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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Baxter Springs High School

Picture of property 1520 Cleveland Avenue
Baxter Springs (Cherokee County)
Listed in National Register Aug 8, 2014

Architect: Overton, B. C.
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Baxter Springs High School was constructed in three separate building campaigns from 1918 to 1964, and it documents the evolving educational and design philosophies that characterized Kansas public schools during each period of construction. The original block is an example of a Progressive Era City High School that was augmented with the addition of a New Deal-era auditorium/gymnasium in 1939 and construction of a support structure for Industrial Arts education in 1964. The nominated resource was the first purpose-built secondary school in Baxter Springs. It continued to serve an educational function until 2013. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Public Schools of Kansas" multiple property nomination for its significance in the areas of education and architecture.

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