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Plato Center High School Building
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Photo Taken By Cody Cutter - 2007

Plato Center HS Building Floor Plan for New School
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Submitted by Mary Beth Fletcher (left click on photo for larger view)

The History of Plato Center High School
 
Plato Center (population 20 ?) is located in far noreastern Illinois in north-central Kane County.  Plato Center is about 5 miles west and a little south of Elgin.  The town is located at the intersection of the County Roads of Russell Road and Rippburger Road.  The Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad also passes through the currently tiny hamlet.
   
 
It appears that Plato Center had a very interesting early life, including, for a brief time, having two cheese factories in town.  One article written by Pastor Jack Hayford states that in the mid 1900s Plato Center consisted of the following:
    
 "Two dozen houses … a gas station … schoolhouse … one store… all sandwiched between the black loam fields on all sides—many already plowed under, although much late feed corn still stood dry on the stalks in perfect road-wide rows. And the church house."
   
    
Plato Center is probably going to grow immensely in the next several years, if this growth has not already started, due to its proximity to Chicago.
 
    


The history of Plato Center High School is in need of research.  A high school was probably established by the early 1900s. We do know through research by Mary Beth Fletcher that the Plato High School building burned in 1927. The building was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. For a few years classes were held in various places in town while the building was being constructed.

Plato Center HS Building Destroyed by Fire 1927
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Photo Submitted by Mary Beth Fletcher

Plato Center High School served Plato Center and the surrounding farm kids through the 1950-51 school year. In the summer of 1951 the school districts of Burlington and Plato Center consolidated their educational efforts and formed the Central School District. 
 
The high school for the Central School District is located in Burlington. As of 2007 the Plato Center High School building was still standing.
 
Plato Center High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                 early 1900s?
Year closed:                   1951
Consolidated to:            Central School District (Burliington)
PCHS team nickname:  the "Clippers"
PCHS team colors:        Purple & Gold
School Fight Song:        (From the Yearbook of 1927)
                                                  Submitted by Mary Beth Fletcher  

Plato Center High School Fight Song 1927
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Submitted by Mary Beth Fletcher (from 1927 Yearbook)

Plato Center HS Gym 2012
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Courtesy of Bruce Firchau

ATHLETICS
 
Plato Center High School definitely offered boys basketball and football.  Baseball and track were likely offered as well.  School team fight song, team records, and coach's names are all items being sought.

Plato Center HS Bleachers 2012
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Left Click on photo for larger view. (Photo by Bruce Firchau)

Plato Center HS Gym Enterance Stairs 2012
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Left Click on photo for larger view. (Photo by Bruce Firchau)

BOYS BASKETBALL
 
The round-ballers of Plato Center High School brought home a DIstrict title in 1937. The boys competed in the annual IHSA State Tournament as well. Scores were located on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores." We have reprinted these scores below. Season records, coaches' names, and other information is welcome.
 
1933-34                Crystal Lake District Tournament              Coach's name & record needed
                                1st Rd lost to Elgin 74-17
                                Elgin lost in semi-final of District
  
1934-35                Crystal Lake District Tournament              Coach's name & record needed
                                1st Rd lost to Harvard 43-6
                                Harvard lost in 2nd Rd.
   
1935-36                Hampshire District Runner-up!               Coach's name & record needed
                                1st Rd Beat Genoa 38-24
                                Semi-final Beat Hampshire 43-31
                                Title game lost to Burlington 29-26
   
1936-37               District Champions!                                    Coach's name & record needed
                              District scores unavailable
                              DeKalb Regional Tourney
                              1st Rd lost to Waterman 33-15
                              Waterman lost in title game.
   
1037-38  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  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1945-46  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
 
1946-47               Maple Park District Tourney                       Coach's name & record needed. 
                               1st Rd lost to Hinckley 80-28
                               Hinckley lost in semi-final round.
  
1947-48               Maple Park District Tourney                       Coach's name & record needed. 
                               1st Rd lost to Kaneville 55-41
                               Kaneville lost in semi-final round
  
1948-49               HinckleyDistrict Tourney                             Coach's name & record needed. 
                               1st Rd lost to Burlington 59-42
                               Burlington lost in semi-final round
 
1949-50   8 - 18  Waterman District Tourney                        Coach Joe Kurchera 
              (2-8conf)
                               1st Rd lost to Hinckley 33-28
                               Hinckley won District title

Plato Center High School Basketball Team 1949-50
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Left click on photo for larger view

     
1950-51               Hinckley District Tourney                             Coach's name & record needed. 
                              **1st Rd lost to Burlington 49-48
                               Burlington lost in semi-final round
   
**Final boys basketball game for Plato Center High School. Became part of the Burlington Central HS District in the summer of 1951.
    
       
FOOTBALL
     
The Plato Center High School Clippers competed in football in the early 1950s for certain. They played 6-man football against other area schools such as Stillman Valley. If you have any further information regarding the PCHS football program please contact us.
     
MEMORIES & FACTS
      
**From Mary Beth Fletcher:
    
"I was on-line researching a fire that destroyed the Plato High School in 1926-27. I purchased a 1927 Plato High School Yearbook on Ebay . The yearbook states that in '27 they were rebuilding and the students were displaced following the fire. The school fight song is listed in the yearbook as are the participants in the sports of Basketball, Baseball and Track. Other school activities noted are; Glee Club, Orchestra,Class Play, Declamation Contest, Peptimist Staff (yearbook)."

Plato Center HS Seniors 1927
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Submitted by Mary Beth Fletcher (left click on photo for larger view)

Plato Center HS Faculty 1927
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Submitted by Mary Beth Fletcher (left click on photo for larger view)

Need Your Assistance
 
If you have any further information or corrections to make regarding Plato Center High School please write to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.. You can also write to us via USPS at:
 
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il.    60631

Plato Center HS Gym Entrance 2012
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Left Click on photo for larger view. (Photo by Bruce Firchau)

Plato Center Gym Stage 2012
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Left Click on photo for larger view. (Photo by Bruce Firchau)

Plato Center HS 1927 Yearbook Foreward
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Submitted by Mary Beth Fletcher (left click on photo for larger view)

The first five years of Burlington Central High School are listed on the site called "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores" as "Plato Center." Here are the scores from the those seasons.

1951-52                DeKalb Regional Tourney                         Coach's name & record needed
                               (Did not compete in District tourney)
                               1st Rd Beat Shabonna 72-37
                               Semi-final lost to DeKalb 59-44
                               DeKalb won Regional tourney 
  
1952-53                DeKalb Regional Tourney                         Coach's name & record needed
                               (Did not compete in District tourney)
                               1st Rd lost to DeKalb 59-45
                               DeKalb won Regional tourney 
   
1953-54                Sycamore Regional Tourney                     Coach's name & record needed
                               (Did not compete in District tourney)
                               1st Rd lost to Hampshire 29-20
                                Hampshire lost in semi-final round.
  
1954-55               Genoa Regional Tourney                            Coach's name & record needed
                               (Did not compete in District tourney)
                               1st Rd lost to Sycamore 89-52
                               Sycamore won Regional tourney 
   
1955-56                DeKalb Regional Tourney                         Coach's name & record needed
                               (Did not compete in District tourney)
                               **1st Rd lost to DeKalb 74-39
                               DeKalb won Regional tourney