Maize is a unique, progressive city enjoying metropolitan status in a rural surrounding. It is a civic-minded community with numerous citizens who volunteer their time for an array of activities. The city officials and city staff continue to strengthen the value of teamwork and civic loyalty, as they provide essential services ensuring all citizens a secure environment in which to live, work and play. Excellent schools, low crime rate and easy access to the entire metro area makes Maize a unique place to live.
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The Maize School District is located on the rapidly growing northwest side of Wichita. Noted for being progressive and innovative, schools here also provide a personal and caring atmosphere. The schools stand at the heart of the community life in Maize. Academic, artistic, athletic and musical achievements of young people create a spirit of involvement that extends to young and old alike. Maize is also home to Wichita State University’s Westside campus.
In the past ten years, four brand new schools have been constructed and all existing schools have undergone complete renovations and upgrades making Maize schools among the newest, most up to date buildings in the state of Kansas.
All schools have technology rich environments including wireless Internet connections, Interactive Distance Learning labs, interactive white boards, 1:1 laptop initiatives, laptop carts and more to reach students with new and exciting ways to learn.
A convenient 20 minute commute to downtown Wichita and easy access to highway K-96 and I-235 make commutes to work or activities quick and easy. Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is located just off the Southwest side of Kellogg, making travel more convenient. Browse the newest real estate listings in Maize, KS.
The area around Maize was first settled by J.K. Steele and his wife Anna in 1870. They, and the other pioneers of Maize, came despite the presence of the Osage Indians, who were the original occupants of the region and were not yet completely willing to give up the land. In 1867 the Osage had conducted a series of raids in Kansas reacting to the building of the Union Pacific railroad.
However, these pioneers remained, and on February 1st, 1886, William A. Williams became the first postmaster of the new Maize, KS. It was founded as the first stop out of Wichita on the Wichita & Colorado railway under the auspices of the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company.
A 1928 census had listed Maize's population at 222, and it was only at 266 in 1950. By 1956, there 660 people in Maize. In 1986 Maize celebrated its centennial year of existence. Also in 1986, the first Pizza Hut was opened in Maize.
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