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Cave-In-Rock High School
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As Found on http://www.geocities.com/caveinrock_1999/cirhs1955.jpg / Submitted by Dennis Wingert

Photo of THEE "Cave-In-Rock"
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Submitted by Bill Logan

The History of Cave-In-Rock High School
 
Cave-In-Rock (population 346) is located in far southeastern Illinois on the banks of the Ohio River.  Il. Route 1 is the only highway that connects Cave-In-Rock to the rest of Illinois.  This southeastern Hardin County town is aptly named after, you guessed it, a "cave in the rock" along the Ohio River.  The cave is a massive 55' wide.  It was created thousands of years ago by rushing water. The cave was a notorious hide-away for bandits and thieves of the late 1700s and early 1800s who would prey on innocent travelers and cargo hauling boats utilizing the river as a source of transport.  An interesting web site to read about Cave-In-Rock's history is listed here:    http://peopleschoice2.homestead.com/CAVEINROCK.html .
 
The school system in Cave-In-Rock may have started in the early 1800s, though an exact time is not currently available. Cave-In-Rock did in fact support its own school system for many years.  It was in 1977 that Cave-In-Rock High School closed and joined in a consolidation pact with its Hardin County neighbors Elizabethtown and Rosiclare. The Hardin County School District was formed. The Rosiclare High School building housed the Hardin County High School through the 1979-80 school year. In the summer of 1980 all grades were located to a new school built near Elizabethtown.  
 
Bill Logan, CIR HS Class of 1952, provided the following information on the history of Cave-In-Rock High School:
 
"Prior to the H.S. building in your picture the school was located in the downtown area.  It was a two-story masonry bldg.  The H.S. was upstairs; the grades 1 thru 8 were downstairs.  The H. S. played their games outside (a dirt court).  The only running water was a fountain in the front entrance, downstairs.  There was no water upstairs because the lines would freeze.  As for indoor plumbing, the WPA built nice outdoor "restrooms" with multiple seats (holes); one for the boys and another for the girls.
    I am not sure but I think the school on the hill with the gym was built during the war because when the boys came home from the war they were allowed to return to school and play H.S. basketball in that gym.  They also organized a town baseball team and played other towns during the summer.  Still, there was no school baseball but the returning G.I.s made up the nucleus of the town team.  Enrollment at that time was around 100 or so."

Former Cave-In-Rock HS Building - 2010
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Photo Taken by James Horaz

 
 
The status of the original Cave-In-Rock school building is a good one.  The building has been converted to a private home.  The photo to the right was taken by James Horaz in January of 2010.
 
Geri Brook adds the following about the fate of the Cave-In-Rock High School building:
 
"My mother graduated from this high school in 1961. I still have quite a bit of family in that town, too. The old high school building is still partially standing – the gym and the auto shop portions. It has been converted into a residence.

My oldest sister attended CIR during her junior year, 1979-1980, which was the last year the building was used as a school. The first graduation from the new Hardin Co. K-12 was June 1981."

Cave-In-Rock High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                possibly early 1800s
Year closed:                 1977
Consolidated to:            Hardin County School District (Elizabethtown) 
School nickname:          the "Eagles" (the "Cavemen" to some)
School colors:               Red, White, & Blue
School Fight Song:        unavailable
Athletics
 
One thing is for certain, Cave-In-Rock High School boys basketball teams were quite capable of shooting-the-rock!  The Cave-In-Rock basketball prowess will be listed below.  It is also believed that Cave-In-Rock HS offered baseball and track.  We are hopeful a fan of the town or area will provide us with some more information regarding the athletic endeavors of the Cave-In-Rock students.
 
Boys Basketball
 
Cave-In-Rock High School boys basketball teams DOMINATED their area in the 1940s and early 1950s.  Eight District titles were won in the 1940s and two Regional titles were won in the early 1950s.  This was nothing short of an incredible run by the Cave-In-Rock boys!  Unfortumately no records or coaches names are available at this time.  Check out this run, 10 Championships in a 12 year period! Several scores from gams involving Cave-In-Rock High School in the IHSA State Tournament were located on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores." These scores are listed below.
 
