Bryant High School

Bryant School Building – 1928

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Bryant School Building 1960s?

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The History of Bryant High School


Bryant (population 255) is located in the west central portion of Illinois in the east central portion of Fulton County. Bryant is about 6 miles northeast of Lewistown and 35 miles southwest of Peoria. Illiinois Route 100 is the main roadway to and from Bryant. County highway 4 also takes you to Bryant. The Burlington Northern Railroad passes through Bryant as well.


The following very brief history of the town of Bryant was located at the web address of :


“(Bryant) Was laid out by William Hummel, April 13th, 1863. It is on the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy railroad, and is the point where is located the Forsyth coal mining Company, which will, in time, make it a much larger town.”

The town was named after Lemuel O’Bryant or Henry Bryant, it is not certain which.


We believe that Bryant High School was a two or three-year high school. It likely existed from the 1920s through the 1940s.  We do know by checking out Illinois high school basketball District Tournament scores that the high school was still going strong in 1935 (please read below). We know that the high school-aged kids of Bryant today attend school in nearby Lewistown.


Below is a photo taken in 2015 of a marker that signifies the existence of the Bryant School.


Bryant School Building Memorial – March, 2015

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Bryant High School Quick Facts


Year opened:                         1920s?

Year closed:                          1940s?

Consolidated to:                     Lewistown High School

Bryant HS team nickname:     unavailable

Bryant HS team colrs:            unavailable

Bryant HS Fight Song:           unavailable



From the web site address of . In the IHSA 1935 District Tournament held in Canton, Bryant High School was defeated by London Mills 23 – 18 to end the Bryant boys’ season.


Knowing that basketball was definitely played at Bryant High School it is likely that other sports such as baseball and track were offered as well.




Were band, chorus, FFA, FHA, dances, and other activities offered at Bryant High School? If you have this information, please dro us a line.




A link to a copy of a 1940s yearbook and some nice photos for Bryant Grade School was sent to us by John Bybee.  Check it out at




If you have any further information you feel is important to the history of Bryant High School please drop us a note. Our e-mail address is . You can also send items to us via the post office to the following address:


IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, Il.  60631

Bryant High School Reunion 2012 Information

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Submitted by John Bybee

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