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Elizabeth High School
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The fire escape

The History of Elizabeth High School
 
Elizabeth (population 761) is located along United States Route 20 in the hilly Northwest Illinois area. It is about 15 miles east of Galena. The town was first settled as a fort in 1825 and played a vital role in the Black Hawk War of the 1830's. One legend regarding the naming of the town states that in 1832 a group of Sauk Indians attacked the fort while the men of the town were away hunting. A lady named Elizabeth Armstrong organized the women to defend the fort and fight off the Indians. The town was subsequently named in her honor.  
 
It is believed that Elizabeth residents started their high school system in the early 1900's and served the community until 1985 when they consolidated with nearby Hanover to form River Ridge High School, now located north of Hanover on Ill. Route 84. In 2003, all lower level grades from Elizabeth and Hanover schools moved into the new campus. The original Elizabeth High School building is vacant, but an annex (which was added in the 1950s) now houses the Highland Community College West Campus.
  
To view the Elizabeth High School complex as it looked in 1973 click on the following link:  http://vintageaerial.com/photos/illinois/jo-daviess/1973/LJO/27/26 .
  
Elizabeth High School "Quick Facts":

Year opened:                                 possibly early 1900's
Year closed:                                  1985
Consolidated to:                            River Ridge High School (Hanover)
Year all school functions ceased: 2003
School team mascot:                    Terrapin Turtle
School team nickname:                "Terrapins"                          
School team colors:                      Blue & Orange
School song:                                 "Sing for Dear Old Betsy High"
                                                                       Lyrics provided by Lynn Kloft"
  
                                 Sing for Dear Ole Betsy High!
                                 Shout to til the anthems ring!
                                 Stand and sing the song once again!
                                 Let every loyal Terrapin sing (RAH RAH)!
                                 And sing for all the happy hours,
                                 Sing for the careless days,
                                 Sing for Dear Ole Betsy High School,
                                 The school of our hearts always!
    
                                             T-E-R-R-A-P-I-N-S
     
                                 Terrapins, Terrapins, are the BEST!
                    
                                                     YES!

Elizabeth High School "new" gym
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Elizabeth High School "old" gym and stage
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Athletics
 
Elizabeth High School had a very unique nickname for their athletic teams. Lynn Kloft explains that the Terrapin is a small turtle and many were found to live in the area in ponds that surrounded nearby Terrapin Ridge.

It is a fact that Elizabeth offered Basketball as an activity. The EHS Basketball program enjoyed great success, especially in the 1950's and 1960's. They may have also offered other programs as well. The Boys Basketball program took home all of the school's IHSA Hardware in the form of District Championships: 11 of them in all.  Coach's names of many of the early teams are needed.
 
Check out the records of the Elizabeth teams of 1949-50 through 1953-54.  How about a 120  - 25 record for that period!!
 
Coach Brad Albrecht led the Terrapin charges from 1972-73 until the school consolidated after the 1984-85 season.  Coach Albrecht's final team at Elizabeth was his best, a Regional Champ with a 23 - 4 record!
 
Several scores involving Elizabeth High School were located on a web site titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores" and are reprinted below.
 
Boys Basketball

1921-22                Freeport District Tournament                Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Pecatonica 30-6
                             Freeport beat Orangeville in title game
1922-23 through 1931-32  Postseason scores, records, and coach's names needed.
1932-33                Savanna District Tournament                Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Savanna 36-16
                             Savanna beat Hanover in title game
1933-34                Savanna District Tournament                Coach's name & record needed
                             Elizabeth scores needed
                             Hanover beat Fulton in title game
  
1934-35                Stockton District Tournament                Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Shannon 17-15
                             2nd Rd lost to Mt. Carroll 38-16
                             Stockton beat Hanover in title game
  
1935-36                Savanna Regional Tournament             Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Chadwick 20-16
                             Fulton beat Hanover in title game
1936-37  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.

