Quick Facts

Name:  Doland Public School 56-2

Athletics Mascot:  Redfield/Doland Pheasants (since 2009)

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

100 Years of DHS Memories

"Back In the Day"

The first 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.

"When We Started"

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.

"Addition to DHS"

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?

Many teams 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.

One story 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 a wheel.


"Doland High Athletes Adopt New Title"

"Doland, Oct. 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.

The Doland 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 year."


Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. (May 27, 1911  January 13, 1978), served under President Lyndon B. Johnson (1965-1969) as the 38th Vice 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.

Chris Divich, Major Gen USAF,2-Star;

Roger Wollman, Chief Justice of SD Supreme Court;

Harvey Wollman, SD Governor;

Marvin McNickel - Lt. Gen. USAF, 3-star;

Melvin Mc Nickel - Major Gen., 2-Star;

Julian 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.

Vincent Heer - Head of Admissions at South Dakota State University.

Barb 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;

Tim Miles, Head Coach at the University of Nebraska; With eighteen 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.



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Mailing address:  P. O. Box 385, Doland, SD  57436
Shipping address:  405 N. Humphrey Drive, Doland, SD  57436 
Phone: (605) 635-6302  Fax:  (605) 635-6504