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Omaha High School Building
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Submitted by Gerry Halpin

The History of Omaha High School
 
Omaha (population 263) is located in far southeastern Illinois in northwestern Gallatin County.  Illinois Route 1 runs through the center of Omaha and connects it to Illinois Route 141 just one mile to the north.  The Prairie Trunk Railroad runs to the east of Omaha.  A branch of the Cane Creek flows to the east of town as well.  Harrisburg sits about 20 miles southwest of Omaha.
 
The history of Omaha and its former high school are in need of research.  Speculation leads us to conclude that Omaha residents began a high school for their children in the late 1800s or early 1900s.  We believe that Omaha High may have closed in the late 1940s.  We are certain that Omaha High consolidated with its neighbor to the north, Norris City. The result of this effort was the creation of the Norris City-Omaha School District.
 
In 1985 Enfield joined Norris City-Omaha to create the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield School District.  The fate of the original Omaha school building is being sought.   
 
Omaha High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                         late 1800s / early 1900s
Year closed:                          1948?
Consolidated to:                     Norris City-Omaha School District
Omaha HS team nickname:    unavailable
Omaha HS team colors:         unavailable
School Fight Song:                unavailable

Athletics & Extra-Curriculars
 
We are quite certain that the Omaha High School boys participated in competitive basketball.  We believe they competed in baseball and track as well.  We are in need of your assistance here.  School team nickname, team colors, fight song, coach's names, and team records are all items we are searching for.
 
We are also interested in items and activities that made Omaha High School unique.  Band, chorus, plays, meetings, clubs, and dances were likely all a part of the Omaha High School experience. If you have knowledge of these please write and share them with us.

Boys Basketball

Several basketball scores involving Omaha High School were located on a website titled "Illinois High School Postseason Basketball Scores." These scores are posted below.

1932-33               Harrisburg District Tournament           Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Broughton 43-22
                            Galatia beat Eldorado in title game
    
1933-34               Harrisburg District Tournament           Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Elizabethtown 27-20
                            Equality beat Eldorado in title game
   
1934-35               Eldorado District Tournament              Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Elizabethtown 34-18
                            Eldorado beat Carmi in title game
     
1935-36               Ridgway District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Crab Orchard 37-10
                            Crab Orchard beat Broughton in title game
  
1940-41               Ridgway District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd Beat Enfield 29-26
                            Semi-final lost to Springerton 34-27
                            Cave-In-Rock beat Springerton in title game
                           
1944-45               Equality District Tournament                Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Burnt Prairie 73-20
                            Cave-In-Rock beat Burnt Prairie in title game
    
1945-46               Ridgway District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Equality 46-24
                            Ridgway beat Equality in title game
    
1946-47               Shawneetown District Tournament      Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd Beat Maunee 47-23
                            2nd Rd lost to Equality 37-23
                            Cave-In-Rock beat Equality in title game
   
1947-48               Equality District Tournament                Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Ridgway 44-31
                            Cave-In-Rock beat Ridgway in title game
   
Seeking Your Assistance
 
Photos and information can be e-mailed to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net..  You can also send items to us at:
 
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il.  60631