Concordia Lutheran High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
|Concordia Lutheran High School,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
|Fort Wayne, Indiana, (Allen County), United States|
|Type||Private high school|
|Motto||Concordia Lutheran High School pursues Christ-centered educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ|
|Asst. Principal||Diane Lewis|
|Executive Director||Terry Breininger|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
|Athletics conference||Summit Athletic Conference|
|Affiliation||Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod|
|Athletic Director||Dean Doerffler|
|Website||Concordia Lutheran High School|
Concordia originally opened in 1935, and moved from its original location at the corner of South Anthony Blvd. and Maumee Avenue to the north side of Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1963 at the corner of North Anthony and St. Joe River Drive. The campus has expanded over the years to its current large campus which includes the main school building and athletic facilities.
Concordia graduated 99 percent of its class in 2012. On average, 95 percent of Concordia graduates pursue college or other continuing education. CLHS consistently exceeds state averages in attendance, percentage of honors diplomas, ISTEP pass rate, and SAT composite score. Concordia earned an Exemplary (A) rating from the State of Indiana in 2012.
Sixty percent of Concordia faculty have earned advanced degrees. Student-faculty ratio is 17-1 and the average class size is 23. From 1993 to 2012, 50 Concordia students were National Merit Semifinalists. Concordia does not rank its students. The school uses a 4.0 grading scale, with A+ available only in Honors and AP courses. Courses offered include art, business and technology, English, humanities, theater, student publications, family and consumer sciences, German, Latin, Spanish, JROTC, mathematics, concert band, orchestra, choir, physical education, health, religion, sciences, history, psychology, sociology, economics, video production, and vocational courses. Nearly 60 percent of Concordia students have pass Advanced Placement tests and could earn college credit, thereby saving on college tuition.
Concordia has a thriving drama department led in large by Mr. Christopher Murphy, Mrs. Dawn Miller, Mr. Christopher Gieschen, and Mrs. Angie Owen. Four plays a year, with a trend the past few years of an extra night of one act plays, are performed in the CLHS auditorium. Mr. Murphy directs two plays, a fall drama and a musical. Mr. Gieschen, also a biology teacher at the high school, writes and directs a play each year after the style of old comedy spoofs. A guest director is invited each year to direct the "Toybox" production, a play aimed toward a younger audience.
Concordia Lutheran High School marching band, the Marching Cadets, have made State Finals every year since 2007 under director Dianne Moellering. Their 2012 show, "The Promise," which revolved around the Bible verse John 3:16, earned a second place finish at State Finals. Their 2013 show, "One Mission," which focused on their mission as Christians to spread God's Message earned them the school's first Class C State Championship at the ISSMA State Finals.
Concordia is a member of the Summit Athletic Conference (SAC). It offers participation in cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, basketball, swimming/diving, volleyball, gymnastics, softball, cheerleading and track and field for girls; and cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, basketball, swimming/diving, wrestling, football, baseball and track and field for boys.
Most of its athletic teams play in the Fred Zollner Athletic Complex across North Anthony Blvd. from its main campus. The facilities are named for Fred Zollner who is credited with starting the world champion Zollner Pistons fastpitch softball team (which played its games at Zollner Stadium) and the Zollner Pistons basketball team (which is now the Detroit Pistons). The complex includes displays of both the softball and basketball Pistons history and memorabilia.
In 2010, the girls basketball team, coached by Dave Miller, won their first Indiana state championship in Class 3A, beating No. 1 Rushville, 59-48. This championship was especially memorable as it was won in Fort Wayne's Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, mere yards away from the CLHS campus. Angie Doerffler won the Mental Attitude Award.
The Lady Cadets brought home their second state title in three years when they beat No. 2 Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 42-39, to win the 2012 championship at ISU's Hulman Center in Terre Haute. Lauren Marinko won the Mental Attitude Award.
In 2013, the boys basketball team won their first Indiana semi-state title in school history by defeating No. 3 Andrean 68-63 in overtime.
- Kevin M Pape, Staff Sergeant, US Army, class of 1998, killed in Afghanistan 16 November 2010 by small-arms fire, decorated with the Bronze Star
- Eugene E. Parker, leading NFL agent
- Brian Reith, 6th round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds
- Martin Carbaugh, Indiana State representative of the 81st district.
- Andre Patterson, basketball player for the Reno Bighorns