so many schools a separate page exists for Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

Photos and Yearbooks

Allen County, Indiana Yearbooks Index is online and most year books are on the shelves at The Genealogy Center. July 15, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook

Many yearbooks are scanned and posted on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebooklisted below:

Merle J Abbett Elementary School

Named for Merle J. Abbett, who was FWCS superintendent from 1932-1952. The school, dedicated November 5, 1950, was the first built in the city after World War II. See photo posted July 5, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

1967 yearbook 21 photos

Aboite Township School

1964-1965, Room 5 - Grade 3, photo posted September 2, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook

Adams Elementary

Photos posted May 13, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Anthony Wayne School

FWCS photo

Dedicated December 16, 1923 at the corner of Huntington and Miller Roads, Miller Road is now called Covington Road. Discussed October 7, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

  1. 1927 photo of second grade students posted September 29, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook
  2. 1928 photo of third grade students posted September 29, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  3. 1933-34 photo of sixth grade students posted September 29, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook

Arlington Elementary

Opened in the fall 1975. See 1992 photo posted August 9, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

Bloomingdale Elementary

Built in 1908 at the corner of Marion and Second streets. See photocopy of a photo posted September 6, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

Brentwood Elementary

A photo of Buschor HEAR preschool houses a special program for hearing impaired students located next to Brentwood Elementary was posted September 27, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

Bunche Elementary

Dedicated in 1972. Before the Board of School Trustees decided to name the school after Ralph Bunche, the school had been temporarily called Greenfield Elementary. See the 1972 program posted in a September 20, 2018 Tweet by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Cathedral School

Catholic school originally for boys, then girls, Brother Aidan's Extracts at the University of Notre Dame archives indicates it started as a boys school in the early 1840s. Photo and discussion May 29, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Concordia Lutheran Grade School

Concordia Lutheran Grade School 9 class photos of 1961 students

Emmaus Lutheran School

Website www.emmauslutheranfw.org

Fairfield Elementary

Formerly Fairfield Junior High, photo posted October 25, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

Forest Park Elementary School

Constructed in 1925/1927, the architect was Guy Mahurin, Snider & Rotz was the engineer, and Max Irmscher & Sons was the builder. Photo of Forest Park Elementary in the summer of 1977. #ThrowbackThursday posted November 1, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools. From May 18, 2018 Twitter post with a photo by ARCH. 1959-60 Mrs. Hitchcock grade 6 class photo posted April 19, 2017 1961-1963 posted May 15, 2017 and other photos and discussion April 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Frances Slocum Elementary School

1957 Frances Slocum school
FWCS photo

Named for Frances Slocum the Quaker girl taken by Indians from Pennsylvania to Indiana in 1778. The school was at 2529 Curdes Avenue opened in 1926 and closed in 1981 from a paperweight souvenir posted in a January 30, 2019 discussion, a May 9, 2017 discussion and a photo of Mrs. Tingly's 2nd-grade class in 1955-1956 at Francis Slocum posted April 4, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Photo from a snowy day in 1957 posted January 25, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter. There is a Frances Slocum Elementary School Alumni, Fort Wayne Indiana group and Frances Slocum Neighborhood on Facebook. Newspaper article Apartments eyed for former Slocum school Developers seeking approval for affordable housing plan by Rosa Salter Rodriguez was published May 24, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Franklin Elementary School

Built in 1921, closed in 2012, building was torn down in 2016, and in 2017 Fort Wayne’s new Franklin School Park dedicated by Kevin Kilbane published December 13, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

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Haley Elementary School

Was built in 1969 and named for J. Wilbur Haley, a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent of instruction with FWCS for 36 years. Haley students feed into Blackhawk or Lane middle schools and Snider High School. In 1929 Haley started as a teacher at Bloomingdale Elementary School, according to an online FWCS biography. Haley taught at Franklin Elementary School and Central High School and was principal at Miner Elementary School, Washington Junior High School and Central High. In 1954, he was appointed director of elementary and special education and in 1963 as assistant superintendent of instruction. He died in 1992. From the About Haley Elementary School web page and Haley Elementary marks 50th anniversary by Jamie Duffy published October 24, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. A photo of the school was posted December 13, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook.

Hamilton School

Built in 1898 on the corner of Pontiac and Clinton streets, it closed in 1964. See a photo posted December 20, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

Hanna School Facebook photo
FWCS photo

Hanna School

Built in 1905 at the corner of Lafayette and Williams Streets. It closed in 1977. See Throwback Thursday posted December 27, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter and Facebook. 3rd grade photo posted October 21, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Harlan Elementary School

February 27, 1968 photo of school building under construction posted February 27, 2018 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.

