Humboldt College -
Territorial Iowa was deeply interested in
education for it 1839 the legislative assembly, in compliance with Governor
Lucas' request, created a common school system for all youths from five to
twenty-one, which schools, supported by public tax, should operate not less
than three months a year. Likewise the state early showed it interest
for in 1854 the pattern of rural township, village, town, and city schools was
established. This system, established for a horse and buggy economy, has
changed rapidly. In 1949, the state made possible better educational
opportunities by the merging of these eight thousand districts into larger
units called community districts. There are now 347 districts with high
schools in Iowa, more than 134, had fewer than 200 students. In 2004 Iowa had
20 high schools with fewer than 100 students. In addition,
24 of 371 districts do not maintain a high school and send their 9-12 students
to other districts.
In the winter of 1857-58, Eliza Knowles
taught a school at Lott's Creek and at Glen Farm in Corinth Township, Peter
McClennon taught the children of nearby pioneers. In 1858 the office of
county superintendent was created with George W. Mann as the first occupant.
He was followed by F. W. Hanchett, Dearman Williams, G. D. Coyle, Eber Stone,
E. C. Miles, A. D. Bicknell, Julius Stevens, L. J. Anderson and J. A.
In 1883, Superintendent John McLeod, reported that seventy-nine rural and
three town schools, Dakota City, Livermore and Humboldt. The only graded
school being Humboldt. There were thirty-one men and one-hundred
twenty-one women teachers, with an enrollment of two thousand ninety-eight
Loren Hezzelwood 1890-1896
O. S. Opheim 1896 - 1900
Clarence Messer 1900 - 1928
Thomas Johnson 1928 - 1936
Frances Messer 1936
In 1900 a teachers' library was
established, and was financed mainly by teacher contributions was for
many years unique in the state.
Today the school districts are organized into
four districts; Boone Valley Community School District, Twin Rivers Community
School District, Gilmore City-Bradgate Community District, and Humboldt
Community School District.