1937-38                IHSA District Champions                    Coach's name & record needed
                             District Scores Needed
                             Freeport Regional Tournament
                             Regional Scores Needed
  
1938-39  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1939-40  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
  
1940-41                Elizabeth District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Shannon 45-20
                             Shannon beat Chadwick in title game
1941-42  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1942-43                Shannon District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Chadwick 52-38
                             Hanover beat Shannon in title game
  
1943-44  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1944-45                Shannon District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Chadwick 53-22
                             Shannon beat Chadwick in title game
1945-46                Shannon District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                             Elizabeth Score Needed
                             Shannon beat Chadwick in title game
   
1946-47                Lena District Tournament                      Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Scales Mound 50-35
                             Semi-final lost to Winslow 65-33
                             Winslow beat Lena in title game
  
1947-48                Lena District Runner-Up                     Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd Beat Scales Mound 50-35
                             Semi-final Beat Warren 55-31
                             Title Game lost to Pecatonica 54-51 (O/T)
   
1948-49                Winslow District Champions             
 Coach's name & record needed
                             Semi-final Beat Pecatonica 55-44
                             Title Game Beat Durand
                             Freeport Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd lost to Stockton 75-46
                             Freeport beat Freeport Aquin in title game
    
1949-50   20 - 7    Lena District Runner-Up
                     Coach's name needed
                             1st Rd Beat East Dubuque 62-53
                             Semi-final Beat Warren 51-50
                             Title game lost to Lena 42-39 
   
1950-51   26 - 5    Scales Mound District Champions    Coach's name needed
                             1st Rd Beat Pearl City 86-45
                             Semi-final Beat Winslow 77-44
                             Title Game Beat Lena 46-41
                             Freeport Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd Beat Orangeville 69-46
                             Semi-final lost to Rockford West 46-41
                             Rockford West lost to Freeport in title game
                             Freeport won IHSA State Tournament 
      
1951-52   27 - 2
    Winslow District Champions              Coach's name needed
                             Semi-Final Beat Lena 53-48
                             Title Game Beat East Dubuque 60-51
                             Freeport Regional Runner-Up
                             1st Rd Beat Dakota 59-49
                             Semi-final Beat Freeport Aquin 46-44
                             Title Game lost to Freeport 66-47
                             Freeport lost to Quincy in Sweet16 Rd
                             Quincy lost to Hebron in title game 
     
1952-53   22 - 8    Winslow District Champions              Coach's name needed
                             Semi-Final Beat Lena 73-58
                             Title Game Beat Winslow 71-61
                             Freeport Regional Runner-Up
                             1st Rd Beat Freeport Aquin 65-53
                             Semi-final Beat Orangeville 76-58
                             Title Game lost to Freeport 61-56
FREEPORT (61): Anderson 14, Stewart 12, Penticoff 10, Dame 9, Luedeking 8, Doherty 8
ELIZABETH (56): Steinberger 15, Krug 12, Lloyd 11, Allen 9, Eustice 9.
                             Freeport lost in Sectional
  
1953-54   25 - 3    East Dubuque District Tourney          Coach's name needed
                             Title Game Beat East Dubuque 59-51
                             Freeport Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd Beat Stockton 51-45
                             Semi-final lost to South Beloit 65-61
                             South Beloit lost to Freeport in title game
                             Freeport lost in Sectional
    
1954-55   18 - 9    Postseason scores & coach's name needed.
    
