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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Mahaska Rural High School #3

Picture of property S. School St.
Mahaska (Washington County)
Listed in National Register Jun 27, 2007

Architect: Not listed
Category: vacant/not in use; education related
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

The Mahaska Rural High School (c. 1926-1927) is a member of a quickly dwindling population of small town high school buildings constructed during the Progressive Movement that reformed both urban and rural school programs in the state between the 1910s and 1930s. The Mahaska community overwhelmingly committed to the investment in a pubic bond issue to fund the development of a high school building that could stand alone from its one other city school property. The J-shaped planned school is nominated for its architectural significance reflecting the planning principles of the Progressive Era of Kansas' public schools as defined in the "Historic Public Schools of Kansas" multiple property submissions.



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