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Elliot School Building Built in 1922
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Courtesy of Ross Brown

Elliot School Building
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Povided by Ross Brown

The History of Elliot High School

Elliot (population 295) is located in east central Illinois in the south central portion of Ford County. Illinois Route 9 is the main roadway to and from Elliot as it passes by the small village to the south. County Road N. 1000 E, also known as County Highway 4, travels through the heart of Elliot from the north to south. Elliot is located about 5 miles due east of Gibson City and about 25 miles due north of Champaign.
 
Elliot is named after the primary donor of the land the town is located on, Samuel Elliot. The village was established in 1865. A railroad depot was constructed in 1872 and the village at that time was filled various businesses and was very self-supporting.
 
The businesses in Elliot included a school house. The first school in Elliot was a two-room frame structure for grades 1 - 8. According to a newspaper article submitted by   Elliot school offered two years of high school with the first graduation for the school taking place in 1898. The Elliot school building burnt to the ground in 1912 and was soon replaced by a new, brick school building in 1922. It is unknown when the high school courses offered at Elliot were discontinued, however it is known that kids who wanted  full 4-year high school education would have to continue at Gibson City High School upon leaving the Elliot school. It is only known that the school offered classes for grades 1 - 8 as Elliot School District #94.  Additions were made to the original portion of the school in 1948 which included a gymnasium.

Elliot High School Graduation Article 1898
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Submitted by Ross Brown

The Elliot school district was supported on its own through the 1953-54 school year. The Elliot School District consolidated with the Gibson City School District in the summer of 1954. Grade school classes continued at the Elliot school through 1964. From 1964 through 1982 the school building was utilized as the Ford / Iroquois County Special Education Association. This arrangement was discontinued in 1982 and the school building and grounds were remanded to the village of Elliot. The building served many purposes for the village until its use was eventually discontinued and the school was demolished in 1998.

Elliot School Building - 1998
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Submitted by Ross Brown

Elliot High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                         1897(?)
First Graduation Ceremony:  1898
Year Closed:                          (?)
Consolidated to:                     Gibson City High School
School Team Nickname:        "Wolves" (Grade School)
School Team Colors:
School Fight Song:
Athletics
 
It is possible that Elliot High School competed with other schools in basketball and baseball. However, we currently have no proof of this. We do know that the Elliot Grade School kids competed in basketball for certain and were known as the "Wolves." If you have any further information regarding the Elliot High School athletic program please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.
 
Extra Curricular Activities
 
Band, choir, plays, dances, and many other activities were likely a part of the Elliot High School experience. An annual commencement exercise was also enjoyed.
 
Seeking More Information
 
We are hopeful an Elliot High School fan will forward a photo of EHS building to us.  We are looking for any information to accent the information already on this page.  There is NO information that is too trivial for this site.  You can e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or you can write to us at:
 
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il.    60631
 
 

Elliot High School Building
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Provided by Ross Brown

Elliot School Building
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Submitted by Ross Brown

Elliot School Building
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Submitted by Ross Brown

Elliot High School Inscription Stone
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Provided by Ross Brown