Bingham High School

The History of Bingham High School

Bingham (population 117) is located in southwestern Illinois in the northwestern portion of Fayette County. County Highway 1 is the main roadway to and from Bingham. County Road 200 E also takes you to Bingham. U.S. Route 51 passes by Bingham about 7 miles to the east. Bingham is about 20 miles northwest of Vandalia and 17 miles east of Hillsboro.

The history of the village of Bingham and its former school system is difficult to research “on-line.” We only know that Bingham supported aa high school at one time by locating a web site that provides high school basketball scores from the early days of the Illinois High School Association boys basketball tournament. There will be more information on this below.

It is our guess that Bingham High School was in place by the early 1920s, possibly as early as the late 1800s. Bingham High School was likely a two or three-year high school. All such high schools were mandated by the state of Illinois to close in the late 1940s. It is our belief that Bingham High closed her doors at that time.

We are not certain where the Bingham kids attend school today. We believe this would be in nearby Ramsey, just 5 miles to the east and a little north of Bingham.

Bingham High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                            late 1800s / early 1900s

Year closed:                             1940s?

Consolidated to:                        Ramsey High School (?)

Bingham HS team nickname:     ??

Bingham HS team colors:          ??

Bingham HS fight song:             ??


We know for certain that the Bingham High School boys played basketball. It is probable that baseball and track were offered as well. We are searching for the school team nickname, uniform colors, and fight song as well as coaches names and season records to share on this page.


The web address of provides basketball scores for the IHSA boys basketball tournament as early as 1922. The following scores were located on this site for the Bingham High School basketball team.

1935 Vandalia District Tournament

1st Round

Bingham 24, Springfield St. James 20

2nd Round

St. Elmo 42, Bingham 19

1936 Ramsey District Tournament

1st Round

Ramsey 54, Bingham 20

(Ramsey won the District title this year.)

Please contact us if you have any further information on the Bingham High School boys basketball program.


The Bingham High School students were likely offered a well-rounded education and a nice range of activities to partake in. Chorus, band, dances, and clubs were all activities that may have been available to the Bingham High School students.


The Bingham High School legacy should not be forgotten. Athletics and other extra-curricular activities at BHS should be remembered and shared with others. You can e-mail these items to us at or you can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, Il.    60631

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