Girard High School "Big Red"

*HOME PAGE
Closed High Schools Alumni Apparel
*RECENT UPDATES
FAQs
*CLOSED HIGH SCHOOLS LISTED BY COUNTY
IN THE BEGINNING - Where Closed High Schools Consolidated To
CLOSED HSs SOUTH of I-72
*YOUR COMMENTS
*CONTACT US
*THE "TO-DO" LIST
*ABOUT THE AUTHORS
GREAT CONFERENCES
*CLOSED ILLINOIS GRADE SCHOOLS
RELIGIOUS ORDERS
MASCOTS & NICKNAMES
HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOLS
*LINKS TO OTHER SITES
COUNTRY SCHOOLS / SPECIAL BLDGS
*Ctry. Schools-Wtsde. Cty.
THE TOP 25
*Schools That Start With "A"
*Avon High School
*Schools That Start With "B"
*Batchtown High School
*Bradford High School
*Brooklyn High School
*Schools That Start With "C"
*Catlin High School
*Carbon Hill High School
*Chgo Notre Dame HS for Girls
Coatsburg High School
*Coleta High School
*Colfax Octavia H. S.
*Schools That Start With "D"
*Schools That Start With "E"
*Elkville High School
*Elizabeth High School
*Schools That Start With "F"
*Schools That Start With "G"
Gardner High School
*Gays High School
*Genoa High School
*Girard High School
*Golden High School
*Schools That Start With "H"
Huntsville High School
*Schools That Start With... "I"
*Schools That Start With "J"
*Schools That Start With "K"
*Keyesport High School
*Kirkwood High School
*Schools That Start With "L"
La Prairie High School
*Schools That Start With "M"
*Schools That Start With "N"
*Schools That Start With "O"
*Schools That Start With "P"
*Piper City High School
*(Piper City) Ford Central HS
*Schools That Start With "Q"
*Schools That Start With "R"
*Reynolds High School
*Roseville High School
*Schools That Start With "S"
*Savanna High School
*Skokie Niles East HS
S. Holland Seton Academy
*Schools That Start With.. "T"
*Schools That Start With.. "U"
*Schools That Start With.. "V"
*Virden High School
*Schools That Start With "W"
*Walnut High School
*Schools That Start With.. "X"
*Schools That Start With.. "Y"
*Schools That Start With.. "Z"
CLOSED HSs CHICAGO

Girard High School Building 1870-1919
originalgiraredhsbldgrazed1923dav.jpg
http://www.archive.org/details/historyofgirardi00gira

The History of Girard High School
 
Girard (population 2,245) is located in the lower portion of central Illinois in the northeast part of Macoupin County.  Girard is situated approximately 20 miles south of Springfield on Illinois Route 4.  County Road 12 also leads you to and from Girard.  According to www.mapquest.com the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe as well as the Southern Pacific Railroad lines both travel through Girard.  The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad line passes by the west side of Girard. 
 
An excellent account of the history of Girard can be read on-line at the web address of http://www.archive.org/details/historyofgirardi00gira . The web address allows you to read each page of a booklet titled "A History of Girard, Illinois, from then 'til now - 1855-1955" written by the Girard Historical Committee. A summary of the origin of the town as read in the book is as follows:
 
The area in which Girard is currently located was first occuppied by the Pottawanomie Indians. In the early 1800s, probably the late 1820s, a gentleman by the last name of Girard moved into the territory.  He soon built a sawmill and several people moved to the area.  In 1834 the village was platted and registered as Girard. 
 
The same booklet offers a chapter on the history of the Girard school system. That article, in summary, states that it was in the mid-1850s that the Girard school system was officially established.  The first school house, a wooden building, burned down in 1870.  A new building was erected soon and a grade school was established. In 1892 the school system added two years of high school study.  A third year of high school was added in 1897.  The fourth year of high school classes was added in 1904.  The school was recognized as a township high school in 1914.  A new building for the Girard school system was erected in 1919.
 
