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Media Wever High School
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Media Wever High School
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Photo by Mike Edwards - 2008

The History of Media Wever High School
 
Media (population 130) is located on Il. Route 116 approximately 12 miles west of U.S. Route 67.  This places Media in eastern Henderson County approximately 15 miles southwest of Monmouth ("as the crow flies").  The At & St Railroad runs through town as does the Ellison Creek. 
 
Media probably started its school system much like other small towns of its day, in the late 1800s, a guess would be 1890. The school is named Wever after the founder, Nathan Wever, who began the school as a private academy.  Wever platted the town in 1888 when the railroad was built through the area.    The school flourished and lasted several decades, providing a quality education for the kids of Media. This ended when a consolidation effort with nearby Stronghurst took place in 1971.  Media Wever High School was absorbed into the newly created Stronghurst Southern School District.  The old Media Wever building housed the Southern Junior High School for many years. 
 
For photos of the original frame building which housed the Media Community High School check out the web address of http://www.usgennet.org/usa/il/county/henderson/photos.htm .
  
Today the school serves as part of the West Central School District. Media Wever High School building stands tall and proud in town today.  Almost like a trip back in time.  
 

Media Wever HS Complex
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Submitted by Mike Edwards

Media Wever High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:               1890? 
Year closed:                1971
Consolidated to:           Stronghurst Southern High School
School nickname:        the "Bulldogs"
School colors:             Red & White
School Fight Song:      unavailable

Inscription on Media Wever High School
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Photo by Mike Edwards

Media High School
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Football Team - 1955

Athletics
 
It is a fact that Media Wever High School offered basketball to its male students.  The MWHS boys brought home three District titles and one Regional title during its existence.  No other information was located regarding the athletic program at Media Wever High School.  We assume that baseball and track was also offered at the school. As you can see in the photo to the right, football was definitely offered at Media High.  We are hopeful an area history buff will fill us in on the missing information we are seeking.
 
Boys Basketball
 
Three District Titles and one Regional Title trophy was earned by the boys of Media Wever High.  One District and the Regional title were won in the same year.  We are hopeful someone will provide information about this incredibly successful team.  What was the enrollment?  How could such a small school beat the likes of probably Monmouth High to win a Regional title?  Their successful seasons are listed below.
 
1933-34     N.R.A.     District Champions                     
1938-39     N.R.A.     District/Regional Champions
1944-45     N.R.A.     District Champions                    Coach Carl Shelton
 
Football
 
The Media Wever Bulldogs had some very successful runs in football as well.  The 1967 team is said to have been very good.  Virgil Boucher coached football at Media in the early 1940's before departing for Peoria Woodruff where he would establish a successful career there. He is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. If you have any more information regarding the Media Wever football program, please send us an e-mail.  Some of the better seasons enjoyed at Media Wever are listed below.  Thank you to Tom Sikorski for his research.
 
1953  4-2      2nd place (tie) Valley Conference
1959  5-2-1  3rd place Valley Conference                      Coach Don Frakes
1966  6-1      2nd place Bi County Conference              Coach Dick Mings
 
Media Wever last fielded a football team in 1970
 
Track & Field 
 
In the era of 1945-1947, Media's "famous" 1/5 mile cinder track was the best track in area short of Monmouth College's track. It was a  1/5 mile instead of customary 1/4 because of being limited by the size of the available lot.  If you have any information on the successes of the Media thinclads please drop us a line.
 
Seeking Your Help
 
If you have any information regarding Media Wever High School please complete a School Submission Form or a Guest Commentary Form.  We would enjoy a photo of the great sports teams if you find one available.  You may also e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or write us at:
 
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Media High School
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Basketball Team - 1955-56

Media Wever High School Rear View
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Courtesy of Mike Edwards