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The History of Bureau Junction High School
 
Bureau Junction (population 368) is located in the north-central portion of Illinois in the southeast corner of Bureau County. The town sits about 4 miles southeast of the county seat of Princeton.  The Illinois Routes of 26 and 29 come together in Bureau Junction. Interstate Highway 180 sits just one mile to the west and one mile to the south of town. The Illinois River and Spring Lake are located to the east of town while the Hennepin Canal passes by the town's south side.  The Iowa Interstate Railroad also passes through Bureau Junction.  The town is more commonly known simply as Bureau.
 
Bureau was named after a French explorer named Pierre de Beuro (http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilbureau/towns.htm).  Information regarding the early start of Bureau have been difficult to find. We do know that the town benefitted from its creation as a railroad crossroad in the mid 1800s. One article stated that Bureau was known as the "city of side tracks".
 
We know there was a school in place by the early 1870s.  We believe that at one point high school courses were offered as well.  The only proof we have at this time is a photo of the high school basketball team taken in 1924 (http://www.genealogytrails.com/ill/bureau/History/Photos/Bureau/photos2.html).
 
We do know that the Bureau Junction folks support a K-8 grade school in town known as Leepertown Grade School.  The kids of Leepertown school continue their education at nearby Spring Valley Hall Township High School.  Any further information would be greatly appreciated.
 
Bureau Junction High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                       late 1800s / early 1900s
Year closed:                        1940s?
Consolidated to:                   Hall Township High School (Spring Valley)
Bureau HS team colors:        unavailable
Bureau HS team nickname:   unavailable
School Fight Song:               unavailable 
Athletics
 
The boys of Bureau High School competed in basketball.  It is probable that baseball and track were also offered. We are searching for information on the school team's nickname, uniform colors, fight song, season records, and coach's names.
 
Extra-Curricular Activities
 
Band, chorus, school plays, clubs, and banquets were also probably offered at Bureau High School.  Information on these events is welcome too.
 
MEMORIES
 
**From Lisa Thompson-Bittel:
 
"My grandmother, Mabel Brady Morris graduated from this school around 1916-18. Our family owned the land that the trailer house sits on by the school for over a century. I attended this school in the early to late 70's. In fact we were the first classes to move into the new addition with the particians.  My name is Lisa Thompson-Bittel.  Is there any way of contacting other adults who attended? My cousin is the current Principal."
 
Seeking Your Assistance
 
If you have ANY further information about Bureau Junction High School please share it with us.  Photos and information can be e-mailed to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can write to us via real mail at:
 
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6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il.    60631  

Former Gas Station Building, Bureau Junction
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Photo Taken in 2013 by Roberta Van Briesen