Harmar School Facebook photo
FWCS photo

Harmar Elementary

The land for the school was purchased in 1868, the School Trustees paid $1,700 for three lots. Copied from a photo of the school in 1946 posted Janaury 3, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

Harris Elementary School

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

Harris Elementary School, which opened in 1968 on Thorngate Drive. The school song at the time of dedication in 1969 was This Land is Your Land. Copied from a photo posted January 10, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

Harrison Hill Elementary

1967 Harrison Hill photo
FWCS photo

Built in 1924 and had more than 1,200 students at one point. The architect, Charles Weatherhogg, left a large legacy of creativity and great buildings in Fort Wayne. From an April 23, 2020 Facebook post with a c. 1925 photo by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). 1967 photo was posted January 24, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter. A 1973-74 Mr. Deputy class photo was posted February 19, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Highland Terrace

Highland Terrace 1976 29 photos

Hillcrest Elementary School

2013 photo of Hillcrest Elementary School building
FWCS photo

Built on Tillman Road in 1929 as part of Wayne Township School Corporation and became part of FWCS in 1957. It closed in 1978 because of low enrollment and was sold in 1981. Copied from a 2013 photo posted February 1, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter. A 1940 class photo with an image of the names on the back of the photo was posted November 28, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. A newspaper article called Competing dreams could bring end to old school, man's 30-year-old babes-in-toyland vision Vacant Hillcrest School stands in the way of veterans' apartments -- and progress? by Kevin Leininger was published August 24, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Hoagland Elementary School

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

Built in 1898 at Hoagland Ave. and Butler Streets. It closed in 1982 because of the age and condition of the building. Copied from February 7, 2019 FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools post on Facebook and Twitter.

  1. Hoagland School, Allen County, Indiana  collection at The Genealogy Center.
  2. A photo of a class of 1954-1955 and photos of the school were posted in the Comments of an October 4, 2018 post on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  3. Hoagland School, 1957, Allen County, Indiana  corner of Hoagland and Butler, collection is at The Genealogy Center.
  4. Hoagland School, 1958, Allen County, Indiana    collection at The Genealogy Center.
  5. Throw Back Thursday photo posted June 8, 2017on Twitter by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools and August 9, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  6. Discussion and request for photos posted May 1, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Holland Elementary

Holland Elementary School
FWCS photo

The photo of Holland Elementary on a winter day many years ago. The school is named for Mabel K. Holland who was in the first class to graduate from Fort Wayne High School and served as an educator for FWCS for decades, retiring as Director of Elementary Education in 1954. #TBT was posted February 14, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter. 1974-75 Miss Beerbower class photo posted May 21, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Indian Village Elementary

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

Photo of Indian Village Elementary, which opened during the FWCS building boom in 1954 was posted February 21, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

John S. Irwin Elementary School

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

A photo with the caption Irwin Elementary in November 1961. The school was built in 1927. #TBT was posted February 28, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

Lakeside School

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

The original Lakeside School was located at Rivermet Avenue and Oneida Street. The school was built in 1896 and closed in 1959. Photo and caption was posted March 21, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

Lincoln Elementary School

Fort Wayne Community Schools photo
FWCS photo

Lincoln Elementary School from a distance. When the school opened in 1975, Lester Grile was Superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools and Dr. Helen Lee was the School Board President.  Copied from an April 18, 2019 post by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

Lincoln School

A 1954-1955 2nd grade class photo was posted January 26, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Lindley Elementary School

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

At the 1968 School Board meeting when it was decided to name the new elementary school after Aaron T. Lindley, former superintendent, the Board also chose the names for Wayne and Northrop High Schools. Copied from an April 25, 2019 post by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter.

Maplewood Elementary

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

Built in 1956. Photo posted May 9, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter. 1959-60 Mr. Crothers 8th grade photo and February 7, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

McCulloch Elementary School

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

Built in 1922 at Maumee and Wabash avenues. It closed in 1982. A photo was posted September 7, 2017 and again May 16, 2019 on FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter and Facebook.

Miner School

FWCS photo
FWCS Twitter photo

1886-1962 was located at West DeWald and Miner streets with 12 classrooms and 416 students. Photo posted February 2, 2017 on Twitter and a different photo March 5, 2015 and June 6, 2019 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook. In 1931 when there were 415 students in 12 classrooms photo posted September 28, 2017 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

Nebraska Elementary

FWCS photo
FWCS photo

Nebraska Elementary School opened in 1964 with Mildred A. Hutchinson as principal from the June 13, 2019 post by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook and Twitter. 1966-1967 Mrs. Flowers Grade 1-2 class photo posted November 10, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

New Haven Elementary

December 5, 1963 newspaper article with photo was posted March 29, 2018 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook

