Union Academy High School (Anna)

The History of Union Academy High School in Anna

The city of Anna (population 5,136) is located in far southern Illinois in the center of Union County. The mighty Mississippi River is located 10 miles to the west of Anna and the busy college town of Carbondale sits 20 miles to the north.  Roads leading to Anna include U.S. Route 51 which intersects with Il. Routes 146 and 127.  The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad runs some tracks through town as well.  Creeks and rivers in the area include the Cache River, the Little Creek, and Lick Creek.

The history of Union Academy High School in Anna can be found at the web address of  www.ajchs.union.k12.il.us/history.HTM .  In summary the article states the following:

Union Academy High School was the dream of Walter Willard and William Faris of Anna.  The men saw the future of Anna needing a school of higher learning for the children of the area. The idea took 12 years to develop, however Union Academy High School opened its doors in 1883. Union Academy grew to be an ever popular school.  People in the area were constantly looking for ways to expand the facilities and quality of education. By 1907 the school was known throughout the area, having its campus built on the outskirts of Anna.

By 1917 the towns of Anna and Jonesboro had established their own public high schools.  The three school districts decided to pool their efforts into one school district.  This effort took place with the consolidation of AnnaJonesboro, and Union Academy high schools.  The high school for the new district was located on the Union Academy High School campus.

Anna-Jonesboro School District is still thriving today.  The fate of the original Union Academy school buildings is being sought.

Union Academy High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                              1883

Year closed:                               1917

Consolidated to:                          Anna-Jonesboro School District

Union Academy team nickname:  unavailable

Union Academy team colors:        unavailable

School Fight Song:                      unavailable

Athletics and Extra-Curriculars

We are fairly certain that the boys of Union Academy High participated in interscholastic athletics.  It is probable that the boys played basketball, baseball, and track.  The coach’s names and team records are needed.  Also needed are the team colors, fight song, and team nickname.

Other activities such as proms, dances, class plays, farmer’s institutes, and various clubs may have been a part of the Union Academy High School experience as well.  We are hopeful an area fan or alumni can help us with this information.

Do YOU Have Any Further Information?

If you have any information you would like to add to the Union Academy High School page please send it to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net .  A photo of the high school building would be greatly appreciated.  You can also write to us via real mail at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.   60631


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