Lew Wallace High School

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Lew Wallace High School
Lew Wallace High School crest.PNG
Lew Wallace High School crest
415 W. 45th Ave.

United States
PrincipalMrs. Lucille Upshaw
Faculty105 (approximate)
Enrollment1000 (approximate)
Color(s)Black & Gold
Team nameHornets

Lew Wallace High School was a four-year (9-12) public high school of the Gary Community School Corporation in Gary, Indiana, United States.


The faculty included nearly 65 teachers.


In 1926 the 45th Avenue School of Gary, Indiana was officially named Lew Wallace High School named after Lew Wallace. Wallace was a native to Indiana who served as a United States general during the American Civil War, as the governor of the New Mexico Territory, the Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and as the author of Ben Hur. The "A and B wings" of Lew Wallace were constructed in 1933. The most recent addition includes the Richard Polk Gymnasium, which was opened in 1972.

During a period of time, the school served K-12 students. The school offered community recreation programs on weekends.[1]

As of 2014, the school was formally known as Lew Wallace Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Academy.[2]

Athletic programs included baseball, basketball, football, and track.[3]

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the Gary School Board voted 4-2 to close Lew Wallace, along with 5 other schools.[4] The building was reported to need $2.8 million of repairs.[5] As of 2015, one year after closure, the building was reported to be in worsening condition.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Tim Moran. "NWIndianaLife.com - In Their Own Words: Hornet Alumni Remember Lew Wallace". NWIndianaLife. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ Tim Moran. "NWIndianaLife.com - Lew Wallace Alumni Fondly Remember Their Alma Mater". NWIndianaLife. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Closing of Lew Wallace saddens many former Hornet athletes". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ Tribune wire reports. "Northwest Indiana". suntimes.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune (16 March 2015). "No answers yet for Gary's Dunbar-Pulaski". Post-Tribune. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Indiana Economic Digest Mobile". indianaeconomicdigest.net. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Lew Wallace's Branden Dawson is a nationally ranked recruit". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Branden Dawson Bio - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". msuspartans.com. Retrieved 29 July 2015.

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Coordinates: 41°32′9.1″N 87°20′32.1″W / 41.535861°N 87.342250°W / 41.535861; -87.342250