Capron Boone-McHenry Township H.S. “Vikings”

Capron Boone-McHenry Township High School
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The History of Capron High School

Capron, Illinois (population 961) is located in northeastern Boone County in far northeastern Illinois. The town is located about 15 miles northeast of Rockford.   Illinois Route 173 is the main roadway leading to and from Capron. County Highway 2 also passes through town.

Pictured above and below is the former Capron Boone-McHenry Township High School building. The history of the town and its former high school are in need of research. Capron Boone-McHenry Township High School was established in 1917. It served the children of Capron and the surrounding rural areas for 32 years. The high school teams were nicknamed the Vikings in honor of the area’s close Scandinavian ties. In the late 1940’s, consolidation talks began between Capron and its neighbor to the northeast, Poplar Grove. In 1949, the North Boone School District was established, ending the run for the solo high schools of each town.

North Boone High School now has a Poplar Grove address. The former Capron High School building has since been razed.

Capron High School “Quick Facts”:

Year opened:                                1917

Year of consolidation:                   1949

Building Status:                             Has been razed

School Colors:                               Green & White

School Mascot:                              the “Vikings”

School Song:                                 Unknown

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Credit: Lake County Discovery Museum/Curt Teich Postcard Archives.

Capron offered the boys sports of baseball, football, and basketball while the girls participated in GAA activities.  The Capron Vikings may not have won any IHSA hardware, but we are sure there were many successful seasons over the years.  If you have any information on the sports program at CHS please write to us so we may share it with others.

Boys Basketball

We know the Capron-Boone HS boys competed in basketball. A 1947 Alden High School yearbook located by Dean Bentley listed the following basketball scores:

@ Capron – 50……..….Alden – 21

Capron – 73…..…….Alden – 21  (@ Hebron District)

Season records and coaches names are needed for this section.

The following scores were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores“.

1934 Rockford District Tourney

Lost to Honenegah 27-19

Honenegah lost in semi-final.

1935 Rockford District Tourney

Lost to Freeport 38-19

Freeport lost in semi-final

1936 Wauconda Distict Tourney

Lost to Hebron 42-14

Hebron won District tourney

Hebron lost in 2nd round of Regional

**1937 through 1944 scores unavailable.

1945 Hebron District Tourney

Lost to Woodstock St. Mary 44-21

St. Mary lost in title game.

**1946 scores unavailable.

1947 Hebron District Tourney

Beat Alden 73-21

Lost to Elgin St. Edward 48-33

St. Eds lost title game.

Capron Viking Basketball Team – 1947
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1948 Hebron District Tourney

Lost to Elgin St. Edward 58-47

St. Eds won District title.

St. Eds lost in semi-final of Regional

1949 Hebron District Tourney

Lost to Richmond 41-35

Richmond lost in semi-final

**Final score listed for Capron on this site.



Capron High School boys definitely competed in baseball and football. Photos of the teams of the 1046-47 school year are available below.

Capron Baseball Team – 1946-47
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Capron Viking Football Team – 1947
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Memories & Facts

From Brian Wolf:

“Architects for the school building were Ashby, Ashby, and Schulze of Chicago. This was found while researching history of West Division Elementary School in Des Plaines.

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Seeking Your Assistance

If you have ANY further information about Capron High School, please share it with us.  Photos and information can be e-mailed to us at  You can write to us via real mail at:

Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il.    60631

Old Capron Boone-McHenry Twp. H.S.
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