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LaPrairie Downtown, Post Office
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Former Bank Building

Driveway to Former LaPrairie School Grounds
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The History of La Prairie High School
 
La Prairie (population 60) is located in western Illinois in the northeastern portion of Adams County.  La Prairie is aptly named as it appears to sit quietly in the middle fo the prairie along the Burlington Northern Railroad line.  La Prairie is situated between the County Roads of E 2600th St. and E 2650th St. at the County Road of N 2700th Ave.  La Prairie appears to be about 3 blocks from north to south and 5 blocks from east to west.  La Prairie is about 20 miles northeast of Quincy and 24 miles southwest of Macomb.    
 
The history of the town of La Prairie has been difficult to research via the internet.  We have not been able to locate any correspondence regarding this aspect of La Prairie.  We have been able to determine there is no longer a school in town for children of the area.
 
We believe that La Prairie was established as a stop along a railroad line in the late 1800s.  The town probably grew quickly in its initial years. It is likely that a school was set in place by the late 1800s as well.  High School curriculum was probably offered in the 1920s. Are guess is that La Prairie High School was a two or three-year high school.  We believe the school closed in the late 1940s with students being bussed to nearby Camp Point to complete their education. The Central School District in Camp Point was not established until 1955, so it is possible that La Prairie High School did not close until that year.
 
We only know of La Prairie High School's existence through information that the school hosted an IHSA District Basketball Tournament in the 1930s. This information will be posted below. If you have any further information, please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net
 
La Prairie High School Quick Facts   
 
Year opened:                              1920s?
Year closed:                                late 1940s?
Consolidated to:                        Central High School (Camp Point)
La Prairie HS team nickname: unavailable
La Prairie HS team colors:        unavailable
School Fight Song;                     unavailable     
ATHLETICS
 
We know that La Prairie High School competed in boys basketball.  Baseball and track may have been offered as well.  "Quick Facts" information is needed for the La Prairie High School athletic teams.  Also needed are coach's names and team records.
 

La Prairie High School Basketball Team 1940s
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Submitted by Roberta Van Briesen

BOYS BASKETBALL
 
The boys basketball teams competed in the IHSA State Tournament each year. They often found themselves competing against much larger high schools in the area. However the boys held their own. Below are some ot the scores of District Tournament games played by LaPrairie High School on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores". If you have any further information regaridng the LaPrairie High School basketball program please send us an e-mail.
 
1922 Qunicy District Tournament
1st Round - New Salem 45, LaPrairie 19
New Salem lost in title game
           
1934 Quincy District Tournament
1st Round - Hamilton 38, LaPrairie 21
Hamilton lost in title game\
 
1935 Quincy District Tournament
1st Round - LaPrairie 39, Lima 15
2nd Round - Hamilton 39, LaPrairie 23
Hamilton lost in semi-final
 
1936 - no scores available
 
1937 Quincy Regional Tournament (District Tourney not played)
1st Round - Clayton 58, LaPrairie 38
Clayton lost in title game
 
1938 - no scores available
 
1939 Mendon Regional Tournament
1st Round - Mendon 33, LaPrairie 30
Mendon won the Regional title over Quincy
Mendon lost in Sectional semi-final round
 
1941 Golden District Tournament
1st Rd Beat Lima 30-28
Semi-final lost to Golden 31-13
 
This was the extent of the scores involving LaPrairie High School listed on this website.
  
Extra-Curricular Activities
 
Sports were not the only activity at LPHS.  It is probable that school plays, clubs, dances, and many other activities were a part of the well-rounded experience at La Prairie High School.
 
Need Your Assistance
 
If you have any further information regarding the many successes attained at La Prairie High School before its merger with nearby Camp Point, please write to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.   You can also write to us via real mail at:
 
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6439 N. Neva St.
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LaPrairie State Bank Building 2016
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"State Bank of LaPrairie" Inscribed over the Entrance

LaPrairie Church 2016
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