Derby, KS Derby is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States and the largest suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,158. In 1903, the city incorporated with the name El Paso, but the city remained largely a rural community until after World War II. The aviation industry had begun its growth in Wichita during the 1920s, and when the demands of the war required more airplanes, businesses such as Boeing, Cessna and Beechcraft flourished. Boeing was located a few miles north of the city, which provided a close place for workers to live. Throughout the Cold War, Boeing maintained military contracts and kept jobs nearby. In 1952, the Air Force took over Wichita Municipal Airport and founded McConnell Air Force Base between Wichita and Derby. Many airmen found homes in Derby when space on base became occupied. From 1950 to 1956, the city population grew from 432 to approximately 5000 people. In 1956, the city name was officially changed to Derby.
Derby is known for its lush, green landscape and 25 miles of inviting bike and walking paths. Derby offers numerous parks, some passive for relaxation and reflection, and most with playground equipment or sports facilities. Derby’s most expansive park is High Park, offering lake fishing, soccer fields, softball diamonds, and winding walking paths. High Park’s picturesque amphitheater is host to the community’s Fourth of July celebration and the Derby BBQ Festival (second Saturday in September), which draws competitors from around the Midwest. Derby is a community with strong ties to its neighbor, McConnell Air force Base (MAFB). Active-duty airmen live in Derby, and military retirees settle in Derby due to its high quality of life, proximity to MAFB and affordability. Derby residents routinely participate in Friends of McConnell and serve as Honorary Commanders.
City Established : 1956
Population Size : 24,721
Fun Facts :
William “Billy” Campfield graduated from Derby High School in Derby, Kansas, in 1974. Campfield is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. He played in Super Bowl XV in 1981. He played college football at the University of Kansas and was drafted in the eleventh round of the 1978 NFL Draft.
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