Much has changed over the past several decades when it comes to the schools of Gary and Miller. A drastically shrinking population has forced the closing of many schools in Gary. Nobel in Miller is closed, as is Kennedy-King, and Wirt High School is now Wirt-Emerson, having been consolidated with Emerson, the oldest of Gary's high schools, which was forced to close because of monetary and building problems. The future looks dim as well for the School corporation may be forced to close even more schools. There is, however, a loyal alumni for all the schools. The internet helps keep people in touch.
Several Alumni Memorial sites have come and gone over the years. Currently there is a memorial page where information can be exchanged about alumni. Debbie Pastor started that group page.
The Official Wirt Reunion Group Page on Facebook has currently 2,444 likes. It's a great place to go to find out what has happened with your class and any reunions being planned. There have been some great reunion parties in Marquette Park!
The Emerson V.P.A. Alumni aren't slackers either. Despite the closing of the building, Emerson lives on at Wirt and has an All Alumni Group page on Facebook.
There are other Facebook pages relating to specific classes or activities. Simply enter Wirt or Emerson in Facebook's search.
The Friends of Emerson is still active with a summer program and college scholarships. Initally formed when Emerson became a Visual and Performing Arts School in 1982, it strives to help the school with needs not otherwise provided by the School Corporation. The Friends of Emerson Website
2013 saw the opening of a new K-12 charter school in Miller. Located on Melton Road (U.S. Highway 20) it's at the intersection with Old Hobart Road.
Not forgotten is the fairly new elementary school, the Jacques Marquette Elementary school on Hemlock at the entrance to Marquette Park.