Concordia Lutheran High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

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Concordia Lutheran High School
Fort Wayne, Indiana, (Allen County) 46805
United States
Coordinates 41°6′35.4″N 85°7′4.08″W / 41.109833°N 85.1178000°W / 41.109833; -85.1178000Coordinates: 41°6′35.4″N 85°7′4.08″W / 41.109833°N 85.1178000°W / 41.109833; -85.1178000
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
Religious affiliation(s) Lutheran
Established 1939
Principal Patrick Frerking
Asst. Principal Joshua Sommermeyer
Head of school Mychal Thom
Executive Director Terry Breininger
Faculty 43
Grades 912
Enrollment 772 (2015)
Athletics conference Summit Athletic Conference
Mascot Cadet
Team name Cadets
Rival Bishop Dwenger
Affiliation Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Athletic Director Dean Doerffler

Concordia Lutheran High School is a secondary school affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), serving the Fort Wayne, Indiana region.


Concordia opened in 1935, using two floors of Hanser Hall on the campus of Concordia College after seven Lutheran churches in Fort Wayne had raised $6,000 to renovate and equip the facility. From 1935 to 1947 the college controlled the academic aspects of the high school, while the Lutheran High School Association handled the financial aspects. The high school undertook steps to receive accreditation from the state of Indiana in 1938.[1]

By 1947 increased enrollment meant that the 300-student capacity of the building was being strained, so it was decided that the association would construct a new classroom building on 1.3 acres (0.53 ha) on the edge of the college campus. The new building at Anthony Boulevard and Maumee Avenue opened in 1952. The high school continued to use the athletic and other facilities of the college.[1]

In 1957 the LCMS decided to close Concordia College. The acreage allocated to the high school was increased to 4.86 acres (1.97 ha), and six additional classrooms were constructed that same year. The next year the remainder of the college campus was sold to Indiana Technical College.[1]

That same year, 1958, a group of Lutheran businessmen took an option on 23 acres (9.3 ha) containing Zollner Stadium at North Anthony Boulevard and St. Joe River Drive. The next year the high school association purchased that property and an additional 8 acres (3.2 ha) on the west side of Anthony for construction of the current building. After $950,000 was raised in a pledge drive, ground was broken for the new facility in March 1963, with classes moving to the new location in the fall of 1964.[1] The campus has expanded over the years to its current large campus which includes the main school building and athletic facilities.


Concordia graduated 100% 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 passed 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.

CLHS Marching Band[edit]

The Concordia Lutheran High School Marching Cadets have been at ISSMA Class C State Finals each year since 2007. Their 2013 program, "One Mission," received 1st place at State Finals. Director Diane Moellering retired at the end of the 2015-2016 school year and Adam Friedrich was appointed to the position of Director of Bands.


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.

On November 26, 2016, the boys football team captured their first ever state title. The Cadets captured the class 3A crown by defeating Lawrenceburg 56-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Notable students[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c d Burger, Mildred L. (1967). Short History of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Fort Wayne Public Library. pp. 54–55. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Dave Herman UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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