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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, www.usd105.org.



 

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Herndon Schools & Alumni

HERNDON SCHOOL AND CITY MUSEUM

An Alumni committee was formed in 2013 at the May Alumni Banquet to find and establish a new home for the school memorabilia. A new building was discussed until the option to buy the former B & S Caf'e developed in June, 2014. It was decided at that time to make the Herndon Museum a School and Community Museum to hold school and family community items.

ALUMNI OFFICERS:

Bill Adams, President 1-785-460-6801
2520 No. Range
Colby, KS 67701

Tom Franke, Vice-President
307 Park Avenue
Council Grove, KS 66846

Dave Ketterl, Secretary-Treasurer 1-785-322-5302
P.O. Box 163
Herndon, KS 67739

MUSEUM COMMITTEE:

Julie Hafner 1-785-322-5219
P.O. Box 36
Herndon, KS 67739

Kyle Grafel 1-785-322-7100
6079 Hwy 117
Herndon, KS 67739

Joe D. Green 1-785-322-5583
34482 Thumser Rd
Herndon, KS 67739

DONATION GOAL:

Donations are now being accepted in order to reach a goal of $20,000. As of July 20th, $15,365.00 had been donated. The officers and committee members are hoping for a complete-ready-to-open Museum by June 13th, 2015 in time for the Herndon Ox-Roast. We encourage donations be sent soon in order for that to happen. A plaque listing all donors will hang inside the doors.

THANK YOU:

We thank you for your donations and being a part of this worthwhile Herndon project. The Herndon early pioneers and settlers worked hard and we will to. This Museum will play an important part of our Herndon Community and Main Street.


 

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… . www.usd105.org.


 
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 were offered.

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 Portschy

 

 

 

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