1955-56     8 - 16  East Dubuque District Runner-Up      Coach Richard "Dick" Carroll
                             Semi-final Beat Scales Mound 60-56
                             Title Game lost to East Dubuque 58-56
                             
1956-57   16 - 11  Scales Mound District Champions     Coach Richard "Dick" Carroll
                             Semi-final Beat Warren 81-56
                             Title Game Beat East Dubuque 68-66
                             Freeport Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd Beat Aquin 69-67
                             Semi-final lost to Lena 76-63
                             Lena lost to Freeport in title game
                             Freeport lost in Sweet 16 Rd
   
1957-58   19 - 8   Scales Mound District Champions      Coach Richard "Dick" Carroll
                             Semi-final Beat East Dubuque 65-60
                             Title Game Beat Scales Mound 72-53
                             Stockton Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd lost to Winnebago 63-54
                             Winnebago lost to Lena in semi-final
                             Lena lost to Freeport in title game
                             Freeport lost in Sectional
  
1958-59   17 - 9    East Dubuque District Tournament       Coach Richard "Dick" Carroll
                             1st Rd Beat Scales Mound 38-36
                             Subsequent scores needed
   
1959-60   23 - 7    Elizabeth District Champions            Coach's name needed
                             Semi-final Beat Hanover 73-55
                             Title Game Beat Scales Mound 66-46
                             Stockton Regional Topurnament
                             1st Rd Beat Galena 68-48
                             Semi-final lost to Freeport 73-62
                             Freeport beat Stockton in title game
                             Freeport lost in Sectional.
   
1960-61     7 - 16  Galena District Runner-Up
                 Coach's name needed
                             Semi-final Beat East Dubuque 63-56
                             Title Game lost to Hanover 53-51
   
1961-62   18 - 7    Elizabeth District Champions             Coach's name needed
                             Semi-final Beat Hanover 58-41
                             Title Game Beat East Dubuque 60-56 
                             Stockton Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd lost to Freeport Aquin 63-56
                             Aquin lost to Lena-Winslow in semi-final
                             Le-Win lost to Freeport in title game
                             Freeport lost in Sectional
  
1962-63   15 - 9    Elizabeth District Champions             Coach's name needed
                             Semi-final Beat Pearl City 65-53
                             Title Game Beat East Dubuque 68-67 
                             Freeport Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd lost to Warren 45-44
                             Warren lost to Freeport in semi-final
                             Freeport beat Lena-Winslow in title game
                             Freeport lost in Sectional
     
1963-64   10 - 11  Postseason scores and coach's name needed.
   
1964-65     9 - 12  Hanover District Tournament                 Coach's name needed
                             1st Rd lost to Hanover 68-64
                             Hanover lost to Pearl City in title game
    
1965-66   13 - 13  Elizabeth District Champions             Coach's name needed
                             Semi-final Beat East Dubuque 64-58
                             Title Game Beat Pearl City 66-48 
                             Freeport Regional Tournament
                             1st Rd lost to Freeport Aquin 69-37
                             Aquin lost to Freeport in semi-final
                             Freeport beat Warren in title game
                             Freeport lost in Sectional
   
1966-67   14 - 9    Pearl City District Tournament               Coach's name needed
                             Semi-final lost to Pearl City 67-61
                             Pearl City lost to Orangeville in title game
   
1967-68   18 - 9    Elizabeth District Tournament                Coach's name needed
                             Semi-final lost to Pearl City 65-59
                             Pearl City beat Orangeville in title game
    
1968-69     7 - 16  Hanover District Tournament                 Coach's name needed
                             1st Rd Beat Pearl City
                             Semi-final lost to Orangeville 64-60
                             Hanover beat Orangeville in title game
        
1969-70     6 - 15  Pearl City District Tournament                Coach's name needed
                             1st Rd lost to Orangeville 75-72
                             Pearl City beat East Dubuque in title game
  
1970-71     1 - 20  Elizabeth District Tournament                 Coach Clark Campbell
                             1st Rd lost to Scales Mound 81-71
                             Pearl City beat Orangeville in title game
1971-72     3 - 19  Stockton Class 'A' Regional                    Coach Clark Campbell
                             1st Rd lost to Galena 78-46
                             Galena beat Warren in title game
     
1972-73     2 - 20  Galena Class 'A' Regional                       Coach Clark Campbell
                             1st Rd lost to Warren 67-58
                             Stockton beat Galena in title game
  
