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Ellston's first high school was built in 1886 at the cost of $2,000. In 1886, E. R. PORTER and Louie CAMPBELL were the teachers for an enrollment of 60 students.

A fine two-story frame school house was finished in January, 1886, at a cost of about $2,000. School is taught for nine months, and two teachers are employed. These are, for 1886-87, F. R. PORTER and Louis CAMPBELL. The enrollment of the school is about sixty. The present school board is composed of W. H. WALLER, President; J. M. HUGHEY and James BAKER is Secretary, and Abner GOODELL, Treasurer. - 1887

During the second decade of the 1900's, several school districts in Ringgold County considered consolidation. Although the citizens of Redding School District voted in favor of consolidation in 1913, the vote was cast out on a technicality. The following year, a new school was erected in Redding. In 1915, another election was held in Redding and the citizens again voted to consolidate. In 1917, a large addition was constructed to accomondate an increase in pupils attending the Redding School. In 1915, the residents of Delphos voted to consolidate; Maloy residents voted for consolidation in 1917; and the Beaconsfield residents cast their vote for consolidation in 1920. Although the residents of Ellston voted to consolidate, it was annulled on a technicality when the bonding company realized that the election notice had been advertised solely by public notices and not published in the newspaper. A second vote was called which resulted in a vote against consolidation.

Ellston School, 1914 - 1915

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 02 & February 05, 1915

ELLSTON SCHOOL NEWS -- The Ellston school has adopted a new system for the purpose of encoraging punctuality. Each half day the perfect attendance in each room is designated by a star. When 20 consecutive stars are earned a quarter holiday is given to the room earning them.

Commercial law, economics and botany have been added to the cirriculum this semester.

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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 09 & February 12, 1915

ELLSTON - The state school inspector was here last week and the Ellston school was judged as being an accredited school. He stated that the school was far above average for this size town.

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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 06, 1916

ELLSTON - School teachers for the ensuing year are: Superintendent, John G. Parisho; principal, Miss Curray; domestic science, Miss Zaner; grammar room, Miss Campbell; intermediate, Miss Duell; and, primary, Miss Manley.

Ellston School, 1917 - 1918
Nellie (BUELL) JOHNSTON, teacher

BACK ROW, left to right: Maxine HOLLINGSWORTH, Grace PARISHO, Zelma TRISLER, Anna BALDWIN, Velma McCRYSTLE, Goldie JACKSON, Jennie SMITH, Aldah WAGGONER, Grace WHITE, Effie Mae THOMAS


Ellston School, year unknown

BACK ROW, left to right: Clarence MOORE, Leonard CLARK, Benton KNIGHT, May BUELL, Gladys DUKES, Harvey LAMB, teacher - Effie CAMPBELL, teacher - Miss PARISHO, Tom FOUSER, Rebecca LAMB, Bill PARISHO, Darell McNUTT, Lloyd ADAMS, Merle MAXWELL, Clarence TRISLER, Rolla WEST

SECOND ROW, left to right: Wanda JOHNSTON, Inez GILLETTE, Irma FOUSER, Louise Siple, Mildred GLASGOW, Frances TRISLER, Verta McCRYSTAL, Opal GLASGOW, Doris CLOUGH

FRONT ROW, left to right: Ted JACKSON, Ray JACKSON, Vaughn JOHNSTON, Leland WALTERS, Vaughn KNIGHT, Paul ADAMS, Faye ANDERSON, Keith McNUTT

Ellston's Second School Building

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Boys Basketball Team

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Boys Basketball Team

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Boys Basketball Team


Girls Basketball Team


Ellston's Teachers


Prof. John G. PARISHO

teacher & coach

8th Grade Class


Domestic Science Class


Boys Basketball Team


1st & 2nd Grades


Ellston Elementary


1st & 2nd Grades


Ellston High School


Ellston Elementary

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Ellston High School




The first Ringgold County Boys' Basketball Tournament was held February 28 - March 1st, 1919, at the Mount Ayr high school gymnasium. Ellston High School won the first championship game, defeating Diagonal 62-19. Player Harley WILHELM was the star of the game. Ellston's team captain George ANDERSON accepted the trophy.

Ellston High School Basketball Team, 1921-22

Left to Right: Earl BROWN, Vaughn JOHNSTON, Lloyd ADAMS, Ray JACKSON, Benton KNIGHT, Bill PARISHO

The 1922 Ringgold County Tournament was played at Arispe due to severe winter weather, bad roads, and a small pox epidemic which has swept through western Ringgold County. Ellston lost the champsionship game to Diagonal, 38-35. Ellston's center Bill PERISHO was named to the all-county first team.

Ellston's forward Vaughn JOHNSTON and guard Ray JACKSON were named to the all-county first team during the 1923 tournament.

Ellston's LENT was selected for the all-tournament first team during the 1934 Ringgold County Tournament.

During the 1941 Ringgold County Tournament, Ellston defeated Delphos 43-36 in the consolation game.

Ellston lost the consolation game to Benton during the 1950 Ringgold County Tournament.

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, March 27, 1958

The Beaconsfield Consolidated school district and the Ellston Independent school district are no longer included in the Grand Valley Community school district, according to findings of fact, conclusions of law and decree issued by Judge H. J. KITTLEMAN following a hearing held Friday in the district court in Mount Ayr. The status of the two school districts remains the same as before the filing of the certificates that included them within the Grand Valley Community school district.

Ellston High School, 2009
Photograph by Sharon R. Becker

Mount Ayr Record-News, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa, February 10, 2007

Ringgold County History Compiled and written by the Iowa Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Iowa, Sponsored by Ringgold County Superintendent of Schools, Mount Ayr, Iowa. 1942.

AVITT, Mike. Pages and Pictures from the Past. . .Ringgold County, Iowa 1855-2005 Pp. 60-4. Paragon Publications, Inc. Mount Ayr. 2009.

"Ellston" Biographical & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa Lewis Publishing Co. Chicago. 1887.

Compilation by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009; updated April of 2010

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