Shawnee Mission North turns 100 this week — Here’s a look back through time

Shawnee Mission North

Shawnee Mission North opened in 1922 as Shawnee Mission Rural High School. Above, an image of the school's distinctive "brick house" exterior which still exists, taken in the early 1920s. Photo courtesy Johnson County Museum.

Shawnee Mission North High School students, staff and alumni are set to celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary over the course of three days later this week, which marks the official centenary for what is believed to be Johnson County’s oldest functioning high school.

Why it matters: Known affectionately as “the Brick House,” SM North, which opened its doors as Shawnee Mission Rural High School in 1922, is the oldest high school still in operation in Johnson County, according to local experts.