Strawn High School "Bluebirds"

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Strawn School Student Body & School Buses
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1922 (courtesy of Lucille Goodrich's "A Livingston County Scrapbook: 1855-1975")

Strawn Basketball Court
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School Foundation in Background

The History of Strawn High School
 
Strawn (population 104) is located in eastern Illinois approximately 30 miles northeast of Bloomington. Illinois Route 47 runs through town at County Road E 200 North. This places Strawn in southeastern Livingston County. The Norfolk & Western Railroad also lays some tracks through the small town.
 
Strawn has a very progressive and storied educational past. The first school in the community was opened in 1874, and was the very first village in Livingston County to consolidate the surrounding country schools in the early 1920's. The dirt roads leading to and from Strawn had to be paved with gravel to accommodate the students being brought to town from the Leopold, Kuntz, and Pursely country schools on the buses shown above. 
 
Strawn supported its own high school for about five decades. It was in the late 1940's the villages of Forrest, Strawn, and Wing began consolidation talks for their high schools. After a favorable vote in all three villages in March 1949, their efforts became a reality between 1952 and 1955 when the Forrest-Strawn-Wing School District was formed. 
 
The high school for the new district was located in Forrest. The Strawn High School building served as the Forrest-Strawn-Wing Grade School building for about 30 years. It was in 1985 that Forrest-Strawn-Wing closed her doors as well. The Strawn School building was originally turned into a nightclub called "Nightschool," however, this venture did not go very well. The building sat abandoned for several years until being razed in 1997. A photo of the building is especially needed to share with others. 
 
The Strawn high school-aged kids now attend Fairbury Prairie Central High School.
 
Strawn High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                           late 1800s
Year closed:                            between 1952 and 1955
Consolidated to:                       Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School
School building use:                 Forrest-Strawn-Wing Grade School
Year FSW GS closed:              1985
Year former HS building razed:  1997
Consolidated to:                       Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School     
School nickname:                     the "Bluebirds"
School colors:                          Blue & White
School Fight Song:                   unavailable

Strawn School Garage?
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Athletics
 
The Strawn High School Bluebirds were a competitive group.  They did win two District titles in basketball.  It is believed Strawn high School also cometed in baseball and track.  Conference affiliation and records and coaches names of the better teams in Strawn's history are in need of research.  Please e-mail us at eganann@sbcglobal.net if you have this information. 
 
Boys Basketball
 
The Strawn High School boys basketball team had a nice run in the early 1940s winning back to back District titles. Unfortunately the records and coaches names of these and other great Strawn High School teams are not available. Please e-mail us if you have this knowledge so we can share it on this page.
 
1941-42           District Champions
1942-43           District Champions
 
Strawn Spirit Lives On
 
Strawn's high school-aged students continued to go on to become great athletes at other schools.  Among these were the Knauers (the "K" is not silent), the youngest, Greg being an All-Conference football lineman for the FSW 1979 playoff team. 
 
Seeking More Information
 
If you have ANY information you would like to share regarding the history and accomplishments of Strawn High School, especially a photo of the school building, please send it to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also write to us via real mail at:
 
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