The new $175 million fine arts auditorium just opened at the University of Iowa is named for a Rolfe High School graduate---Virgil Hancher.
Hancher was born in Powhatan Township in 1896. He was one of 14 seniors at Rolfe High School in 1914. He went on to Iowa City to the university. Then he was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University in England. He returned to Iowa for law school.
Hancher promoted the arts. The first Hancher auditorium opened to considerable acclaim in 1972. It was destroyed by flood in 2008.