Former Larwill High School gymnasium

Before consolidation started to take root in the 1960s, even very small towns had high schools. If you have ever driven by Larwill in Whitley County you know it easily fits the description of a small town. A very small town. But there was once a high school in Larwill and part of the gymnasium remains. From the outside, it looks very familiar if you have seen many of the old high school gyms. The arched roof is quite familiar. Eventually the high school closed (I’m not sure what year) and only the elementary grades used the school for a while. Then the elementary school was closed and those students were sent to Pierceton Elementary. Much of the school building was torn down after deterioration. In the gym, the wooden floors were removed several years ago, the stage is gone and so are the old changing rooms and the boiler room. But the gym is still sitting on its foundation even though much of it has been redone. So many of the old gyms have been torn down. At least part of this one remains. A reminder of small towns and high school basketball, often known as Hoosier Hysteria in Indiana.

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Part of the old Larwill High School gym in Whitley County.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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