Beckemeyer High School

Beckemeyer School Building
A large brick building

Description automatically generated with low confidence
Beckemeyer School Fire Escape
A picture containing building, outdoor, brick, apartment building

Description automatically generated

The History of Beckemeyer High School

Beckemeyer (population 1,043) is located in southwestern Illinois about 30 miles east of East St. Louis. The town is situated in the west-central portion of Clinton County. The main roadway to and from Beckemeyer is Old U.S. Route 50 (also known now as County Road 1300N).  Beckemeyer sits about halway between the towns of Carlyle and Breese.  CSX Transportation Railroad travels through the heart of Beckemeyer.

A phenominal website address regarding the history of the town of Beckemeyer can be viewed at Briefly, the town was organized in 1866 along the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad and was first named Buxton. The town grew because of a coal vein was found near it.  The town name was changed to Beckemeyer and incorporated as a village in 1905.  Beckemeyer was the name of one of the town’s most influencial families.

Beckmeyer’s first school was started in 1905 as well.  At some point the school added a high school curriculum.  We know that Beckemeyer High School existed through the 1920s.  We believe it was in the 1940s that Beckemeyer High School was dissolved and the students of Beckemeyer began attending school in nearby Breese.

The fate of the original Beckemeyer High School building is being sought. We do know that Beckemeyer still hosts an elementary school for grades 2 – 4 as part of the Breese Central School District.

Beckemeyer High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                              1905

Year closed:                               1940s?

Consolidated to:                          Breese Central High School

Beckemeyer HS team nickname:  unavailable

Beckemeyer HS team colors:       unavailable

School Fight Song:                      unavailable


High school yearbooks from Greenville High School (1928 and 1931) revealed that Beckemeyer High School definitely competed in boys basketball.  It is believed that BHS competed in baseball and track as well.  School team nickname, team colors, fight song, coach’s names, and team records are all items we are currently seeking.

Boys Basketball

In 1928 the Beckemeyer High School boys played in the Greenville District Tourney, losing a well-fought first round game to New Baden (17 – 15).  New Baden ended the tournament in 3rd place.

The team of 1930-31 fell one game short of progressing deep into the state playoffs.  The BHS boys beat Aviston (36 – 17), Keyesport (23 – 17), and Highland (32 – 25) before falling to Centralia in the championship game of the District Tournament (15 – 38).

Extra Curricular Activities

We are certain that Beckemeyer High School offered a well-rounded education to its students.  School plays, student government, clubs, and dances were all likely a part of the program at Beckemeyer High School educational effort.

Need Your Assistance

If you have any further information you wish to add regarding the educational history of Beckemeyer please forward it to us at  We are especially interested in a photo of the original high school building.  Items can be sent to us at the folowing address:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631 

Beckemeyer School Playground
A picture containing tree, ground, outdoor, dirt

Description automatically generated

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: