Adair Community High School

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The History of Adair Community High School


Adair (population approximately 250) is located in upper-western Illinois in the southeast quarter of McDonough County.  The town sits about 10 miles east-southeast of Macomb. Illinois Route 136 is the main roadway to and from Adair. County Highway 3 also travels through town.  The Burlington Northern Railroad makes its way through Adair as well.


The history of the town and its former school system is in need of research.  Adair likely provided educational opportunities for its children by the late 1800s.  Adair Community High School District #384 was orgnized in 1919 and a beautiful brick school house was built close to the grade school in 1920.  Adair High School served the children of the town through the late 1940s.  The year was 1952 when Adair Community High School was closed..  The kids of Adair became part of the Macomb school district upon the closing of the high school.


We are told that the class of 1940 was ACHS’ biggest, with 22 graduates!  


Adair High School Quick Facts


Year opened:                         1919

Year closed:                          1952

Consolidated to:                     Macomb High School

Adair HS team nickname:       unavailable

Adair HS team colors:            unavailable

School Fight Song:                unavailable

Athletics and Other Acitivites


We know that Adair High School competed in boys basketball and track.  It is quite possible that baseball was a part of the athletic program as well.  Currently we do not have any team records or coach’s names to share with you on this page.


We also believe that Adair formed an athletic co-op with its neighbor Industry in the late 1940s and 1950s.  The co-op was called Southeastern. 


Boys Track & Field


One male athlete from Adair High carried the banner for the folks of his hometown at the IHSA State Track Meet in 1925.  Clarence H. Carrison placed FIFTH in the 880 yard run in the 1925 IHSA State ‘B’ Track Meet!!


1924-25B   Individual Medalist  –  Clarence H. Carrison    880 Yard Run   FIFTH Place


Boys Basketball


Adair High Schol did not win any IHSA hardware that we could find. They did, however, compete in the annual IHSA State basketball tournament. We located some scores involving Adair HS on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.” These scores are posted below. Season records, coach’s names, and other information is welcome.


1921-22              Canton District Tournament                Coach’s name and record needed

                            1st Rd lost to Glasford 16-14

                            Glasford lost to Canton in title game


1922-23 through 1932-33  Postseason scores, records, and coaches’ names needed.


1933-34               Macomb District Tournament              Coach’s name & record needed

                            1st Rd Beat Good Hope 25-24

                            2nd Rd lost to Macomb Western 38-23


1934-35               Canton District Tournament                Coach’s name & record needed

                            1st Rd Beat Ellisville 25-10

                            2nd Rd lost to Cuba 34-23

                            Cuba lost to Fairview in semi-final

                            Fairview lost to Canton in title game


1935-36 through 1951-52  Postseason scores, records, and coaches’ names needed.


Girls Basketball


The ladies competed in basketball with other schools in the area, at least in the 1930s for certain. An article in the Macomb Daily Journal, written February 1, 1933, was located by Beau Spencer. It states the following:


“The Brooklyn girls quintet, one of the strongest girls basketball teams in this section, is to meet the Adair girls team in a basketball program at the Industry High School gym tomorrow night.  The Brooklyn team has lost only one game in three seasons.  The Adair team has not lost a game in two years, though the McDonough team has not played as strong opponents as Brooklyn.”


Extra-Curricular Activities


We are also certain that, like many small schools, the folks of Adair valued a good, well-rounded education for their children..We are confident that band, chorus, and several club activites were offered to the children who attended Adair High.  If you have any of this information to share with us, please follow the directions below.


We Need Your Assistance…


…in researching the history and accomplishments attained by the Adair residents and their former high school.  If you have any other information you would like to see added to this page, please write to us at You can also send items to us via real mail at:


Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631



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