Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School
|Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School|
810 North Sycamore Street 
|School type||Public, High School|
|Established||1997, 1923, 1879|
|School board||Board Website|
|School district||Peabody–Burns USD 398|
|CEEB code||172370 |
|Grades||6 to 12|
|Hours in school day||8:25AM to 3:30PM|
|Athletics||Class 8-Man I |
District 8 
|Athletics conference||Wheat State|
|Communities served||Peabody, Burns,|
|Feeder schools||Peabody-Burns Elementary School|
Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School is a public secondary school in Peabody, Kansas, United States. It is the sole high school operated by Peabody–Burns USD 398 school district, and serves students of grades 7 to 12. The school serves the communities of Peabody, Burns, Wonsevu, and nearby rural areas of Marion / Chase / Harvey / Butler Counties.
The first school in Peabody was organized in 1871. The first school building, two stone rooms, was built in 1872 on the northeast corner of Maple and 2nd. The first high school classes were taught in 1879, and the first graduation class in 1881 consisted of 2 students.
In 1923, the first high school was built at 900 North Walnut Street for grades 9 to 12. Prior to the opening of this high school, all grades went to the same school building.
In 1946–1947, the School Reorganization Act consolidated many one-room rural schools into the Peabody school district.
In 1953, the Brown Building was built, across the street, to house a larger gymnasium, band / lunch room, and vocational agriculture rooms.
In 1965, the Burns and Summit school districts were unified with Peabody to form Unified School District 398. The Burns High School in Burns, Kansas was closed, as was the rural Summit school that was located between Peabody and Burns.
In 1997, the current high school was built (and attached) to the south side the existing Brown Building at 810 North Sycamore Street. Soon afterward, the former 1923 high school across the street was demolished and converted into a football practice field. The Burns Grade School, which included a junior high, was closed in Burns, Kansas.
Currently all students in the USD 398 district attend schools in Peabody.
Historical school names
- Peabody High School (prior to 1965)
- Peabody-Burns High School (1965 to 1997)
- Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School (1997 to current)
The high school marching band is well known in competitions, and especially popular in regional parades. The high school is a member of T.E.E.N., a shared video teaching network, started in 1993, between five area high schools.
In the 2010–2011 school year, Peabody-Burns Junior High School had an enrollment of 63 students, and Peabody-Burns High School had an enrollment of 105 students.
The sports offered are Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Football, Golf, Softball, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling. The mascot is a Warrior. All high school athletic and non-athletic competition is overseen by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. For 2010/2011 seasons, the football team competes as Class 8 Man - Division I in the Wheat State league.
Peabody-Burns High School
After 1964-1965 Peabody / Burns / Summit school district consolidation.
- 2001, Class S (sand), Mike Hurst (Medalist).
Boys Cross Country:
- 2005, Class 2A, Andrew Topham (Individual).
- 2006, Class 2A, Andrew Topham (Individual).
Girls Cross Country:
- 1989, Class 2-1A, Laurie Miles (Individual).
Girls Outdoor Track & Field:
- 1981, Class 2A, 800-Meter Run, 2:11.50 Seconds, Lucille Carson (Individual).
- 2010, Class 2A, 400-Meter Dash, 56.58 Seconds, Lauren Pickens (Individual).
Cheer - Game Day Spirit Showcase:
- 2019, Class 1A.
Peabody High School
Before 1964-1965 Peabody / Burns / Summit school district consolidation.
- 1962, Class B, 2nd Place against Melvern, Head Coach Cal Reimer.
- 1963, Class B, 1st Place against Hill City, Head Coach Cal Reimer.
- 1913, Class ?, 2nd Place.
- 1924, Class A.
Burns High School
Before 1964-1965 Peabody / Burns / Summit school district consolidation.
- 1953, Class BB, 1st Place against Simpson, High School Boys Basketball, Head Coach Harvey Loy.
The following state tournaments were hosted in Peabody.
Boys State Baseball:
- 1950 to 1960 (11 years), Class B. Held at the Peabody City Park.
Boys State Golf:
- 1984 / 1986 / 1991 (3 years), Class S (sand).
High School Principals
Decades ago, Principals use to teach class in addition to their administrative roles. The notes columns lists other jobs held within the same school district (not exhaustive, and may be missing some information).
|2021 to Current||Tyler Schroeder|
|2017 to 2021||Scott Kimble|
|2014 to 2017||Ken Parry||*|
|2007 to 2014||Tim Robertson|
|2000 to 2007||Mary Brown|
|1998 to 2000||Dan Bradfield|
|1996 to 1998||Cris Leonard|
|1991 to 1996||John M. Ireland||PHS teacher 1976 to 1991,|
PHS coach & assistant coach
|1989 to 1991||Gregg Pennington|
|1982 to 1989||Don Hague|
|1979 to 1982||Wayne Blessing|
|1973 to 1979||Jerry L. Webster|
|1967 to 1973||H. Clinton Hill|
|1963 to 1967||Donald E. Martin||Superintendent 1967 to 1980|
|1961 to 1963||Donald M. White|
|1956 to 1961||John G.S. Nettleton||Superintendent 1961 to 1962|
|1955 to 1956||Richard Brewer||PHS science teacher|
|1954 to 1955||Richard Brewer (Vice Principal)||PHS science teacher|
|1953 to 1954||Richard Brewer (Admin Asst)||PHS science teacher|
|1952 to 1953||Willard Hilton (Admin Asst)||PHS science teacher|
|1950 to 1952||Harold M. Clark||Superintendent 1952 to 1955|
|1943 to 1950||Floyd Talley||PHS science teacher 1942 to 1950|
|1939 to 1943||Charles A. Burgtorf||PHS math teacher 1939 to 1943|
|1931 to 1939||Frank M. Leatherman||PHS math teacher 1928 to 1939|
|1927 to 1931||Paul B. Johnsten||PHS teacher|
|1923 to 1927||Harry H. Brown||Superintendent 1927 to 1950,|
PHS teacher 1950 to 1956,
Brown Building named after him
- C. M. Arbuthnot (1852-1920), physician, founder of Arbuthnot Drug Company, Principal in Peabody for two years.
