Superintendent Mark Naugle


    Message from Superintendent Mark Naugle:

    Welcome to the Custer School District Website. Our mission is "To educate every student to his/her potential."  To achieve this goal, the district strives to provide the highest-quality educational program possible through positive leadership, quality academics, and an array of opportunities for graduates. 

    As a second generation Custer High School graduate and a proud member of the graduating class of 1984, I take great pride and responsibility in providing the best possible education for the students in the District.  The district staff has a focus on each student with their safety, well-being, and academic achievement as the driving forces in the daily operation of the district. 

    The Custer School Board of Education and Administration strives to support students, teachers, and classified staff, with the intent of creating high morale and a safe, accountable learning environment, which fosters positive parent, staff, and community involvement.  The district strives to make decisions based on the best interests of the students in the district. 

    The Custer School District has a proud past, an exciting present, and an unlimited future!


    Custer School District Demographic Information

    Custer School District is located in Custer County in the southwest part of South Dakota.  Custer City is 45 minutes from Rapid City,
    5 minutes from Crazy Horse Memorial, and 25 minutes from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.  The school district is comprised of the county of Custer, except for the far western portion of the county, and a small portion of Pennington County and is approximately 1200 square miles while the County of Custer is approximately 1550 square miles. Almost fifty percent of the district’s land is federally or state owned which includes the Black Hills National Forest, Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, and Bureau of Land Management properties.  Custer County’s main industry is tourism. Custer Regional Hospital is the largest employer in the community. 

    Custer County has two major communities:  Custer City and Hermosa.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 the population of the county was 8,216. The median age in the county is 43, while more than 23% of the population is aged 65 or higher. Custer County is growing in population in the area of retired individuals but not in the area of school-aged children. On the east side of the district, in the Hermosa area in particular, we are seeing increasing development.

    The Custer School District has K-12 accreditation from the State of South Dakota.