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Commemorative MPLS Projects

The Laboratory School History Website

The Board has commissioned a website to preserve the entire 100+-year history of the Laboratory School.  Beautiful and easy to navigate, it will provide for posterity the most complete history yet written of the school.  Supplementing the rich written text will be the following sections:

  • From those who Remember – video and audio clips and written memories from students, staff, and friends of the school
  • Gallery – Images from the school from its founding in 1883  to 2012
  • Class by Class – images and records of each class and year (including sports drama, music, math and science, and more)
  • Awards
  • Archives – founding documents; demonstration teaching films, curricula developed, and memorabilia of many kinds

Friends of the school—and all those interested in education—will be able to access and search the website at any time in the future and from any place on the planet (that has the Internet).  Professor Lynn Nielsen (PLS Class of 1965) will write the history and is directing the project.  Currently under construction, the website will be showcased at the June Reunion Picnic.


Malcolm Price Laboratory School Commemorative Plaza

About the MPLS Plaza

The MPLS Plaza was envisioned as being a contemplative and reflective space that would inform past and future generations of UNI faculty, staff, students, teachers, and community
members who were part of the Laboratory School’s 129 year history, of its integral role and significant contributions to the University of Northern Iowa and impact in the field of education in the state and throughout the nation.

MPLS Commemorative Plaza Moving into Construction:

Last spring the Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) Plaza Committee shared information on the Laboratory School’s History Website about plans for the MPLS Commemorative Plaza, one of three projects initiated by the Alumni and Friends of Malcolm Price Laboratory School (AFPLS) and the Ross A. Nielsen Board (RAN) to preserve and commemorate the legacy of the school. Since then plans for the Plaza were launched with the unveiling of the design concept rendering at the AFPLS picnic on June 28, 2014.  The goal is to have the majority of the project constructed by late June 2015 with significant progress completed in time for the annual picnic in June. 

How You Can Contribute

Over the past year, the MPLS Plaza Committee has continued to meet with constituents. We are excited to share that the necessary approvals have been secured to move forward with the project and through many generous donations, we have raised the majority of the funding needed. With just a small amount left to be raised in order to begin the project, we would like to ask you to consider supporting the MPLS Commemorative Plaza through donations to the following areas:
1) PLS Commemorative Plaza - Limestone Benches ($1,000 each)
2) PLS Commemorative Plaza - Trees ($400 each)
3) PLS Commemorative Plaza - Amount of your choice for general support of the Plaza

MPLS Plaza donors will be recognized on the MPLS History website. It is our goal to have the project funded in full by March 31, 2015.

You can learn more about the MPLS Plaza Project at ( To help support the plaza project, please click the "Donate Now" button on this page.


RAN/AFPLS Board MPLS Plaza Subcommittee:

Co-chairs: Jim Kelly and Lynn Dykstra

Committee Members: Sarah Eastman, Rick Knivsland and Bob Stephens

University Foundation: Andrea Elliott, Director of Development for College of Education

University Facilities Planning:  Philip Simpson and Dan Rittgers, College of Education Dean Dwight Watson


Malcolm Price Laboratory School Commemorative Wall at Schindler Education Center

A commemorative wall that is the seminal, commissioned artwork of the future renovated Schindler Education Center is being developed to capture the history and legacy of Malcolm Price Laboratory School.  The planning team envisions an aesthetic timeline that showcases select awards, plaques, narratives, photographs, archival pieces, and memorabilia that amplify the inception, innovations, and influences of the laboratory school.  The inception component will focus on the origin as well as the historical and perpetual richness of the laboratory school’s dynamic vision.  Woven into the art piece will be highlights of the various curricular and instructional innovations that the laboratory school promoted throughout the years.  The influences components will represent the outstanding teachers and graduates of the laboratory school as well as the copious athletic victories.  Even though the laboratory school is closed, the wall will depict the perpetual effects of the legacy through its influences.  As the planning team embarks on the creation of the wall, we seek to gather information from various stakeholders to provide advice, support, and guidance as we move forward.


We want to be sure everyone is informed about the projects being developed. Also, we ask for your consideration in making an investment in commemorating Malcolm Price Laboratory School.

You may click the “GIVE NOW” button in the upper right hand corner to make an online gift today for any of the three projects.

Please contact Andrea Elliott, Director of Development for the College of Education, at or by calling (319)-273-6778 with additional questions regarding investing in these projects.