LaFollette Heights School (Mt. Vernon, WI) History

Construction and Children

The LaFollette Consolidated Heights School was constructed in 1962-63 as a result of state-ordered consolidation of rural schools.

The LaFollette School was built on land from the Eith farm on County Highway G (Section 9, Primrose Township). A huge silver bell sat near the road as a welcome to all teachers and students.


Soon after the school was built another round of re-assignments took place with some children being sent into Mt. Horeb.

Grades 1-4 were taught in the school.  Most grades had under 20 students who lived in Primrose and Perry Townships.  Each grade had a single grade and teacher; one of whom doubled as the principal. The gym was also used as a lunchroom. 

Pageants and Parades

Gerald Trainor volunteered to dress up as Santa each Christmas, and he gave out treat bags to all the kids after the pageants. Trainor was co-owner of the Erfurth-Trainor Citgo service station in Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Horeb School District’s Class of 1987 at their first grade Christmas Pageant in 1975

Info from mom here

LaFollette’s 1975-76 first grade students in the 1975 New Glarus Homecoming parade

Playground and Picnics

View of playground equipment kiddie corner behind the school
The opposite view from the playground to the school

Info from mom here

Class picnic, 1967

The ball field saw countless kickball and softball games over the years. An occasional local men’s softball team would get permission to practice there on the weekends as well.

Class picnic, 1967


Grades 1-4 continued at LaFollette until it closed in 1982. The building is now privately owned.

The view toward the ball field backstop and Hwy G
Yours truly throwing a pitch on the ball field mound – which was flat ground

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