The History of Champaign St. Mary's High School
Champaign (population 75,220) is located in the east-cental portion of Illinois in the heart of the county
it is named after. Interstate Highway 57 and 74 travel directly through Champaign while Interstate Highway 72 gets its
start and heads west from Champaign. U.S. Routes 45 and 150 also travel through the city of Champaign as do
Illinois Routes 10 and 130. CSX Transportation and Illinois Central are two of the railroad lines that pass through
town as well. Several small rivers and creeks flow into and out of the city. Champaign is most well known for being
the home of the University of Illinois.
The city was first settled in the early 1850s and officially incorporated in 1855 when the Illinois
Central Railroad laid tracks through the area. The town is named after the town and county of the same name in the state
The history of St. Mary's school that once was a part of the educational assets of Champaign has
been difficult to research. We know that St. Mary's Parish existed and offered schooling for the children of the parish
and surrounding area from 1878 through 1968. This information comes from a book about the school titled "St.
Mary's School, Champaign, Illinois, 1878-1968" written by Patty
Cosgrove Bingaman. We currently do not have access to this book.
We have been advised that St. Mary's School did offer high school courses to its students. We are
not sure at this point of the extent of this education. It is probable that St. Mary's High School was a four-year high
school. Our guess is that the high school was established in the late 1800s and may have closed in the 1960s.
All of this information is needed.
The fate of the St. Mary's High School building is being sought as well.
Champaign St. Mary's High School Quick Facts
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