Sixteen High Schools have served Jewell County youth (Salem pehaps the less well-known)

High School Salem, Kansas and Salem


August 18, 2022

Main Street in Salem in the early or mid-1880s. The building on the far right was the Hotel Wilson. It was moved to Lebanon and became part of the Bunker Hotel. The Mick Building on the far left was later owned by John W. Ward. In 1906, it was the last store remaining in Salem. Photo from "The Village of Salem" by Virginia Alexander.

To date, there are thought to have been a total of 16 high schools which provided education for students in Jewell County. Of course, not all were in existence at the same time. But spanning Jewell County's history, from near the beginning in 1876 to the present day, an education "higher" than common school (eighth grade) was and is available in Jewell County. Today, Rock Hills USD 107, is the only high school in Jewell County.

The first newspaper item about "high school" in Jewell County is found in the March 2, 1876 Jewell County Diamond. It reads "Jewell high school closed yesterday no...

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