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Rembrandt Consolidated School was built in the early 1900s in Rembrandt, Iowa. Rembrandt, with a population of about 210 people, is in Buena Vista County in northwest Iowa. When Rembrandt Consolidated School graduated its last class in 1979, it was the smallest school in the entire state of Iowa.
There were very high expectations of excellence in the Rembrandt community. Experiences, observations, and Rembrandt history are documented on this website and in books written by Rembrandt graduates. The most complete of these publications are Rembrandt Remembers – 80 Years of Small Town Life, compiled and edited by Helene Ducas Viall and Betty Foval Hoskins, and A Portrait of Rembrandt by Rolf Mosbo. In addition, copies of the Rembrandt Booster newspaper, published between 1940 and 1964 are available in an online archive and tell more of the story of Rembrandt.
You can get a feel for life in Rembrandt from the excerpts below, taken from Rembrandt Remembers – 80 Years of Small Town Life and A Portrait of Rembrandt. The writer's graduation year is displayed before each name.
1957-Dr. Derwyn Anderson-RHS allowed me to have a history of winning, and that has stayed with me.
1959-Cordy Peterson-In a small town with a small school enrollment, we didn't realize that something really good was happening to us. And weren't we lucky. The never-to-be-duplicated setting of which we all were a part is priceless.
1961-Linda Stratton Renshaw-Excellence was expected, and we excelled. Call it Protestant work ethic, or whatever – we were instilled with a desire to go and do and be. So we went and did and were.
1967-Paul Ducas-There was, for the most part, a consensus of, or a set of morals/values that was consistent throughout the community. We basically got the same messages wherever we went, whether it was church, school, baseball practice, or friends’ houses.
1976-Kim Combes-Our class received a 99% ranking in both the state and the nation on ITED tests all four years of high school.
1963-Pat Teague-Rembrandt was a people town. Small and user-friendly, it accommodated human needs on a human scale.
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