1921-22 through 1932-33  Postseason scores, records, and coaches' names needed
 
1933-34                Metropolis District Tournament           Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Rosiclare 37-25
                             Rosiclare won District tourney
                             Rosiclare lost in semi-final of Sectional
 
1934-35                Metropolis District Tournament           Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Harrisburg 26-22
 
1935-36                Metropolis Regional Tournament        Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Golconda 31-29
  
1936-37  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1937-38  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
     
1938-39                Eldorado Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Norris City 36-25
 
1939-40                IHSA District Champs                       Coach's name & record needed
                             District Scores Needed
                             IHSA Regional Scores
                             Regional Scores Needed
    
1940-41                IHSA District Champs                       Coach's name & record needed
                             District Scores Needed
                             IHSA Regional Scores
                             Regional Scores Needed
       
1942-43                IHSA District Champs                       Coach's name & record needed
                             District Scores Needed
                             Eldorado Regional Scores
                             1st Rd Beat Norris City 48-29
                             Semi-final lost to Harrisburg 57-40
      
1943-44                IHSA District Champs                       Coach's name & record needed
                             District Scores Needed
                             IHSA Regional Scores
                             Regional Scores Needed
      
1944-45                Equality District Champs                  Coach's name & record needed
                             Semi-final Beat Broughton 75-34
                             Title Game Beat Burnt Prairie 65-29
                             Eldorado Regional Scores
                             1st Rd Beat Harrisburg 57-34
CAVE-IN-ROCK (57): Lowry 19, Oxford 17, Robertson 9, Frailey 8, Davis 4.
HARRISBURG (34): Davenport 17, Metcalf 12, Jones 2, Upchurch 2, Azar 1.
                             Semi-final lost to Carrier Mills 34-31
CARRIER MILLS (34): Miller 11, Lail 10, Fort 10, DeWitt 2, Hutson 1
CAVE-IN-ROCK (31): Oxford 15, Lowry 8, Davis 3, Frailey 3, Robinson 2.
    
1945-46                Harrisburg Regional Tournament        Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Galatia 44-35
                             Semi-final lost to Eldorado 35-32
   
1946-47                Shawneetown District Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd beat Shawneetown 61-26
                             Semi-final Beat Ridgway 33-27
                             Title Game Beat Equality 38-31
                             Eldorado Regional Scores
                             1st Rd Beat Galatia 45-35
CAVE-IN-ROCK (45): Stacy 14, Dutton 11, McDowell 7, Davis 4, Douglas 4, Lowry 3, Oxford 2.
GALATIA (35): Pulliam 13, Vinson 10, Griffiths 4, Sullivan 4, Karnes 2, Golliher 2.
                             Semi-final lost to Harrisburg 45-25
HARRISBURG (45): Cummins 11, Jones 10, Gidcumb 9, Vinson 6, VanderPluym 4, Catlin 2, Kibler 2, Davenport 1.
CAVE-IN-ROCK (25): Davis 5, Stacy 5, Dutton 4, Lowry 4, Oxford 3, McDowell 2, R. Douglas 2.
    
1947-48                Equality District Champs                  Coach's name & record needed
                             Semi-final Beat Equality 63-44
                             Title Game Beat Ridgway 44-33
                             Harrisburg Regional Scores
                             1st Rd Beat Galatia 54-45
CAVE-IN-ROCK (54): Lowry 18, Davis 14, Clanton 6, Douglas 5, Willis 5, Spivey 3, Dutton 3.
GALATIA (45): G. Karnes 11, Pulliam 10, Griffiths 10, Kent 6, Gann 6, Golliher 2.
                             Semi-final lost to Harrisburg 45-35
HARRISBURG (45): Vinson 15, Cummins 9, Brown 8, VanderPluym 8, Catlin 3, Jones 2
CAVE-IN-ROCK (35): Dutton 14, Willis 9, Lowry 8, Douglas 2, Davis 2.
   
