One hundred years ago, the Madera County Board of Supervisors created a new school district in what was known as the Dixieland area, and this month the small, rural school that was first called “Munich” is preparing an extravaganza to celebrate that milestone.
On Oct. 25, the school community, past and present, will come together to share memories and keep alive the sense of pride that has created a bond across four generations.
The Dixieland farming district got its name from several families who migrated to the area from the South. The school’s name, however, came from a group of transplants from a town in the Dakotas called Munich.
When the delegation from the Dixieland area appeared before the County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 8, 1913, to petition for a school district in their neighborhood, they came prepared to ask that their school be named Munich. The board consented, and for the next four years, that was the name of the school...