At one time it was Upper Alton that had the promise of being the larger and more influential area of Alton.
The town had a college and Western Military Academy both within its limits. However "Lower" Alton quickly became an industrial port and important shipping center for the
midwest. As stated above, the decision was to combine the towns in to one city with the name of Alton.
We believe that the original high school in town was located in Upper Alton. In records kept by the
Collinsville High School and Hillsboro High School basketball programs, according to research provided by Mark Jurenga, both
schools competed with Upper Alton High School in the early 1900s. It is shown that beginning in 1911
this competition was simply against Alton High School.
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Upper Alton High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late
Year became Alton High School: between 1909 and 1911
Upper Alton HS team nickname: unavailable (may be same as Alton HS - "Redbirds")
Upper Alton HS team colors: unavailable (may be same as
Alton HS - Red & Gray)
School Fight Song:
unavailable - may not have been utilized at the time