Lakeland Sod High School

Lakeland Sod High School (HM662)

Location: Johnstown, NE 69214 Brown County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 33.643', W 100° 0.85'

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Lakeland High School was constructed 20 miles south of this site by ranchers from several rural school districts during the summer of 1934. School began that September with 11 students. Constructed of prairie sod, with a sod roof supported by pole rafters, this two-room building housed the classroom and living quarters for the teacher. Outbuildings —two toilets and barn for the students' horses — were also built of sod. The rooms were heated by "prairie coal" (cow chips) picked up by teachers, students and parents.

Altogether 33 students attended Lakeland, with 11 receiving high school diplomas. Some students rode horseback up to ten miles; others stayed with families and helped with chores for their room and board. With Nebraska Department of Education approval and through the efforts of the county superintendent and school patrons, students in the sparsely populated sandhills of southern Brown County received their higher education during the hard times of the 1930s.
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HM NumberHM662
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
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Marker Number236
Placed ByBrown County Historical Society; Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 6:10am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 416750 N 4712533
Decimal Degrees42.56071667, -100.01416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 33.643', W 100° 0.85'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 33' 38.58" N, 100° 0' 51.00" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16124 US-20, Johnstown NE 69214, US
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