of the New
By Dale Tracy
It is a
coincidence that the period of construction of the new school facility
It is a
coincidence that the period of construction of the new school facility
1950s and 1960s,
the Cheyenne Star ran a series of articles on the condition of the
This was done in hopes of
generating public support for additional financing for the schools. Jim
Jones and the school board were looking
for a satisfactory solution to the dilemma.
One problem was to find
enough land available to allow building an
adequate size facility to take care of the future needs of the local
while allowing for the possibility of future consolidations. At
Another problem was to find enough money to finance a building of any size. In 1977, because of low property valuations, the most money that the school could raise for new building construction was around $300,000. This money would need to be generated by the sale of bonds. It was clear from the beginning that this amount of money would not build a complete new school plant. However. a Master Plan was developed whereby the construction would take place in stages as the money became available with each stage being a planned part of the finished complex. The first stage would be the construction of a new grade school since that was the most critical area of need.
Superintendent since 1967, had resigned his position to take a similar
job at a
larger school in
were let in the spring of 1978 and construction began in August of that
with expected completion time to run about one year. However it was the
part of November of 1979 before the classrooms were ready for students. McBride
and Dehmer Construction Company of
Members of the Cheyenne Masonic Lodge laid the corner stone of the new grade school in December of 1978, placing several items of significance in a time capsule.
these latter years of the 70’s decade, changes were
taking place in the financial conditions of the local school district
would forever impact the finances of Cheyenne Schools.
first of these was a property
re-evaluation demanded by the State Legislature that boosted the
valuations of the school district. The
second was that
sold, this gas
generated revenue for the county and its school districts in the form
little understood tax called gross production tax.
cement was hardly dry on the Phase I grade school before
the school board decided to proceed with Phase II. This consisted of
high school to complement the grade school in both size and quality of
With revenue from gross
production tax coming in nearly as fast as payments were going out for
construction, the district was able to finish Phase II without a bond
It was practically unheard of
a school district the size of
sudden increase in the financial status of small
Later, another effort by the eastern big city state legislators was a move to freeze the amount of gross revenue tax the counties were receiving [hold-harmless] and take any increase to the State Capitol to be distributed across the state through a common education “reform” bill. Once again this “Robin Hood” bill was defeated by rural legislators as several eastern Oklahoma Counties, with newly found petroleum income, joined their western counterparts in voting down this bill. Eventually however, the Legislature was finally able to impose restrictions on how the gross production money could be spent by the recipient districts. The gross production tax revenue could no longer be used to build capitol projects, but must be spent through the general fund for school maintenance and teacher salaries. This took effect shortly following the completion of the phase III building project.
the end of July
1980, D&S Construction Company of
School enrollment in the fall of 1981 was 404 students. This increase in attendance of 76 students over the previous year was due to the rapid influx of people because of the gas-drilling boom. Even though the district had just built a new grade school followed with a new high school, some classes were already over-crowded.
With the two new school buildings being paid for, with the exception of payments to the sinking fund to retire the bonds, the school board decided to proceed with Phase III on a pay as you build plan using monies generated by the gross production tax to bear the brunt of the costs. Phase III of construction was begun in the late fall of 1981 and consisted of a combination Ag Shop and Classroom, seven additional high school classrooms, an Elementary PE building, library and student center. S & T Construction of Altus was the contractor on Phase III. This phase was expected to take two years to complete. Students occupied the new buildings shortly following the beginning of school in August of 1983 with finishing work continuing until the end of the year. At the completion of Phase III the school district had spent a total of $1,400,000 on construction and another $90,000 in new equipment. Early in 1984, the school also purchased a metal building for the Ag Farm. School Board members at this time were J. D. Wesner, Dale Tracy, Linda Maddux, W. C. Olson, Gary Kirk, Clyde Bottom Jr., and Gerry Fults.
school district was building these new facilities the
enrollment was growing to an all-time high of over 450 students during
school year 1982-83.
endeavored to stay ahead of this increase in enrollment with an
faculty of over forty teachers and an enhanced curriculum that made
Schools one of the finest educational institutions in
School Board’s final meeting of the 1983-84 fiscal
year, instructions were given to the architects to proceed with
drawings for a
This Phase IV of the
project, would be built
with the intention of adding a gymnasium at some future date. The
auditorium would be the most expensive of
the local school projects built up to that time, with the costs
run over $1.8 million. Plans were that the building would be built in
phases with the first phase being the shell [built in 1984-85] and the
phase being the completion work[1985-86]
This needed to be done
because the school district did not have the full
costs in hand that were required to complete the project but had the
expectation that funds to complete would be available the following
However, because of the downturn in the economy of western
with any boom there comes a bust and this happened to the
gas boom of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
“bust” affected all schools in Western Oklahoma,
root cause of this loss of residents was due to the lack
of gas drilling taking place. With the loss of drilling came a downward
of most local economic factors. The housing market was glutted as was
market for industrial buildings.
Property values declined and
ad valorem tax revenue declined. Lack
of drilling meant a decrease of gas
sales that equated to a drop in gross production tax and thus an
decrease in tax revenue to the school district.
With tax revenue down and
enrollment down, the
In March of 1988, patrons of the school district were called on to approve a $980,000 bond issue to build a new auditorium that was scheduled to cost $1,800,000. Included in the plan were a band room, choral room, individual practice rooms and office space for instructors. A concession stand, dressing rooms, projection and sound room as well as upstairs and downstairs rest rooms would also be built. The building would be able to serve the community for civic gatherings. The auditorium, seating over 800 people, would be a state of the art facility that would be one of the finest in the state. One feature would be a fly loft that would allow for scenes to be changed quickly. The patrons of the district approved the bond issue by 237 yes to 101 no.
auditorium began in September of 1988 with a targeted completion date
the first of 1990.
G. W. Hastings of
the auditorium was proceeding, the earlier mentioned economic events
Although enough money had
been set aside for the construction on the auditorium to be finished,
the spring of 1995
the local board was calling for a vote on sale of $500,000 of building
be added to what money was available in the building fund to build the
Phase V of the school, the new gymnasium.
The May election showed 271
for and 125 against approving bonds for the
project. The bonds were sold in June of 1995 to Security State Bank of
spring of 1995, Superintendent Galeard Roper resigned
to take the same position at
the completion of the new high school and
auditorium, the old high school building was used at various times as a
care facility, a senior citizens center, a community clothes closet and
Finally the cost of
the building became unbearable and the old high school was torn down in
July of 2000. The gymnasium that was built in 1955-1956 is still used
practice gym and community fitness center.
The school bus barn also is
located on the old school property and is
very much used.
Today the location of
the old grade school is used as a fenced school bus lot.
old high school site was given to the
period of 19 years the new school at
CHEYENNE - District #61
Cheyenne consolidated with three other small schools (Washita, Sergeant Major or Anderson and Mammoth) to form C7Cheyenne in the spring of 1920.
TEACHERS –1916-W.T. Fisher, Margurette Falconer, Orion Standifer, Laura Rogers, Ethel Douglas; 1917 Mrs. Mary Jones, Herbert Hyer, Laura Rogers, Mrs. L.E. Rathburn, Laura Fisher, Bird Kendall; 1918 Mrs. M.M. Jones, Sarah Fisher, Mrs. A.D. Jordan, Julia Tracy, Bird Kendall, Laura Rogers; 1919 J.D. Clay, Margurette Falconer, Alvin Moore, Miss Thompson, Lola Tracy, Mrs. A.T. Jordon; 1920 Charles Forbes, Katherine Falconer, William C. Rogers, Bonnie Vincent, Pearle Bellamy, Mrs. W.C. Rogers; 1921 W.C. Rogers, Mrs. W.C. Rogers, Ives Finch, Clara Lozer, Bonnie Vincent, V. Gordon, Bertha Banner, Lucille Kendall, Mrs. Guy Davis; 1922 