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The History of Norris City - Omaha High School
 
Norris City (population 1,057) is located in southeastern Illinois about 30 miles east of Benton and 10 miles southwest of Carmi.  Norris City sits quietly in the southwest corner of White County 15 miles west of the Indiana state line.  U.S. Route 45 and Illinois Route 1 intersect just south of Norris City.  The Conrail and Prairie Trunk Railroads also intersects on Norris City's south side.  A branch of the Bear Creek flows through the north side of town.
 
Omaha (population 263) is located in southeastern Illinois about five miles south of Norris CIty. However Omaha is nestled in the northwest corner of Gallatin County.  Illinois Route 1 is the main roadway leading to and from Omaha and connects it to its school partner, Norris CIty. The Prairie Trunk Railroad travels through Omaha as well.  A branch of the Cane Creek flows through the east side of town.
 
It is believed that both towns at one time supported their own school systems.  It is a fact that Norris City did.  We believe that Omaha supported a grades 1 - 12 system as well. The history of both school systems is in need of research.
 
Norris City High School "Cardinals" probably served the town on a solo basis through the mid to late 1940s.  Our guess is that in that time period the school districts of Norris City and Omaha consolidated.  The new school district was aptly named the Norris City-Omaha School District.  This arrangement, with the high school located in Norris City, lasted through the mid 1980s.  We believe the year was 1985 when Norris City-Omaha was joined by their neighbor from the north, Enfield.  The new district was appropriately named the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield School District.
 
Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School remains in Norris City.  The fate of the original Norris Ciy High School building is being sought.
 
Norris City-Omaha High School Quick Facts
 
Year Norris City-Omaha HS opened:          late 1800s
Year consolidated:                                    1985
Consolidated to:                                       Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School
Norris City HS team nickname:                  the "Cardinals"
Norris City HS team colors:                       Cardinal & White
School Fight Song:                                   unavailable
Athletics
 
It is a fact that Norris City-Omaha High School offered the boys sports of baseball, basketball, track. The girls at N.C.O.H.S. were offered volleyball, basketball, and softball, probably track as well.  The school team nickname, colors, coach's names, and team records for Norris City-Omaha High School are items needed to share on this page.
 
Boys Basketball 
 
The Norris City-Omaha High School boys had success in IHSA tourney action.  There are a lot of season records and coach's names missing from the history of the program.
 
1974-75    17 - 9                                                   Coach David Gray
1975-76                                                               Coach David Gray
1976-77    21 - 6                                                   Coach David Gray
1977-78    19 - 4                                                   Coach David Gray
1978-79    22 - 6        Regional Champions          Coach David Gray
1979-80    23 - 3                                                   Coach David Gray
1980-81    16 - 9                                                   Coach David Gray
1981-82    14 - 11                                                 Coach David Gray
1982-83    16 - 10                                                 Coach David Gray
1983-84                                                               Coach David Gray
1984-85    17 - 8                                                   Coach David Gray
 
Girls Softball
 
The Norris City-Omaha HS ladies of the ball diamond had at least one great season to remember.  The team of 1984-85 won a Regional Championship!  Unfortunately the coach's name and team record of this and other great Norris City-Omaha softball teams are not currently available.
 
1984-85             Regional Champions
 
Girls Volleyball
 
If you are talking Girls volleyball in the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield area, you can sum up the success attained in one name, Coach Cathy Black
 
Coach Black has apparently been coaching volleyball at Norris City since the inceptiion of the sport for girls by the IHSA, 1974-75.  What an incredible career and program she has built there!  To date Coach Black (through 2004-05) has won 555 games and lost only 240 for a .698 winning percentage.  She set the tone in her first eleven seasons at Norris City-Omaha High School.
 
 
1974-79                                                            Coach Cathy Black
1979-80    10 - 10                                              Coach Cathy Black
1980-81    13 - 7                                                Coach Cathy Black
1981-82    22 - 2      District Champions            Coach Cathy Black
1982-83 |  27 - 4      Regional Champions         Coach Cathy Black
1983-84    19 - 8                                                Coach Cathy Black
1984-85    24 - 8                                                Coach Cathy Black
 
Need More Information
 
If you have ANY further information to offer regarding the many accomplishments and achievements made by the students and townspeople of Norris City, Omaha, and their initial High School effort together, please share it with us. School fight song as well as other non-athletic related items are being sought.  A photo of the original Norris City-Omaha High School building would especially be welcome. These items can be e-mailed to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or real-mailed to us at:
 
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