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

A plaza and associated monument are being planned.  The intent is to have our alumni, faculty, and friends send renderings for consideration of what the plaza should look like.  At this time we are just beginning to have conversations with the university facility planning staff—to review the processes and protocol we must adhere to for any structures, plazas and monuments on the university campus.  We welcome your ideas regarding a proposed location for this plaza.  We have already received one idea regarding this plaza and monument, and we encourage others to send us their visions by August 1, 2013.  We will work closely with the university staff to plan a plaza and monument that adheres to all university and Board of Regents, State of Iowa, guidelines and rules.


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.