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Rossville High School
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1898 - 1946

The History of Rossville High School
 
Rossville (population 1,217) is located in far eastern Illinois in northeastern Vermillion County. It sits on Illinois Route 1 (Dixie Highway) about 12 miles north of Danville and 6 miles west of the Indiana / Illinois border.  The town was founded in 1859.  In 1872 the Chicago, Danville, & Vincennes Railroad laid its tracks through town. This railroad is now owned by the Louisville & Nashville Line. A train engine "roundhouse" still sits quietly on the northside of Rossville, a reminder of its historic past.  A branch of the North Fork of the Vermillion River flows through town as well.
 
The educational system began shortly after the town was established.  A high school was established early on and the first graduation class of Rossville High was the class of 1878.  A "new" high school building was built in 1898 (pictured above) and served Rossville until 1946.  The high school in Rossville was a solo venture until probably the late 1940s. It was in 1948 that Rossville and nearby Alvin chose to combine their efforts into one school district. They named the district the Rossville-Alvin School District.  The high school for the new district was located in Rossville.
 
Rossville-Alvin High School served its district until 2005 when the high school was deactivated.  The students of Rossville, upon graduating from 8th grade at Rossville-Alvin, have the option of attending Bismarck-Henning or Hoopeston Area High Schools.  The fate of the second Rossville High School building is not known.  It is believed the Rossville High School building pictured above has been demolished.
 
Rossville High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                      1874
First graduating class:         1878
First Brick HS building built: 1898 (razed in 1946)
Year consolidated:               1948
Consolidated to:                  Rossville-Alvin School District  
School nickname:                unavailable
School colors:                     unavailable
School Fight Song:              unavailable

Athletics
 
Rossville High School offered the boys sports of basketball and track.  It is believed that baseball and possibly football were also offered.  Unfortunately the only sport recognized on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org) is boys track.  If you have ANY other information regarding the great teams in Rossville High School history please share with us. 
 
Boys Track & Field
 
Three male athletes brought home a total of four medals from the IHSA State 'B' Meet.  Their excellent accomplishments are listed below.
 
1913-14    Individual Medalist  
                ??  Strickler            High Jump            2ND Place
 
1918-19    Individual Medalists
                ??  Thomas             Discus                   3RD Place
                                               Shot Put                3RD Place
                ??  Schmate           High Jump             4TH Place
 
Boys Basketball
 
We were not able to find any other information of the Basketball program at Rossville High School other than the fact that they did offer it. On February 4, 1930 the RHS team had a hard fought game with Catlin in which the score at the end of regulation was 0-0! In the overtime play, Rossville was able to score five points to win the game 5-0!
 
Searching For More Information
 
There are a lot of untold stories and memories regarding Rossville High School that need to be researched by a local resident or alumnus.  The great athletic teams and many accomplishments attained at Rossville High should be recorded and remembered forever.  Please e-mail information to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net. You can also write to us via real mail at:
 
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