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HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

                In the year 1887-1888, a three-year high school course was started with the following subjects being offered:  Arithmetic, Algebra, Physiology, Ancient History, English, and Chemistry.  The first graduating class was in 1889 with eight members graduating.

                  Decatur County High School was established in 1903 and remained the same until 1923 when the legislature passed a law abolishing the County High School and establishing the Community High School in its place.

              The first high school building was built in 1906, and an addition was built to this building in 1921.  In 1937 the school district voted bonds and secured PWA assistance for a modern new high school building.  At a cost of $242,000, Oberlin was inviting its high school students to one of the finest buildings in northwest Kansas.

               With the school year opening in 1969, a new era of education at Decatur Community High School was launched.  In March of 1965, the community voted to modernize the educational offering.  Highlighting the addition were several classrooms with special emphasis on a modern science unit, gymnasium, cafeteria, and library.

                In 1977 the new Vocational Agriculture Building was completed.  The Vocational Department was moved to this building, and Industrial Arts expanded into the Vocational shop.

               In 1982 the new Smick Field Stadium was completed.  Approximately a thousand people can sit in the stadium, and it is complete with restrooms, press box, concession stand, and storage for track equipment and school grounds and maintenance equipment.

               This is all part of your school placed here by the efforts of the taxpayers because they believe you will use it to help prepare you to make a contribution to yourself, your community, and your country.

HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

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