The Ranger (beta)

Fremont County's Daily Newspaper

News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.

Ranger Login

The way it was: Two-year high school -- 1927

May 27, 2012 - Staff

For the first half of the 20th century, Fremont County families of the "upper country" had a decision to make when it came time for the kids to go to high school. These were the days before Pavillion, Morton or Dubois high schools, which came later, and the most common practice was for high-school aged children to board with families where there was a high school.

Lander was the most common choice, although some rural kids boarded with Riverton families as well into the 1940s. Dubois took steps toward a high school of its own from the early days, although it was a two-year high school initially until the first four-year school was built in 1937.

Related content: