The D.C. Everest School District is a public school district serving the city of Schofield, the villages of Weston, Hatley, Rothschild, and Kronenwetter, and the towns of Ringle and Easton in central Wisconsin.
The district was named after David Clark Everest, whose management of Marathon Paper Mills greatly influenced the local area. The district was consolidated in 1950, with the senior high school opening in 1953 with 388 students in grades 9 through 12. Prior to this time, the district operated a K-10 school in Rothschild, a K-8 school in Schofield, and smaller one-room rural schools in the Township of Weston, Wisconsin, Wausau, and Kronenwetter, which became the basis for the elementary schools that exist in the district today.
In 1960, Rothschild Elementary was constructed. Three years later, the overcrowded junior-senior high school (today the junior high school) was expanded, Weston Elementary was constructed, and Schofield Elementary was expanded.
In the mid-1960s, the community approved the purchase of 63 acres of land, at a cost of $105,000. Although the original plans were to build a new middle school, the district decided to construct a new senior high school. In 1968, after the initial referendum for a nearly $5 million building was voted down, a $4 million building was approved for D.C. Everest Senior High School.
District enrollment expanded from 1,668 students in 1953 to 4,225 in 1971. To accommodate the growth, the district constructed Evergreen Elementary, which was dedicated in September 1976. It was the first district school to employ the open classroom concept. In 1979, Riverside Elementary was built in the Town of Ringle.
In February 1996, the district approved funding of the Greenheck Field House, named after, and largely funded by Bob Greenheck, who also had a large impact on the community through his industry.
To save money, the school district closed its Schofield and Easton elementary schools in June 2011. In September 2011, the school district opened its first charter school in Weston. The school, named IDEA Charter School, is an alternate approach to learning for students in grades six through twelve.
Elementary schools (K-5)
- Hatley Elementary School
- Evergreen Elementary School
- Mountain Bay Elementary School
- Riverside Elementary School
- Rothschild Elementary School
- Weston Elementary School
Middle and high schools
- D.C. Everest Middle School (6-7)
- D.C. Everest Jr. High School (8-9)
- D.C. Everest High School (10-12)
- IDEA Charter School (6-12)
- Derek Abney, former NFL wide receiver
- Dave Krieg, former NFL quarterback
- Tim Seeley, comic book artist
- Matt Sheldon, NFL special assistant
- D.C. Everest website