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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • Alumni tour eco-alma mater

  • In between conversational walks down memory lane inside of the restored Hunter’s Drug Soda Fountain, many of last weekend’s visiting alumni took extended tours of the new Kiowa County High School.


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  • In between conversational walks down memory lane inside of the restored Hunter’s Drug Soda Fountain, many of last weekend’s visiting alumni took extended tours of the new Kiowa County High School.
    The school, which was rebuilt following the destruction of the old high school from the May 4, 2007 tornado, just completed its second full school year.
    “It’s gorgeous, beautiful,” said Cheri (Unruh) Aven a former teacher, coach and class of 1992 graduate who lives in Manford, Okla. “The kids that go here are really blessed.”
    Members of the high school faculty gave tours of the high school, junior high school and elementary schools as well as all of the common facilities such as the cafeteria and gymnasiums.
    “I went upstairs and saw the gyms and the weight rooms which are absolutely remarkable,” said class of 1959 graduate Janet (Schmidt) Ducic.
    Ducic, who is retired and now lives 40 miles from the Mexico border in Ajo, Ariz. commented on the “feel” of the school, which could come across as cold with the polished concrete floors and exposed beam ceilings.  
    “It seems warm and inviting. I believe it’s a place where kids can expand their thinking and experiences beyond a more traditional high school,” she added.
    Denice (Ary) Flax, a class of 1980 graduate was impressed by the new school and the advantages it affords it students, which tour guides said included their own personal laptop.
    “I am a former teacher and to see a building that is so beautiful, a building that makes the kids want to come to school and a building that makes teachers want to come to work is a really wonderful thing,” said Flax, who is currently the city clerk in Ransom. “I wish every kid could have a school like this.” 
    Though many of the returning alumni praised the school for its advancements and advantages, some mourned the loss of the original high school, a place where some of their favorite teenage memories took place.
    “There is a bit of sadness walking through it, after graduating from the old school,” said class of 1992 graduate and current Kansas State Trooper Cody Parr. “I miss it. I always wanted to drive by it and see it if I came through town. But this school is really neat and I am very happy for the kids who are growing up here and have a building like this.”
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