The sun rose in the early hours day after day, week after week, month after month. Horse drawn wagons were loaded. They carried lumber, beams, bricks, and other materials across the Big Sioux River. The year was 1920 and a "new school" was about to be built in a little town named Egan. Our ancestors did much of the labor that reflects the cost, $150,000.00. There were two architects, one set of blue prints, and one construction company. At times work halted because supplies were depleted or weather did not permit work to continue.
In 1920 the Egan Consolidated School District was formed. There were thirty-six sections of land around Egan that made up this school. The first class to graduate from the present school was in 1922. There have been over 1600 graduates of Egan High School. At one time our mascot was the Bluebirds and then we became Bluejays all because of a typographical error.
At times there were 350 students attending the Egan School in one year. In the late 70's and early 80's enrollment began to decline, the railroad was no more, and families began to relocate in other cities. That forced the school district to make some decisions.
Over the years there have been triumphs and tragedies. Graduates have gone on to make the community proud of them. Students left school to go fight for their country, some came home and some gave the ultimate sacrifice. There were tragedies in school and out of school. Each family in the district has something to share about the years at the Egan School. Each family has memories of accomplishments and achievements.
In 1991 the Egan School District joined with the Colman School District. Now we are the Colman-Egan School District 50-5. We are now known as the C-E Hawks! From academics to activities to athletics we are one district. But enrollment has continued to decline in our district. With that known fact, the Egan School will close today, May 24, 2004.
The United States flag will be lowered and folded one last time. The townspeople will no longer hear the recess bell ring. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all" will no longer echo in the halls each morning at Egan.
To everyone who has memories of the Egan School, cherish them. Even if the doors to the school are closed, the doors to the memories of good old Egan High will remain open forever.
And so with new history to be made, instead of heading east on Highway 34 at the Lone Tree corner next year, I will head west but I will always remain, "loyal to you Egan High!"
Bonnie DeLay Hemmer – Class of 1969