Ellis Grove High School

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The History of Ellis Grove High School
 
Ellis Grove (population 363) is located in far southwestern Illinois in the northwest portion of Randolph County. Illinois Route 3 is the main roadway that travels to and from Ellis Grove. The Mississippi River flows about 2 miles to the west of town. Ellis Grove is about 10 miles northwest of Chester and approximately 50 miles southeast of East St. Louis. Ellis Grove was established in 1852 and named after George Ellis, an early proprietor and first post master of the town (Place Names of Illinois by Edward Callary).
 
We learned of Ellis Grove supporting a high school via Illinois State Basketball Tournament scores from the 1930s and 1940s. Ellis Grove High School competed in the annual District Tournament in their area. Unfortunately this is currently the extent of the results of our research regarding Ellis Grove High School.
 
Based on other research of other communities of similar size we believe that Ellis Grove likely had a high school in place by the late 19-teens to early 1920s. It likely served the community through the late 1940s. We know that today the children of Ellis Grove attend high school in Chester (according to the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org).
 
Ellis Grove High School Quick Facts
 
Year Opened:            late 19-teens/early 1920s (?)
Year Closed:              late 1940s (?)
Consolidated to:        Chester High School 
Team Nickname:       Needed
Team Colors:             Needed
School Fight Song:    Needed

Boys Basketball
 
We know that Ellis Grove High School supported a boys basketball program. The team competed in the annual IHSA state tournament for certain. Research via newspapers.com has discovered the following basketball scores. Other scores involving Ellis Grove High School are needed.
 
1937-38                   Red Bud District Tourney                    Coach's name & record needed
                                1st Rd Beat Valmeyer 29-19
                                Remaining scores needed
 
1939-40                   Steeleville District Tourney                  Coach's name & record needed
                                1st Rd lost to Percy 34-22
 
1940-41                   Campbell Hill District Tourney             Coach's name & record needed
                                1st Rd lost to Willisville 51-27
                                Campbell Hill beat Percy in title game
                                
1941-42                   Willisville District Tourney                    Coach's name & record needed
                                 1st Rd Beat Kaskaskia St. Mary
                                 Remaining Scores Needed 

Other Activities at Ellis Grove High School
 
It is probable that the students of Ellis Grove High School participated in many activities. School plays, student government, FFA, FHA, GAA, dances, and many other activities were probably offered and a large part of student life..
                                                                  
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