Wataga Sparta Township High School "Spartans"

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Sparta Township High School, Wataga, Illinois
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Photo Courtesy of the Galesburg Register News

The History of Wataga Sparta Township High School
 
Wataga is a community of 857 residents located on US. Route 34 and Il. Route 167 approximately 10 miles northeast of Galesburg in Knox County.  The AT & ST Railroad runs through the center of town. 
 
The origin of the school and the town is being requested from a citizen or a history buff of the area.We did receive this bit of information from an anonymous source (to whom we are thankful) :
 
Wataga High School actually closed in the 1940s, around the same time as the R.O.V.A. District was formed.  The residents of Wataga at the time chose to send their students to the Galesburg school system.  However Wataga maintained control of its grade school.  In the mid-1980s the residents of Wataga chose to detach from the Galesburg school system.  The children of Wataga were accepted into the R.O.V.A. school district in 1987, effectively putting the "W" in R.O.W.V.A. 
 
Wataga joined the 1948 consolidation of the high schools from Rio, Oneida, Victoria, and Altona.  All five of these schools are now listed on this site. 
 
The grade school in Wataga served as home to "ROWVA West Grade School" until the end of the 2009-10 school year. 
 
From Sharon Karpinski:
 
"According to the Galesburg Register-Mail, this building was constructed in 1888! ROWVA Consolidated School District, faced with a million dollar budget shortfall and extensive boiler and roof repairs needed at Wataga, has decided to close this school."
 
Wataga High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:          1888
Year closed:           1949
Consolidated to:      Galesburg School District (Joined ROWVA in 1987)  
School nickname:    the "Spartans"
School colors:         Blue & White
School Fight Song:  "Wataga Loyalty Song"
                              (Provided by Roger Scriven)

Wataga Sparta Township High School Fight Song
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Courtesy of Roger Scriven

Athletics
 
We were unable to locate any information regarding Wataga High School on the IHSA website www.ihsa.org.   We are seeking your help in offering information regarding Wataga High School and its "Spartans" sports program.
 
Great Player - Former St. Louis Browns pitcher Ed Kuhl is a product of Wataga High School!!

Several scores involving Wataga High School playing in the IHSA State Tournament were found on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores." These scores are posted below.

1933-34         Galesburg District Tournament      Coach's name & record needed
                      1st Rd lost to Oneida 22-20
                      Galesburg Beat Knoxville in title game
 
1934-35         Galesburg District Tournament      Coach's name & record needed
                      1st Rd Beat Rio 26-10
                      2nd Rd lost to Abingdon 51-9
                      Galesburg beat Knoxville in title game
                             
1935-36         Galesburg District Tournament      Coach's name & record needed
                      1st Rd lost to Avon 37-7
                      Avon lost to Abingdon in title game
  
1947-48         Galesburg Regional Tournament   Coach's name & record needed
                      1st Rd lost to Abingdon 51-49 (2 O/Ts)
                      Galesburg beat Galesburg Corpus Christi in title game
                                
1948-49         Galesburg Regional Tournament   Coach's name & record needed
                      **1st Rd lost to Abingdon 51-28
                      ROVA beat Princeville in title game
**Final game for the Wataga High School "Spartans."
   
     
MEMORIES
   
**From "Nancy":
"Going through the papers in my (deceased) parents house I've just learned that my grandfather, Henry E. Hoagland, was principal of Wataga H.S. in 1906."
    
Seeking Your Help
 
If you have any information you can share regarding Wataga, its high school, and the programs offered there please complete a Guest Commentary Form.  We especially enjoy photos of the old school building, great teams, and/or activities.  You may also e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net write to us at: 
 
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