KANSAS STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The Kansas State School for the Deaf (KSD), founded by Philip A. Emery in 1861, began in the attic of a small house in Baldwin City and is the oldest state educational institution in Kansas. In 1862, the first Kansas legislation was passed to support the Professor and to relocate the School to nearby Olathe. That plan was almost lost in early fall of 1863 when Quantrill and his free-state opposed Raiders sacked and burned nearby Lawrence and were headed onto Baldwin City. However, Major Preston B. Plumb, 200 Union Cavalry soldiers, Mr. Jim Lane, and assorted farmers, intercepted Quantrill before reaching Baldwin City, thus saving the little school house and the future of the Kansas School for the Deaf.
Today, the KSD continues as a large center school for deaf children known for its academic excellence in pre-college preparation and its career and transition programs leading to job placement upon graduation. The Kansas State School for the Deaf is also noted for its winning athletic teams (National Deaf Champions in football, basketball, and volleyball) and still boasts of beating the University of Kansas in baseball in 1897 and 1900. Wow!
The Kansas State School for the Deaf is a constant source of pride for all Kansans. Their commitment to the mission of quality education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) children of Kansas can be discovered through their website by following this link: http://www.ksdeaf.org
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