Celebrating 100 Years of the North Kansas City Schools
May 13, 2013
The North Kansas City School District is celebrating its centennial this year. Part of the celebration was held on Saturday, May 4th with a parade of schools, a 5K run, various musical groups from the schools, and a talk by Bob Hiatt about the history of the schools. The North Kansas City School's Facebook page has pictures of the events.
Before the district’s formation in 1913, there were elementary schools in Harlem and Glenwood, but to attend high school required one to go to Liberty, Excelsior Springs, or take a ferry across the river to Kansas City. The building of the ASB Bridge and levees to prevent flooding brought a real estate boom to the Northland and the need for a high school. The history of the district, as well as a number of pictures of recent teachers and students, is in the book 100 Years, 1913-2013 Extraordinary Educational Experiences: a History of North Kansas City Schools by Kevin Murphy. We also have Life among the Hornets: seventy-five years of North Kansas City High School by Gus Leimkuhler in our reference section.
The North Oak Branch has a lot of interaction with students and staff of the district. Besides the time honored connection of students needing books to read and for reports, we assist teachers with books for the classroom, have the Summer Reading Program, have homework help, foreign language with Mango, and numerous databases with topics as varied as ACT preparation and drawing for the absolute beginner.
Congratulations again to the district, staff, and students!
North Oak Branch