The History of Clifton High School
Clifton (popu;ation 1,317) is located in upper-eastern Illinois about 15 miles south-southeast of Kankakee. This places Clifton in the northwestern portion of Iroquois County. Interstate Highway 57 passes by the eastern edge of town and has exit ramps taking you to Clifton. The town is actually located on County Roads named Main Street and 2950. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad travels through town. A branch of the Prairie Creek flows through the east side of town.
The history of Clifton and its school system is need of research. It is probable that a school was set into place for the Clifton children by the mid to late 1800s. It is also probable that a high school was developed by the late 1800s. The high school served Clifton on a solo basis for approximately 50 years. In the late 1930s consolidation talks began between the towns of Clifton and Ashkum. This effort was realized after the 1939-40 school year. The new district was named the Ashkum-Clifton School District.
Ashkum-Clifton High School we believe was located in Clifton. This effort lasted for about 10 years when Chebanse High School joined the consolidation effort. In 1949 Chebanse joined Ashkum-Clifton to create the Central School District. A new school complex was built just outside of Clifton to house the Central High School District. We believe the school in the photo above, now vacant, once was used as the Central and possible Ashkum-Clifton High School buildings. If you have this information please write to us via e-mail.
Clifton High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s
Year closed: 1940
Consolidated to: Ashkum-Clifton School District
Clifton HS nickname: unavailable
Clifton HS team colors: unavailable
Clifton School Fight Song: unavailable