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THSHS 2022 Board Group Photo

Top row: Joan Barker 1971, Michelle Neis 2006, Dave Corley 1968, Adam Crouch, Linda Wiley (Principal 2006-2016)

Second Row: Dave Clark 1967, Mike Stewart 1967, Cathy Anderson 1985, Tierney Kirtdoll 2000, Steve Holloman 1970

Third Row: Judy Soule 1958, Marsha Sheahan 1967, Anton Ahrens, Garry Cushinberry 1975, Paula Reilly (Associate Principal), Rebecca Morrisey (Principal)

Fourth Row: Nancy Vega 1970, Amy Jenkins

Not in this photo: Lesia Carter 1976, Liam Dale 2010, Andrea Etzel 2001, Saul Schwartz 1999, Alexis Stevens 2001, Doug Wallace 1965, Marlaina Webb

2022 Board Members: Anton Ahrens, Lesia Moore Carter 1976, David Clark 1967, Liam Dale 2010, Andrea Etzel 2001, David Heit, Amy Jenkins 2005, Steve Holloman 1970, Susan Baird Marchant 1964, Marsha Martin Sheahan 1967, Alexis Stevens 2001, Judy Stuenkel Soule 1958, Mike Stewart 1967, Douglass Wallace 1965, Marlaina Webb, Cindy Owens White 1975

2022 THS Historical Society Board

PRESIDENT
Michelle Neis, 2006

VICE-PRESIDENT
Marsha Martin Sheahan, 1967

TREASURER
Adam Crouch

SECRETARY
Dave Corley, 1968

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Joan Barker (1971)

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Rebecca Morrisey

Anton Ahrens

Cathy Wolff Anderson, 1985

Lesia Moore Carter, 1976

David Clark, 1967

Garry Cushinberry, 1975

Liam Dale, 2010

Andrea Etzel, 2001

Steve Holloman, 1970

Amy Jenkins, 2005

Tierney Kirtdoll, 2000

Saul Schwartz, 1999

Judy Stuenkel Soule, 1958

Alexis Stevens, 2001

Mike Stewart, 1967

Nancy Shuart Vega, 1970

Doug Wallace, 1965

Marlaina Webb

Linda Wiley (THS Principal 2006-2016)

Historical Society Mission

Topeka High School Historical Society was established in 1985, for the purpose of preserving the grand tradition of this remarkable and historic school. Our mission is to Preserve, Promote and Enhance the Traditions and Heritage of Topeka High School.

Our objectives are:

  • Help USD 501 preserve the building
  • Maintain the Helen McKenna Mulvane Chimes
  • Issue historical/alumni newsletters
  • Conduct Hall of Fame inductions
  • Award a scholarship yearly to a THS senior
  • Receive and preserve historical artifacts for the THS archives
  • Assist classes in planning reunions

THSHS Diversity Statement

We, at the Topeka High School Historical Society (THSHS), in pursuit of our mission, believe that diversity is an integral part of the history, culture, and identity of our community, our school and our organization. The THSHS Board of Directors assert that inclusion and respect are foundational to the way we perceive and treat all differences. We are committed to maintaining this inclusive and transparent culture where all forms of diversity are welcomed, embraced, and celebrated.

Walking the grounds and Halls of Troy stirs pride.

It is always a treat because of the traditions, the memories we have, and the overwhelming and unique history and beauty of our building. We also want to honor and remember those who have gone before us, who have contributed to our history and memories.

Please review the policy, now in effect, for proposing or changing a plaque or adornment on the THS walls or outside areas.

Topeka High School’s Historical Areas

Opened on September 17, 1931, Topeka High features six areas with stained glass, four fireplaces & classroom stages, and is the only public high school in the world with an 18 note working Deagan Chime system. Topeka High School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 9, 2005, thus confirming it as a true treasure and part of Topeka’s heritage.

Chester Woodward Library

The THS Library, 1931

Many consider the Chester Woodward Library to be the most beautiful room in Topeka. Featuring a two-story main reading room, intricate details and a unique atmosphere, this room has been used for meetings and seminars throughout the years.

THS Auditorium, 1931

The Hoehner Auditorium has been known for its grandeur since 1931. The Gothic style theatre seats 1,875, is illumined by ten massive chandeliers, and features a vaulted tiled ceiling. It has been used by the Topeka community for a variety of events and serves as an inspiration to Trojan Thespians.

Hoehner Auditorium, Topeka High

THS Gymnasium, 1931

Keeping with Topeka High's athletic heritage, this gymnasium has hosted great sporting events. Whether used for practicing or winning championships, the Nicklin Court, named for long time basketball coach, Willie Nicklin, provides a wonderful area for viewing and participating in the traditions of this school.

THS Original Flagpole, 1931

Topeka High's Constitution Plaza showcases its unique flagpole on the east campus - the third spar from the 1797 frigate U.S.S Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). The landscape includes six lower flagpoles flying the five service flags and a MIA/POW flag, a brick path, and the newest feature of the ship's bell from the light cruiser U.S.S. Topeka.

the third spar from the 1797 frigate U.S.S Constitution ("Old Ironsides")

THS Art Gallery

The Topeka Art Guild, in conjunction with Topeka High, financed the large and small Art Galleries; the Guild also occupied an office here until the late 1970s. During that time the school opened this unique high school art gallery to the public on Sunday afternoons. Many prominent artists - among them sculptors Robert Merrill Gage ('11) and James Bass ('51); painters David Overmyer, Aaron Douglas ('17), Mary Huntoon ('16) and Walter Hatke ('67); and designer Bradbury Thompson ('29) have graduated from Topeka High.

Portraits of TROY

A 272 page photo essay of the construction and architecture of a Topeka landmark. Containing 342 images, 104 of the images were taken before 1940, Portraits of TROY is a visual journey through the school’s architectural history. To purchase your copy, visit our shop.

Portraits of TROY
Bronze Plaque at Topeka High

Bronze Plaque at Topeka High

On the plaque:

TOPEKA HIGH SCHOOL
EST 1871

OPENED FOR CLASSES AT THE
PRESENT SITE ON BETHANY SQUARE
800 SW TENTH AVENUE
SEPTEMBER 15, 1931

LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTRATION OF HISTORIC PLACES
BY THE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
JUNE 9 2005

THIS PLAQUE DONATED BY CLASS OF 1948

THSHS is applying for a grant from the National Parks Service - Department of Interior.