Parowan Elementary

Principal: Kevin Porter
Grades: K-6
Mascot: Eagles
128 W. 100 N.
Parowan, UT 84761
435-477-3368
www.iron.k12.ut.us/schools/pes/index.htm

Parowan High School

Principal: Roy Mathews
Grades: 7-12
Mascot: Rams
168 North Main
Parowan, UT 84761
435-477-3366
www.iron.k12.ut.us/schools/phs/index.htm

Iron County School District

Shannon Dulaney, Superintendent
2077 W. Royal Hunte Drive
Cedar City, UT 84720
435-586-2804
www.iron.k12.ut.us

School Events and Activities

For school athletic and activities schedule, please visit their websites.

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History

council_house_reducedEducation was an important value to the first pioneers of Parowan. After their arrival on January 13, 1851, they immediately started school classes. The men assembled a wicki-up from nearby trees. The children gathered inside the wicki-up around a small campfire with George A. Smith as their teacher. Throughout the school day, they would take turns sitting up close to the fire. There was only one grammar book that was shared among the children.

The classroom was moved to the Log Council Hall as soon as it was completed. This was a much better setting for the children, as they now had a proper classroom to work on their assignments.

stuckochurch175The Log Council Hall served as a school until the Parowan Rock Church was built. In 1868, with there being no public use for the Log Council Hall, it was divided into two halves and became the East Side School and the West Side School. In the late 1880?s, walls were built to divide the basement of the Rock Church into classrooms.

In the 1870?s, the lime-concrete schoolhouse was built in the center of the school block facing south (current school buildings stand on the original school block). Because of its construction materials, the interior and exterior walls of the building were white washed, thus the school was referred to as the white schoolhouse.

almarichardswithmedal175The number of school-aged children grew significantly around the turn of the century, thus overflowing the white schoolhouse, west side and east side school buildings. A fine three-story brick high school was completed in 1916. It stood on the southeast side of the school block with its front doors facing the corner. However, the third floor of the building was never finished. And with the swaying of the building during windstorms and mysterious noises coming from the third floor, it was determined that the building was not safe. The building was torn down and the “Yellow schoolhouse was built in 1918.

Additions to the Yellow Schoolhouse have been made to accommodate the growing number of high school students.

Today, the school block is home to Parowan Elementary, which stands on the southwest side, and Parowan High School, which is on the east side. There are several athletic fields for track, football, baseball, soccer, tennis and playgrounds.

In 2001, the high school track and football field was rededicated as the Alma W. Richards stadium, as a tribute to Parowan native and Utah’s first Olympic Gold medal winner.