1973-74     8 - 18  Stockton Class 'A' Regional                    Coach Brad Albrecht
                             1st Rd lost to Warren 81-73
                             Stockton beat Scales Mound in title game 
  
1974-75     8 - 17  Stockton Class 'A' Regional                    Coach Brad Albrecht
                             1st Rd Beat Warren 77-76
                             Semi-final lost to Stockton 73-60
                             Stockton lost to Galena in title game 
  
1975-76   10 - 15  Postseason scores needed                     Coach Brad Albrecht
   
1976-77   17 - 8    Stockton Class 'A' Regional                    Coach Brad Albrecht
                             1st Rd Beat Scales Mound
                             Semi-final lost to Galena 57-55
                             Galena lost to Warren in title game 
   
1977-78     9 - 17  Stockton Class 'A' Regional                    Coach Brad Albrecht
                             1st Rd lost to Warren 69-57
                             Stockton beat Warren in title game 
   
1978-79   14 - 13  Stockton Class 'A' Regional                    Coach Brad Albrecht
                             1st Rd Beat Hanover 71-44
                             Semi-final lost to Galena 73-71
                             Galena beat Warren in title game 
  
1979-80   15 - 10  Postseason scores needed                     Coach Brad Albrecht
   
1980-81   18 - 9    Stockton Regional Runner-Up             Coach Brad Albrecht
                             1st Rd Beat East Dubuque 59-56
                             Semi-final Beat Stockton 74-59
                             Title Game lost to Warren 71-50
    
1981-82   14 - 15  Savanna Regional Champions             Coach Brad Albrecht
                             1st Rd Beat Warren 58-44
                             Semi-final Beat Hanover 53-52
                             Title Game Beat Stockton 60-56 (O/T)
                             Pearl City Sectional Tournament
                             Semi-final lost to Chadwick 42-36
                             Chadwick beat Freeport Aquin in title game
                             Chadwick lost to Monmouth in Sweet 16
                             Monmouth lost in state title game
     
1982-83   16 - 10  Postseason scores needed                      Coach Brad Albrecht
1983-84   17 - 10  Postseason scores needed                      Coach Brad Albrecht
     
1984-85   23 - 4    IHSA Regional Champions                    Coach Brad Albrecht
                             Regional Scores Needed
                             Pearl City Sectional Tournament
                             **Semi-final lost to Dakota 63-56 (O/T)
                             Dakota beat Annawan in title game
                             Dakota lost to Princeville in Sweet 16
                             Princeville lost to Providence St. Mel in Elite 8
                             Providence St. Mel won state title
**Elizabeth High School Terrapins' final game. Became part of River Ridge School District in the summer of 1985.
      
Girls Basketball
 
The Lady Terrapins had some nice seasons in their early years.  Coach Sharon Smith may have been the only girls coach in school history.  If you have this information please forward it to us.
 
1975-76  13 - 1       Nice Season!                               Coach Sharon Smith
1976-77  11 - 4                                                         Coach Sharon Smith
1977-78  10 - 3                                                         Coach Sharon Smith
1978-79    8 - 8                                                         Coach Sharon Smith
1984-85                 School's Last Season                   Coach Sharon Smith
 
Music Program
 
Elizabeth High School was also a great place to learn about music and compete with it as well. In back-to-back years, 1983 and 1984, Elizabeth High School's Music Program won the Class D State Championship in the IHSA Music Sweepstakes. Class D enabled the program to compete with fellow small schools in the state.

Scenes from inside EHS
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Classroom, hallway and stairwells looking down

Seeking More Information
 
More information is being sought about Elizabeth High School; use the Guest Commentary Form to sumbit. Corrections are welcome as well. If you have more Information about Elizabeth High School, including the school song and other great teams and high school memories you would like to share please use the Guest Commentary Form or you may also write us at:
 
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