The Girard school system was strong through the early 2000s. It was in the 2006-09 years that consolidation talks became serious between the school districts of GIrard and its nearby neighbor to the north, Virden.  Voters decided the timing was right for this effort to take place. 
 
The 2009-10 school year was the final solo year for both Girard High School and Virden High School.  The two districts consolidated and now combine to make up what is known as the North Mac School District in honor of the county in which it is located.  The high school will be located in Virden while Girard will continue to host a grade school.
 
A website regarding the Girard schools is located at the web address of http://www.girardschools.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/High%20School
 
Girard High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:           1892 (2-year HS)
                              1897 (3-year HS)
                              1904 (4-year HS) 
Year closed:            2010
Consolidated to:       North Mac High School (Virden)
Team nickname:      "Big Red"
Uniform colors:        Red & Black
Fight Song:             unavailable
ATHLETICS
 
The Girard High School "Big Red" athletic program had some incredibly successful seasons.  Below are listed the seasons for each sport recorded on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org). Included in the Big Red success stories is a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!! The boys track team of 1923-24 won the IHSA Class'B' State Title over some very tough competition.  There were also some District, Regional, and Elite 8 teams as well as some Gold Medal individual stars.  If you any further information regarding the Big Red athletic program please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  
  
 
BOYS BASEBALL
 
A Regional Championship in 1990-91 highlighted the baseball program's successes.  The team's record and coach's name for this season are needed.  Several other season records are also missing.  Please contact us if you have this information to share.
 
1990-91                  Regional Champions 
   
2004-05   14 - 14                                          Coach Kevin Seifert
2007-08     1 - 12                                          Coach Erik Berkley
 
GIRLS SOFTBALL
          
Only two seasons of girls softball are listed on the IHSA website.  We know there are many more seasons to record.  Below are the two seasons which we were able to locate. 
   
2004-05    7 - 15                                           Coach Kris Eldridge
2007-08    0 - 12                                           Coach Ernie Dunn
       
BOYS BASKETBALL

Two District Championships and four Regional Titles put a great finish to the excellent basketball program enjoyed by Big Red fans over the years.  One of the school's best seasons came as recently as 2008 with the boys winning a Regional championship with a 27 - 6 record.  Several coaches names are missing.  Please contact us if you can add to the list below.
 
1913-14     4 - 0
1915-16     4 - 8
1916-17     4 - 2                                            Coach E.N. Hopson
1917-18     3 - 4                                            Coach A.B. Black
1922-23     7 - 3
1926-27                                                        Coach C.E. McGee
   
1936-37                  District Champions
     
1938-39     3 - 14
1941-42     6 - 15                                           Coaches:Richard Wetty, C.E. McGee, Beedle
1943-44   17 - 5
1948-49   24 - 5                                             Coach William Lewis
1949-50                                                        Coach William Lewis
1950-51     5 - 16                                           Coach William Lewis
1951-52                                                        Coach William Lewis
1952-53   12 - 7
1953-54   10 - 8
1954-55                                                        Coach Gene Manuel
1955-56   10 - 14                                           Coach Gene Manuel
  
1956-57                  District Champions
   
1960-61   16 - 10     District Champions         Coach Bryce Boston

  
1961-62                                                        Coach Bryce Boston
1962-63     9 - 15                                           Coach Bryce Boston
1963-64   13 - 12                                           Coach Bryce Boston
1964-65     4 - 17                                           Coach Ron Bodtke
1965-66                                                        Coach Ron Bodtke
1966-67                                                        Coach Ron Bodtke
1967-68     8 - 14                                           Coach Tom Owens
1968-69   10 - 13                                           Coach Tom Owens
1969-70     8 - 15                                           Coach Bruce Bell
1970-71     4 - 18                                           Coach Robert Parrish
1971-72   14 - 11                                           Coach Ned Bond
   