- Dennis W. Franchione (born 1951), head college football coach at Southwestern College, Pittsburg State University, University of New Mexico, Texas Christian University, University of Alabama, Texas A&M University, Texas State University. Head football coach of Peabody High School from 1976 to 1977.
- Warren A. Bechtel (1872–1933), founder of Bechtel Corporation. In 1925, Warren, his three sons, and his brother Arthur (from Peabody) joined together to form the W.A. Bechtel Company, and was one of the Six Companies, Inc. that constructed the Hoover Dam, then later became Bechtel Corporation (as of 2018, the largest construction company in the United States and 11th-largest privately-owned company in the United States).
- Rebecca L. Ediger (born 1952), United States Secret Service agent, Special Award for Distinguished Service to the Executive Office of the President.
List of notable students who attended schools in Peabody, but graduated from another high school:
- Nick Hague (born 1975), NASA astronaut, Colonel in United States Air Force, deployed in Iraq War, test pilot at 416th Flight Test Squadron, teacher at United States Air Force Academy. Nick attended school in Peabody from 1982 to 1989 while his father was Principal of Peabody-Burns High School.
- Peabody City Park, location of football field
- Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, local newspaper, contains stories about USD 398 school district
- List of high schools in Kansas
- List of unified school districts in Kansas
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Peabody-Burns Jr/Sr High School; United States Geological Survey (USGS); July 1, 1984.
- USD 398
- High School CEEB Code Search
- "Staff". USD 398. Archived from the original on June 22, 2021.
- "2019-2020 Classifications and Enrollments". Kansas State High School Activities Association. February 3, 2020. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020.
- KSHSAA School Classification List
- KSHSAA School District List
- "School Search - Peabody-Burns HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- "A Brief History of Peabody's Wonderful Educational Advancements". Peabody News. 1901. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14.
- Peabody : The First 100 Years; Peabody Historical Society; Peabody Gazette-Herald in Peabody, KS; 123 pages; 1971.
- T.E.E.N. video teaching network
- USD 398 Enrollment; Peabody Gazette-Bulletin; September 15, 2010
- KSHSAA Football Class Size Assignments.
- Winners & Records Of All KSHSAA-Sponsored State Events
- "Fran-tic Climb; The Topeka Capital-Journal; November 1, 2003". Archived from the original on November 19, 2003. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
- "Wife helps Franchione balance life on, off the football field; AggieSports; December 26, 2004". Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
- Team camaraderie still exists after decades; Peabody Gazette-Bulletin; May 18, 2011.
- "Basketball". KSHSAA. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "Peabody superintendent heads into retirement". Hillsboro Star-Journal. June 16, 2021. Archived from the original on June 22, 2021.
- "Staff". USD 398. Archived from the original on January 12, 2021.
- School board changes staff, cuts position; Peabody Gazette-Bulletin; May 7, 2014.
- "Astronaut on NASA launch attended school in Peabody". Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. October 17, 2018. Archived from the original on October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
- "Jerry L. Webster Obituary". Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. January 30, 2013.
- "H. Clinton Hill Obituary". Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. October 17, 1996.
- "Donald E. Martin Obituary". Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. February 20, 2013.
- "John G.S. Nettleton Obituary". Wright Funeral Home. September 28, 2008. Archived from the original on October 16, 2019.
- "Harold M. Clark Obituary". Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. November 29, 2006.
- "Harold M. Clark Obituary". New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. November 29, 2006. Archived from the original on October 15, 2019.
- "Frank M. Leatherman Death Note". Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. January 7, 1982.
- "Harry H. Brown Obituary". Peabody Gazette-Herald. May 4, 1967.
- "A Brief History of Peabody's Wonderful Educational Advancements". Peabody News. 1901. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
- Arbuthnot Drug history; Belleville Telescope; September 14, 1989; Page 36.
- Wife helps Franchione balance life on, off the football field; AggieSports; Published December 26, 2004.
- Society of 1895 Honorees for 2011; Wichita State University Foundation.
- "Two PHS grads serve top office of the land; Peabody Gazette-Bulletin; February 12, 2003; Page 1 and 9". Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
- Follow-up study of the male graduates of the Peabody High School from 1951 to 1966; Gary L. Jones; Kansas State University; 56 pages; 1967.
- Peabody : The First 100 Years; Peabody Historical Society; Peabody Gazette-Herald in Peabody, KS; 123 pages; 1971. (contains school history)
- The Women of Peabody; Peabody Historical Society; Mennonite Press in Newton, KS; 250 pages; 2010; LCCN 2010928692. (contains memories from some former school teachers)
- District Website
- USD 398 School District Boundary Map, KDOT
- Peabody City Map, KDOT
- 1901 A Brief History of Peabody's Wonderful Educational Advancements
- 1901 Brief Summary of Resources and Advantages of Our Little City
- 1901 Summary for Session of Marion County Normal Institute
- 1901 photo of (Peabody) Board Of Education for District 12 of Marion County, D.F. Rhodes / A.N. Eaton / J.O. Moffett / W.M. Irwin / F.E. Butler / T.M. Potter.
- 1912 photo of Peabody High School Football Team
- 1914 roster of Peabody High School Alumni from 1881 to 1913 - Peabody newspaper archive
- 1936 photo of Senior High Class