Atlas High School

Atlas School Building & Student Body (Unk. Year)
Found on Genealogy Trails by Dennis Downey

The History of Atlas High School

Atlas (population approximately 50) is located in western Illinois in the southwestern portion of Pike County. Atlas is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 54 and Illinois Route 96. The Mississippi River flows just five miles west of Atlas. A town of note near Atlas is Pittsfield located 12 miles to the northeast.

The village of Atlas was the first town “laid out” in Pike County, having been established in 1821. It served as the County Seat for a brief period from 1823 to 1833. It was first settled by William Ross and originally named Ross’s Settlement.

The first school opened in Atlas in 1822, making it one of the earliest in the history of Illinois. We were made aware of the fact that Atlas once supported its own high school via a web site that posts District Basketball Tournament scores from 1922 to 1988 (see below). We believe that Atlas was a two or three-year high school that was open from the early 1900s through the 1940s. We believe that the kids of Atlas today attend high school in nearby Pleasant Hill.

Atlas High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                        1920s(?)

Year closed:                         1940s(?)

Consolidated to:                    Pleasant Hill High School

Atlas HS team nickname:      ??

Atlas HS uniform colors:        ??

School Fight Song:               ??


The Atlas High School boys participated in basketball. It is probable that baseball and track were offered as well. The team nickname, uniform colors, fight song, coaches names, and season records are being sought.


Below is the extent of the information we currently have regarding the Atlas High School basketball program. Please contact us if you have further information to add.

Pittsfield District Tournament

Round 1 – Atlas 24, Milton 22 (O/T)

Round 2 – Hull 51, Atlas 18

(Hull lost in semi-final round.)


Griggsville District Tournament

Round 1 – Rockport-Atlas 28, Rockport 22

Round 2 – Milton 58, Rockport-Atlas 19

(Milton lost in semi-final round)



The Atlas High School kids also probably had a chorus, band, dances, clubs, and other activities to make their high school experience complete.  If you have information or memories you would like to share, Please contact us via the means listed below.


Do you lhave items you wish to share about Atlas and its former high school?  Please drop us a line at  A photo of the former HS building is always a great addition.  Items can also be mailed to us at:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago,  Il.    60631


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