M.A. Mansur, Ives Finch, Lucille Kendall, Essie Douglas, Jennie Wells, Grace Southern, Mrs. M.A. Mansur; 1923 W.Frank Brewer, Margurette Falconer, Lucille Kendall, Alvin Moore, Willa White, Mrs. Noel Dodson, Jennie Wells, Pearl C. Bellamy; 1924 W.F. Brewer, Margurette Falconer, D.H. Seaver, Ellis Kendall, Mrs. Welton Moore, Mrs. Guy Davis, Reba Cooper, Pearl C. Bellamy; 1925 I.J. Myers, D.H. Seaver, Mrs. Welton Moore, Pearl Bellamy, Mrs. Guy Davis, Ellis Kendall, Reba Cooper, Margurette Falconer, Wade Donley, Virginia Perkinson; 1926 Ewing James, R.B. Nuckles, Mrs. R.B. Nuckles, Margurette Guess, Mrs. Weldon Moore, Pearl Bellamy, Mrs. Guy Davis, Reba Cooper, Mrs. Ewing S. James; 1927 Delmar A. Dobkins, R.B. Nuckles, Margurette Guess, Mrs. G.A. Briggs, Mrs. Weldon Moore, Elizabeth Fleming, Birdie Lee Morrow, Mrs. Guy Davis, Pearl Bellamy; 1928 Delmar Dobkins, R.B. Nuckles, Lattie Boyd, Elizabeth Fleming, Mrs. Weldon Moore, Gleola Wycoff, Ina Mae Wells, Mrs. Guy Davis, Mrs. H.H. Collier; 1929 D.A. Dobkins, J.A. Lemon, Mrs. Guy Davis, Vesta Pyeatt, Mrs. Weldon Moore, Agnes Fiala, Elizabeth Fleming, Alice Kirksey, Bertie Morris, Ina Mae Wells, Ariel Crane, E. Forrest Nelson; 1930 M.B. Welch, J.A. Lemon, James Carter, Vesta Pyeatt, Mrs. Guy Davis, Forrest Nelson, Elizabeth Fleming, Mrs. Weldon Moore, Alleda Miller, Elizabeth Ray, Gussie White, Ruth Evans, Lucille Evans, Agnes Fiala; 1931 H.G. Creekmore, Mrs. Guy Davis, Vesta Pyeatt, Francis Young, Dorothy Ward, Milton Keen, Mrs. Weldon Moore, Lucille Evans, Mrs. Marion Robbins, Elizabeth Fleming, Ariel Crane, Hazel Dodson; 1932 H.G. Creekmore, Vesta Pyeatt, Mrs. Guy Davis, Gladys Bellamy, J.R. Naylor, J.L. Spense, Vera Moore, Hazel Dodson, Lucille Evans, Marion Colegrove, Ariel Crane, Elma Stovall, Virginia McCauley; 1933 L.W. Kitchens, Vesta Pyeatt, Mrs. L.W. Kitchens, Mrs. Guy Davis, Gladys Bellamy, J.C. Watkins, Elma Stovall, Marion Colegrove, Virginia McCauley, Hazel Dodson, Ariel Crane; 1934L.W. Kitchens, Vesta Pyeatt, Mrs. L.W. Kitchens, Mrs. Guy Davis, Gladys Bellamy, Ephriam Dickason, Elma Stovall, Marion Colegrove, Bess Pyeatt, Elizabeth Brown, Hazel Dodson, Clairabel Woods; 1935 L.W. Kitchens, Vesta Pyeatt, Mrs. L.W. Kitchens, Onis Cox, Labron Harris, Mrs. Guy Davis, Mrs. Lorena Males, Elma Stovall, Bess Pyeatt, Elizabeth Brown, Geraldine Bradshaw, Clairabel Woods; 1936 L.W. Kitchens, Vesta Pyeatt, Mrs. L.W. Kitchens, Glen Carmichael, Mrs. Guy Davis, Onis Cox, Elma Stovall, Lorena Males, Bess Pyeatt, Latane Tracy, Geraldine Dearing, Calirabel Woods; 1937 L.W. Kitchens, Vesta Vessels, Mrs. L. Kitchens, Onis Cox, Carl Craig, Iris Albin, Mrs. Guy Davis, Charles Wycoff, Bonnie Berry, Elma Stovall, Lorena Males, Beulah Mae Martz, Latone Tracy, Hettie Lou Crane, Mrs. Bonnie Berry, Geraldine Dearing; 1938 L.W. Kitchens, Vesta Vessels, Mrs. L.W. Kitchens, Mrs. Guy Davis, Bonnie Berry, Onis Cox, Elma Stovall, Lorena Males, Latane Tracy, Hettie Lou Crane, Mrs. Bonnie Berry, Geraldine Dearing, Harry Dugger, Raymond Harrison, mrs. Harry (Toyah) Dugger; 1939 Onis Cox, Vesta Vessels, Mrs. Guy Davis, Maude Kitchens, B.H. Berry, Henry A. Carl, Harry