1948-49               Shawneetown District Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Semi-final Beat Mills Prairie 79-36
                            Title Game Beat Equality 80-42
                            Eldorado Regional Scores
                            1st Rd Beat Galatia 56-42
CAVE-IN-ROCK (56): Mi. Davis 18, Willis 17, Ma. Davis 12, Patton 4, Walker 3, Douglas 2.
GALATIA (42): Pulliam 13, Russell 12, Golliher 7, Gann 5, Thompson 4, Gray 1.
                            Semi-final lost to Harrisburg 60-34
HARRISBURG (60): VanderPluym 16, Brown 14, Pavelonis 12, Bobka 9, Cline 4, Catlin 3, Baker 2.
CAVE-IN-ROCK (34): Mi. Davis 13, Willis 8, Cruse 4, Ma. Davis 3, Patton 3, R. Douglas 2, Davidson 1.
                            Harrisburg won Regional title
  
1949-50               Metropolis Regional Champs           Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd Beat Brookport 71-32
                            Semi-final Beat Metropolis 48-39
                            Title Game Beat Vienna 44-41
                            Marion Sectional Scores
                            Semi-final lost to Johnson City
                            Johnson City won Sectional
 
1950-51    27 - 2  Metropolis Regional Champs           Coach Oxford
                            Conference Champs
                            Regional Scores
                            Beat Rosiclare  63-53
                            Beat Vienna 78-58
                            Beat Brookport 70-48
                            Herrin Sectional Finalist
                            Semi-final Lost to West Frankfort 47-41  

Cave-In-Rock HS Basketball Team 1950-51
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Submitted by Bill Logan (Click on photo to view enlarged version.)

1951-52                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Brookport 50-47
                             Brookport won Regional Tourney
 
1952-53                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Joppa 57-46
 
1953-54                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Golconda 70-68
  
1954-55                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Round Beat Pope County 85-66
                             Semi-final lost to Vienna 80-65
  
1955-56                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Metropolis 81-76 (O/T)
                             Metropolis won Regional Tournament
  
1956-57                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Metropolis 69-64
  
1957-58                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Pope County 54-44
                             Semi-final lost to Rosiclare 66-40
  
1958-59                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Brookport 85-63
 
1959-60                Metropolis Regional Runner-Up       Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Golconda 56-41
                             Semi-final Beat Rosiclare 56-51
                             Title Game lost to Metropolis 61-43
  
1960-61                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Brookport 67-50
                             Semi-final lost to Metropolis 71-37
  
1961-62                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Brookport 56-34
                             Semi-final lost to Metropolis 67-57
   
1962-63                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Brookport 52-46
                             Semi-final lost to Metropolis 64-49
                             Metropolis won Regional
                             Metropolis lost in Elite 8 Rd to Centralia
                             Centralia lost in title game

1963-64                Metropolis Regional Champs            Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Ullin Century 58-57
                             Semi-final Beat Rosiclare 83-69
                             Title Game Beat Metropolis 71-64
CAVE-IN-ROCK (71): Walker 20, Davis 16, Gosser 15, Anderson 11, Rose 6, Barnard 2, Lasater 1
METROPOLIS (64): Beggs 16, Bentson 14, K. Turner 12, J. Turner 11, Hendrix 11.
                             Eldorado Sectional Tournament
                             1st Rd lost to Harrisburg 76-63
HARRISBURG (76): Turner 31, Feazel 18, Kladiva 10, Gardner 8, Mitchell 6, Rann 3
CAVE-IN-ROCK (63): Walker 19, Gosser 18, Rose 9, Lasater 8, Davis 2, Dixon 2, Price 2, Suita 2, Barnard 1.
                             Harrisburg lost to Cobden in title game
                             Cobden placed 2nd in state tourney
 
1964-65                Metropolis Regional Runner-Up       Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Rosiclare 77-60
                             Semi-final Beat Golconda 63-53
                             Title Game lost to Metropolis 62-59
METROPOLIS (62): Bentson 22, Turner 20, Jennings 11, Fossie 7, Glass 2
CAVE-IN-ROCK (59): Walker 13, Lasater 13, Rose 13, Bernard 13, Grace 5, Dutton 2.
  
1965-66                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Ullin Century 73-70
                             Semi-final lost to Metropolis 87-45
                             Metropolis won Regional Tourney
  
1966-67                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Metropolis 71-34
                             Metropolis won Regional Tourney
 
1967-68                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Ullin Century 54-51
  
1968-69                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Ullin Century 76-50
 
1969-70                Vienna Regional Runner-Up               Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Metropolis 72-64
                             Semi-final Beat Brookport 73-68
                             Title Game lost to Pope County 63-43
  
1970-71                Metropolis Regional Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Brookport 63-57
BROOKPORT (63): D. Green 16, E. Green 13, Morris 9, Denson 8, Pearcy 7, V. Morris 6, Reynolds 4
CAVE-IN-ROCK (57): Hobbs 15, McDowell 13, Foster 12, Hasty 9, Thackston 5, Walker 3.
  
