Dundee Community High School “Cardunals”

Dundee Community High School 1922 – 1953
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Dundee High School Building 1953 – 83
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Dundee High School 1878 – 1922
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The History of Dundee Community High School

Dundee Community High School consisted of students from four different northeastern Illinois towns and the area surrounding them..

Algonquin (population 27,885) is located in the southeastern portion of McHenry County and bleeds into the northeast portion of Kane County. Carpentersville (population 30,586), East Dundee (population 2,955), and West Dundee (population 5,428) are all located in northeastern Kane County. The area sits just north of Interstate Highway 90 with the Illinois Routes of 25 and 31 passing through traveling to the north and south.  Illinois Routes 62, 68, and 72 travel through the area to the east and west.  The area is aobut 35 miles northwest of Chicago.

An excellent and brief history of the four towns together can be read at the following web address: http://www.villageprofile.com/illinois/cardunal/03his/main.html

Former Dundee Community High School teacher Gerry Corriveau wrote and advised us that the high school began its roots in 1873. The first Dundee HS building served the community from 1873 until 1922.  The second building served the district from 1922 until 1955.  The last, and still utilized, Dundee HS building served from 1955 until the school’s closing. Dundee Community High School served the area through the early 1980s. Declining enrollment took its toll and it was decided to close the high school.  In 1983 Dundee Commmunity High School was deactivated.  Students of the area now attend either Dundee-Crown High School or H.D. Jacobs High School.

The former Dundee High School building now serves as the Carpentersville Middle School. To view an excellent website dedicated to the former Dundee Community High School check out www.dundeehs.com made possible by webmaster and Dundee High School graduate Ann Bahnmiller.

Dundee Commmunity High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                                  1873

Year closed:                                   1983

Consolidated to:                              Crown and Jacobs School Districts

Dundee Comm. HS team nickname: the “Cardunals”

Dundee Comm. HS team colors:       Red & Black

School Fight Song:                          “Honor Dundee”

                                                      Written by Burt Mason

                                                      Honor Dundee,

                                                      Honor your name.

                                                      Honor Dundee,

                                                      Honor your fame.

                                                      We’ll be loyal,

                                                      Always true.

                                                      Our colors will come through!

                                                      Rah! Rah! Rah!

                                                      We’ll be loyal

                                                      Black and Maroon.

                                                      We’ll all cheer for you, soooo…

                                                       Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight

                                                       We’ll cheer for our school and you!!

                                                                         SUBMITTED BY 1938 ALUM HENRY KAROLUS

ATHLETICS

The Dundee Community High School Cardunals competed in a variety of sports and faired quite well on a state-competition level.  The school’s nickname is not a misprint.  The nickname of “Cardunals” is a mixture of the four towns that are represented by the school – Carpentersville, East and West Dundee, and Algonquin (Car+Dun+Al) combine to give the Dundee Cardunals their unique nickname.  The Cardinal bird was the school’s mascot however.

Several different sports were offered for the boys and girls of the school.  The information supplied below was found on the IHSA website address of www.ihsa.org.

Dundee HS Gymnasium
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BOYS BASKETBALL

An incredibly rich tradition was built in the 1930s and 1940s for Dundee Cardunal fans.  The era of Coach Eugene de Lacey ran from the 1928-29 season through the 1958-59 season.  During Coach de Lacey’s 31 seasons at Dundee High the Cardunals accomplished the following:

1 – Illinois State High School Basketball CHAMPIONSHIP!!

1 – Illinois State High School Basketball 3RD Place Finish!

5 – Total trips to the IHSA State Basketball Finals (One other trip made in 1917-18)

5 – Sectional Championships

6 – Regional Championships

6 – District Championships

5 – Seasons of 30+ wins

20 – Seasons of 20+ wins

13 – Seasons of advancing past the first round of the playoffs

ONLY 1 “losing” Season in 31 years (11 – 14 in 1952-53)!!! 

Coach de Lacey’s teams accumulated an overall record of 691 – 172 for an .801 winning percentage!!!!!!

Coach de Lacey’s excellent record qualifies him still today, some 47 years AFTER he coached his last game, in the IHSA record book in the following categories:

Most Wins – Career  –  #16 All-Time (though his listed mark of 691 should put him at #12

Most Wins – One School – #9 All-Time (691 should list him at #7 All-Time)

Most Consecutive Winning Seasons – #4 All-Time (24 straight winning seasons)

Most Consecutive Seasons of 20+ Wins – #12 All-Time(11 straight at one time – see below)

Highest Winning Percentage – #9 All-Time (.800)

Truly INCREDIBLE job by Coach Eugene de Lacey and his program!!!!!

During the 70 years of basketball listed on the IHSA website, the Dundee Community High School Cardunal basketball program produced an overall record of  1,077 – 634  for a .629 winning percentage!!  In fact Dundee High School was the 30th school in IHSA history to reach the coveted 1000+ wins plateau doing so during the 1976-77 season!!

Winning records and coach’s names as listed on the IHSA website are, in turn, listed below.

