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In 1948 more than 1000 school districts in Idaho began to consolidate into the present 115 districts. Fifteen school districts (Rathdrum and Spirit Lake with grades 1-12 and 13 elementary districts) joined to form Lakeland School District No. 272. At one time, Athol operated a high school but had combined grades 9-12 with Spirit Lake prior to the state’s reorganization.  The combined high school enrollment was approximately 160 students in 1948.




The district tried to pass a bond issue to build one central high school 14 times before being successful in 1961.

John Brown Elementary and present Lakeland Junior High were constructed.




Rathdrum and Spirit Lake High Schools joined together for the first time in what is presently Mt. View Alternative High School on Main Street in Rathdrum.



The new high school opens in February 1962 and is now the home of Lakeland Jr. High School.




Athol and Spirit Lake Elementary schools were built, plus classrooms were added to John Brown and Rathdrum Upper Elementary (current site of Mt. View Alternative High School) schools.



Classrooms were added to the John Brown, Athol and Spirit Lake Elementary schools and to Lakeland Junior High.




The new Lakeland Senior High School was approved for construction.



Lakeland Senior High School opens serving grades 10-12 in its current location at the intersection of Highways 41 & 53 in Rathdrum.

The name “Lakeland” was adopted following a contest to name the new district. The mascot “Hawks” was also selected through the contest, as neither Rathdrum Panthers nor Spirit Lake Tigers could be used as a mascot in the new school.



Additional classrooms and libraries were added to John Brown, Athol and Spirit Lake Elementary schools and to Lakeland Junior High.



Garwood Elementary was opened.  Additions were made for classroom space at Athol, Spirit Lake, and John Brown Elementary schools plus additional classrooms were added at Lakeland Junior High School.




Betty Kiefer Elementary was constructed.  Additions for classroom and multi-purpose space were added at Athol and Spirit Lake Elementary Schools as well as at Lakeland Junior High School and Lakeland Senior High School.  John Brown elementary also had a new multi-purpose room added.



Timberlake Junior/Senior High School was completed and opened in Spirit Lake. 





A bond issue passed with 87 percent voter approval. Funds from the $6.9 million issue were used to build a new 7th and 8th grade Timberlake Junior High School, provide a Lakeland Senior High School gymnasium/physical education facility, and modernize the Lakeland Junior High School ninth grade classroom corridor.



In the fall of 2004 Timberlake Junior High School was added.



A $14.2 million bond issue which was approved by Lakeland voters in October of 2005.  The measure supported a grade alignment of kindergarten through sixth grade elementary schools, seventh through eighth grade junior high schools, and ninth through twelfth grade high schools.  The measure was designed with a focus on handling future student growth, relieving overcrowding at the elementary schools, and moving Lakeland Junior High ninth graders to the high school.





Other components of the school bond measure included:

o  Enlargement of the lunchroom at Garwood Elementary.

o  Improvement of the office and main entry at Spirit Lake Elementary.

o  Addition of a wireless computer/science lab at each existing elementary school.

o  Upgrades to the current Lakeland Senior High School facility, including ten additional classrooms, gymnasium and locker rooms expansion, science classroom improvements, library and office area remodel, added parking, and heating/ventilation system updates.




In the fall of 2007 Twin Lakes Elementary was added at a cost of $5.3 million. Lakeland high school gymnasium project is completed in early December of 2007.






A $9.5 million bond was approved by voters in the Coeur d’Alene, Lakeland, and Post Falls School Districts to construct Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC), a technical training facility offering high school students courses in welding, automotive, diesel mechanics, carpentry, engineering mechanics and health care occupations. The Meyer family donation of 10 acres combined with 10 acres purchased and donated by local business leaders provides a 20-acre site for the campus.



KTEC Opens.