A monument to the first free public school west of the Mississippi stands in front of the present day high school in Tipton, Iowa.
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"Tipton High School"

Tipton, Iowa

Representing a pioneering legacy in education, a monument to the first free public school west of the Mississippi stands in front of Tipton's present day high school. The Old Tipton Union School opened in 1856, just ten years after Iowa gained statehood, and was the first to provide a free education for community children on the then frontier. It was just the first of many significant influences the town would have on education in Iowa and beyond. In the 1920's Tipton would consolidate with surrounding country schools, becoming the largest consolidated school district in the state at the time. This effort was led by Superintendent Jane McCormick (an 1895 Tipton graduate and trailblazer in her own right, as a woman in her position in that era) and was said to be the model for consolidation that reshaped education across the state.

The Tipton Community School District continues to be a tremendous source of local pride to this day. Filled with the latest generation of young scholars and incredibly gifted and caring teachers and staff, our highly valued tradition of education carries on.

Photo © copyright by Josh Meier.

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