Class of 1871 - First Anamosa Graduates
The first graduating class from the Anamosa Community Schools was the class of 1871. There were eight students in that first class:
William Alderman, Emogene Bates, Albertine Tice Crunningham, Sarah Crawford, Emma Littlefield, Lelia Lockwood, Ed Morey, and Albert Thomas.
Mr. I.C. Lusk was the superintendent of schools given the job of organizing the upper grades into a high school. He left the school to become a Methodist minister. Mr. C.D. Morey was the second superintendent. After leaving the superintendent position, he became a successful doctor of medicine in Illinois. J.E. Kelsey, Amos Hyatt, John Davidson, Park Hill, Aaron Palmer, J.C. Macomber, C.E. Buckley, Frank C. Popham, and M. O. Roark in September 1909 followed in the position. (Information is not available for the years 1910-1933) In 1933 G.B. Kinser served as Superintendent of Anamosa Community Schools until 1946. D.W. Thompson then took over the position for three years. From 1949 to 1951 Virgil Lagomarcino, 1951 - 1956 E.L. Johnson, and from 1956 - 1962 G.B. Brastrom filled the position. In 1962 James Poulter served as the Superintendent of Anamosa Schools for many years until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Marvin Boyer took over the position until 1989 then John Roederer until 1993 when Dr. Randal McCaulley served until the year of 2000. Then Dr. Gordon Cook served the school as interim superintendent until the hiring of Superintendent Carol I. Lensing in 2002. Ms Lensing served until 2006 . Dr. Dale Monroe was Superintendent from 2006-2010. Brian Ney was hired as interim superintendent for the 2010-2011 school year. He has agreed to stay for a second year through 2012.
Yearbooks/annuals are still being printed at the Anamosa Community Schools. Orders are taken each year through the high school office. Because of paper shortages there were no yearbooks printed in 1942, 43, 44 or 45. The Anamosa Public Library has many of the school yearbooks in their reference section.