Dances, plays, band, chorus, clubs, and other activities were probably a part of the Camelot High School experience
I was a student at Camelot from 8th-12th grades and graduated in 1977...there were 14 in my graduating class!
It was a co-educational parochial school, which was founded in the late 60's by Cairo Baptist Church.
The first year (or maybe two), classes were held in the church building. The building you have a picture of was
the former Lincoln Elementary School, a public school which had been closed in approx 1967 when several elementary
schools were consolidated to the newly built Emerson Elementary. The building stood vacant until Camelot
purchased it to use for their High School.
The sports which were offered when I was a student were boys basketball and baseball, and girls basketball and
softball were added approx 1974-75 school year. We also had JV and Varsity cheerleading squads. We did have
school plays, homecoming dances and Jr/Sr Prom, and various clubs.
To my knowledge, we never won any sports championships, but that doesn't give an accurate view of the accomplishments
made there. We were a small, private school that competed with much larger public schools.....we had a lot of heart!!
Two accomplishments that I know we had...we ran candidates for state offices of the Illinois Beta Club Convention.
Cherie Browning (me) won State Vice President in 1976, and Lawrence Flemming won State
President in 1977.
We didn't have a "fight song" per se, but did have a "school song", which was to the melody of the song "Camelot", from
the soundtrack of the movie.
My family left Cairo shortly after my graduation...I do know that classes were still held in the school building thru
1977-1978 school year..and probably a year or so after that. I had been told that eventually the enrollment declined
and the students which were left attended classes at Cairo Baptist church building, which went on until sometime in the
I dont think I have any pictures of the school building...other than students on the front steps, etc.
Camelot also had an elementary school, which eventually included grades K-8, and was in the former Elmwood Elementary
School building...an almost identical building several blocks away. Elmwood closed the same year as Lincoln. The Elmwood building
burned several years ago. My Sr yr, the 8th grade moved to the high school building.
I loved Cairo, and my school! Thanks for caring enough to create this site...and preserving our history!!!"