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These former Jr. Blues are celebrating their 50th class reunion! Welcome back to the Washburn Rural High School Class of 1973! We’re so glad you’re here.

Students at Washburn Rural Middle School have embarked on an exciting cycling adventure as part of their physical education curriculum. The school has a fleet of bicycles and helmets for this innovative program, thanks to grants awarded from local organizations, including our very own Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation. Beyond the basics of riding, the cycling unit incorporates lessons in bike care, maintenance, and safety protocols.

The PE department would like to extend a special thanks to Capp's Bike Shop for supporting this program. Capp's was instrumental in bringing this program to life.

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Adventuremobile visited Pauline South Intermediate School earlier this week with a collection of age-appropriate books for students. Students were able to check-out books for two weeks, at which time the Adventuremobile will return with an entirely new selection.

Fifth graders are in for a real treat this week as they venture to Auburn-Washburn’s outdoor education campus for their “Fifth Dimension” field trip. Not only will they have fun exploring in nature, they’ll learn important life skills related to:

🧭 Compasses, maps, and orienteering.
🐾 Identifying animals by tracks and scat.
🔍 Pond water organisms and life cycles.
🐢 The flow of energy through producers, consumers, scavengers, and decomposers.

Shout-out to the staff at Outdoor Environmental Lab for the incredible work they do to educate our youth about the importance of our ecosystem!

The next food pantry event will take place on Thursday, October 5 at Pauline South Intermediate School. District families have the option to schedule an appointment for pickup between 3:00-4:00 pm or to walk-in from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Congratulations to Mr. Chris Exum and Mr. Steven Davis for being selected by the AP Art and Design class as this year's "Unsung Heroes of Washburn Rural High School." The class spent three weeks collaborating on their oversized portraits and essays, and presented their final projects on Friday. Of Mr. Exum and Mr. Davis, the students had these thoughtful words to say.

About Mr. Exum
Chris Exum is more than your average teacher.
More than just a band director.
He is more than all the drum line features.
Always encouraging students to strive for better.

To elevate
To motivate
And maximize
To win the day

About Mr. Davis
Mr. Davis is a copy center aide described by students as hard working, involved, and motivated. "While getting to know Mr. Davis, we have been able to see just how great of a person he is. He makes our school a better place and we couldn’t be happier with our choice this year to recognize him. He deserves it!"

The AP Art and Design class is under the direction of Mr. Brad LeDuc.


The Washburn Rural High School Marching Band has been on the move all week! After their stellar performance at the Homecoming parade and game on Friday, they turned around and marched in the Auburn parade on Saturday. Their journey continues tonight as they take to the field at Hummer Sports Park for the Shawnee County Marching Band Exhibition. March on, Jr. Blues. March on.

Come support your Lady Blues and all the students participating at the round-robin Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, September 23! Games start at 9:00 AM in the WRHS Activity Center. Washburn Rural is hosting Blue Valley High School, Lawrence Free State High School, Manhattan High School, and St. James Academy.

Games played on the north court will be livestreamed at

Livestream schedule:

Round 1: Washburn Rural vs. Lawrence Free State
Round 2: Washburn Rural vs. Manhattan
Round 3: Washburn Rural vs. St. James Academy
Round 4: St. James Academy vs. Blue Valley
Round 5: Washburn Rural vs. Blue Valley

Happy Homecoming Day! Washburn Rural High School has planned a variety of activities leading up to tonight's football game against Manhattan High. See below for details.

Join us at the Homecoming game tomorrow – Friday, September 22 – as our Jr. Blues take on Manhattan High School! Pre-game festivities begin at 2:15 pm.
–Parade at 2:15 pm
–Tailgate at 5:00 pm
–Pre-game at 6:45 pm
If you are unable to attend, game coverage will be livestreamed at