As part of its 50th-anniversary celebrations, the Roland-Story school district is inviting all 10 of its state championship teams to special events throughout the upcoming school year.


The celebrations will begin when the district honors the back-to-back 1980 and 1981 state champion Norsemen football teams, which won a then-state record 38 consecutive games. Members of those teams will be recognized at Roland-Story’s home football game against Vinton-Shellsburg on Friday, Oct. 18. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.


In addition, the district will honor the following state championship teams at different events this school year: 1970 and 1971 spring softball, 1971-72 girls’ basketball, 1971 fall softball, 1976-77 boys’ basketball, 1981 spring softball, 1981 fall softball, and 2016 boys’ wheelchair track.


“Here at Roland-Story, we have a proud tradition of academic, athletic and extracurricular excellence,” said Superintendent Matt Patton. “As we celebrate 50 years, now is a great opportunity for us to look back at all the ways our student-athletes have made us proud over the years. We look forward to kicking off the celebrations in a big way on Oct. 18, followed by events honoring all our state champs over the next school year.”


During the 2019-2020 school year, Roland-Story is sharing memories, milestones and achievements on social media, along with how students, staff, families and alumni are living out the district’s core values each day. Alumni and community members are invited to share their experiences with Roland-Story schools over the years, using the hashtag #NorsemenAt50.


If you were a member of the 1980 or 1981 state championship Norsemen football team, or know someone who was, and have not received an email invite, please contact Roland-Story Activities Director Brian Petersen at 515-733-4329 or bpetersen@roland-story.k12.ia.us.


Roland-Story is also seeking alumni and community members who would like to support the year-long 50th-anniversary festivities by providing donations to cover food and other expenses. For those interested, please contact Brian Petersen.