Meredosia High School

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The History of Meredosia High School
 
Meredosia (population 1,041) is located in western Illinois in the northwest corner of Morgan County. The town was first settled in 1816 and platted in 1832.  Its prime location on the banks of the Illinois River led to its rapid early growth. At one time there were four "fisheries" in town. Illinois Route 104 is the main roadway to and from Meredosia and connects it to U.S. Route 67 just two miles to the east.  A branch of the Norfolk & Western Railroad travels to the southside of Meredosia.  The Meredosia Lake sits quietly to the north of town. A short and interesting article on the town's history can be read at:
 
The history of the school system in town is in need of research.  We believe primary education probably started as early as the mid-1850s.  A high school was likely in place by the late 1800s.  Meredosia High School served the community on a solo basis through the early 1950s.  It was then that consolidation talks were initiated with its neighbor to the west, Chambersburg (also on this site).  This effort was realized in 1955 when the Meredosia-Chambersburg School District was formed.  The high school for the district was located in Meredosia.
 
It is quite possible that the original Meredosia High School building is still utilized as the Meredosia-Chambersburg High School building today.  We are in need of this information from a local fan.
 
Meredosia High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                                       late 1800s
Year consolidated w/ Chambersburg: 1955
Consolidated to:                                   Meredosia-Chambersburg High School
Meredosia HS team nickname:            unavailable
MHS team colors:                                unavailable
School Fight Song:                               unavailable
Athletics
 
Meredosia definitely offered boys basketball (www.ihsa.org).  We are fairly certain that baseball and track were also offered.  School team nickname, team colors, school fight song, team records, and coach's names are all items we are searching for. Meredosia was a member of the Western Illinois Valley Conference from 1997-2003.
 
Boys Basketball
 
The Meredosia boys won two District titles during their existence. Unfotunately this is the extent of knowledge that we currently have regarding the program at MHS.  Team records and coach's names of the better teams in Meredosia High School history are being sought.

Several scores from the IHSA State Tournament involving Meredosia were located on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores." These scores are listed below.

1921-22               Jacksonville District Tournament      Coach's name & record needed.
                            1st Rd Beat Murrayville 23-7
                            Other scores needed

1922-23 through 1932-33  Postseason scores, records, and coach's names needed.
  
1933-34               Jacksonville District Tournament      Coach's name & record needed.
                            1st Rd lost to Waverly 32-13
                            Waverly lost to New Berlin in 2nd Rd.
                            Ashland beat Jacksonville in title game 
  
1934-35  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1935-36  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1936-37  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1937-38  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1938-39  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1939-40  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1940-41  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1941-42  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1942-43  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1943-44  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
    
1944-45               Meredosia District Runner-Up       Coach's name & record needed 
                            Semi-final Beat Arenzville 50-47
                            Title Game lost to Bluffs 32-30
   
1945-46               Chapin District Champions            Coach's name & record needed 
                            Early Rd Scores Needed
                            Title Game Beat Arenzville 46-32
                            Virginia Regional Tournament
                            1st Rd Beat New Berlin 47-42
                            Semi-final lost to Virginia 50-45
                            Virginia lost to Jacksonville Routt in title game
    
1946-47  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
   
1947-48               Chapin District Tournament              Coach's name & record needed  
                             Semi-final lost to Arenzville 69-33
                             Arenzville beat Chambersburg in title game
   
1948-49                Arenzville District Tournament         Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd beat Franklin 47-46
                             Semi-final lost to Chambersburg 59-43
                             Chambersburg beat Arenzville in title game
    
1949-50                Meredosia District Champions      Coach's name & record needed
                             Semi-final Beat Jacksonville Routt 68-48
                             Title Game Beat Chapin  53-42
                             Virginia Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd lost to Ashland 46-41
                             Ashland lost to Waverly in semi-final
                             Waverly lost to Jacksonville in title game
  
1950-51               Chapin District Tournament              Coach's name & record needed  
                             Semi-final lost to Ashland 57-49
                             Ashland beat Chapin in title game
  
1951-52                Mt. Sterling Regional Tournament   Coach's name & record needed
                             Meredosia did not compete in District
                             Regional Tourney Scores
                             1st Rd Beat Astoria 53-49
                             *Semi-final lost to Rushville 68-62
                             Rushville beat Arenzville in title game
*Final game as Meredosia High School, consolidated with Chambersburg to form Meredosia-Chambersburg High School in the summer of 1952. 
 
If You Would Like To Share More Information...
 
...about the many accomplishments of Meredosia High School please write to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net .  We are especially seeking a photo of the old school building.  You can write to us via real mail at:
 
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