1972-73   23 - 6       Regional Champions     Coach Ned Bond
    
1973-74     1 - 20                                           Coach Ned Bond
1974-75     7 - 15                                           Coach Ned Bond
1975-76     8 - 14                                           Coach Ned Bond
1976-77     5 - 18                                           Coach Rick Fehr
1977-78     3 - 18                                           Coach Rick Fehr
1978-79     9 - 15                                           Coach Don Beard
1979-80   16 - 12                                           Coach Don Beard
1980-81   20 - 7            (nice record)               Coach Don Beard
1981-82   21 - 6            (nice record)               Coach Don Beard
1982-83   11 - 13                                           Coach Mike O'Connell
1983-84   18 - 9                                             Coach Mike O'Connell
1984-85   13 - 10                                           Coach Leonard Seiler
1985-86     9 - 14                                           Coach Leonard Seiler
1986-87   10 - 13                                           Coach Leonard Seiler
1987-88   12 - 10                                           Coach Leonard Seiler
   
1988-89   21 - 7       Regional Champions     Coach Leonard Seiler
   
1989-90     1 - 21                                           Coach Dave Dutton
1990-91     8 - 16                                           Coach Cliff Cameron
1991-92   14 - 11                                           Coach Cliff Cameron
1992-93   14 - 9                                             Coach Cliff Cameron
1993-94     5 - 18                                           Coach John Downs
1994-95     2 - 21                                           Coach John Downs
1995-96     0 - 23                                           Coach John Downs
1996-97     0 - 23                                           Coach David Farris
1997-98     3 - 21                                           Coach David Farris
1998-99     5 - 19                                           Coach Mike Parmentier
1999-00     7 - 18                                           Coach T.J. Wilson
2000-01   11 - 14                                           Coach T.J. Wilson
2001-02   11 - 15                                           Coach T.J. Wilson
2002-03   13 - 14                                           Coach T.J. Wilson
   
2003-04   25 - 5      Regional Champions      Coach T.J. Wilson
 
2004-05   23 - 7            (nice record)               Coach T.J. Wilson
2005-06   19 - 11                                           Coach T.J. Wilson
2006-07   16 - 12                                           Coach T.J. Wilson
    
2007-08   27 - 6      Regional Champions      Coach T.J. Wilson
   
        
GIRLS BASKETBALL

The lady's Big Red basketball program won a Regional title of their own.  The team record and coach's name of this team are needed.  In fact, there are several seasons in which the record and coaches names are missing.  Below are those seasons listed on the IHSA website.
 
1994-95                                                                    Coach John Pica          
1995-96                                                                    Coach John Pica
1996-97                                                                    Coach John Pica
        
1997-98  19 - 11     IHSA Regional Champions    Coach Mark Heffington
                                                                                 Asst. Coach Stacy Robinson
                               Title Game Beat Virden
                               IHSA Sectinal Qualifier
                               1st Rd. lost to Greenville
 
1998-99                                                                    Coach Mike Heffington
1999-00                                                                    Coach Mike Heffington 
 
   
2000-01    6 - 19                                                Coach Chris Raynor
2001-02    2 - 23                                                Coach Chris Raynor
2002-03  10 - 18                                                Coach Chris Raynor
2003-04    4 - 22                                                Coach Larry Griffith
2004-05    7 - 18                                                Coach Larry Griffith
2005-06  14 - 11                                                Coach Larry Griffith
2006-07  13 - 13                                                Coach Larry Griffith
2007-08  10 - 14                                                Coach Larry Griffith
             
BOYS FOOTBALL
 
The Big Red football program played in the heart of Illinois high school football country.  Girard High School fans had some very exciting seasons to cheer about. Two undefeated regular seasons and two Elite 8 appearances made for some great football memories.  The Girard High School Big Red made a total of 10 appearances in the IHSA State Playoffs. If you have information on more of the football program's success please contact us at eganann@sbcglobal.net .
 
