Zenith is located in western North Dakota in Stark County. The small town lies five miles northwest of South Heart. Zenith was founded Henry Truelson in 1902. Truelson believed that Zenith could have been the second Duluth because of the coal deposits that surrounded the town. The floods of 1906 and 1907 signaled the end of the rapid growth of Zenith. With each year the floods waters rose to record height, which resulted in most residents leaving Zenith.
The Zenith School was one of the three schools in the South Heart School District No. 9. The Zenith School consisted of three main rooms: Primary, Intermediate, and High School. Next to the school was a teacherage, where the teachers lived so they could be near the school. The Zenith School offered their students a wide variety of activities from athletics to Hot Lunch Club. On December 13, 1946, the main building of the Zenith School burned to the ground. The cause of the fire was a defective chimney. The rest of the school term was held in the teacherage.
The Zenith School Records consist of scrapbook "Lignite." The scrapbook is 34 pages long. The scrapbook contains many photographs of the school, students, and teachers. Each section of the scrapbook focuses on a different aspect of the educational experience at Zenith School.
The scrapbook contains of a brief history of the school and a description of the various activities offered at the school. Several organizations such as the Board of Education, Parent-Teacher Association, Hot Lunch Club, Current Events Club, athletics and school government helped provide students with the best education possible. To help transport students to the school, the scrapbook tells of the three horse drawn buses and the men who drove them. Zenith School offered their students a broad education by providing music and writing classes. Each year students looked forward to performing in Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving programs, which were attended by the entire community. At the end of the each school year students looked forward to commencement and the end of the year picnic.
Between 1922-1924 the Zenith School experienced a decrease in the number of pupils attending their school. Most of the former students either moved away or were needed at home. The Zenith School tried to combat this by ending the scrapbook with a section titled "Why Stay at School." They felt that education plays a key role in developing good citizenship. They believed "good citizens have a wholesome influence on the economic and social welfare of the country. Young people who are well trained are able to look ahead, and build up better standards of living throughout the country. They effect its economic condition, because their better education enables them to put their time to the best advantage, and socially, because their education gives them higher ideals."