Dalton City High School

Dalton City School Building 2015
A brick building with a black door

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The History of Dalton City High School

Dalton City (population 581) is located in southeastern Illinois in the northwestern portion of Moultrie County. Illinois Routes 121 and 128 are the main roadways that take you to and from Dalton City. County Roadways 9 and 32 also lead you to town.  The Illinois Central Railroad and Canadian National Railroad both travel side by side through Dalton City. The town is located about 15 miles southeast of Decatur.

A nice history of the village of Dalton City can be read at the web address of http://www.354.com/bethany/daltoncity.htm . In summary the article states as follows:

Dalton City was platted in the early 1870s by the town’s namesake, Thomas Dalton, and James Roney. By 1872 a post office and school house had been established. Wooden side walks and several businesses soon followed. Dalton City was incorporated as an official Illinois village in 1877.

We could not find much mention of the Dalton City school. We only know that Dalton City supported a high school at one time by reviewing basketball scores from the IHSA tournament found at the web address of http://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/ . We are only guessing but we believe that Dalton City High School would have been a two or three-year high school which would hve been open from the early 1920s through the late 1940s.

Dalton City School Building 2015
A brick building with a tree in front of it

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It is our guess that the kids of Dalton City attend high school in nearby Bethany as a part of the Okaw Valley School District today. For more information regarding Dalton CIty check out http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmoult2/Publications/1881_CombinedHistory/dora.html .

Dalton City High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                             1920s

Year closed:                              1940s

Consolidated to:                         Bethany High School (now Okaw Valley)

Dalton City HS Team NIckname:  ??

Dalton CIty HS Team Colors:       ??

Dalton City HS Fight Song:         ??


We are certain the Dalton City High School boys competed in basetball. It is quite possible that baseball and track were offered as well. We are in need of the ‘quick facts’ information including team nickname, uniform colors, fight song, coaches names, and season records for the Dalton City program.


The following basketball scores were found on the web address of http://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/ . This is the extent of the information we have regarding Dalton City High School basketball at this time.

1935 Decatur District Tournament

First Round

Moweaqua 34, Dalton City 12

1936 Maroa District Tournament

First Round

Maroa 33. Dalton City 15

If you have any further information regarding the Dalton CIty High School basketball program please contact us via the means listed below.


We are confident that Dalton City High School ofered other activities for the students besides sports. Chorus, band, FFA, FHA, and other clubs were likely a part of the Dalton City High School experience.



Please contact us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or via “real mail” at the following address:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, IL.   60631


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