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Echoes in the Hallways

Mallard High School Included in Book on Closed Iowa Schools

By Staff | Feb 4, 2021

EMPORIA, KS — A new book by author James Kenyon will be released in February. Echoes in the Hallways: History and Recollections of 102 Closed Iowa High Schools is a collection of stories from student alumni of closed Iowa high schools, documenting 102 institutions from Iowa’s 99 counties. Kenyon consulted county historical records as well as interviewing former students and teachers, culminating in unique school profiles that include information ranging from the origin and growth of education in each county to sporting records, programs, and school traditions.

“High schools have long made up the social fabric in communities across the state, especially in rural Iowa,” said Dave Else, PHD, Professor Emeritus, University of Northern Iowa. “By engaging with community members in the 102 schools cited in the book, Dr. Kenyon reveals the extreme pride people of Iowa have in their schools and communities. Echoes in the Hallways showcases how Iowans have built an extraordinary education system school by school. Because it is so well researched and written, once you pick it up, you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”

Kenyon was a veterinarian for 35 years in a mixed animal practice in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and served for 24 years on the local school board. He is the author of A Cow for College and Other Stories of 1950s Farm Life and Golden Rule Days: History and Recollections of 109 Closed Kansas High Schools. Both books received commendation as Martin Kansas History Book Award winners.

Echoes in the Hallway is available in paperback. The book can be ordered direct from the publisher or through any bookstore. The cost is $30 (includes shipping & handling) and orders may be mailed to:

Meadowlark Books

PO BOX 333

Emporia, KS 66801

Readers are also invited to order online at www.meadowlark-books.com.