Hannibal's first school was built on the city square in 1830. The first high school was built 36 years later at the corner of Sixth and North Streets (and is still standing today).

Below are images of Hannibal's schools, students, and staff taken down through the years. If you have photos to share, please send them to us to share here!

Hannibal High Cheerleaders
Class of 1945
Central School Teachers
1934 Hannibal High School
1901 West School
Tilden School 1934
1920 South School
Douglass High School Band
HLG Nunn-Cook Hall
1910 Hannibal High Football
Stowell 1940s
DHS Faculty
Stowell 9th Grade, 1953
Tom Sawyer by Norman Rockwell
"The master's arm performed until it was tired and the stock of switches notably diminished."
This scene is from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer when Tom confessed to the reason he was late for school: "I stopped to talk to Huckleberry Finn." This and 14 other original paintings by Norman Rockwell can be seen at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.

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