1976-77    4 - 5                                                           Coach John Bailey
1977-78    5 - 4                                                           Coach John Bailey
1978-79    4 - 5                                                           Coach John Bailey
1979-80    7 - 2                                                           Coach John Bailey
1980-81    2 - 7                                                           Coach Bill Mattingly
1981-82    2 - 7                                                           Coach Bill Mattingly
1982-83    2 - 7                                                           Coach Robert Flowers
1984-85    0 - 9                                                           Coach Robert Flowers
1985-86    0 - 9                                                           Coach Robert Flowers
1986-87    1 - 8                                                           Coach Robert Flowers
1987-88    0 - 9                                                           Coach Robert Flowers
1988-89    5 - 4                                                           Coach Bill Parmentier
   
1989-90  10 - 1     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Bill Parmentier
                           Undefeated Regular Season!
                           Sweet 16 Finalist
                           Beat Moweaqua  24 - 15
                           Lost to Arcola  25 - 6
                           (Arcola lost in Final 4 round)
   
1990-91    8 - 3     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Mike McGiles
                           Sweet 16 Finalist
                           Beat Macon 26 - 0
                           Lost to Mt. Olive 24 - 14
                           (Mt. Olive lost in Elite 8 round)
**During the 2nd round loss to Mt. Olive, Girard's Don Pragrais tied the record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown in a Class 1A playoff game going 93 yards on November 03, 1990!!
   
1991-92  11 - 1     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Bill Parmentier
                           Undefeated Regular Season!
                           Elite 8 Finalist
                           Beat Moweaqua  37 - 6
                           Beat Mt. Olive 33 - 0
                           Lost to Arcola  26 - 21
                           (Arcola lost Championship game)
**The defense of the Big Red of 1991 is in the IHSA record books by tying for 3rd place ALL-TIME with 9 shutouts!!
   
1992-93    8 - 2     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Mark Keller
                           lost to Greenfield 14 - 6 in O/T
                           (Greenfield lost in 2nd round)
  
1993-94    8 - 2     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Mark Keller
                           Lost to Hardin Calhoun 20 - 14
                           (Calhoun won the State Championship)
                           
1994-95    3 - 6
1995-96    2 - 7                                                           Coach Trent Sellers
 
1996-97    7 - 3     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Rich Lewis
                           Lost to Greenfield 36 - 8
                           (Greenfield lost in Final 4 round)
   
1997-98    4 - 5                                                           Coach Rich Lewis
1998-99    3 - 6                                                           Coach Mike Parmentier
1999-00    5 - 4                                                           Coach Mike Parmentier
  
2000-01    9 - 2     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Mike Parmentier
                           Sweet 16 Finalist
                           Beat Monmouth Warren 10 - 6
                           Lost to Lexington 14 - 8
                           (Lexington lost in Elite 8 round)   

2001-02  10 - 2     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Mike Parmentier
                           Elite 8 Finalist
                           Beat Danville Schlarman 35 - 7
                           Beat Concord Triopia  45 - 8
                           Lost to Lexington 28 - 27
                           (Lexington lost in Championship game)
**In a regular season game versus Auburn the Big Red forced Auburn's Chris Crowe to punt 10 times, tied for second place in one game ALL-TIME in IHSA history!!
       
2002-03    6 - 4     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Mike Parmentier
                            Lost to Greenfield 14 - 6
                            (Greenfield lost in 2nd Round)
  
2003-04    4 - 5                                                           Coach Mike Parmentier
2004-05    3 - 6                                                           Coach Mike Parmentier
   
2005-06    5 - 5     IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier     Coach Patrick Bowman
                           Lost to Maroa-Forsyth  49 - 8
                           (Maroa-Forsyth lost in 2nd round)
  
2006-07    2 - 7                                                           Coach Patrick Bowman
2007-08    1 - 8                                                           Coach Patrick Bowman
2008-09    3 - 6                                                           Coach Patrick Bowman
2009-10    1 - 8     School's Final Season                      Coach Mark Allen
        
BOYS TRACK & FIELD

The IHSA Class 'B' Meet STATE CHAMPIONSHIP highlighted the many successes of the Big Red thinclads.  Several individual state champs and even more top 8 medalists made for a very impressive resume' for the Girard High School Big Red track program. 
 
