Linn-Mar Community School District

In 1949, 17 rural schools joined to build the Marion Rural Independent School District. At that time, 287 students were enrolled in grades K-8. Tenth Street was lined with farm fields as were most of the other current Linn-Mar school building sites. Despite a district name change in 1959 and three merger votes with Marion Independent — all of which failed — Linn-Mar has had continual growth and retained a sense of community for over six decades.









Linn-Mar High School 1963                                                        Linn-Mar High School Opening 1959

Today, seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school are located throughout the District. More than 1,100 staff serve the educational needs of more than 7,800 students in grades K-12. Whether teaching, busing or cooking, Linn-Mar staff are dedicated to the quality of the educational experience of all students.

  • High School North entrance - Pride Rock Commons
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A few words from our Superintendent: 

The Linn-Mar Community School District works every day to live our mission to Inspire Learning, Unlock Potential and Empower Achievement. Our success is due, in large part, to the many partnerships throughout the district. One of our key partners is the Linn-Mar School Foundation. The Foundation plays a crucial role in raising and distributing funds, which directly impacts our students and teachers.

The Linn-Mar School Foundation supports the district in countless ways and I would like to highlight just a few:

  • As the Linn-Mar Community School District continues to grow in enrollment, our needs in the classroom continue to increase as well. The Foundation stands ready to help support our needs wherever they occur. Teachers apply for grants every year and the Foundation has regularly made the commitment to support their requests.
  • As our district continues to push the boundaries of student learning and improves the student learning experience, the Foundation has provided resources to allow us the opportunity to advance learning initiatives such as Iowa BIG, Project Lead the Way, etc.
  • The Foundation also supports our students in need by covering such things as the cost of Advanced Placement (AP) tests, providing instruments and summer music lessons through Music Connects and by providing sports and activity scholarships.

The Linn-Mar School Foundation allows the district to continue implementing our 10-year strategic plan by focusing funds and efforts towards our future. On behalf of the Linn-Mar Board of Education, the administration and our teaching staff and students, I am grateful to the Foundation, the people who serve on the Foundation board and all who support the Linn-Mar School Foundation for your efforts!

As PROUD Superintendent of Linn-Mar Community School District,

Quintin Shepherd, Ph.D.

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