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Proud Past

Humble beginnings...

The college was established in 1923, as the Iola Junior College under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of Iola Public Schools, District #10. The College was designed as an extension of the high school, primarily to serve the students within the district. It was located on the third floor of Iola High School. That first year saw an enrollment of 93 students, and the IJC men's basketball team won the state championship.

Iola Junior College served the community until June 1965, when the local Board of Education successfully petitioned the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a countywide community college. On July 1, 1965, Allen County Community Junior College came into being.

Red Devils

Power Devil

In 1998, many of the coaches wanted a more menacing Red Devil. Kyle Malzahn, the head soccer coach, created a few different designs and presented them to the Allen Board of Directors. The board adopted the "Power Devil" shown at the left. This became the first "official" logo for Allen. Its sharp lines and stylistic design convey the message of speed, power, and a touch of attitude.


In 2001, Henry "Skip" Kreibach, a computer science instructor, designed this new crest for Allen Community College. It shows a large torch flanked by an oil lamp on the left and an open book on the right. The flame from the torch is windswept, forming the vague silhouettes of two students. In front of the torch is a banner bearing the year of Allen's founding, 1923, in roman numerals.

In many stories and myths, fire represents knowledge. The torch's eternal flame shows that our pursuit of knowledge never stops. The flames are windswept, symbolizing the windswept plains of Kansas. The multi-colored flames represent diversity. The forms of students in the flame is symbolic of filling the students with knowledge.  In many cultures, the oil lamp represents prosperity and a desire to conquer darkness or ignorance. The open book represents learning and study.

Fight Song

We are the Allen County Red Devils;
We are the scarlet and the black.
We are the best and so you better beware,
'Cause we're gonna go on the attack!

We are the Allen County Red Devils;
To count us out would be a sin.
We have a fire that burns within our brave hearts;
We're not gonna stop until we win!

Go Red Devils!
Fight Red Devils!

-Lyrics by Tom Campbell

Hear It!

Alma Mater

Our dear old College in all its glory
With spirit and pride so true,
Tells us of an age old story
Of helping students through.

In these halls are the doors to knowledge
And confidence in our minds
That we can have the best junior college
From now 'till the end of time.

May red and black forever reign,
Our colors in heart and mind
And may we echo in loyal strains
The spirit of ties that bind.

So raise your voices high in praise
And sing out loud and clear,
For when we go our sep'rate ways
We'll recall these happy years.

- Lyrics by Steven Dye, Patty Abts, and Gerald Chester