The History of Cisco High School
Cisco (population 264) is located in east-central Illinois about 10 miles northeast of Decatur. Illinois Route 32 is the main roadway to and from Cisco. Interstate Highway 72 passes by to the north of town. Cisco sits in the far west-central portion of Piatt County. The Decatur Junction Railroad line travels to Cisco as well. A nice article on the history of the railroad depot in Cisco can be viewed at the web address of http://www.ciscojunction.com/cjmrr.htm .
The following history information regarding Cisco High School was submitted to us by local history buff Dennis Downey:
Cisco High School offered a two-year and then a three-year high school in parts of the above pictured building in the 1920s, 30s, 40s. If a student wanted to attain a four-year high school diploma they would need to attend school in a neighboring town such as Weldon, Monticello, Argenta, Decatur, or Cerro Gordo. Students would often spend the weekdays in those towns and come home on the weekends.
It was decided in 1945 to deactivate the high school in Cisco. High school students now were sent to Monticello High School to receive their education. The Cisco school then became a grades 1 – 8 facility for a time until it too was closed. We are not certain when Cisco Grade School closed.
The Cisco High School building had not been used for sure in the 1990s. The school building was torn down in the late 1990s and the Cisco fire station was built on part of the property. A newer addition that was built on to the school is now attached to the fire station as a community center. Part of it was the old gymnasium.
Dennis Downey adds the following information regarding Cisco High School:
“The former Cisco, Illinois high school/grade school was torn down except for the gym and several, more modern classrooms. Where the old building sat is now the Cisco fire station. It was built as an attachment to the former gymnasium, which is used as a community center. You can walk inside from the fire station to the gym and classrooms through halls that a have existed before the school was closed and torn down.”
Cisco High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 19-teens/early 1920s
Year closed: 1945
Consolidated to: Monticello High School
Cisco HS team nickname: the “Wildcats”
Cisco HS team colors: Blue & Gold
School Fight Song: “Cisco WIldcats“
Tune of Washington Lee & Swing”