Adair County R-1
|Adair County R-1|
600 Rombauer Avenue
|School type||Public / Reorganized district|
|Motto||Preparing Students for Success|
|School district||Adair County R-1|
|Grades||Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade|
|Enrollment||260 (2011-2012 school year)|
|Color(s)||Red and white|
|Athletics conference||Tri-County Conference|
Adair County R-1, also known as Novinger R-1 is a public school district located in Adair County, Missouri. It serves a largely rural population in western Adair County, along with the town of Novinger, Missouri, providing pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education.
The district was formed in the early 1950s as part of Missouri's Education Reformation Act. Eight smaller districts, often one-room schools, were reorganized and combined with Novinger school to create the current district. The current physical plant was constructed in 1953-1954, with major additions in the early 1970s and late 1990s. It houses a pre-Kindergarten / pre-school along with grades K through 6th on the northern end of the building, while graded 7 through 12 occupy the southern end. A common cafeteria area in the center serves all students. Adair County R-1 participates in the state of Missouri's A+ education program.
Athletics and extra curricular activities
Adair County R-1 competes in Missouri Class 1A athletics as determined by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. The school is a charter member of the Tri-County athletic conference, competing in boys & girls high school and junior high basketball, high school baseball and softball, and high school and junior high track. Additionally, the athletic booster club sponsors 5th and 6th grade basketball teams.
The teams mascot and nickname, the Wildcats, has its roots in the mid-1920s. The 1925-26 boys basketball team was one of the most successful in school history, reaching the "Elite 8" in the Missouri state high school tournament after beating much larger schools like Kirksville and Moberly. At first the word was split, Wild Cats, which was 1920s slang for "crazy guys" or "cool guys", however by the end of the decade the word had been consolidated and linked to the animal. Wildcats are not native to Missouri, but a close cousin, the Bobcat can be found in substantial numbers in the Chariton River valley around Novinger and elsewhere in northeast Missouri. Novinger and other small schools in the area were some of the first in the state to have girls basketball teams. The Novinger girls began using "Wild Kittens" around the same time as the boys adopted their name, and would continue to be known as such until the mid-1970s wen the more politically correct "Lady Wildcats" was put into usage.
Among the extra curricular activities offered are: FBLA, FFA, Cadet teaching, varsity and junior varsity Academic teams, National Honor Society, Choir, and Band. The Novinger band has consistently received high marks over the years with several first-place finishes at parades in Missouri and Iowa, and several "1" ratings for concert band excellence in Missouri district music contests. In 2011 the band was invited to participate in the 38th annual Kansas City St. Patricks Day parade, one of the largest in the United States.
- Zachary Wyatt, 2nd District Rep., Missouri House of Representatives (2011-2013). During his time in the House Wyatt was the only openly gay Republican legislator serving anywhere in the United States.
- Novinger Renewal newsletter, Summer 2013
- Kirksville Daily Express. Sunday Sept. 4, 2011 edition
- Novinger, Adair County, Missouri: The People, The Town, and The Surrounding Communities. Published by Novinger Renewal Inc., April 2001
- A Book Of Adair County History. Published by the Kirksville-Adair County Bicentennial Committee, 1976
- Ellsworth, Dan (Spring 2013). "The History of Novinger Wildcat Basketball, Article 38". Novinger Renewal, Inc. quarterly newsletter.
- "Local band to participate in one of nation's largest parades". KTVO-TV. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Missouri State Representative Zachary Wyatt endorses Missourians for Equality". St. Louis Post-Dispatch online edition. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.