Our Founder

The Prairie School was founded in 1965 by two women with a vision. Imogene Powers Johnson and Willie Hilpert believed that the Racine community needed and would benefit greatly from an independent day school that would provide love of learning, attention to the individual student, a diverse student body, high academic standards to promote individual achievement, a good physical education department, and a creative learning environment.

Today, over four decades later, that vision continues to hold strong. Since first opening its doors on September 13, 1965 with a student body of 84, Prairie has grown to be one of the Midwest’s finest independent schools, with a top-notch faculty, challenging academics, unique educational offerings, and a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright architecturally-styled campus whose unique prairie design and curved hallways inspire learning.

Celebrating the Life of Mrs. Imogene Powers Johnson (1930-2018)

Imogene P. Johnson at the groundbreaking ceremony for Prairie in 1965.