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KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

A banner showing smiling children with the words "Enroll now for fall!"

Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

students in a bright, colorful classroom work on computers

On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!

Remembering Thacher School, 1900-2010

A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Superintendent Mark Bedell, school board member Manny Abarca and the Northeast community at a dedication for the Thacher School memorial on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.


Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave. Designed by noted KCPS architect Charles A. Smith and named after Civil War Major Luin Kennedy Thacher, the school opened in 1900. Smith went on to designed more than 50 schools during his long career, including Northeast High School.

Thacher operated for more than a century, serving generations of Kansas Citians who called the Northeast home. After Thacher closed in 2010, the building sustained fire damage, and the school board made the difficult decision to tear Thacher down to improve the Northeast Middle School campus. The building was demolished in 2015. Some of the original limestone decorations from Thacher’s façade were preserved to be incorporated into the memorial that stands there today.


black and white photos of Thacher School

Photos of Thacher School from the early 1900s.


With many old schools to maintain, KCPS is always trying to strike the balance between preserving history and giving our students the modern education spaces they deserve. We know that losing Thacher was difficult for many neighbors. We appreciate the support of the Northeast community and involved alumni. Our students thrive when the community takes an interest in their education, and we hope to see you in our schools soon.

Special thanks to the Kansas City Public Library for helping preserve our district's history through archival photographs and documents. You can find more photos of Thacher and other KCPS buildings in the Missouri Valley Special Collections.

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