1914-15            Individual Medalist
                       
                        Hal Routzahn           Pole Vault     4TH Place!
                       
1919-20            Team Finished 8TH in Class 'B' Meet
 
                        Individual Medalists
 
                        Ollin Driver              220 Yd. Dash  2ND Place!
                                                        Long Jump    2ND Place!
                        Willard Whitler        Shot Put        2ND Place!
                        Sterling Littlepage   Pole Vault     4TH Place!
                     
                        Final Team Standings 
                      
                        1)  Marion (H.S.)        15
                        2)  Hinsdale (Twp.)     15  
                        3)  Carrollton              13  
                        4)  Carlinville              12  
                        4)  El Paso                12  
                        6)  Elmwood              10 
                        7)  Altona                  10  
                        8)  Girard                   9 1/5  
                        9)  Auburn                  7 
                      10)  Virginia                  7 1/5
                               
1923-24            TEAM WON IHSA CLASS 'B' CHAMPIONSHIP!!  Coach C.H. Cushman
 
                        Individual Medalists
       
                        Theodore Whitler    Javelin           STATE CHAMPION!!
                        ? Anspaugh             Pole Vault      2ND Place!
                        Harold Chere           Long Jump     2ND Place!
                        Howard Green         1 Mile Run      2ND Place!
                        Clyde England         Long Jump     3RD Place!
                                       
                        Final Team Standings 
                        
                        1)  Girard                   20   Coach C.H. Cushman
                        2)  Chesterfield            16  
                        2)  White Hall              16  
                        4)  Carlinville                15  
                        5)  Gridley                   13  
                        5)  Hinsdale (Twp.)       13  
                        7)  Bridgeport              12   
                        7)  Wheaton (H.S.)       12  
                        9)  Hoopeston               9  
                      10)  Abingdon                 8  
                      10)  Chicago (Pullman)    8
                      
1931-32            Individual Medalist
            
                        Paul Lair              Javelin             4TH Place!
        
1939-40            Individual Medalist
                       
                        George Nevius     Pole Vault         STATE CHAMPION!!
                   
1940-41            Individual Medalist
                      
                        Cliff Williams       440 Yd. Dash      3RD Place!
                    
1955-56            Individual Medalist
                      
                        Bill Nichelson      120 Yd. Hurdles  5TH Place!
                            
1956-57            Team Finished 10TH in IHSA Meet!!
 
                        Individual Medalist
      
                        Bill Nichelson      120 Yd. Hurdles  2ND Place!
                                                    180 Yd. Hurdles  4TH Place!
                        Final Team Standings 
                        
                       1)  Chicago Heights (Bloom Twp.)    39 1/5   
                       2)  Winnetka (New Trier)                  19 8/15  
                       3)  Glen Ellyn (Glenbard)                 14  
                       4)  Chicago (Phillips)                       10  
                       4)  Elmhurst (York)                         10  
                       6)  Arlington Heights (Arlington)         9  
                       6)  Rockford (West)                          9  
                       8)  Chicago (Dunbar)                        8  
                       8)  Rockford (East)                           8   
                     10)  Girard                                        6
                            
1984-85            Individual Medalist
                     
                        Rich Roper          400 Meter Dash   STATE CHAMPION!!
                        RELAY TEAM       4x400 M Relay     7TH Place!
                          
1988-89            Individual Medalist
            
                        Bill Nichelson      800 Meter Run     6TH Place!
                   
1990-91            Individual Medalist
                     
                        Mike Maddox       Discus                 4TH Place!
                  
