Name: Doland Public School 56-2
Athletics Mascot: Redfield/Doland
School Mascot: Doland Wheelers
School Colors: Blue and Black
School Song: Pheasant Fight Song
Address: 405 N. Humphrey Drive, Doland,
SD 57436 (P.O. Box 385)
Phone: (605) 635-6302
Fax: (605) 635-6504
Athletic Director: Jim Hulscher
Superintendent: Jim Hulscher
Years of DHS Memories
"Back In the
school in Doland started in 1882 above the Bryan Drug
Store. In 1883 D.P. Fargo built the first school
building, but it wasn't until 1910 that students
graduated from Doland with a four-year high school
diploma. In 1923, Doland joined the North Central
Associations of Colleges and Secondary Schools and has
held continuous membership since that date.
In 1887, the
original building was enlarged to provide sufficient
room for the combined grades and high school. This
structure housed both elementary and high school until
1913, when a new school (now-standing) was built. In
1929, a gymansium and auditorium were added with class
rooms and study hall on the second floor.
A bond issue
approved in April 1959 provided the 1962 north addition
which still houses music, science, and FACS (Home Ec.).
In 1966 an addition was added to the east. The old gym
was converted into a lunch room and the new addition now
housed the elementary and an auditorium. The auditorium
was dedicated to Doland Alumnus, Hubert H. Humphrey,
then Vice-President of United States.
How Did We Really Become the Wheelers?
are pictured and their athletic events are described in
the first yearbook in the archives from 1918, although
there is no mention of a team name. A story has been
passed down through the generations that attributes the
name "Wheelers" to the great amount of traveling the
teams did in the early years, perhaps due to the lack of
spectator space in the original Doland gym.
relates how a local welder created wheel shaped
medallions for all the members of the basketball team
during the early 1920s. Another story credits a coach
whose last name was 'Wheeler' to the reason the teams
became the Wheelers. There was also a coach named
Hubbarb, nicknamed Hub, and he always stood in the
middle when the players put theirs in and it looked like
ARTICLE FROM THE EVENING HURONITE:
Athletes Adopt New Title"
31, 1930 - Doland High School has decided to change the
name of the athletic teams of the school from the
'Golden Eagles', the heading that they have gone under
the past few years, to 'The Wheelers', due to the fact
that the Aberdeen High School has the same name, and
both schools being the same region. The name 'Wheelers'
was taken due to the fact that the Doland High School
athletic teams have been 'wheeling' right along, in a
certain sense of the word, and that a wheel is a
representative of many things such as speed, power,
durability, and takes things as they come, easy or
tough. The things that make up a wheel have to contain
certain qualities and have to be more or less of equal
strength, each part is in some way depending on some
other parts, and have to be able to stand up under
trying conditions and have coordination.
Wheelers will play their first game under the new name
against Readfield Pheasants today. This is the second
time in the history of the two schools that they have
met on the grid-iron; Doland winning from Redfield last
Horatio Humphrey, Jr. (May 27, 1911 – January 13,
1978), served under President
(1965-1969) as the
President of the United States.(DHS
Class of 1929) - "To see some of those that were
before me in school makes me feel that I am very much an
art of the community that is called Doland." -
(Excerpt from speech at Doland High School, 1968)
Dennis and Duane
Koslowski, Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestlers; In 1988,
Dennis and Duane Koslowski made the U.S. Olympic Greco
Roman Team and competed in Seoul, Korea. Dennis
Koslowski won the bronze medal. In 1992, Dennis made his
second U.S. Olympic Greco Roman team and competed in
Barcelona. Dennis won the silver medal.
Divich, Major Gen USAF,2-Star;
Chief Justice of SD Supreme Court;
Marvin McNickel - Lt. Gen. USAF,
Melvin Mc Nickel - Major Gen., 2-Star;
Norris Hartt - Professor at Yale Divinity School and
Yale's Department of Religious Studies for three
decades. Hartt was the founding chair of Yale's
Department of Religious Studies and taught there and at
YDS from 1943-1972.
Heer - Head of Admissions at South Dakota State
Felderman, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Coach, Coach of the Year for
SD; Felderman has coached Mines to a 434-361 overal
record, and to a team record of 28 wins during the
1997-98 season. She has coached seven SDIC Championship
teams and added DAC-10 conference titles in 2002 & 2005.
Joe Lockwood, SD Basketball Hall of Fame;
Miles, Head Coach at the University of Nebraska; With
years of experience as a head coach at four
institutions, he has compiled a career record of 289-238
that includes at least three conference championships and three
national tournament appearances.