Xenia High School "Fightin' Irish"

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The History of Xenia High School
 
Xenia, with its 407 residents, is located in southern Illinois just south of US Route 50 at the intersection of County Roads 6 and 200.  Xenia is nestled in the southwest corner of Clay County.  The north part of town sits along the Old US HWY. 50, while the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad runs through the center of town. A town of note would be Effingham, which is located approximately 35 miles north of Xenia. One unique fact about Xenia is that it is the ONLY town listed on the 2000 Illinois Census that begins with the letter "X".  
 
The history of the town of Xenia and its school system is not available at this time.  We are hopeful someone will share this knowledge with us.  It is known that Xenia had its own high school at least into the middle 1940s.  In the late 1950s or earlyt 1960s a consolidation effort with its neighbor to the east, Flora, became a reality. 
 
Randall Tate tells us:
 
"A brick schoolhouse was located in Xenia near where the Elementary school is today.   Xenia consolidated with Flora in the 1950’s or early 1960’s.  A new school was built for K-8 grades, it is K-4 grades today, and the old building was torn down."
 
Xenia High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:            late 1800s
Year closed:             late 1950s / early 1960s
Consolidated to:        Flora High School 
School nickname:     the "Fightin' Irish" 
School colors:          Green & White
School Fight Song:   unavailable    
Athletics
 
There was very little information available regarding the athletic program at Xenia High School. The only team we found information on was the boys basketball team.  We are confident Xenia also offered track and possibly baseball, and or football.  
 
Boy's Basketball
 
The Xenia boys had one real nice run the the mid 1940s, winning back to back to back IHSA District titles from 1943 - 45.  We are hopeful a fan or alum of Xenia can fill us in on the details of the better teams in Xenia HS history.  The three championship teams are listed below.
 
IHSA Tournament scores for Xenia High School were located on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores" and are printed below.
 
1921-22                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Olney District Tourney
                     1st Rd. Beat Bone Gap 19-16
                     Lost in 2nd Rd.
              
1922-23 through 1932-33  Coach's names,season records, and IHSA Tourney scores unavailable 
       
1933-34                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Flora District Tourney
                     1st Rd. Lost to Iola 23-20
             
1934-35                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Olney District Tourney
                     1st Rd Lost to Clay City 35-22
                 
1935-36                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Flora District Tourney - 2nd
                     1st Rd Beat Sailor Springs 43-28
                     Semi-final Beat Iuka 33-32
                     Title Game lost to Cisne 33-29
                 
1936-37 & 1937-38   Coach's names,season records, and IHSA Tourney scores unavailable
             
1938-39                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Fairfield Regional Tourney
                     1st Rd Lost to Wayne City 39-22
              
1939-40 &1940-41    Coach's names,season records, and IHSA Tourney scores unavailable
                           
1942-43                   District Champions      Coaches name & record not available
                               (District scores unavailable)
                               Flora Regional Tourney
                               1st Rd lost to Noble 29-26
                       
1943-44                    District Champions     Coaches name & record not available
                               (District scores unavailable)
                               (Regional scores unavailable)
              
1944-45                    District Champions     Coaches name & record not available
                                Flora District Tourney
                                Title Game Beat Mt. Erie 65-9
                                Flora Regional Tourney
                                1st Rd lost to Noble 37-32
          
1945-46  Coach's names,season records, and IHSA Tourney scores unavailable
         
1946-47                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Bluford District Tourney
                     1st Rd Beat Ina 88-34
                     2nd Rd Lost to Waltonville
             
1947-48                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Breese District Tourney
                     1st Rd lost to New Baden 71-43
             
1948-49                                                        Coach's name & season record unavailable.
                     Breese District Tourney
                     1st Rd lost to Trenton 63-13
          
*1949 was the last score located on the Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores website.
             
 
Famous Alumni
 
*Delyte Morris
President of Southern Illinois University from 1948-1970, was a graduate of Xenia High School .  Under the leadership of Morris, SIU grew from a small college to two major Universities at Carbondale (the library bears his name) and at Edwardsville (where the University Center bears his name.) 
 
Need Some In-Put
 
We are anxiously seeking further information on the town of Xenia and its high school.  When did the high school close?  Who were the coaches?  Why the great run in the mid 1940s?  We especially enjoy photos of the old school buildings and great teams, players, and coaches of past in Xenia.  If you have any of this information you would like to share please complete a Guest Commentary Form.  You can also e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or write to us at:
 
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