Athens Rural High School - District No. 164


October 28, 2021

This photo of George Nyhof and the Athens School Bus comes from an issue of the Athenian. For several years the bus made it possible for Dispatch area students to attend high school and for Athens High School to have enough enrollment to remain open.

Athens Rural High School was truly one-of-a-kind. No town, just a township seeking to have a high school for their students. It was organized by the citizens of Athens Township, independent of any other district and was not connected with any other township.

There was no town of Athens at the time the school was organized. There had been a community developed around the Athens Post Office in the late 1800s but that did not last. The post office was discontinued Aug. 31, 1901. The township, community and post office had been named for the ancient Greek capital, Athens. The high school woul...

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