1991-92            IHSA Class 'A' Sectional Champions             Coach James Hunt
       
                       Individual Medalist
     
                        Liam Cormier       Shot Put             2ND Place!
                        Mike Maddox        Discus                2ND Place!
                        
1992-93            Individual Medalist
 
                       Mike Maddox         Discus                STATE CHAMPION!!
                                                     Shot Put             2ND Place!
 
1994-95            Individual Medalist
 
                       Matt Maddox          Discus                4TH Place!
                     
1995-96            Individual Medalist
 
                       Matt Maddox          Discus                STATE CHAMPION!! 
                                                     Shot Put             STATE CHAMPION!!
                        
1996-97            Team Finished 9TH in IHSA Class 'A' Meet!! Coach James Hunt
    
                        Individual Medalists
                
                        Matt Maddox         Discus                STATE CHAMPION!! 
                                                     Shot Put             STATE CHAMPION!!

               
                        Final Team Standings
                  
                        1)  Chicago (Luther South)           44
                        2)  Nashville                               36  
                        3)  Newton                                 33  
                        4)  Knoxville                               32
                        5)  Elmhurst (Timothy Christian)  30  
                        6)  Robinson                              28
                        7)  Carlinville                              24  
                        7)  Macomb                               24
                        9)  Girard                                  20    Coach James Hunt
     
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
 
Two lady Big Red tracksters brought home individual medals from the IHSA State Track Meet.  This came during back to back seasons in the late 1990s.
 
1996-97            Individual Medalist
 
                       Beth Louderman          Discus          4TH Place!

1997-98            Individual Medalist

                       Stephanie Mullen        3200 M. Run  3RD Place!

        
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
        
The lady netters won two Regional Championships.  Only four seasons are listed on the IHSA website.  Most impressive is the fact that the Lady Big Red netters won their two championships right at the end of the program's existence.  Our guess is there were many more successful years for the Big Red volleyball program.
 
2006-07    9 - 23                                                          Coach Mary Ryan
2007-08  17 - 12                                                          Coach Mary Ryan
     
2008-09  27 - 8          Regional Champions                 Coach Mary Ryan
      
2009-10  26 - 11        Regional Champions                 Coach Mary Ryan
            
GIRLS GOLF
 
One lady linkster won back-to-back trips to the IHSA State Meet finals.  This was also done during the time when the IHSA only offered one class for the girls to compete in.  Myona Weller's two medal winning performances are listed below. 
 
1981-82           Individual Medalist

                       Myona Weller      13TH Place!

1982-83           Individual Medalist

                       Myona Weller        7TH Place!

BOYS GOLF
   
The boys held their own on the 18 hole courses too. Two team District titles and an individual medalist were the pinnacle of the success enjoyed by the linksters.  Below are the years these accomplishments were attained.
 
1967-68            Team Qualified for State Finals
                        District Champions
 
1969-70            Individual Medalist 
                        
                       Phil Whitler   15th Place!!
             
1979-80            District Champions 
                    
GIRLS SOCCER

The girls athletic program offered soccer as well.  Only five seasons were listed on the IHSA website.  If you have information on more, please contact us via the means listed below.
 
2003-04    4 - 6                                                            Coach Dwayne Westerhausen
2004-05    2 - 6 - 2                                                       Coach Dwayne Westerhausen
2005-06    3 - 9 - 3                                                       Coach Dwayne Westerhausen
2006-07    5 - 12 - 2                                                     Coach Dwayne Westerhausen
2007-08    8 - 7 - 2                                                       Coach Dwayne Westerhausen
2008-09    7 - 8 - 3                                                       Coach Dwayne Westerhausen
           
Seeking More Information
 
If you have more information you would like to share regarding Girard High School please complete a School Submission Form or write us a note on the Guest Commentary page.  We are especially interested in a photo of the current school building. You can also e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or you can write to us at:
 
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva Ave.
Chicago, Il.    60631