Where CB High, ALHS, and Kirn Came Together

Perched atop one of the highest hills, Council Bluffs' first high school building in 1870 reflected the city’s optimism as much as it did society’s expectations of education. The towering building had a chapel, but no facilities for practical training; there was no sports equipment, yet ample rifles and live ammunition to arm all students.

CB schools historian Michael Winchester will explore the city's first high school building and why it quickly fell out of use, the struggle over where to rebuild, how Abraham Lincoln High School’s first principal, Gerald W. Kirn, came to define the school he ruled for over a quarter century, and the genesis of the AL/TJ rivalry. The program will conclude with a showing of photos of the interior of the old AL building shortly before it was destroyed by arsonists in 1976.

The tour will start in the bleachers at Kirn Park and conclude at the Bregant House, about five blocks away.

October 9, 8:30 am (Rain date October 16); $5 general public; Historical Society members no charge. To ensure that everyone can hear the guide comfortably group size will be limited, so advance reservations are strongly recommended. RESERVE NOW.


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