By 9am on Saturday, August 25th Elmhurst High School parking lot was once again full of cars. This time in place of students filling the lot, it was the general public who was invited to walk through the school to view and bid on various items from Elmhurst's past. The auction was organized by the Steffen Group of Fort Wayne, and it is estimated that 1,700 people were in attendance over the 9 hours it took to auction off all of the items. Of all of the YEEEEP!s heard that day to be the next highest bidder, the total amount raised will go into a general fund for Fort Wayne Community Schools.
There were literally thousands of items to bid on and something for everyone. Both gyms, cafeteria, back of the theater, as well as a few other rooms were stocked with everything from scoreboards, to trumpets, to kitchen supplies, to shop equipment, to desks and everything in between.
As the bidding began, the crowd seemed to be bidding quick and fast with high dollar marks for items to take home. But as the day drew-on the swarm of bidders seemed to thin and bargain hunters began to find the deals they were looking for. Even so, the few amount of items that had an Elmhurst H.S. logo or a Trojan mascot icon did sell quite a bit higher than the item was worth, it was clear that many of the participants were looking to take home a "little piece" of Elmhurst.
When asked of Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson, Krista Stockman, "Why weren't there more photos, trophies or real memorabilia at the auction?" Krista replied that they are saving many of those items for the people who are in them or who have earned them. So if you believe that a photo of you or trophy/plaque with your name on it was housed by Elmhurst High School, please contact the High School Administration Office at (260) 467-2650 to claim it.
Officially, at this time Elmhurst High School is not projected to be sold in the near future and is maintained by Fort Wayne Community Schools. And contrary to popular assumptions, Hanson Aggregates, the owners of the quarry operation near the former high school, has not approached FWCS in interest of the property.