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The Original (Thomson ) York Community HS Building
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Courtesy of Cletis Underwood

Thomson York Community HS 1950s - 2005
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Submitted by Cody Cutter

Gymnasium
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York Comm. High School

The History of Thomson High School
 
Thomson (population 559) is located in far northwestern Illinois in southwestern Carroll County.  The town was settled on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River about 25 miles northwest of Sterling and Rock Falls.  Illinois ROute 84 is the main roadway leading to and from Thomson.  The At & St Railroad runs parallel to Route 84 and also travels through Thomson.  More information on the town of Thomson can be found on the village's website at www.thomsonil.com
 
Located in York Township, Thomson was called York in its beginning. It is quite probable that York was established in the mid-1800s with a small school established shortly after.  A high school was in place for the students of York by the late 1800s. York Community-Thomson High School was a successful and thriving school district for over 100 years. 
 
Two school buildings served the communty. The first one was located on the east side of the town's main drag, built around 1920. It served the community until a newer building was built in the 1950s almost across the street from the old school. The former building has since been torn down, although the gymnasium still remains and is believed to be in private capacity.
 
One building housed grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The late 1990s and early 2000s brought with them financial concerns, due to the closing of the Savanna Army Depot and the financial concerns surrounding the new correctional center (which is still not open), and dwindling enrollment. It was in the year 2005 that plans were finalized for a consolidation effort between the western Carroll County high schools in the towns of Thomson, Mt. Carroll and Savanna.  This effort resulted in the creation of the West Carroll School District.  
 
The high school for the West Carroll School District is located in Savanna.  The Thomson School is now home to West Carroll Intermediate School and the West Carroll School District offices.
 
York-Thomson High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                           late 1800s / early 1900s
Year closed:                            2005
Consolidated to:                       West Carroll School District (Savanna)
Thomson HS team nickname:   the "Trojans"
THS team colors:                     Purple & Gold
School Fight Song:                  "We're Loyal To You, Thomson High"
                                                              Words Taken from the 1958 Yearbook, THE SANDBURR
                                                              Courtesy of CLETIS UNDERWOOD (Faculty from 1954-59)
 
                                               We're loyal to you, Thomson High.
                                               We're Purple and Gold, Thomson HIgh. 
                                               We'll back you to stand 'gainst the best in the land
                                               For we know you have said, Thomson High.
 
                                               RAH!   RAH!!
 
                                               So crack out that ball, Thomson High.
                                               We're becking you all, Thomson High.
                                               Our team is our fame protector
                                               On boys, for we expect a victory from you, Thomson High!
 
                                               Bring out that dear old flag of purple and gold,
                                               Lean on your sons and daughters fighting so bold,
                                               Like men of old and giants,
                                               Facing reliance, shouting defiance, Oskewawa!
 
                                               Amid the broad green plains that nourish our lands,
                                               For honest labor and for learning we stand,
                                               And onto thee we pledge our heart and hand
                                               Dear alma mater, Thomson High!!         

Shades of purple and gold still don the school
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L to R: high school office, south hallway, events sign

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Thomson gymnasium ticket booth

Athletics
 
The Thomson High School Trojans and Lady Trojans had some real nice seasons during their lifespans.  We are certain, in researching the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org), that boys basketball and softball were offered at the school. It is probable that other sports such as baseball, track, volleyball, and possibly even football were offered at the school. We are searching for the school fight song, coach's names, and team records of the better teams in THS history.  
 
Boys Basketball
 
The Trojans of Thomson High School were the talk of the state in 1972.  In the first season of the two class basketball system in Illinois, "tiny" Thomson High School defied the odds and placed fourth in the IHSA's inaugural Class A State Tourney.  Coach Stan McCrudden led the Trojans that year to a 27 - 6 record.  In addition Thomson High won three District titles prior to their incredible season in 1972.  It is noted that Devin Ehrich was one of the leaders of the Thomson Basketball team prior to its closing, having participated in the IHSA's three-point competetion in 2004.
 
1947-48                District Champions
1950-51                District Champions
1953-54  12 - 10                                        Coach Cross
1954-55                                                    Coach Cross
1955-56                                                    Coach Cross
1956-57                                                    Coach Cross
1957-58                                                    Coach Jim Chapman
1965-66                District Champions

1971-72   27 - 6     Team Placed FOURTH in IHSA Class A Tourney!!   Coach Stan McCrudden
                            Regional Champions
                            Sectional Champions
                            Super-Sectional Champions
                            Thomson 84, Farmington East 73
                            Quarter-Final Winner
                            Thomson 72, Streator Woodland 56
                            Final Four Finalist
                            Mounds Meridian 81, Thomson 74
                            (Mounds Meridian eventually placed 2nd) 
                            3rd Place Game
                            Raymond Lincolnwood 90, Thomson 69
 
The 1971-72 Thomson team holds the Illinois High School state record for most points scored in a season with 3,006! Senior Don Robinson was the State Tournament's leading scorer with 123 points in four games with games of 30-29-28-36, and was named to the All-Tournament team. Mike Hill contributed 46 points and 44 rebounds in the four games.  During the season Robinson averaged averaging 27 p.p.g. while his teammates Ron Hebler and "Leaping" Mike Hill averaged near 20 ppg.
  After attending college, Robinson became the head girl's basketball coach at Prophetstown High School where he won his 500th game in 2006-07.
 
Girls Softball
 
There must be some great softball programs in Thomson.  The Thomson High School girls softball program faired extremely well in the 1990s and early 2000s.  The team of 1993-94 made it all the way to the Elite 8 before falling to Vienna.  A Sweet 16 appearance as a "coop" team followed in 2001-02.  If you have any further information on the Thomson HS girls softball program and subsequent success please write to us.   
 
1993-94      19 - 3       IHSA Tourney Elite 8                      Coach Don Mathey
                                 Regional Champions
                                 Sectional Champions
                                 Super-Sectional Champions
                                 Elite 8 Finalist
                                 Lost to Vienna 3 - 0
                                 Vienna Finished 4th Overall
                                
1994-95                      Regional Champions
1995-96                      Regional Champions
1999-00      12 - 9                                                              Coach Jerry Biederman
2000-01      19 - 10      Regional Champions                     Coach Jerry Biederman
 
2001-02      28 - 5        IHSA Tourney Sweet 16 Finalist!   Coach Jerry Biederman
                                  Regional Champions
                                  Sectional Champions
                                  Super-Sectional Finalist
                                  Lost to Sherrard 3 - 2
                                  Sherrard Lost in Elite 8 Round
 
Theatre

The Illinois Theatre Festival is the largest, non-competetive high school theatre festival in the world. It was organized in 1976 by teachers from the Chicago suburbs. This festival is still going strong as they perform at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and Illinois State University every other January. Thomson High school participated in this festival in 1976.
 
 
Need Your Help 
 
If you have any further information regarding Thomson High School, especially photos of the old school building, and of teams, or coaches, please complete a School Submission Form or Guest Commentary Form.  You can e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or contact us via postal mail at:
 
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