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Emden High School
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Now Hartsburg-Emden Grade School

The History of Emden High School
 
Emden (population 515) is located in south-central Illinois. Emden was platted in 1871 in northwestern Logan County, about 12 miles northwest of Lincoln. The town was named after a town in Germany by its founders Teis Smid and William Smith. Emden is located just south of U.S. Route 136 and just west of Interstate Highway 155. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad runs at a northwestern angle through town. The Prairie Creek surrounds the town on three sides.
 
It is thought that Emden provided education for its children as far back as the late 1800s. One thing is for sure, Emden was one of the smallest high schools in the state! Along with the likes of Rollo High School, which is also on this site, it was reported that in 1931 Emden High School had a total enrollment of 10 students! Just imagine the stories and student life in a setting such as this! With a small enrollment base such as theirs, Emden High School served the community for about 5 decades. It was in the mid-1940s that the town of Emden began consolidation talks with its neighbor to the southeast, Hartsburg.  These talks became a reality after the 1947 school year. Hartsburg-Emden School District was established in 1947.
 
The following historical information was provided by an anonymous fan:
 
"The school pictured above is Emden Grade School -- still in use! The Emden Community House was used for a 3 year High School for many years!  During the school year the basketbal gym was used as the study hall and classroom. During the basketball season a heavy basketball goal was lowered from the stage to the side of the gym floor each Wednesdays and Fridays.  This enabled movies to be projected on a screen that was set up on the gym stage.  All thru the school year the classroom desks and chair had to be moved to the side on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. This work was done by the students!
 
Noted graduates include Darrell Klink a distinguished Lincoln Attorney, Thomas E. Komnick a highly successful business,and investmant man, and Dean B. Rademaker; founder of the 50 and DC Marathon Group USA!"
 
The high school for the Hartsburg-Emden School District was located in Hartsburg. The grade school (pictured above) was located in Emden. It is quite possible that the building pictured above also served as Emden High School at one time. If you have this information please write to us.
 
Emden High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                        late 1800s
Total enrollment in 1931:    10
Year closed:                         1947
School building today:           Hartsburg-Emden Grade School
School nickname:                 "Eagles"
School colors:                      Red, Blue, & White
School Fight Song:               unavailable
ATHLETICS
 
Emden High School served the town of Emden quite well during its existence.  We are confident that Emden High offered the boys sports of basketball, track, and baseball. According to an account in the Bloomington Pantagraph in February 1924, the school won the Junior Division of the Logan County Tournament. The school also was affiliated with the Tri-High Conference during the early-1940's with Chestnut, Congerville, and Shirley Ben Funk.
 
Unfortunately, there are no records of any kind listed on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org). We are extremely hopeful an area fan, alumnus, or resident will come forward with some information on Emden High School's athletic program for us to share.
 
BOYS BASKETBALL
 
From Dean Rademaker, former student of Emden High School:
 
"Although only a three year H.S. Emden boasted some very good basketball teams.  In the 30's, with an enrollment of 25, they actually defeated Taylorville H.S, a school with an enrollment of 700 students!!  In 1943 Emden High School won the Tri - High Tournament Championship! 
 
I remember the entire H.S. had only 14 boys in school and all went out for basketball!  The entire H.S. enrollment attended the County Basketball Tourney!  Our warm-up jackets were red and blue with white being the third color. The Emden Eagles were a fearsome group!
 
I remember the cheerleaders major call:
Push on the starter, shove it in low, come on team let's go!!"
 
HELP US REMEMBER...
 
...Emden High School before there are no longer those around to tell the stories for us to remember.  The great teams, the great players and coaches, the many great games that were played all deserve to be documented. We always enjoy sharing photos of these teams and special people with others. You can e-mail items and information to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net. You can also write to us at:
 
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Emden School Report Cards of Ethel Garber
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1925-26 & 1915-16 Submitted by Bert Fridlin