Burnt Prairie High School

Burnt Prairie School
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Burnt Prairie, Illinois

The History of Burnt Prairie High School

Burnt Prairie (population 58!) is located in southeastern Illinois in northwestern White County. In terms of town size Burnt Prairie is #1,297 out 1,313 Illinois towns.  It is actually the 14th smallest incorporated town in Illinois when you consider “ties”.  The main road through town is White County Highway 20.  Interstate Highway 64 sits just north of Burnt Prairie and U.S. Route 45 runs just 4 miles to the west. A branch of the Fred Creek runs to the south of town.  Carmi is located about 12 miles southeast of Burnt Prairie and, more interestingly, Bone Gap is just 20 miles (as the crow flies, naturally) northeast of Burnt Prairie.

The history of the town and its high school has limited information available.  There is only one mention of Burnt Prairie High School on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org). The boys basketball team won two District titles with the last one coming in 1940-41.  If you have read many of the write-ups regarding schools in towns of this size, you will probably agree that Burnt Prairie High closed around 1948.

The kids of Burnt Prairie were then sent ot Mill Shoals to continue their high school education.  Mill Shoals later became Mill Prairie High School and was later deactivated as well.  The kids of Burnt Prairie now attend Fairfield High School.

Burnt Prairie High School Quick Facts

Year opened:            late 1800s / early 1900s

Year closed:             1948?

Consolidated to:       Mill Shoals Mills Prairie High School

School nickname:     unavailable

School colors:          Dark Blue & White

School Fight Song:   unavailable

Burnt Prairie Year Book Page
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1945-46 School Year


Burnt Prairie High School, as mentioned above, definately offered boys basketball.  Most small schools also offered track and baseball.  We are hopeful a person from the area can fill us in on the missing pieces of the Burnt Prairie High School athleitc successes.

Boys Basketball

The Burnt Prairie High School boys basketball team had two years of District title success.  Unfortunately the team records and coaches names of these and other great BPHS teams are not available.

1936-37        District Champions

1940-41        District Champions

Seeking Your Help

If you have ANY information about Burnt Prairie High School we hope that you would share with this site.  There may not be too many Burnt Prairie Alumni left, so please e-mail us so we can let BPHS memories live on forever.  A photo of the school is eagerly sought.  You can e-mail items to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.   60631

Burnt Prairie Presbyterian Church
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Burnt Prairie, Illinois

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