100 Years of Rapid City Public Schools- A Community Project

Celebrate Rapid City’s School Buildings! The history of the Rapid City Public Schools spans nearly 150 years, but the oldest in-use building will turn 100 this year. In it’s honor, there will be a two part celebration: a Centennial Celebration for the eastern most portion of the current Rapid City High School Building on October 8th and a celebration of all Rapid City Area School Buildings on February 10th, 2024.

Community Partners & Contacts:

  • Rapid City Public School Foundation – Kara Flynn (Executive Director)
  • Rapid City Education Association – Stephanie Hunter (President)
  • Citywide PTA – Charity Day (Co-President)
  • Historic Rapid City – Jean Kessloff (President)
  • The Youth Institute – David Lock & Josh Egbert (Director & Assistant Director)

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Celebrating School Buildings

On February 10th, 2024 a film festival featuring all public school buildings in Rapid City will be presented at the Historic Theater at Rapid City High School. Each film will be approximately 5 minutes in length and feature history of each specific building. Many films will be put together by students!


Want to support the project? We estimate about $18,500 worth of expenses from a timeline on the floor, to advertising and signage about the history of each school. Any amount is greatly appreciated. You can donate by:

a. Check Payable to: RCPSF c/o Black Hills Area Community Foundation
PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709 ~Be sure to write 100 Year Celebration in the Memo.

b. Online credit card: https://bit.ly/RCPSFoundation In honor of: 100 Year Celebration

Contact Sarah Gross at 605-484-2492 or Forest Cooper at 605-399-8509 with any questions.