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College High Colt

College High History

Pupils who attended lab schools at what is now the University of Central Missouri were privileged to learn from students at one of the best education colleges in the country. The university’s lab schools originated when the Missouri General Assembly granted $50,000 to construct the first building in 1906. The high school opened in 1913, and classes were held in various places around campus, including what are now the Lovinger Building, the Humphreys Building and the Gallery of Art and Design. The high school closed in 1976, followed by the elementary school in 1980.

When you tour the campus today, you will see a memorial to the high school outside what is now the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Designed by UCM Professor Emeritus of Art Richard Monson, the memorial has three brass pillars with green and white stained-glass panels designed by alumna Rebecca Hite. A bronze plaque on each of these pillars tells more about the history of the high school and its Colt mascot.

Source: Johnson County Historical Society


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