West Point High School

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West Point Grade School Building - 2012
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Photo by Roberta Van Briesen

West Point Grade School Building - 2012
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Photo by Roberta Van Briesen

The History of West Point High School
 
West Point (population 195) is located in western Illinois in the south central portion of Hancock County. West Point is about 16 miles south and a little west of the county seat Carthage and about 30 miles northeast of Quincy. The main roadways to and from West Point are County Highway 23 and County Highway 30. Illinois Route 94 / 110 travels by the village about 3 miles to the east. According to Mapquest (www.mapquest.com) West Point is about 8 blocks from east to west and 6 blocks from north to south.
 
tells us the following regarding West Point's history:

West Point Masonic Hall 2012
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Photo by Roberta Van Briesen

The town was officially registered in 1893. A post office was established in 1858. It was first known as Pumpkinville and then Wigletown. The name 'Wigletown' was chosen to honor one of the town's early settlers, David Wigle. The name was officially changed to West Point in 1856 by Mr. Wigle's wife who did not like the name Wigletown. The name West Point was chosen to honor Mr. and Mrs. Wigle's former hometown of West Point, N.Y. 
 
Local historian Keith Bruns provided us with the following information on West Point High School:
 
"The West Point High School was started in 1916. The building burned in the winter of 1919 - 1920. Classes were held in various town buildings until a new building was built in 1925. In 1947 grades 9, 10, & 11 were discontinued since West Point High School had become a part of the Bowen Community High School. In 1949 all of the West Point School District 225 became part of the Bowen - West Point Community Unit 320."
 
We welcome any further information on the history of West Point and its former school system. We are very grateful to Keith Bruns for his historical account of West Point High School.
 
One article was found that stated a "new" school building was built in West Point in 1885. The article stated the "high school" was located on the second floor. It is possible there were high school courses taught for a few years at that time prior to 1916.
 
West Point High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                           1916
Year closed:                            1947
Consolidated to:                       Bowen High School
Students now attend:                Augusta Southeastern School District
West Point HS team nickname: ??
West Point HS team colors:      ??
School Fight Song:                   ??
ATHLETICS
 
We are confident that West Point High School competed in sports with other schools in the area. Most of the nearby three-year high schools competed with other schools in the sports of basketball, baseball, and track. We are in need of this information as well as the West Point High School team mascot, uniform colors, fight song, coaches names, and season records. 
 
TRACK AND FIELD
   
Research from Keith Bruns discovered the following information regarding West Point High School:
    
May 3, 1930
     
"Basco High School sponsored a track and field meet in which all five of the three year high schools of Hancock County were entered. The schools were Fountain Green, Ferris, Burnside, West Point, and Basco. West Point won first, Burnside was second, and Basco was third. The article lists the student that won each competition as well as the time or distance. A music and declamation contest was held the same day with the same schools competing. The results were the same as the track meet."

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES & STUDENT LIFE

There may have been many "extra-curricular" activities that were offered as part of the educational plan too. FFA, FHA, GAA, band, chorus, and many other events probably helped to make the West Point school a special one.

MEMORIES AND FACTS

**From Keith Bruns:

 
An article in the "Carthage Republican" newspaper of June 3, 1931 announced that 13 juniors would be leaving West Point High School. The eighth grade examination was first followed by the high school ceremony. The names of the seven pupils in the eighth grade and the thirteen juniors are listed in the article.

Do You Have Information to Share About West Point High School?

Several questions posted above remain unanswered. We would still like to hear about memories of the high school that were handed down to the generations afterward. If you have ANY information you wish to share regarding West Point High School please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net. You can also write to us at:

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West Point Grade School Building - 2012
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Photo by Roberta Van Briesen