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:
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
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."
High School Quick Facts
Carterville High School
Cambria HS team nickname: "Blackhawks"
HS team colors: unavailable
School Fight Song: