The Lutheran Schools have been providing high-quality education with a focus on faith in northeast Indiana for the better part of two centuries. We owe our long tradition of excellence to the strong support we receive from area Lutheran congregations.
In addition, the parents of our students tend to be more involved in their children's education. Parents help in the classroom, work in concessions during athletic events, chaperone field trips, participate in school fundraisers, and turn out in good numbers for performance events. Moreover, parents serve as outstanding ambassadors in the greater community, sharing their enthusiasm for The Lutheran Schools with friends, family, and co-workers.
The history of The Lutheran Schools and the history of northeast Indiana are written on the same page.
Throughout the 19th century, northeast Indiana became home to many German immigrants who came to this country seeking political freedom and opportunity. In fact, it’s estimated that around 50 percent of Fort Wayne residents today claim German heritage.
These German immigrants, mostly Lutherans, brought with them their faith, culture, language, work ethic, skills—and a prevailing notion that education was the key to success, regardless of the endeavor. Those who would be community leaders established churches, schools, businesses, farms, and later, other institutions, such as hospitals and retirement communities.
The founders of Lutheran churches recognized that schools would be essential components of their ministry. In 1837, St. Paul’s School was established at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, making it the first elementary school—public or private—in Indiana. Today, it continues to be the longest-operating elementary school in the state.
Many more Lutheran schools were to come, and many of them—The Lutheran Schools—still exist today for the same reason that St. Paul’s School was established 175 years ago: they are important ministerial components.
Although many of The Lutheran Schools, rich in history and heritage, are more than 100 years old, they continue to evolve and grow to meet the educational needs of students in the 21st century. The Lutheran Schools are supported by Lutheran congregations to ensure the best education possible. The Lutheran Schools are here to stay.