Godfrey High School

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Godfrey High School
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Godfrey School Building
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Submitted by Cody Cutter

The History of Godfrey High School
 
Godfrey (population 17,982) is located in southwestern Illinois in the far northwestern corner of Madison County. Godfrey Road is the main roadway to and from the town and it connects Godfrey to Alton just six miles to the south. Montclair Avenue also leads you to the heart of Godfrey. The Gateway Western Railroad line travels through Godfrey as well.
 
The history of the town of Godfrey can be viewed at the web address of http://www.godfreyil.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=69 . In summary the article states that area that Godfrey is now located was first settled in 1817. In 1832 a man named Benjamin Godfrey settled in the area. He soon develeped one of the most successful freight-forwarding firms in the area. He was responsible for the construction of the first church in nearby Alton. He was more notably responsible for the development of the first women's college in the midwest. The town of Godfrey was platted and settled in the 1830s, however it was not incorporated in Illinois as a village until 1991, making it one of Illinois' newest villages.
 
An article regarding the early times of the Godfrey educational system is found at http://madison.illinoisgenweb.org/Schools/schools.html#GODFREY .Schools and educational oportunities were available in Godfrey very early on in the town's development. A new school house was erected in 1912 and ready to be occupied by the spring of 1913. In September of 1913 school was in session with the Godfrey school offering one year of high school education to its students. 

Godfrey High School's first graduates (1915) were the trio of Helen Mitchell, Willard Walters, and George Crawford. In 1920, a public vote was held to determine where a new 4-year high school would be established between the small communities of Godfrey and Delmar. Ultimately, the school remained in Godfrey, serving students until likely the late 1940s, when students were sent to Alton High School to complete their education.

The 1912 school building, pictured above, was razed in 1981.

   
Godfrey High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                 1913
Year closed:                  1940's (???)
Consolidated to:             Alton High School

 
ATHLETICS & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
 
We know that the Godfrey school had a baseball team at one time, but it is not clear if Godfrey High School participated in other athletics. It is clear by the article cited above that home economics and science were available and there was a cafeteria.

In 1916, the school put on a play titled "Silas Marner," and the following year held an event celebrating the 99th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Illinois. 

The baseball team of 1919 played a pair of games against the WMCA Juniors of Alton in a span of 2 weeks. In the finale, the Godfrey team won by the score of 19-3.

 
SEEKING FURTHER INFORMATION
 
If you have any further information about Godfrey High School please contact us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net . You can also write to us via real mail at the following address:
 
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6439 N. Neva Ave.
Chicago, IL.   60631