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Wilson High School

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Wilson Hall at Kansas City University

Wilson Hall was erected in 1907, and was opened for occupancy by the Wilson High School in September, 1908. The building has a large room used as a gymnasium, in the basement, with lockers, bath-rooms, etc. The building has cost about $35,000. The late Mr. W. S. Wilson, for a number of years president of the Board of Trustees, contributed largely to its erection.

In the corporation known as "The Kansas City University," are seven departments. The Collegiate department is known as "Mather College." Students for the ministry are prepared in the School of Theology. The Wilson High School, with a four year course of instruction, serves as a preparatory school to the college.

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The Wilson High School occupies a new building erected in 1907 at a cost of $25,000. It offers six courses of study, classical, the philosophical, and scientific courses, which admit students to the college; an English course, a teacher's course, and a business course are provided for students not expecting to attend college. The College of Elocution and Oratory presents facilities for instruction in the art of speaking, and is located in Kansas City, Mo. The Hahnemann Medical College is also located in Kansas City, Mo. It has been in existence about twenty years and offers courses leading to the degrees of M. D., B. S. and Ph. D.

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The Kansan
January 30, 1923



Wilson high school will continue, school officials announced today, following a second meeting of parents last night at the school.

Of the $3,000 estimated as needed for teachers' salaries, the remainder of the year, a total of $2,000 has been pledged. A subscription of $200 was made last night by Wyandotte Klan No. 5, Ku Klux Klan. The money was enclosed in a letter sent to Wilson high school in care of the principal, C. O. Braden. The letter stated the Wyandotte Klan had been informed that the school needed funds, and desired the officials to accept the money in order to further the good work of the school.

The money was accepted by the school authorities and parents.

The $3,000 will be used for salaries, L. C. Kline, financial manager of Kansas City university, said today, as the expenses of Wilson high school, such as light, heat, and repairs, are paid by the university. Kline will canvas Kansas City to obtain $500 necessary to raise the total of the required sum.

The committee to discuss the advisability of establishing a new rural high school will meet tonight at the school.

A survey of the seven rural school districts in the northeastern action of Wyandotte county will be made with the purpose of establishing a rural high school, according to Miss Olive Thompson, county superintendent. The districts are Welborn, Nearman, Vance, Hazel Grove, Pomeroy, White Church and district No. 5, known as Muncie. Wilson high school's district is too small to give the school sufficient funds for maintenance."

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Bonner Springs Chieftain - Oct 22, 1931

"The first school to serve Welborn was in Wilson Hall at the old Kansas City University, Thirty-third and Parallel Street, in Kansas City, Kansas.  It was supported in part by county school funds.  This arrangement was terminated by a change in conditions at the university and the school was moved to Welborn in 1925."

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