The Muncie High School Consolidation Oral History Project digital collection consists of videos and transcripts for twenty-five oral history interviews focusing on the consolidation of Muncie Southside High School and Muncie Central High School. In the fall of 2013, the Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees decided to combine the two schools and implemented that change in August 2014. At that time, Muncie Central became the district’s sole public high school. The collection includes interviews with school board members, community leaders, and members of the community at large. They highlight perceptions of the process that led to the consolidation and the initial impact of this change. Significantly, the interviews help contextualize this change within the broader scope of Muncie’s economic and social history. This collection captures an important event in local history and creates a resource for scholars studying economic and social change in the nation’s "Middletown."
The Muncie High School Consolidation Oral History Project was directed and supported by Ball State University’s Center for Middletown Studies and funded by The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County. C. Warren Vander Hill and Rich Usdowski conducted the interviews between September 2014 and June 2015.
The project also facilitated the collection of archival materials related to the consolidation and the history of Muncie Community Schools. The Muncie Community Schools High School Consolidation Records are available to researchers in the Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections.