Haunted Schools: North Side High School
In the industrious city of Fort Wayne, Indiana there stands a long-established, secondary school house that serves the north central neighborhoods of Fort Wayne – North Side High School. The educational facility is over 80 years old, and has a long standing history of being disturbed by numerous ghost hauntings.
An old Native American chief, a young girl, a janitor and a construction worker are all said to haunt North Side High School, and no telling how many more ghosts may be roaming the edifying hallways of the Fort Wayne school house.
It all started back in 1927 when North Side High School was first built. As the story goes, the school was scheduled to be built upon an old Miami Indian burial ground. The chief of the local tribe adamantly protested the location of the new Indiana school, but his warnings went unheeded.
The old Native chief is said to haunt North Side High School to this day, as if continuing to warn others of the sacrilege of his tribe’s burial grounds. In honor of the Miami Indian chief, North Side High School’s mascot is named Chief Mac. But apparently having an over-stuffed animal parade around the sports field bearing his namesake wasn’t enough to ward off the ghost of the old chief!
The spectral apparition of a teenage girl has been reported by dozens of students and staff members alike. The young girl is often seen in the gymnasium and indoor track area. This may be a residual haunting; one in which the ghost continuously reenacts past events rather than interacting with anyone consciously as there were no reports of attempted communication or her ghost even acknowledging the presence of other people.
Several years back, a North Side High School janitor lost his life to a fatal heart attack in the basement of the Fort Wayne school. Sense then, subsequent maintenance staff members have claimed to see the janitor down in the basement near the area where he died.
A construction worker is also said to haunt the stage vicinity of the auditorium. Back in the 1920’s, when the school was being built, a portion of the stage area collapsed during construction, killing one worker and injury several others in the process. This ghost is believed to be the spirit of said worker.
In the early 2000’s, major renovations took place at North Side High School, including in the locale of the auditorium. The work went on for about 2 years until it was finally completed in 2004. Several members of the construction crew admitted to witnessing a ghost in the area who seemed to be trying to warn them of the danger he had once so tragically suffered.
To this day, stories continue to arise from students and employees who have experienced the ghosts of North Side High School. Knowing how teenagers can imaginatively embellish such tales, it is hard to say exactly what is true and what is not, but these are some of the most common, similarly told interpretations of the haunted school.