Brownfield High School

History of Brownfield High School

Brownfield (population approximately 75?) is located in the far southeastern tip of Illinois in the south-central portion of Pope County.  Brownfield sits about 20 miles due north of Paducah, Kentucky.  The town sits near the intersection of Bay Valley Road and Brownfield Road. The history of the town is in need of further research.

We were made aware that the town of Brownsfield once offered a two-year high school course of study through the extensive research by Roberta Van Briesen. Roberta came across an article at the web address of

The article appears on Springhouse Magazine Online and is authored by Mildred McCormick.  In her article, Mildred describes Brownfield as it appeared in 1929 as follows:

Brownfield is an old town, once called Columbus, but early in the 20th century it was revitalized. It boasted garage, feed mill, two blacksmiths, barber, general stores, groceries, 2 churches, hotel, 2 banks, 2-year high school, and, of course, a post office.”

We have not been able to locate any further information about the town of Brownfield and its former high school.  We only know that today the kids of Brownfield attend school in nearby Golconda as part of the Pope County School District.

Brownfield High School Quick Facts


Year opened:                 1920s

Year closed:                  1940s

Consolidated to:             Pope County High School (Golconda)

Unknown if athletics offered.


Brownfield High School may have offered basketball, baseball, and track for its male students and possibly cheerleading for the gals.  We could not find evidence of any IHSA hardware won by the teams or athletes.  If you have any information regarding the athletic successes of Brownfield High School please read below and forward the information to us.

Information Needed

We are seeking information regarding Brownfield High School.  If you can share any information with us please complete a “School Submission Form” or a “Guest Commentary Form”.  You can also write to us at or:

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