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The History of North Henderson High School
 
North Henderson (population 187) is located in western Illinois in the far southeastern portion of Mercer County. North Henderson is located at the intersection of County Highways 6 and 12. According to www.mapquest.com North Henderson is about 5 blocks from north to south and 4 blocks from east to west. The village is situated about 12 miles northwest of Galesburg.
 
A book found on-line (http://archive.org/stream/historyofmercerc00merc#page/796/mode/2up/search/henderson) titled "History of Mercer County" published in 1882 by H. H. Hill & Company (page 796) states that the town of North Henderson, at that time, was quite a flourishing community. It was built along the St. Louis Branch of the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad.,North Henderson was "laid out" in 1871. By 1880 several businesses, including four doctors, had established themselves in town. North Henderson also had a two-story school house at that time.
 
We believe that North Henderson supported a high school during the early 1900s through research conducted by our own Beau Spencer. While conducting research Beau located a football schedule of the former William & Vashti College (http://slacey19690.jimdo.com/defunct-schools/william-vashti/) located in Aledo, IL. In the fall of 1916 the William & Vasti College football team took on the North Henderson High School football team. William & Vashti prevailed in this game (30 - 0). 
 
It is likely that North Henderson High School existed from the late 1800s through, possibly, the 1940s. It is also likely that North Henderson High School was absorbed into the Alexis School District in the late 1940s. We do know that the children of North Henderson today attend school as part of the Monmouth United School District.
 
North Henderson High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                            late 1800s?
Year closed:                             late 1940s?
Consolidated to:                        Alexis High School (now Monmouth United High School)
North Henderson HS nickname:  ??
North Henderson HS colors:       ??
School Fight Song:                    ??

ATHLETICS
 
The North Henderson High School boys definitely competed in football. It is likely that basketball, baseball, and possibly track were offered as well. School team colors, nickname, fight song, team records, and coaches names are also items we would like to add to this page.
 
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES
 
We know that the North Henderson High School experience did not rest soley in the gym or on the field.  We believe that many other "extra-curricular" activities were offered as part of the educational plan too.  FFA, FHA, GAA, band, chorus, and many other events probably helped to make the North Henderson school a special one.
 
Do You Have Information to Share About North Henderson High?
 
Several questions posted above remain unanswered.  If you have ANY information you wish to share regarding North Henderson High School please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also write to us at:
 
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