The Iowa State Legislature passed a series of laws beginning in 1947 mandating the reorganization of the Iowa educational system. At that time there were individual Township school districts throughout the State. In the geographic area that later became the College Community School District there were three townships: Fairfax, College and Putnam. In the early 1950’s the Cedar Rapids School District sent a notification to the school boards of those townships indicating they would no longer accept tuition students from their districts. In 1953, an election was held to decide the issue of merging the three township districts with the Cedar Rapids District or to create a new district. The voters elected to create a new district. In 1954, the board of education purchased 40 acres of farmland and built a high school where today’s high school stands. In 1955, the school board announced a contest to name the new high school building. The winning entry was “Prairie High School” based on an essay written by an eighth grade student, Kathleen Booth. Prairie High School’s classrooms opened to its first students, 8th, 9th and 10th graders, as the second semester of the 1956-57 school year began. On May 28, 1959 the first commencement exercises for Prairie High School was held with 61 students graduating.
Our primary goal is to reach out to every graduate from Prairie High School from its first graduating class in 1959 to the present.
The Alumni Committee is our newest committee. Our role is to provide support and recognition to the Prairie High School Alumni base. We are building a list of class contacts and will follow that effort up with the creation of a database including contact information for each member of the graduating classes.
Prairie School Song
Come on Hawks, onward go,
We will conquer the foe
With the team from Prairie High!
With our coach and our team,
And our spirit that’s keen
And our colors flying high!
We will fight to the finish-
Defeat or victory, we’ll give our hearts
Hey Hawks, let’s fight
Raise that score
Hear them cheering for more
As we win fame for Prairie High
Whoo Ray! Whoo Rey!
Prairie High will lead the way
Come on Hawks, what do you Say?
We’re goin’ to win today!
Prairie High, loyal to thee.
Faithful and true, we’ll always be
To the orange and black and the glory it brings
Rememb'ring, we’ll always come back to see.
Rolling green meadows, spread far and wide.
We’ll always have, our Prairie pride.
So we raise our voices in tribute to thee.
On forever, Prairie High.
A current theme at Prairie is the slogan; #WEAREPRAIRIE. We want to encourage the spirit of this theme throughout our alumni.
We want to:
To that end we are exploring the creation of a Facebook page and/or an E-Newsletter to facilitate communication with and among graduates. In addition, this website and the foundation’s Facebook page are available to promote your reunions and unique events.
We do hope you will come back to see the “Rolling green meadows” and how much they’ve changed for the benefit of over 6000 students each year. Remember wherever you may be, you are a significant part of the Prairie Family #WEAREPRAIRIE!
Prairie School Foundation
401 76th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
Phone: (319) 848-5256
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