South Side's Swinford Moving to Northrop

Record Number: 19330
Displayed from: Mar 14, 2022 , until: May 14, 2022

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved naming current South Side High School Principal Adam Swinford as the next Northrop High School principal, effective July 1, 2022.

Swinford joined FWCS in 1998 as a substitute teacher. In 2000, he was hired as a physical education teacher at Indian Village Elementary and a year later moved to then Geyer Middle School (now Towles Intermediate School). In 2005, he became the athletic director at Wayne High School. In 2008, he moved to Northwood Middle School as the assistant principal and took over as principal the following year. In 2013, he was named principal of Miami Middle School, and in 2018, he took over at South Side.

At Northrop, Swinford follows Barb Ahlersmeyer, who came out of retirement to serve as principal for one year. Swinford’s replacement at South Side has not yet been named.


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.