Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
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The first school in Cerro Gordo County was taught by Eliza GARDNER, a daughter of Rowland GARDNER, who, with most of his family, perished in the Spirit Lake massacres in the Spring of 1857. Eliza was fortnately absent from the home at the time and thus escaped the fate of her father's family.
~ History of Iowa: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Benjamin F. GUE, The Century History Co., New York, 1903

  • Honor Roll of 1876

  • School News, August 02, 1944



  • Alternative School, 9th Grade to 12th Grade, 19 N. Illinois Ave., Mason City
        Mason City Community School District

  • Central School 1914 - 1999, Clear Lake

  • Central School (Historial), dedicated 1874, Mason City 
        Carrie LANE (Carrie CHAPMAN CATT) came to Mason City to teach, Fall of 1881.
        "Prose & Poetry", Central School, May 1914

  • Cerro Gordo Rural Schools Orchestra, 1936

  • Clausen Schoolhouse, 1872, Clear Lake

  • Clear Creek Elementary School, Pre-K to 5th Grade, 901 South 14th Street
        Clear Lake Community School District

  • Clear Lake Middle School, 6th to 8th Grade, 1601 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
        Clear Lake Community School District

  • Clear Lake High School (Historical), original high school, Clear Lake

  • Clear Lake High School, 9th to 12th Grade, 125 N. 20th Street, Clear Lake
        Clear Lake Community School District
        Clear Lake High School Completed, 1936
        Clear Lake High School Honor Roll, 1936
        Clear Lake HS Boys Basketball, 1936
        Clear Lake's W. Hugh STICKLER, 1936
        Clear Lake Football Honors, 2007
        Clear Lake Dance Team Honors, 2007
        2009 Girls' HS Basketball Conference Champs
        Clear Lake's Tom & Ryan LEISURE
        2016 School Renovations

  • Cornell College Graduates, 1884 - 1915

  • Dougherty Township Schools
        Dougherty #1, Dougherty (Deerfield) #7, Scott Township #7 of Floyd County

  • Emory School No. 5

  • Garfield School built 1882, Mason City

  • Grant School, Mason City 

  • Grant Country School No. 6, Lake Township

  • Hamilton School of Commerce, a.k.a. Hamilton Business School, Mason City
        Formerly was Toland Business School; currently operating as Kaplan University

  • Harding Elementary School, K to 5th Grade, 1239 N. Rhode Island Avenue
        Mason City Community School District

  • Holy Family Catholic School, Mason City
        Holy Family Essay Winners, 1936
        Holy Family Athletics, 1945

  • Hoover Elementary School, K to 5th Grade, 1123 8th Street SW
        Mason City Community School District

  • I.O.O.F. Orphan's Home, dedicated 1903, Mason City

  • Jackson School built 1913, 1809 S. FederalMason City; later sold to commercial concern

  • Jefferson Elementary School, K to 5th Grade, 1421 4th Street SE
        Mason City Community School District

  • John Adams Middle School, 6th to 8th Grade, 29 S. Illinois Avenue
        Mason City Community School District

  • Lake Country School No. 7

  • Lime Creek No. 8 School

  • Lincoln Elementary School
        Clear Lake Community School District

  • Lincoln Intermediate School, 1625 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City
        Makerspace, 2016

  • Logan Chiropractic Technique Class, 1935, Mason City

  • Madison Early Childhood Center, 2620 S. Jefferson Avenue, Mason City

  • Madison Elementary School, K to 5th Grade, 2620 S. Jefferson Avenue
        Mason City Community School District, built 1923

  • Mason City High School, 9th Grade to 12th Grade, 1700 4th Street SE
        Mason City Community School District
        1903 Class Reunion Part of 1953 Centennial
        HS Commercial Club, 1916
        Mason City Honor Roll, March of 1936
        Mason City Mohawks, 1936
        Mohawk HS Boys Basketball, 1936
        Debate Team, 1936
        Mason City Senior Play, 1936
        Mohawk All-State Basketball Players, 1940
        Girls Class 4A State Basketball Champions, 2016
        Mason City's Unified Cheer

  • Mason City Junior College, opened 1918 
        present-day North Iowa Area Community College
        Mason City Trojans, 1936

  • Mason City Seventh Day Adventist School, private school, 3rd to 7th Grade
        Mason City

  • McKinley School built 1910, Mason City

  • Memorial University, Mason City, later Mason City Junior College, present-day NIACC

  • Meservey School Gym, 1936

  • Meservey - Thornton Elementary School, K to 5th Grade

  • Meservey - Thornton Middle School, 6th to 8th Grade

  • Monroe Middle School built, 1923, Junior High wing added 1939, Mason City

  • National Memorial University, Mason City

  • Newman Catholic School, opened 1961, private school, Pre-K to 12th Grade
        2245 19th Street SW, Mason City

  • Nora Springs - Rock Falls, K-12th Grade, 509 North Iowa Avenue, Nora Springs

  • North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Drive, Mason City 
        opened 1918 as Mason City Junior College

  • North Iowa Christian School, private non-denominational Christian school
        811 N. Kentucky Ave., Mason City IA

    North Iowa Christian School graduate Kalina Davis

  • Old Stone School, Mason City's 2nd School

  • Owen Grove No. 3, Owen Township, 1921-22

  • Owen Grove No. 6, Owen Township

  • Plymouth HS Boys Basketball, 1936
        Plymouth School Election, 1936

  • Plymouth Road Christian Academy, Baptist private school, K to 11th Grade
        Mascot - Patriots, 808 Broad Street, Plymouth

  • Redeemer Pre-School, 301 S. Main Street, Ventura

  • Rock Falls School Election, 1936

  • Rockwell High School, Junior Class

  • Rockwell - Swaledale Elementary School, Pre-K to 6th Grade

  • Rockwell - Swaledale Middle - High School, 7th to 12th Grade

  • Roosevelt Elementary School, K to 5th Grade, 315 15th Street SE
        Mason City Community School District

  • Roosevelt Middle School, 6th to 8th Grade
        Mason City Community School District, built 1939

  • Sacred Heart Academy, Rockwell
        Sacred Heart School Fire

  • St. Francis Academy (Historical), Mason City

  • St. Joseph's Catholic School, Mason City

  • St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Mason City

  • St. Patrick's School, Dougherty
        includes St. Patrick's Graduates 1925 - 1964

  • Sunset View Elementary School, 408 Mars Hill Drive, Clear Lake

  • Thornton School, Thornton
        Thornton High School, 1936 Debate

  • Toland Business School, see Hamilton School of Commerce

  • Ventura Elementary School, K to 6th Grade, 300 Park Avenue, Ventura

  • Ventura Junior - Senior High School
        7th to 12th Grade, 110 S. Main Street, Ventura
        Ventura Football Honors, 2007

  • Washington Elementary School, Pre-K&
        Mason City Community School District, built 1890

  • West Fork Nation Community School
        Elementary & 9-12, Sheffield; Elementary & Middle School, Rockwell IA

  • Wilson School, built 1923, Mason City

    SOURCES: "History of Mason City, Timeline", Mason City Public Library
    Updated by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011; updated November of 2013



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