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Color photo of Price Laboratory School circa 2010

All Loyal Sons and Daughters...

"Preserving the legacy of Malcolm Price Laboratory School and engaging dynamically with those who remember and appreciate its heritage."

-Lynn Nielsen     

Malcolm Price in suit and tie for official portrait

Malcolm Price Laboratory School began in 1883 as the Model School for what was then the Iowa State Normal School. J.C. Gilchrist served as the first school principal. The Laboratory School went through many transitions over the course of 129 years. Starting as the Model School, it soon became the Training School in 1893 and the new name continued until 1944 when it became the Campus School. Five years later in 1949, it became the Campus Laboratory School. In 1959, it was named the Malcolm Price Laboratory School in honor of President Malcolm Price for his role in supporting the new building at 19th and Campus and an increased number of faculty.

In 2012, the Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa was closed. One time student, faculty member, Price Lab parent, and administrator of the school, Lynn Nielsen immediately envisioned a project to collect and preserve the history of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School. The purpose of this website is to document and celebrate the heritage of the Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa and to highlight the innumerable contributions the school made to teacher education and professional development over the course of its 129-year history.  

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Elementary students in all 50 states tackled the Problem Solving Nifties written by MPLS math faculty & field tested at the Lab School.


School in the nation to be given the Whole Child Award by  ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in 2010.


Years as founding host of the Beginning Reading Conference from 1969-2019. 

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