Rawlins County High School
In 2003, Herndon Unified School
District #317 consolidated with
Atwood Unified School District
#318 to form Rawlins County High
School and Rawlins County Elementary
School (USD #105).
Herndon High School final graduation
was held in May 2004. Current
Rawlins County School information
and activities can be found at… .
Rawlins County High Mascot
Herndon High Mascot
Herndon School History
Herndon was the eighth district to
be organized in the county in 1881
as a subscription school. The
following year, it became a public
school. Herndon first
organized a high school in the fall
of either 1912 or 1915. (the
information found was conflicting)
It started as a one-year high school
and the second year more subjects
A new building was erected in the
spring of 1917 because of growing
population. A four-year high
school was discussed and submitted
to the people to be voted upon.
A separate board was then elected
for District 8’s new high school.
In 1923, Herndon high school became
Herndon Rural High School District
#2. In 1927, the Catholics in
the area organized their own high
school. St. Mary’s high school
was run through 1939
When the school was condemned in
1949 because of a 2-inch crack in
the upper level, it was torn down
and rebuilding began. School
was held at St. Mary’s, the
Evangical Reform Church and various
places around town. The new
school was constructed on the site
of the old building. The
present-day gym is where he school
sat. The class of 1951 moved
in to the facility by the spring of
that year and was the first to
graduate from the new school.
In the fall of 1966, Herndon Rural
High School became USD #317.
It has remained that until the fall
of 2003 when the decision was made
to consolidate with Atwood USD #318.
The new district that was formed is
now Unified School District #105,
Rawlins County Elementary School and
Rawlins County Junior-Senior High
School. The Beavers were
allowed to remain in Herndon through
the spring 2004 school year.
Following the final graduation “The
last ones out the door” in May
2004, the elementary and high
school moved to Atwood.
--Compiled by Marita Portschy & Deb
Alumni officers (as of March 1,
Vice-President: Tom Franke
- Secretary: Dave Ketterl
Please contact the officers
about any upcoming Herndon
Alumni events... Thank
There is a scholarship program
available for Herndon graduates.
The committee for the
scholarship program is David Ketterl,
(Sattler) Rippe. For more information
contact the committee.