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Cambria High School Building 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich

Cambria HS Bldg 2013 - Now Community Center
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Submitted by James Horaz

The History of Cambria High School
 
Cambria (population 1,330) is located in far south central Illinois.  The town sits in Blairsville Township on Illinois Route 184 about 2 miles north of Illinois Route 13.  Cambria is located about 5 miles northeast of Carbondale.  According to the web address of http://genealogytrails.com/ill/williamson/mainblairsville.htm:
 
"Cambria was established as a mining town in Blairsville Township. In 1895 a railroad station was opened as "Lauder". The post office was established in 1905 under the name of "Reeves".   In 1911 the town changed its name to Cambria which is the Latin name for Wales."

Cambria High School Front Entrance 2013
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Courtesy of James Horaz

We were told of a high school being supported in Cambria by R.D. (Sam) Vancil.  Sam provided the following comments regarding the former Cambria High School:
 
"This was a two-year High School. When it closed the students had a choice of going to; Carterville, Hurst (now closed), or Herrin. The former school building now houses the town's city offices including the water department.
 
The people I remember included the Superintendent, Elmer Finley and teacher, Mrs. Smith."
  
The following memories and information were provided by John Vaughn:
 
"My dad was Noble Vaughn of Cambria, Il.  He was on the school board and was responsable along with some others for building the school after it was set on fire. They put on variety shows and held ham and bean dinners. They also staged a play called "On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine." This raised the money to rebuild the school, the building that is there now as a community center. The team was the Cambria "Blackhawks" until about 1972 and then they were known for a bit as the "Cubs." I was a scorekeeper for many years. I have pics of the ball team 1928 (see below). My dad was on the team."
 
Cambria High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                           1920s?
Year closed:                             1947
Consolidated to:                       Carterville High School
Cambria HS team nickname:   "Blackhawks"
Cambria HS team colors:          unavailable
School Fight Song:                   unavailable
Athletics
 
We know that the Cambria High School boys competed in basketball. A yearbook photo of the basketball team of 1940 is provided below by Pamela Dietrich. We believe that baseball and track may have also been offered. The Cambria Grade School closed in 1998.  CHS team colors, fight song, coach's names, and records are needed to share on this site. 
         
Basketball
 
Cambria High School competed in basketball for certain. The Blackhawks had some great success stories over the years too. This included a 30 - 6 record in 1928-29 and an 11 - 3 record in the 1939-40 season.
 
1928-29     30 - 6         Coach J.T. Bryant
1939-40     11 - 3         Coach's name needed

Cambria High School Basketball Team 1939-40
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich

When "blown-up" it appears that the basketball in the photo reads "38-39-40" which would be the years the kids on the photo played for Cambria High School. There are also a total of four trophies situated in front of the group. If you have any further information regarding this team please let us know!

Herrin District Tourney 1929 - Cambria 30-6!
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Herrin District Basketball Tourney 1929
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria HS Basketball Article 1929
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich

Cambria HS 1929 Basketball Article
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich

Cambria HS Basketball Summary 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria HS Basketball Schedule 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

    
   
  
Baseball

The Cambria boys participated in baseball as well. The photo below was submitted by John Vaughn and Pamela Dietrich.
  
Standing, L to R:  Leo Smith, Jacob Reichert, Karl Bush, Dale Charles, Harry Brayfield, Raymond Pollard, Royce Lovelace, Coach J.T. Bryant
Seated, L to R:  J.W. Reed, Carl Hagler, Adrian Howell, Wayne Vaughn, Ardell Grimes, Noble Vaughn, Rex Gray, Woodrow McCormick

Cambria HS Baseball Team 1928-29
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Submitted by John Vaughn & Pamela Dietrich

Extra-Curricular Activities
 
As we like to say on all of our pages, athletics was probably just one part of the great experience of attending Cambria High School. Was there a band, chorus, clubs, dances, and other activities offered at Cambria High?  Please let us know so we can share your information on this page.
 
We Are Seeking Your In-Put
 
Please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net if you can offer any further insight or information on the history and accomplishments attained at Cambria High School. Items can be mailed to us at:
 
IIlinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago,  Il.  60631  

Cambria Grade School Playground Equipment
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Photo Provided by James Horaz

Cambria HS Junior Will 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria Freshman 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria HS Juniors 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria HS Juniors 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria HS Clay Vaughn
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria HS Yearbook Staff 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria Service Station Advertisement 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)

Cambria Yearbook Advertisements 1940
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Submitted by Pamela Dietrich (left click on photo for larger version)