Lecompton High School History

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Since 1970, Lecompton has been merged with the town of Perry just to the north, on the other side of the Kansas River.  It’s a great school district with lots of great students and teachers!  Before the merger, Lecompton had its own rich history of schools–especially the High School! 

Lecompton was fortunate to have Lane University in town right after the Civil War.  Not only did the University have a six-year, four-year, and two-year degree program, but it also offered a general preparatory department.  This preparatory program was an advanced high school to prepare teens to enter college.   From 1865-1902, many local students in Lecompton took advantage of this program.

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This 1880 description shows that Lane University had a general preparatory program to prepare teens for college.

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Lane University in Lecompton, Kansas had a college prep program for teens.

When Lane University left town, the building was then used as a high school. 

Starting in 1902, a three-year high school course was offered in the Lane University building.  Two years later, a regular four year course was offered.  Lecompton High School continued in the building until 1927 when classes were moved to the new school just south of Lane University.

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Class of 1915, Lecompton, Kansas.

The 1920 Junior Class pose in front of the old Lane U. building, which served as the Lecompton High School building until 1927.

The 1920 Junior Class pose in front of the old Lane U. building, which served as the Lecompton High School building until 1927.

Lane University and the Lecompton High School were built on part of the original thirteen acres set aside by the United States Government for the capitol building.  When Kansas was a territory— before it became a state in the Union— Lecompton was the capital.  The erection of a beautiful capitol building was started but not finished.  Later, in 1882, Lane University was built on part of the original capitol building foundation.   The brick 1927 Lecompton High School building is also built on the original thirteen acres.

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The Lecompton High School was built in 1927 and used as the high school until 1970.


The Lecompton Rural High School cost approximately $65,000, including furniture when it was built in 1927.  Members of the Board of Education when the building was under construction were: J. M. Taylor, director; F.H. Nace, treasurer; and F.H. Moore, Clerk.  H.A. Grabendike was the builder.  Architects were furnished by the Thomas W. Williamson and Company, of Topeka, Kansas. 1945


A tennis court was a little north and west of the building.  A football field was directly north, behind the Lane University building.  The Lecompton Rural High School building contained seven class rooms, in addition to a state-of-the-art theatre and auditorium.  In the 1950’s, the school built a larger gymnasium onto Lecompton High School, connected just north of the school.

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1969-1970 Lecompton High School Football Team


Owls were the school mascot; black and gold the school colors.  A total of 793 students graduated from the Lecompton High School.  The students of the class of 1970 were the last to graduate.  The following year, the Lecompton High School merged with Perry High School creating Perry-Lecompton High School.   Lecompton is in Douglas County, south of the Kansas River.  The town of Perry is on the other side of the Kansas River in Jefferson County.  Perry-Lecompton High School is located in Perry, KS.Lecompton Alma MaterCome to the Territorial Capital Museum (in the Lane University building) to see the School Memories hallway.  Photographs, trophies, yearbooks, letter jackets, and class portraits describe the Lecompton High School experience.

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Lecompton High School Hall of Fame in the Territorial Capital Museum.


Lecompton High School graduates reminisce in the Hall of Fame at the Territorial Capital Museum.

Today, the old Lecompton High School building serves as the Lecompton Community Pride building.  Theatrical programs, dance classes, bingo, rummage sales, and the community library now occupy this active building.


Lecompton High School building now used as the Lecompton Community Pride building.