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Nominations are now being accepted for the Bolivar High School Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes Bolivar High School graduates who have gone on to make an impact on their community through professional and/or personal service.

Nominee criteria include:

- Must be a graduate of Bolivar High School (or at least must have attended two years. Prior to advance placement or dual enrollment in college, some of the best students left high school after three years to attend college.)

- Must have a record of significant and consistent professional and/or personal achievement. Achievement may be a variety of field and may include volunteer activities.

- Should demonstrate a commitment to community involvement.

- Should demonstrate an involvement with family and/or church.

Nominations should include a letter or letters of support as well as documents of support such as vita’s, resumes, newspaper articles, pictures, etc. Nominations are encouraged from BHS alumni, family, friend or professional colleague.

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, address, phone number and the year of graduation/or years of the nominee attended BHS in addition to the name, address and phone number of the person making the nomination.

Inductees will be recognized during the 2017 Homecoming festivities on Friday, September 8.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 14 and should be sent to Bolivar R-I Schools, Attn: BHS Hall of Fame Nominations, 524 W. Madison, Bolivar MO 65613.

Nominations will be sent to a selection committee consisting of seven BHS graduates, three from Polk County,  three from the state of Missouri and one from out-of-state. If you are interested in serving on the selection committee, please call Katie Duncan at 417-326-5291 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view 


Hall of Fame Members  

Inducted in 1998

Orlin B. Stewart, 1929 • Viola Wachal Smith Young, 1931 • Dr. Ben Koon, 1947 Dr. John McCraw, 1958 •  Jim Sterling, 1960 • Dr. Wayne Shelton, 1961 •  Myron McKinney, 1962 • Kerry Douglas, 1964 • Bill Jester, 1966

Inducted in 1999

Charles Earl Schooley, 1924 • Claud J. Mustain, Military, 1926 • Bernice Lawson Anderson, 1937 • Robert Kifer, 1949 • John Edward Choate, Military, 1950 • Archie Robbins, 1952 • Dorothy Callaway Isdell, 1956 • Reta Stewart Smith, 1960

Inducted in 2000

Harold Hendrickson, 1942 • Irene Locke Barlow, 1945 • Dr. Beverly H. (Bev) Harris, 1945 • William Patterson, 1949 • Dr. Bob R. Stewart, 1958 • Robert F. Anderson, 1960 • Karen Zumwalt Taylor, 1966 • Jerald Andrews,1970

Inducted in 2001

Ivella McWhorter Elsey, 1936 • Beula Harris Neuhart, 1945• Jane Fullerton, 1947 • Rose Douglas Roweton, 1955 • Robert O. (Bob) Jester, 1964 • Keith A. Birkes, 1965 • Dr. David Glover, 1972

Inducted in 2002

Mary Fullerton, 1945 • Mary Sue Gist Sickafus, 1950 • William Caldwell, 1953• Linda Swingle Hawn, 1957  • Don Wollard, 1960 • Ron McIntire, 1963

Inducted in 2003

John W. Harralson, 1960 • James Kenton "Kent" Zumwalt, 1961 • Linda Kukal Rice, 1967 • Melody Neuhart Neely, 1974 • Jane Ellen Fullerton Lemons, 1981• Kelly Ann Stewart Kennedy, 1982

Inducted in 2004

Venita Kilpatrick Bridger, 1943 • Harley Oral Woods, 1946 • Carolyn Kilpatrick Roberts, 1951 • William H. Roberts, Jr. (Bill), 1951 • Beverly McCarty Heflin, 1966 • Betsy Maas Davidson, 1980 • Denni Roweton McColm, 1981

Inducted in 2005

Don Bigler, 1950 • Roy Hankey, 1950 • Byron Marsh, 1953 • William McCoy, 1963 • Gary Ankrom, 1972 • Leslie Fullerton Hutter, 1983

Inducted in 2006

Walter "Bo" Russell, 1938 • Ernestine Kinsey, 1946 • Gary Short, 1971

Inducted in 2007

J.C. Meador, 1951 • Dr. Bruce Henley, 1953 • Neville Muir, 1964

Inducted in 2009

Dr. Wallace Russell, 1942 • Jerry Divin, 1959 • Michael J. Stephens, 1964 • Kenneth Murray, 1964 • Dr. Wes Kemp, 1983

Inducted in 2010

Bill Breshears, 1967 • Helen Strack Stanek, 1970 • James “Allen” York, 1975

Inducted in 2011

Robert Wilson, 1947 • Dr. Cheryl Haley, 1971 • Randy Lightfoot, 1987

Inducted in 2012

Mark Edmonton, 1974 • Dr. Brian Mitchell, 1988 • Billy Kimmons, 1994

Inducted in 2016

Warren B. Davis, 1955 • Kenneth "Kenny" Callaway, 1981 • Shane Davolt, 1989


District News

Nominations open for 2017 BHS Hall of Fame

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:39

Nominations are now being accepted for the Bolivar High School Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes Bolivar High School graduates who have gone on to make an impact on their community through professional and/or personal service.

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Text alerts added to School Messenger

Monday, 10 October 2016 15:51

Bolivar Schools is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use now for phone calls and emails. SchoolMessenger purchased SchoolReach last year and over spring break the district moved to SchoolMessenger.

To remain compliant with FCC and TCPA guidelines, School Messenger requires individuals to "opt-in" for text messages alerts from School Messenger.

Parents can easily opt-in by simply sending “Y” (or “Yes”), via text message, to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number (67587). 

The wireless number(s) must be in the SchoolMessenger database associated with a student; these numbers are updated nightly. If a recipient’s number SMS Text number is changed, or a new number added, in our database, the new number will automatically be sent an Opt-In message.

To change your contact number, please contact Katie Duncan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. While texting is now an option, the district will continue to utilize voice messages as well as text alerts.

Bolivar Schools volunteer background process

Friday, 11 March 2016 10:12

 Any Bolivar R-1 School District parent or volunteer in a position where they may be left alone with a single child or small groups of children – such as a Watch Dog Dad, Liberator mentors, classroom volunteer, field trip chaperon, etc. - must have a cleared background check through the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry.

There are three ways to complete the process.

1.       ONLINE: Please go to to register. There is a one-time fee of $13.25 to complete the background check. Print a copy of your receipt along with the Background Check Permission Form, and bring to the school to be reimbursed. 

2.       PAPER/PENCIL: Complete a paper copy of the Background Check Form (WORKER REGISTRATION) with an attached copy of your social security card and submit to Central Office at 524 W. Madison, Bolivar. The district will submit your form to the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry.  Please note: The mailed version will take 4 to 6 weeks to receive results back. 

3.       ALREADY HAVE A CHECK ON FILE? Visit  and click on “Is a Person Registered” tab to check. If you are, complete the Background Check Permission Form.  This will allow the school district to access your results if you have had a prior background check, and to allow us to update our records.


For more information, contact Central Office at 417-326-5291 or your child’s building. 

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