Pleasant Center Elementary

1952-2010 at 2323 Pleasant Center Road, a photo posted November 23, 2017 by FWCS on Twitter. Community invited to say good-bye to Pleasant Center - May 26, 2010 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools. Discussed April 4, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

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Riverside Elementary School

A 1946 image of the original Riverside School, located at Vance and Kentucky avenues with just four rooms photo was posted December 14, 2017on Twitter and a 1913 photo of students posted April 27, 2017 on FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter. Discussed June 5, 2019 by You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Rudisill Elementary School

Was on Lafayette/Spy Run, somewhat South of the old bend that used to curl around the Old Crown brewery buildings, and North of Lawton Park. Photo states it was built at Spy Run and Ruth St., in 1931. It later became the Special Ed Center and sold in 1982 as posted May 11, 2017 and December 28, 2017 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter. Building was torn down in the 1990s.

  1. There is a Facebook group
  2. Stonework is now part of the Police and Firefighters Memorial on Wells Street from comment discussed June 16, 2016 and 1955-56 and 1957 Mrs. Owen class photo posted July 12, 2017 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.
  3. Around Lawton Place & Ruth Drive from November 23, 2013 discussion with postcard photo on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.
  4. Photos, including flood of 1978, posted and discussed October 1, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook

Shambaugh Elementary

1965-66 Mrs. Priscilla Becker class photo . Photo of the view of Shambaugh from Rebecca Drive. Willard Shambaugh was an attorney for Lincoln and Wayne Pump. Posted January 11, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

St. Andrews

Photo posted May 18, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

St. Paul Lutheran School

1953 year book posted October 5, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

St. Joseph Central Elementary School

  1. A photo of the 1938-39 basketball team was posted March 8, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.
  2. Mrs. Matlock - Grade 3 1961-1962 class photo posted June 17, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  3. St Joseph Central Elementary School 1981 yearbook 30 photos updated with 37 photos

James Smart School

Was built in 1909 at the corner of Smith and Pontiac streets, and named in honor of James H. Smart former superintendent of city schools. It opened on April 3, 1911, with an annex built in 1924, and closed in 1971. Photo of a class in 1969 was posted February 1, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter. Photo and discussion March 28, 2017 and several other dates on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Some information was copied from School newsletters are a great genealogy source! on a May 6, 2019 blog by The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. At least 8 copies of the Smart Messenger newspaper are found on the Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library.

Smith School in Yoder

1907 photo of school children in front of brick one room school house posted June 4, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebookwith many comments and several more one-room school photos.

South Calhoun Elementary School

Open from 1956 to 1982. See photo posted February 15, 2018 in a Tweet by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools.

  1. South Calhoun Elementary School Fort wayne Ind Facebook group
  2. A few class photos most with names on the back of orignal photos at the The Genealogy Center.
  3. Photo of a letter jacket was posted December 26, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

South Wayne Elementary School

  1. 1967-1968 5th grade class photo posted June 12, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  2. 1971 Mrs. Myers class photoon You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook..

Study Elementary

Photo of the school posted March 21, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter. A student teacher recalls their experience A Lifetime of Elementary Schools -- Part 2 published May 25, 2011 on Bloomation.com.

Sunnymede Elementary

Was in New Haven and has a Sunnymede Elementary Alumni Facebook page. A December 13, 2018 discussion about a Wayne Haven School before Sunnymede was on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Village Elementary

1976-1977 Mrs. Hinkle morning kindergarten class photo on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Washington Elementary

Built in 1866, rebuilt in 1910. Early 1900s photo before 1910 rennovations was posted April 26, 2018 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter. Washington Elementary School 1967-68 Mrs. Nash Kindergarten P.M. class photo was posted June 12, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Washington Center Elementary

1936 West Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818 

  1. Washington Center Elementary School 1977 yearbook 39 photos
  2. Washington Township School 1958 Fort Wayne, Indiana blog 
1977 Waynedale School

Waynedale Elementary

Photo Waynedale Elementary in May 1977, five years after the school opened. posted May 31, 2018 on Twitter by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools. Photo and discussion June 16, 2017 and January 18, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Wayne Haven School

Comments say it was on Sheridan Road east of Sunnymede addition in the 1940s from a December 13, 2018 discussion about a Wayne Haven School included a comment with a photo was on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Weisser Park Elementary

Photo of playground posted June 21, 2018 on Twitter by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Young Elementary

Photo of Whitney Young in 1977, two years before it became the District's first fine arts magnet school. At that time, it was known as Young Elementary School June 14, 2018 Tweet by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter. Same photo with different caption of Whitney Young in 1977 when it was still an elementary school. In 1979, it became an arts magnet school, and in 2001, it was converted to an early childhood center. was posted June 28, 2017 by FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Twitter.

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