Award Year: 2021

Klondike High School

2911 County Road H
Lamesa, TX, 79331-4945

(806) 462-7332

Mrs. Danielle Therwhanger, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Klondike Independent School District

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In order to lead children to their personal best, we have to first win their hearts.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 63%
  • Hispanic: 33%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Pep Rally in the 1932 refurbished gym

Pep Rally in the 1932 refurbished gym

Surrounded by cotton fields twelve miles south of Lamesa, Texas, Klondike is a rural 1A public school that houses pre-K through 12th grades in a single-campus. Admissions below 160 threatened closure in the early 2000s, but the community resisted. Today, Klondike is thriving, with a student population above 260, and success experienced not only in the classrooms, but extending to extracurricular activities as well.

Klondike's approach to student learning is to engage every student in academics, service, and accountability. Our school provides and supports an academic environment that makes it difficult for students to fall behind. With a high level of accountability, Klondike's teachers ensure that students are mastering the content taught in the classroom. Utilizing timely feedback and data, teachers make decisions to customize instruction for each student. This is possible because of the small nature of classes, and through the continuity of the curriculum that can be found from pre-K to twelfth grade.

In a community where school spirit and tradition is strong, parent and stakeholder involvement is a cornerstone of Klondike's success. Pride runs deep, as many families have a generational link to Klondike. With an active booster club, monthly teacher appreciation luncheons, high attendance at school events, and supportive of teachers and administration, Klondike's parents are a crucial piece of school culture and success. Klondike's tradition of excellence will continue for years to come!