Blairsville High School

The History of Blairsville High School

Blairsville (population approximately 100) is located in southwestern Illinois in the east-central portion of Williamson County. According to Mapquest, Blairsville is about 7 blocks from north to south and 4 blocks from east to west. Illinois Route 184 is the main roadway to and from Blairsville. It intersects with County Highway 11 on the south side of town. Blairsviolle is located about 10 miles due northeast of Carbondale. The Big Muddy River flows by the north side of town.

The history of the town of Blairsville has been difficult to research via the internet. We do know that the town was named after Stephen Blair who built a Mill on the Big Muddy River in 1832. Blairsville had its own post office and a population of 37 in 1895. Coal mining brought a larger popuilation to Blairsville in the early 1900s. When the mine closed however, the population dwindled to the current state of approximately 100 residents.

We know that Blairsville once supported its own high school. It was likely a two or three-year high school. It is probable that Blairsville High School was in existence from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. This information is in need of research and verification. We do know that the kids of Blairsville today attend school in nearby Herrin.

Blairsville High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                  1920s(?)

Year Closed:                   late 1940s(?)

Consolidated to:              Herrin High School

Blairsville HS nickname:   ??

Blairsville HS colors:        ??

Blairsville HS fight song:   ??

Athletics & Extra-Curriculars

We are quite certain that the Blairsville High School boys participated in competitive basketball.  We believe they competed in baseball and track as well.  We are in need of your assistance here.  School team nickname, team colors, fight song, coach’s names, and team records are all items we are searching for.

We are also interested in items and activities that made Blairsville High School unique.  Band, chorus, plays, meetings, clubs, and dances were likely all a part of the Blairsville High School experience. If you have knowledge of these please write to us so that we may share them on this page.

Seeking Your Assistance

Photos and information regarding Blairsville High School can be e-mailed to us at  You can also send items to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631


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