DeLand High School

DeLand High School
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1921 – 1947
DeLand High School
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1880 – 1904 (destroyed by fire)

The History of Deland High School

DeLand (population 475) is located in northern Piatt county in southeastern Illinois.  A town of reference for location sake might be Decatur located about 20 miles southwest of DeLand.  Illinois Route 10 is the main drag through town.  The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad parallels Route 10 and Goose Creek flows through the north side of DeLand.

DeLand traces its educational roots back to the late 1880s.  A high school building existed in town as early as 1880.  That building served the students until it burned down in 1904.  A newer building was built which lasted until 1921.  As DeLand grew it needed more space for its students.  The 1904 building continued as DeLand Grade School until 1959.

A newer high school building was build in 1921.  This building served proudly as DeLand High School until consolidation efforts between the residents of DeLand and Weldon, as well as several country schools, began in the mid 1940s. Votes in both towns made the consolidation effort a reality in 1947. The DeLand-Weldon School District was formed,effectively closing DeLand’s run as a solo high school. It is possible though, that the two high schools did not actually merge until 1949 as is evidenced by the District Championship recognized by the IHSA for DeLand High School in 1948.

The DeLand High School building served as DeLand-Weldon High School until a new building was built in 1957.  DeLand Weldon High School still serves both communities today and is going strong, in spite of having one of the smallest high school enrollments in the state.  A great deal of information for this history section was found on the DeLand-Weldon C.U.S.D. #57 website at

DeLand High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                                1880

Year 1st Building burned:               1904

Year new building built:                  1921

Year voted to merge with Weldon:   1947

Actual merger took place:              1949

School nickname:                          unavailable

School colors:                               unavailable

School Fight Song:                        unavailable


DeLand High School definately offered baseball, basketball, and track.  There is a possibility that football was offered as well.  We are seeking the nickname, school colors, and school fight song.  Conference affiliation would be interesting as well. As you will see below, we are missing coach’s names, team records, and mention of the other great teams and players of DeLand High.

Boys Baseball

The boys of the diamond won two District titles in their hey day.  Unfortunately coach’s names and team records are not available.

1940-41           District Champions

1944-45           District Champions

Boys Basketball

The DeLand High School basketball team were the mightiest of the mites in the mid to late 1940s.  The teams won an incredible four straight District titles from 1945 through 1948. Again coach’s names and team records are not available.

1944-45      District Champions

1945-46      District Champions

1946-47      District Champions

1947-48      District Champions

Boys Track & Field

One DeLand High School thinclad left his mark in a big way for the folks at the Illinois High School State Track Meet.  T. Chiles was the IHSA ‘B’ Meet State Champion in 880 Yard Run for two straight years in the early 1920s.

1921-22    Individual Medalist

                T. Chiles                  880 Yard Run                  STATE CHAMPION!!

1922-23    Individual Medalist

                T. Chiles                  880 Yard Run                  STATE CHAMPION!!

DeLand High School 1921 – 1949
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DeLand-Weldon Grade School 1949 – 1959

If You Have ANY Further Information Regarding DeLand High School…

Please share any information you have regarding the great history of DeLand and its former high school. We realize DeLand-Weldon High School serves the towns proudly today.  We would like to preserve the memories of both former high schools before those who were around then are no longer available to tell the stories.  You can e-mail information to us at You can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631

DeLand High School
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Photo Taken in 2005

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