It was 20 years ago — almost to the day — that I stepped into Michigan City High School to begin my sophomore year.

It was no typical first day of school, though. It was the dawn of a new era, and one that not everyone was excited about.

I can remember that first day a little. It was odd. Most first days are sorta strange, but I was in a new school (I'd attended Elston for my freshman year) with some new faces, some more familiar.

Yet again, I was among the youngest students in the school, as back then, MCHS was only grades 10-12. The hallways seemed packed and the stairways were clogged.

But the chaos within in the walls of 8466 Pahs Rd. was nothing compared to what was happening in the community outside the walls.

Though it seems like most have accepted the idea of MCHS now, that wasn't always the case. Elston and Rogers die-hards didn't like the idea of one high school representing Michigan City. Elston people surely didn't appreciate that one high school not being located at 317 Detroit St., either.

Wolves replaced Red Devils and Raiders. Blue and gray replaced the familiar red/white and blue/gold tones. Two became one.

I can remember the thought process around the area or even the state being that Elston and Rogers — each on their own not too shabby in athletics — would combine to form an athletic superpower. Right out of the gate in the fall of 1995, the volleyball team won the state championship. The Wolves were on their way.

As local sports fans know, though, that remains the only team state championship in MCHS history, with a few individual state champions sprinkled in.

Around the office lately, we've been thinking about this consolidation. We're 20 years into this things, where do we stand?

Are you a former Red Devil who still refuses to wear Wolves gear? Are you a Raiders fan who has allowed the Wolves into your heart?

What about academically? How's the new City holding up?

Later this year, The N-D is going to explore many issues surrounding the consolidation. We want to examine MCHS' ride over these last 20 years. What are the successes? Where are the areas where improvement is still needed? How does the community feel about having one public high school?

We also want to tell the stories of some people associated with the change over the last 20 years. Have an idea? Contact me using the information below.

Let's talk about where MCHS was, where it is now and where it's headed.

Contact Managing Editor Adam Parkhouse at aparkhouse@thenewsdispatch.com or 1-219-214-4170.

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