William A. Wirt High School

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William A Wirt Senior High School
William A Wirt Senior High School crest.PNG
William A Wirt Senior High School crest
Gary, Indiana
United States
Type Public
Established 1939
Color(s) Cardinal & White
Team name Troopers

William A Wirt Senior High School was a four-year (9-12) public high school of the Gary Community School Corporation in Gary, Indiana. In May 2009 the school announced that after over 70 years, it would finally be closing. As of 2011, the site is used for the Wirt Emerson VPA Academy, a magnet school for the visual and performing arts.


The faculty included nearly 50 teachers.


Wirt High School was established in 1939; it was named after Dr. William Albert Wirt, who served as the first superintendent of the Gary Schools from 1907 to early 1938. Former MLB player Ron Kittle is an alumnus of Wirt as is self help author, professional dating coach and radio personality Alan Roger Currie. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Crystal Taliefero is also an alumna of Wirt.

Wirt High School was closed in 2009 due to Gary Community School Corporation budget cuts.[1]


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Coordinates: 41°35′57″N 87°19′39″W / 41.59917°N 87.32750°W / 41.59917; -87.32750