Channahon High School

The History of Channahon High School

Channahon (population 13,500 and growing) is located in northeastern Illinois in the western portion of Will County.  U.S. Route 6 is the main roadway to and from Channahon, though Interstate Highway 55 passes by the east side of town less than a mile away.  The Des Plaines River flows all around Channahon. The town sits about 10 miles southwest of Joliet. History regarding the town can be found both on the Wikipedia web address of,_Illinois and the Channahon city web address of .

In summary, the articles advise that Channahon was established in the early 1800s.  The town was first incorporated in 1896 but was “disincorporated” in 1911.  It was not until 1962 that the town became incorporated again.  The town of Channahon has experienced an incredible population boom as of late.  In the year 2000 the official census listed Channahon as having 7,344 residents.  A census taken in 2007 lists the population at 13,500.

A school was established shortly after the town was platted.  We are told by Bill Burmaster that Channahon residents established a high school as early as 1869. The original high school building burned down in 1922.  A new building was built to take its place in 1923.  In 1947 it was decided to close Channahon High School.  High school-aged kids of Channahon were bussed to nearby Minooka to earn their high school diplomas.  This arrangement continues today.

Minooka has also experienced an incredible population explosion.  It is being considered to add a new high school to the Minooka district within the city limits of Channahon.  As of this writing (2008) this has not yet occurred.  The former Channahon High School building now serves as the Pioneer Path Grade School for the Minooka School District.

Channahon High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                            1869

Year new bldg. built:                  1923

Year closed:                             1947

Consolidated to:                        Minooka High School

Channahon HS team nickname:  unavailable

Channahon HS team colors:       unavailable

School Fight Song:                    unavailable


We can only surmise at this point that the Channahon High School boys competed in sports against other schools from the area.  It is likely that basketball, baseball, and track were offered at one time.  If you have any information you can share regarding Channahon High School athletics, please write to us so we can add it to this page.  School team nickname, uniform colors, coach’s names, seasonal records, and individual accomplishments are welcome.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Other activities such as school plays, FFA, FHA, GAA, band, and chorus may also have been a very important part of the Channahon High School student experience.  Please contact us if you have information on these activities as well.

If You Have Any Information You Wish to Share:

Especially a photo of the high school building, please contact us by e-mail at  You can also mail items to us at:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, Il.  60631

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