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The History of Sailor Springs High School
 
Sailor Springs (population 128) is located in the west-central portion of Clay County in the southeastern portion of Illinois. Sailor Springs is about 30 miles southeast of Effingham. The town is situated on the Dieterich Blacktop just south of County Highway 3. Sailor Springs is seven blocks from east to west and five blocks from north to south (www.mapquest.com)..
 
A nice, brief history of Sailor Springs is found at the web address of http://www.memoriallibrary.com/IL/South/History/forty/index.htm . The information is as follows:
 
"An interesting story is one told of Sailor Springs. This village of a few hundred people is five and a half miles north of Clay City. In an early day there was found at this place a number of springs with very peculiar water. This water was thought to be the cause of “milk-sick” and so the stock was fenced from the springs. In 1869 Mrs. Thomas M. Sailor of Ohio bought the land—four hundred acres—containing the springs. Mr. Sailor had the water tested and found it contained health-giving properties. Illuminating gas has been gathered from the springs and it has been thought it could be made of real value about the hotels. Back in the 70’s and 80’s the springs were liberally patronized as a summer resort. Two big hotels with fifty rooms each were often crowded while scores and perhaps hundreds lived in tents upon the beautiful grounds. In recent years the reputation of the springs has somewhat declined and the place is not so popular.".
 
A fantastic web site dedicated to the history and memories of growing up in Sailor Springs is found at the web address of http://mabelsblog.com/ . The web site was created by author Mabel Leo and provides some incredible history and fond memories of Sailor Springs from Mabel.
 
The history of the Sailors Springs High School is needed. Research conducted by Dave Sanders located a chat log at the web address of http://pub11.bravenet.com/guestbook/show2.php?usernum=886605773 . On this log one lady named Donna Ward wrote that her father attended Sailor Springs High School which at that time (late1920s/early 1930s) was a "2-year high school." Her father completed a third year at Clay City High School, to which he walked to and from each day. Clay City, at that time, was only a 3-year high school. Other high school-aged kids of Sailor Springs would attend Flora High School after graduating their second year in Sailor Springs. 
 
We believe Sailor Springs was a two-year high school which likely began in the early 1900s, possibly as late as the early 1920s. It was probably closed in the late 1940s. We do know that the kids of Sailor Springs today attend school in nearby Clay City as part of the Clay City School District.
   
Sailor Springs High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                         early 1920s?
Year closed:                          late 1940s?
Consolidated to:                     Clay City High School
Sailor Springs HS nickname:   unavailable
Sailor Springs HS colors:        unavailable
School Fight Song:                 unavailable
ATHLETICS
 
The Sailor Springs High School boys definitely competed in basketball. On the web address of http://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/il1935dist-1 we found that the Sailor Spring boys lost to Parkersburg High School in the first round of the Olney District Tournament by a score of 37 - 18. At this point this is the extent of the knowledge we have regarding Sailor Springs High School sports.
 
It is likely the school competed in baseball and track as well. School team nickname, uniform colors, and season recoreds are needed.
 
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
 
Other activities of interest at Sailor Springs High School may have included dances, plays, band, chorus, and various clubs.  If you have any information please contact us via the means listed below.
 
SEEKING INFORMATION
 
If you have any information regarding the former Sailor Springs High School please write to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also write to us via real mail at:
 
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