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StuCo names new academic halls at Dodge City High School

Before Dodge City High School opened in 2001, a group of students met to name the academic halls.  Now, 15 years later, a similar process was followed to name the new additions expected with the bond projects.

“Noel Ary, the former Executive Director of the Kansas Heritage Center, helped with the naming of Hoover, Tolson, Sughrue and McCarty Halls,” Principal Jacque Feist said.  “This time around, we went to Noel to again get his blessing on the names students were considering.”

Student Council put together a committee of 12, representing all classes.  The group worked with representatives from the Kansas Heritage Center to come up with possible names.

“We picked two representatives from each class, plus the StuCo officers, to be on this academic hall naming committee,” Maribel Sanchez, StuCo President, said.

The students started with 23 files of information from different families in Dodge City. Since the high school schedules refer to rooms by the first initial of that hall, the students eliminated those with the same first initial as an existing hall.

“That narrowed it down a little bit,” Sanchez said.  “Then everyone was assigned information one of the remaining families and were able to narrow it down to four.”


After narrowing the names, the committee took their list to the entire Student Council for a vote and the winners were Jess C. Denious and Lola Crum.

Denious purchased a stake in the Dodge City Globe in 1910.  He served as editor and publisher and made it a daily paper.  He remained publisher until his death in 1953.  Denious also served as a Kansas State Senator from 1933 until 1940 and as Lieutenant Governor from 1943-1947.  This academic hall would be home to many career and technical education classes.

“We thought it was fitting because the hallways that will be named after Denious will house CTE classes, so like photography, video production, and yearbook,” Sanchez said.

The second hall is being named after Lola Crum, a long-time elementary teacher.  She taught at the school in Dodge City’s Mexican Village for a year in 1930.  Crum also taught at Sunnyside Elementary and at one time, had 56 students in one class. 

“Something all of us found really interesting was that this would be the first academic hall named after a female,” Sanchez said.  “We all really liked that idea.”

Board Member Jeff Hiers asked if the families had been notified but Feist said they were waiting on board approval.  Final plans have been priced by subcontractors at Dodge City High School and work will begin there soon.

Yvonda Offerle