The History of DuQuoin Lincoln High School
DuQuoin is a city of 6,448 residents located near the tip of southern Illinois
in the southeastern corner of Perry County. U.S. Route 51 and Il. Route 152 intersect on the north side of town. The
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad runs through the middle of town. Creeks in the area include the Blacksop, Sixmile,
Halfmile, and Reese Creeks. Cherry Lake is located on the northeast side of the city. A larger city for reference
is Carbondale located about 20 miles to the south of Du Quoin. The town is quiet except during the late August week when
one of the "State Fairs" invades town.
Lincoln High School was a short lived high school which opened in the early 1900's, possibly around
1910. The school remained active until the mid 1940's during World War II. It was then annexed into the DuQuoin
school system. What made Lincoln High School unique was its original purpose. It was developed for the African-American
population of DuQuoin. DuQuoin Lincoln was an all-black high school and was probably not a member of the IHSA. It
was a member of the "Southern Illinois Conference of Colored High Schools."
The High School building served as a school for the DuQuoin School system for decades after its closure. In
fact, it was still active through the 2000 school year when a new DuQuoin grade school was built. It is still standing
tall and proud, full of history. The photo above was taken in April of 2005.
"My relatives were born in DuQuoin, Ill in the early 1900's went
to the Lincoln High School probably in the mid 1900's. I am looking for photos or information on the students at that
time. If you have school information for the below. Please email me at email@example.com
Myrtle V. Roberts Johnson - 1909 - 1971
Leroy A. Roberts - 1903- 1956
Harold A. Roberts 1915-1983
Florence R. Roberts Fairfax - 1906-1979
Mable A. Roberts Davis -1916-1986
Thank you. "
Du Quoin Lincoln High School Quick Facts
Year all school functions ceased in building: 2000
Building use today:
Orange & Black
School Fight Song:
unavailable (did have a school band)