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Foosland High School Building
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Opened 1924, gym added in rear 1940

Foosland High School
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Building Used Until Fire in 1923

The History of Foosland High School
 
Foosland (population approximately 100) is located in east-central Illinois in the northwest corner of Champaign County. Foosland sits quietly in Brown Township.  County Highway 8 is the main roadway to and from Foosland, connecting it to Illinois Route 47 just two miles to the east. The Lone Tree Creek flows past the south side of town. The old Chicago and Paducah Railroad (later the Wabash Railroad) ran thru the west side of Foosland. According to www.mapquest.com the railroad line passing through Foosland today is known as the Norfolk Southern. 
 
Foosland was named for William Foos, who came to eastern Illinois in the 1870's and bought the land that from Civil War veterans, who were reportedly given the land for their service in that war. Foos hailed from Ohio and laid the town out in 1874. More information on the history of Foosland can be read at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilchampa/towns-townships/browntwnshp.html.
 
The first school established in Foosland was erected in 1878. High school courses were probably officially recognized at the Foosland School in the late 19-teens to early 1920s. We are told that Foosland High School was originally a three-year high school. The curriculum was later reduced to a two-year course. Kids who wished to attain a four-year high school degree would go on to attend school in nearby Bellflower or Fisher.
 
We believe Foosland High School closed in 1947. An election was held in 1948 for establishing a new school district in Gibson City. Those in Foosland voted to go with the new district. 
 
The orginal Foosland school building was located on the west side of town until a fire in 1923 destroyed it. A new facility was built on the east end of town,opening up in 1924 with a gym being added in 1940. The school was vacated in 1966 when the grade school students were brought to Gibson City. The school was later sold and used for teen dances. It was torn down several years ago after a tornado that had hit and damaged the school.


Foosland School Grounds 2015
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Foosland High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                           late 19-teens/early 1920s?         
Year closed:                            1947          
Consolidated to:                      Gibson City School District
Foosland HS team nickname: unavailable         
FHS team colors:                    Orange & Black            
School Fight Song:                  unavailable     
Athletics and Extra-Curriculars
 
Foosland High School likely competed in athletics and other extra-curricular activities. It is known that basketball and softball were offered and possibly baseball and track as well. Unfortunately, there is no mention of any sport at Foosland High School on the IHSA website www.ihsa.org. We are hopeful an area alum or resident can provide some of this information for us.
 
 
BASKETBALL
 
The Orange and Black provided some local winter-time action on the hardwood, in light of the fact that they opened a new gym in October 1940, according to information submitted to us by alumnus Richard Shields. Previously, the team played its home games on the second floor of the local Odd Fellows Hall above a general store in the downtown district.
 
In doing some research thru some microfilms of the Bloomington Pantagraph, it was discovered that Foosland had a team as early as the winter of 1928-29 when it played in the Champaign County Tournament. An amateur team, similar to one that played in Ellsworth in McLean County, also was in action when the high schoolers weren't playing. IHSA postseason tournament scores involving Foosland High School found on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores" are listed below as well.
 
1934-35              Fisher District Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                           1st Rd lost to Philo 48-25
                           Urbana beat Fisher in title game
       
1939-40  5-15                                                         Coach C. A. Stickler
1940-41  6-21                                                         Coach C. A. Stickler
1942-43  1-  8                                                         Coach's name needed
 
1945-46              Mansfield District Tournament    Coach's name & record needed
                           1st Rd lost to Tolono 69-27
                           Bellflower beat Sidney in title game
 
1946-47              Sibley District Tournament          Coach's name & record needed
                           **1st Rd lost to Loda 90-10
                           Sibley beat Saybrook  in title game
 
**Last time Foosland is listed on this site, school likely closed in the summer of 1947.
 
 
SOFTBALL
 
In lieu of football, Foosland offered softball one school year, taking on Seymour and Ludlow in the fall of 1942. This team wound up 2-2 in an abbreviated schedule before concluding their season.
 
 
Seeking Your Assistance 
 
If you have any information regarding Foosland and its former high school please complete a School Submission Form or a Guest Commentary Form. You can e-mail items to us at dr.veeman@gmail.com. As you can see, we are missing a lot of vital information in our attempts to keep the memories of Foosland High alive.  You may also write us at:
 
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6439 N. Neva
Chicago, Il.    60631  

Foosland Bank Building 2015
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"Bank of Foosland"

Foosland Park 2015
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