Dexter students attend school in the Dexter Unified School District 471. The Dexter school district currently has 149 students enrolled (2015). Students can participate in many activities including basketball, track, and baseball.
Dexter is home to 279 residents (2013). Dexter is a quiet community with its own school district. Dexter is a short commute to many surrounding attractions including the Cherokee Land Rush Museum and Wellington Regent Theatre.
Highway KS-15 runs through the east side of Dexter. Wellington is under an hour away and Arkansas City and Winfield are both less than 30 minutes from Dexter.
Dexter Local Attractions/Activities
Dexter is home to the Dexter Christian Church. Surrounding cities like Wellington, Winfield, and Arkansas City offer attractions like the Cherokee Land Rush Museum and Wellington Regent Theatre.
Dexter – History
In 1903, the community of Dexter was celebrating the hopes of economic prosperity as a "howling gasser" had been discovered. The citizens were excited about a large pocket of gas that was found below the earth. A huge celebration was planned including a band, speeches and games. The evening would end with the lighting of the gas that was billed to "light the entire countryside for a day and a night".
Imagine the community's dismay as the gas wouldn't burn!!
A geologist at Kansas University was intrigued by the event and arranged for a sample to be delivered. After several years of research, in 1905, helium was discovered in Dexter.