Dugger, Geraldine Dearing, Elma Stovall Bierschmidt, Lorena Males, Martha Dugger, Latane Tracy, Hettie Lou Crane, Louise Berry, Mary Ellen Reeves; 1940 Onis Cox, Vesta Vessels, B.H. Berry, Maude Kitchens, Lois Moore Hall, Henry Carl, Elma Bierschmidt Geraldine Dearing, Mary Ellen Reeves, Martha Dugger, Latane Tracy, Hettie Lou Crane, Louise Berry; 1941 Onis Cox, Vesta Vessels, B.H. Berry, Ralph Kelting, Carl Rizley, Carl Craig, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Pauline Guernsey, Pearl Wadsworth, Latane, Tracy, Iris Albin Montgomery, Hettie Lou Crane, Louise Berry; 1942 Lee Little, Myra Finch, Vesta Vessels, Florence Casady, Iris Montgomery, Lula Twitty, Dorothy Ewing, Edna Morton, Geraldine Dearing, Alice Heriford, Francis Brown, Lloyd Taylor, Mary Ann Hanson, Lorena Males; 1943 Lee Little, Iris Montgomery, H.W. Quattlebaum, Florence Casady, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Lorena Males, Jessie Quattlebaum, Francis Brown, Alice Heriford, Myra Finch, Vesta Vessels; 1944 Wayland Adams, Vesta Vessels, Stanley Harrison, Florence Casady, Dorothy Ewing, Irma Miller, Edith King, Geraldine Dearing, Marie Austin Miller, Loura Chalfant, Myra Finch, Alice Burns, Alice Heriford; 1945 Wayland Adams, Stanley Harrison, Florence Casady, Vesta Vessels, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Lorena Males, Iris Montgomery, Anna Mae Moad, Irma Waldrop, Loura Chalfant, Josephene Adams, Myra Finch; 1946 Wayland Adams, Stanley Harrison, Vesta Vessels, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Elsie Chapman, John W. Blackley, Iris Montgomery, Irma Waldrop, Floy Purvis, D.M. Rymer, Ives Finch; 1947 Wayland Adams, Raymond Macklin, Dorothy Ewing, Morine Champlin, D.M.[Devert] Rymer, Geraldine Dearing, Lorena Males, Elsie Chapman, Iris Montgomery, Jane Ely, Thelma Turner, Wilma Carson, June Kendall; 1948 Wayland Adams, Raymond Macklin, Geraldine Dearing, Dorothy Ewing, Morine Champlin, Lorena Males, Elsie Chapman, Iris Montgomery, Jane Ely, Wilma Oree Carson, June Kendall, Adam Hess, GlenaBelle Crane; Records are lost from 1949 – 1954; 1949 Wayland Adams, Raymond Macklin, Dorothy Ewing, Morrine Champlin, Geraldine Dearing, Adam Hess, Lorena Males, Elsie Chapman, Iris Montgomery, Jane Ely, June Kendall, Glenna Belle Crane. 1950 Wayland Adams, Raymond Macklin, Dorothy Ewing, John Lain, Morrine Champlin, Geraldine Dearing, Lorena Males, Elsie Chapman, Adam Hess, Jane Ely, Glenna Belle Crane, Iris Montgomery, Ruth Lain 1951 Wayland Adams, John Lain, Dorothy Ewing, Morrine Champlin, Geraldine Dearing, Adam Hess, Guy Friend, W R [Wattie] Pickens, Mrs. Guy Friend, Glenna Belle Crane, June Ely, Ruth Lain, Thelma Turner. 