Homestead’s first grads organizing 45th reunion


Homestead High School’s first graduating class plans a 45th reunion.

Southwest Allen County Schools opened the doors to Homestead in the fall of 1970. The Class of 1972 transferred from Elmhurst High School for the junior and senior years.

“We were the top dogs two years. It was fun,” said Deporah (Anderson) Hornberger, who now lives in Kendallville.

The class will celebrate from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the VFW on West Main Street, Fort Wayne. Tickets are $25 per person. To make reservations, send a check to Linda (Petts) James, 4276 CR 38, Auburn, IN 46706. The committee is working out the menu. The evening will include soft drinks. A cash bar will be available.

Hornberger was part of the group that selected the name “Spartana” for the school newspaper. She also was a Homestead majorette.

“There were only about a hundred of us in the class,” she said. We’re still looking for a few people. We’ve lost a few in death already.”

To follow the discussion on Facebook, visit Homestead High School – Class of 1972.

Meanwhile, the high school is preparing for a three-year celebration of the school’s 50th birthday in the years 2020-2022. The school opened in the fall of 1970, but the Class of 1971 completed studies at Elmhurst High School. The Class of 1972 was the first to graduate from Homestead High School. The 50th-anniversary celebration will span the years 2020-2022. The school is gathering memorabilia and contact information to mark the occasion.

Southwest Allen County Schools was formed in 1966, and construction on the high school began in 1968. Work was completed in August 1970.

Alumni from those early years are invited to message the Homestead Spartans Alumni page on Facebook with their name, graduation year, email and postal mailing addresses in order to receive information on the 50th anniversary. Questions can be directed to or to (260) 431-2200.