Belle Rive High School “Tigers”

Former Belle Rive High School Building
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Former Belle Rive HS Northeast Side
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The History of Belle Rive High School

Belle Rive (population 371) is located in the southern portion of Illinois about 10 miles southeast of Mt. Vernon.  Illinois Route 142 is the main roadway leading to and from this southeast Jefferson County town.  Two railroad lines, the Louisville & Nashville and the Illinois Central Gulf, intersect in Belle Rive.  A branch of the Auxier Creek flows by the west side of town.  Belle Rive is named after Frenchman Angus De Belle Rive and was established in 1871.

Belle Rive residents began a high school for their children in1912.   Belle Rive High School served its children and the townspeople quite well for about five decades.  Belle Rive HS never offered more then a three year course of study for its students.  The fourth year, if desired, was sought at a neighboring high school in Mt. Vernon or Bluford.  Belle Rive High School felt the pinch of the consolidation effort of the late 1940s.  The school closed her high school doors in 1948.  The students of Belle Rive attend high school in nearby Mt. Vernon today.

We do know that the neighboring towns of Belle Rive and Opdyke consolidated their grade school efforts in a partnership that remains even today. The K-4 grades of this consolidation attend school at the former Belle Rive High School building.  The kids in grades 5 – 8 attend school in Opdyke as part of the Belle Rive-Opdyke School District.

Belle Rive High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                                      1912

Year closed:                                       1948

Consolidated to:                                  (Most students attend Mt. Vernon High School)

School team nickname:                       the “Tigers”

School team colors:                            Orange & Black

School Fight Song:                             unavailable

Athletics and other Extra-Curricular Activities

We believe the Belle Rive High School boys competed in basketball, baseball, and possibly track.  It is probable that many other extra-currricular activites were offered as well such as chorus and band.  If you have any of this information that you would like to share regarding Belle Rive High School please follow the directions below.

Thank you to Jamie Driskall for providing much of the information on this page.

If You Have Any Further Information…

…you would like to share regarding the successes and memories made at Belle Rive High School, or more photos of the former high school building, please write to us at  You can also contact us via real mail at:

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6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.   60631

Former BRHS – Now Opdyke-Belle Rive Grade School
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