1952 Wayland Adams, John Lain, Morrine Champlin, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Jim Haught, Adam Hess, Elsie Chapman, Jack Jones, Iris Montgomery, Theta Benton, Glenna Belle Crane, Thelma Turner, Lorena Males 1953 Wayland Adams, O H Ellis, Morrine Champlin, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Jack Jones, Elsie Chapman, Adam Hess, Mary Ellis, Flossie Gum, Lura Mae Mogg, Theta Benton, Iris Montgomery, Thelma Turner 1954 [too many names, from two different sources]Wayland Adams, O.H. Ellis, J.C. Rogers, Morine Champlin, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Elsie Chapman, Jack Jones, George Sprayberry, Finis Stafford, Lorena Males, Mary Ellis, Flossie Gum, Mrs. Murl Lester, Thelma Turner, Aileen Brown, Iris Pennington, R.E. Rhodes, C.H. Blosch; 1955 Wayland Adams, O.H. Ellis, J.C. Rogers, Morine Champlin, Dorothy Ewing, Geraldine Dearing, Wesley B. Hunt, Jack Jones, Mary Ellis, Thelma Turner, Katherine T. Summers, Glen Crane, Iris Pennington, Nellie Millar, John Mitchell; Fall of 1956 Wayland Adams, O.H. Ellis, J.C. Rogers, Dorothy Ewing, Roberta Guenzel, Jack Jones, Mary Ellis, Ava Burkhalter, Thelma Turner, Geraldine Dearing, George Sprayberry, Wesley Hunt; Fall of 1957 John Lain, O.H. Ellis, Dorothy Ewing, Roberta Guenzel, J.C. Rogers, Geraldine Dearing, Lawrence Wise, Jack Jones, Audie Caddel, Ruth Lain, Thelma Turner; Fall of 1958 John Lain, O.H. Ellis, Dorothy Ewing, Dale Cockrell, J.C. Rogers, Geraldine Dearing, Jack Jones, Mary Ellis, Audie Caddell, Ruth Lain, Thelma Turner; Fall of 1959 John Lain, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, Dorothy Ewing, Elbert Patton, Geraldine Dearing, Jack Jones, Mary Ellis, Ruth Lain, Lura Mae Mogg, Thelma Turner, Lawrence A. Wise; 1960 John Lain, O.H. Ellis, dale Cockrell, Dorothy Ewing, Elbert Patton, Geraldine Dearing, Jack Jones, Harlan Thomas, Mary Ellis, Ruth Lain, Lura Mae Mogg, Thelma Turner, Lawrence Wise; 1961 John Lain, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, Lorene Parks, J.C. Rogers, Geraldine Dearing, Jack Jones, Harlan Thomas, Larry Bradshaw, Mary Ellis, Lura Mae Mogg, Thelma Turner, Lawrence A. Wise; 1962 John Lain, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, June Kendall, J.C. Rogers, Geraldine Dearing, Jack Jones, Harlan Thomas, Larry Bradshaw, Mary Ellis, Ruth Lain, Lura Mae Mogg, Thelma Turner, Nell Mann; 1963 John Lain, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, June Kendall, Jack Tarver, J.C. Rogers, Geraldine Dearing, Alice Thomas, Harlan Thomas, Larry Bradshaw, Mary Ellis, Ruth Lain, Lura Mae Mogg, Thelma Turner; 1964 Van Wright, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, June Kendall, Jack Tarver, J.C. Rogers, Maxine Ledford, Geraldine Dearing, Jerry Yates, Harlan Thomas, Larry Bradshaw, Mary Ellis, Norma Cranfill, Lura Mae Mogg, Roberta Guenzel; 1965 Van Wright, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, June Kendall, Jack Tarver, J.C. Rogers, Maude Butler, Geraldine Dearing, Elaine Rogers, Norma Cranfill, Larry Bradshaw, Mary Ellis, Ann Wells, Lura Mae Mogg, Roberta Guenzel; 1966 Van Wright, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, June Kendall, Maude Butler, Forest Woods, J.C. Rogers, Geraldine Dearing, Woweita Calvert, Norma Cranfill, Larry Bradshaw, Mary Ellis, Ann Wells, Lucille Nabors, Roberta Guenzel, Elaine Rogers; 1967 Jim Jones, O.H. Ellis, Dale Cockrell, June Kendall, Maude Butler, Johnny McClellan, J.C. Rogers, Geraldine Dearing, Oweita Calvert, Larry Bradshaw; Betty Miller, Mary Ellis, Anna Damron, Lucille Nabors, Roberta Guenzel, Elaine Rogers.
SCHOOL BOARD: 1916 G.B. Lovett, S.A. Wallace; 1917 G.B. Lovett, Sylvester Grimm; 1918 T.L. Miller, G.B. Lovett, S. Grimm, Mrs. W.P. Madden, W.W. Peterson; 1919 W.W. Peterson, T.L. Miller; 1920-1921 W.W. Peterson, G.H. Dodgion, G.B. Lovett; 1922 G.B. Lovett, G.H. Dodgion, Weldon Moore; 1923 Fred Brann, William Ballard, J.C. Meeks; 1924 W.M. Ballard, Fred Brann, Cleve Smith; 1925-1931 C.V. Rice, William Ballard, Cleve Smith; 1932-1933 E.R. Hills, William Ballard, Cleve Smith; 1934-1936 T.H. Steere, William Ballard, U.M. Prestridge; 1937 T.H. Steere, E.G. DeMundrum, U.M. Prestridge; 1938 G.W. Parker, E.G. DeMundrum, U.M. Prestridge; 1939-1940 G.W. Parker, K.A. Greever, U.M. Prestridge; 1941-1943 G.W. Parker, Royal Ballard, U.M. Prestridge; 1944 John Wesner, Ross Conrad, U.M. Prestridge; 1945-1948 John Wesner, C.E. Vincent, U.M. Prestridge; Records missing until 1954-1959 John Wesner, E.W. Calvert, Orville Tate, U.M. Prestridge, Glen Kendall; 1960 U.M. Prestridge, Glen Kendall, E.W. Calvert, Orville Tate, Charles Bowers; 1961 Orville Tate, Glen Kendall, Lloyd Martin, Charles Bowers, E.W. Calvert; 1962 E.W. Calvert, Charles Bowers, Lloyd Martin, Billie Burns, Bill Davis; 1963 Charles Bowers, Billy J. Davis, Billie Burns, E.W. Calvert, Lloyd L. Martin; 1964 Charles Bowers, Robert Sprowls, Don Moorman, Billy Burns, B.J. Davis; 1965 Robert N. Sprowls, Billie Burns, Don Moorman, J.D. Wesner, Connie Fults; 1966 Robert Sprowls, Billie Burns, Don Moorman, Connie Fults, J.D. Wesner; 1967 Robert Sprowls, Billie Burns, Don Moorman, Connie Fults, J.D. Wesner.
By Klina Potter Casady
In that first year, a three month subscription school was taught by a Miss Maggie Townsend, John B. Harrison, who later became a state officer, also taught a subscription school that year. Both of these schools were held in a residence.
In 1896, a two story building with one room in each story was built. In September of that year, school started with a Professor Hutton in charge.
By 1900, Professor Stovall, Miss Ruth Fields and Della Cann Young were teachers and the enrollment was 163. Professor Jones taught band and elocution. Other teachers in this period were Miss Jo Redden, Mrs. Converse and Miss Myrtle Stephens. Another two new rooms had been added for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades with Miss Ora Black and Mrs. D.K. Hayes, teachers.
A new music room was constructed on the southwest corner of the block and the old music room was used as a domestic science room with Miss Ora Black, teacher. Mrs. G.B. Lovett was music teacher and Professor G.D. Moss was superintendent and high school teacher.
Four hundred persons attended the 1910 graduation in the new auditorium. Graduates were Alvin Moore, Henry Tracy, Lasca Moore and Cleda Moore. The old music room and the domestic science room were moved to opposite corners of the school yard to serve as toilets.
The 1915 graduating class organized the Cheyenne Alumni Association. In the class were Margaret Falconer, Katherine Falconer, Jessie Turnnard, Isabelle Fields, Sue Thornton, Blanche Wallace and Lorene Osborne. E.B. Baucum was Superintendent and Maud Reichman was Principal.
In 1936 a new grade school was dedicated in the presence of 600 persons. The building which cost $26,000 was made possible by a $19,329 allocation by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and a 5-mill building levy voted by the district.
So helpful was the new auditorium that an idea advanced that the auditorium serve the dual purpose of gymnasium and auditorium. A tier of seats across one side provided seats for onlookers. Beneath these were the rest rooms and showers. This gym was the scene of many breath-taking basketball games when players included Williams, Lester, Ivy and Simmons.
The organization of a band generated great interest in music. Uniforms and large instruments were made possible by support of patrons. In 1950, a $40,000 bond issue was voted for the purpose of building a music room and additional class rooms for grade school.
meet the demands of the public and
continually growing interest in basketball,
In 1961, the high school building was improved by making a new auditorium and stage out of part of the old gymnasium. Tile floors and a new dining area and kitchen were added on the rear of the auditorium. An all-weather breeze-way between the school buildings was added for convenience.
The high school hopes to have available an equally as large new building in 1982-1983. The school baseball field is sufficient in every detail for any game or tournament. The town has a modern swimming pool which is available for school use. The school has a track field.
financial investment in the
The Board of Education for Cheyenne School District keep open minds to the changing needs in education, believing “the school must be kept on the upswing so the graduates will be prepared to make useful productive citizens” – a quote from one of them.
Members of the Board of Education in 1981 were J.D. Wesner, Dale Tracy, W.C. Olson, Linda Maddux, and Gary Kirk.