Jill Kinmont Boothe School

A School for Life

The Jill Kinmont Boothe School (JKBS) is a county community school  operated by the Inyo County Office of Education. JKBS is named after one of the great citizens of our community, Jill Kinmont Boothe, who at the age of 18 was a favorite to make the 1956 U.S. Olympic Ski Team and earn an Olympic medal. Unfortunately,  she was paralyzed from the neck down during a ski race in 1955. Jill personified the qualities of perseverance, courage, determination and grit by overcoming tremendous challenges and barriers as a quadriplegic her entire adult life. Despite this, Jill led an extremely productive and fulfilling life always in the service of others. It is our hope that her example can serve as a reminder to our students, many of whom face difficult life circumstances and challenges, that with hard work, grit, and a supportive school environment, they can experience success and achieve their dreams and goals.


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