Fordland, Missouri

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Fordland is a city in Webster County, Missouri, United States. The population was 684 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Fordland is located at 37°9′26″N 92°56′26″W / 37.15722°N 92.94056°W / 37.15722; -92.94056 (37.157342, -92.940689)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.

School District

Although the community's downtown business district has been in decline for several decades, the community's population has continued, due to its proximity to Springfield, which is just 20 minutes west of Fordland.

Academically, the district has earned "Blue Ribbon School" status, an honor reserved for less than 10 percent of Missouri's public schools[citation needed]. The Fordland R-III School District, which has about 600 students in grades kindergarten through 12, has a solid graduation and MAP test score rates[citation needed]. In fact, the school district's K-12 testing numbers annually are among the highest in the Summit Conference[citation needed].

Athletically, the Fordland boys' basketball team won the Class 1 Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) state championship in 1998[citation needed]. The Eagles, led by the greatest coach in Fordland's history Andy Underwood, finished with a 24-7 record, as the team won its final 12 games en route to the Class 1 state title[citation needed]. The next year, Fordland posted a perfect 31-0 record until falling 48-46 to New Haven in the Class 1 championship game[citation needed]. The team's 31-1 record is the best in school history[citation needed]. Then, from 2001 through 2004, Fordland teams won 63 games while losing only 20, winning a pair of Summit Conference championships and a Class 2 district championship in 2003[citation needed]. The Fordland boys' team also won Class 1 district titles in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1995[citation needed]. The school also has won district championships in baseball, girls' basketball, cross country and volleyball[citation needed]. 2010 baseball district champion and converance.

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