1971-72                Vienna Class 'A' Reg. Runner-Up      Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Pope County 88-72
                             Semi-final Beat Rosiclare 87-65
                             Title Game lost to Carrier Mills 88-85
   
1972-73  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1973-74  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1974-75  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1975-76  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1976-77  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
 (Last season for Cave-In-Rock H.S.)
   
There has GOT to be a "great coach" story in there somewhere!!!  Great job Cave-In Rock boys of the 1940s / early 1950s!! We do know that one of Illinois' top 100 winningest coaches, Glen Oxford, started his coaching career at Cave-In-Rock. He had a career coaching record of 515-278.
 
The following memories and information was submitted to us by Bob Lingle, a long time fan of the Glory Days website:
 
   "During their heyday in the late 40s and the early 50s (the Eagles) were coached by Lowell Oxford.  Then in the 60s and 70s his brother Glen was the coach and he also coached Hardin County when Cave-in-Rock and Rosiclare consolidated.
    I believe it was in 1949 Paducah Tilghman Christmas Tournament that the Eagles surprised everyone.  Tilghman would invited the top schools from Western Kentucky and then usually one school from southern Illinois.  The invitations would go out after the season started.  They knew little about "the cave men" but they had a good record.  The western Kentucky schools were shocked when Cave-in-Rock easily won the tournament."
 
More great memories and information from Bill Logan :
 
"I was a member of one of the best teams the school ever had (the 1950-1951 team). This team was 27 - 2 for the season.  Wimpy Willis, #40, was probably the best H.S. basketball player to have ever played the game in southern Illinois (South of Mt. Vernon).
    He was a year older than all the rest of us and was facing the draft upon graduating.  The Korean War had escalated and he was due up.  Therefore, he joined the Air Force and made a career out of it, playing on championship teams at U.S. Bases here and oversees.  He is one of the three best I ever played with or against.
    Dale Cruse, #55, went on to play at McKendree College in Lebanon, IL.  Millard Davis, #50, and Junior Austin went on to play at Holmes Jr. College in Goodman, MS. with Davis continuing his college career at Memphis State.
    I had one more year of H.S. then faced the draft like Wimpy and was able to get in the U.S. Navy Seabees as a Field Engr.  After the war I went to the Univ. of Tn. on a baseball scholarship-----a pitcher with a lot of wicked junk and a fast ball about the speed of a change-up. This was a great group of guys and very tough-minded.
    Across the river, Tulu (Kentucky) didn't have a gym (outside court, only) nor did they have gym shoes, so when they earned a birth in the Kentucky State Tournament (1939 +/-) some of them couldn't adjust to the new fangled shoes so they pulled them off and played in their bare feet.  This, I heard a long time ago------I can't vouch for its authenticity. 
    I am making an attempt to contact someone from Brookport and Golconda so they can tell you about the gyms they had in the basement.  I played in those facilities.  The floors were of wood but they were warped due to the water leaking into the floors of both gyms.  The ceiling was about 18' to 20' high.  You couldn't shoot farther out than about 15 feet.  The court was so short they painted two center-lines on them.
   At the age of 75, I am still playing basketball.  My team plays two times a week, the year round.  We will be playing in the National Senior Olympics in San Francisco come August-Sept. of '09.
    We hold a national record of eight 3-pointers in a national tournament game.  This happened at San Antonio in 1995, then repeated it in just 10 minutes of playing time at Pittsburgh in 2005."
 
Baseball
 
From David (Punky) Barnard:
 
"Cave started baseball in 1972. coached by Hambone Oxford.  I was honored to be the leadoff batter in our first game @ Shawneetown. I was hit in the jaw by a fastball (I thought it was going to be a curve ball that Coach had showed us in practice) that gave me a black eye. next day at school a fellow student seen my eye and said " that baseball looks rough.  lol !  Thanks for the time to look back."
 
If You Have ANY More Information regarding Cave-In-Rock High School and its many successes, please send us the information so we may share it with others.  There are a lot of missing pieces to this fun story.  We are especially interested in photos of the school building and great teams and personalities that made up Cave-In-Rock High School. You can send us this information via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or via real mail at:
 
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago,  Il.    60631