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South Winneshiek School District

The Calmar Independent School District was in existent until 1958. On May 5th 1958 the voters went to the polls and decided to form a new district the South Winneshiek Community School District. The new district was comprised from the town of Calmar, Ossian, Festina, & Spillville, Iowa. A new board of directors was elected on May 29th and the new district began operating as of July 1, 1958. The board members were as follows.

Lloyd H. StrandPresident
I. B. BjonerudSecretary
Adrian SmithTreasurer
J. C. IversonSuperintendant
Lawrence BuchheitDirector
Rudolph RemmenDirector
Robert BalikDirector
Don MeyerDirector

In the fall of 1958 the students were given the privilege to select the school colors and name the school mascot. The two choices came down to black & gold (Iowa Hawkeye colors) or scarlet & silver. The winner was Scarlet & Silver and the mascot name chosen was the Warriors.

In May 1959 the first graduating class of South Winneshiek was thirty two students . It took a year to organize the bussing routes from the four towns. The second class was fifty two students graduating the following year.

Additional space was required so on July 3, 1959 a special School bond election was held. A sum of $440,000 was requested to add a new building and modifies the existing facility. The bond was approved and the construction was completed,

As of 2019 the South Winneshiek High School has been operating for sixty years. This information was compiled from the 1959 proposed bond, the 1959 year book and history as I remember it. I was a student of the 1960 graduating class.

Linus Cremer
August 27, 2019

Source: Personal research and knowledge - Submitted by Linus Cremer 1960 gaduate of South Wineshiek High School

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