FSCC to Hold Centennial Celebration This Fall

April 8, 2019

Fort Scott, Kansas, April 6, 2019 – Fort Scott Community College—the oldest continually operating community college in Kansas—will celebrate one hundred years of existence September 20 and 21.

The celebration will kick off Friday evening, September 20, with a banquet for graduates, employees, and their families. Saturday afternoon will feature a tailgate party at the stadium for all members of the community and conclude with the Homecoming game at 7:00 p.m.


Other activities planned include the burial of a time capsule, a series of featured articles in the newspaper, display cases around the campus, cake celebration, a video depicting campus activities, and appearances at local fairs and other community events, and other activities in the works.


Fort Scott Community College (then Fort Scott Junior College) was voted into existence on November 8, 1918, in a city-wide election. Rees Hughes, principal at Fort Scott High School, administered the newly formed college with fully qualified teachers to teach a program of consisting of foreign languages, English, mathematics, and science that would be identical to that offered by the University of Kansas.


According to a Fort Scott Tribune article published in April 1918, “By establishing the two years of college work in Fort Scott, it offers an unusual opportunity for students in Fort Scott and Bourbon County and adjacent counties to secure two years of normal school or college work while near home. The work done in the Fort Scott Junior College will be fully accredited at any of the colleges, normal schools or universities of the state.”


Save the date! On September 20 and 21, Fort Scott Community College will be celebrating its first 100 years of preparing students for the future!



Harold W. Hicks


Fort Scott Community College

2108 South Horton

Fort Scott, Kansas 66701

Tel: 620.223.2700 X3150