1913-15                                                                 Coach Harland Corzine

1915-16     8 – 7                                                     Coach Walter Hanke

1916-17   11 – 3                                                     Coach Walter Hanke

1917-18     8 – 7                                                     Coach Walter Hanke

1918-19   13 – 6    Elite 8 Finalist!                          Coach Walter Hanke

                           Distrtict Champions

                           Quarter Final Game

                           Lost to Rockford HS 37 – 10

Rockford Eventual State Champ

1919-20   11 – 6                                                      Coach Arthur Twigg

1920-21   13 – 6                                                      Coach Oliver Stenger

1921-22     9 – 7                                                      Coach Oliver Stenger

1922-23   10 – 8                                                      Coach Oliver Stenger

1923-24   11 – 8                                                      Coach Harry Lennox

1924-25                                                                  Coach Harold Sauerman

1925-26                                                                  Coach Russell Franing

1926-28                                                                  Coach Howard Spain
1928-29   13 – 8    District Champions                      Coach Eugene de Lacey
1929-30   23 – 7    District Champions                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1930-31   30 – 2    District Champions                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1931-32   24 – 7    District Champions                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1932-33   29 – 4    District Champions                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1933-34   30 – 5    District Champions                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1934-35   20 – 13                                                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1935-36   25 – 5                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1936-37   39 – 2    Sweet 16 Finalist!                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

                           Regional Champions

                           Sectional Champions

                           Sweet 16 Finalist

                           Lost to Moline 14 – 13

1937-38   34 – 1    IHSA STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!        Coach Eugene de Lacey

                           Regional Champions

                           Sectional Champions

                           Sweet 16 – Beat Pekin 36 – 29

                           Elite 8 – Beat Harrisburg 38 – 26

                           Final Four – Beat Paris 51 – 36

                           Championship Game

                           Beat Braidwood Reed-Custer 36 – 29


1938-39   24 – 2     Regional Champions                  Coach Eugene de Lacey
1939-40   25 – 3     Elite 8 Finalist!!                           Coach Eugene de Lacey

                            Sectional Champions

                            Sweet 16 – Beat Rushville 72 – 47

                            Elite 8 – Lost to Granite City 35 – 30

Granite City eventual State Champions

1940-41   20 – 4                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1941-42   19 – 6      Regional Champions                 Coach Eugene de Lacey

1942-43   15 – 5                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1943-44   21 – 2                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1944-45   24 – 4                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1945-46   31 – 3      IHSA THIRD PLACE FINISH!!      Coach Eugene de Lacey

                             Regional Champions

                             Sectional Champions

                             Sweet 16 – Beat Quincy 56 – 49

                             Elite 8 – Beat Decatur 55 – 48

                             Final Four – Lost to Centralia 45 – 44 (O/T)

Consolation Game

                             Beat Rockford East 59 – 53

1946-47   29 – 3      Elite 8 Finalist!                           Coach Eugene de Lacey

                             Regional Champions

                             Sectional Champions

                             Sweet 16 – Beat Springfield 69 – 47

                             Elite 8 – Lost to Champaign 47 – 45

Champaign eventually 2ND Place

1947-48   24 – 2                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1948-49   23 – 3                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1949-50   19 – 7                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1950-51   21 – 4                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1951-52   21 – 4                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1952-53                                                                   Coach Eugene de Lacey

1953-54   19 – 6                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1954-55   14 – 11                                                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1955-56   17 – 8                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1956-57   18 – 8                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1957-58   16 – 9                                                        Coach Eugene de Lacey

1958-59   13 – 10                                                      Coach Eugene de Lacey

1959-60   10 – 10                                                      Coach John Paul

1960-62                                                                   Coach John Paul

1962-63   15 – 10                                                      Coach John Paul

1963-64   14 – 11                                                      Coach John Paul

1964-65   22 – 6                                                        Coach John Paul

1965-67                                                                   Coach John Paul

1967-68   12 – 11                                                      Coach John Paul

1968-70                                                                   Coach John Paul

1970-73                                                                   Coach Ken Magee

1973-74   18 – 6                                                        Coach Dick Schmidt

1974-75                                                                   Coach Dick Schmidt

1975-76                                                                   Coach Roy Wendling

1976-77   15 – 9                                                        Coach Roy Wendling

1977-78                                                                   Coach Roy Wendling

1978-79                                                                   Coach Paul Judson

1979-80   17 – 10     Regional Champions                Coach Paul Judson

1980-82                                                                   Coach Paul Judson

1982-83   12 – 14     School’s Final Season                 Coach Paul Judson

FOOTBALL

The Cardunal football program is covered thoroughly on the IHSA website as well.  All seasons from 1916-17 through 1982-83 are listed on the site.  Though not quite as successful as the basketball program, the Dundee High School football program had some great seasons.  Coach Eugene de Lacey of basketball fame doubled as the Cardunal head football coach from 1928-29 through 1943-44. Coach de Lacey’s 16 year run and 58 total wins were tops among all Cardunal football coaches. 

The best of the Dundee High School football records and all of the coach’s names are listed below as found on the IHSA website.

1916-17                                                          Coach Rev. William Bond

1917-18    6 – 2                                                Coach Rev. William Bond

1918-19    3 – 1 – 1                                           Coach Rev. William Bond

1919-20                                                           Coach Art Twigg

1920-21    6 – 2 – 1                                            Coach Oliver Stenger

1921-22    4 – 3                                                 Coach Oliver Stenger

1922-23                                                           Coach Oliver Stenger

1923-24                                                           Coach Harry Lennox

1924-25                                                           Coach Harold Sauerman

1925-26                                                           Coach Russ Franing

1926-27    4 – 4                                                 Coach Russ Franing

1927-28                                                           Coach Howard Spain

1928-29                                                           Coach Eugene de Lacey

1929-30    7 – 5 – 1                                            Coach Eugene de Lacey

1930-31    5 – 0 – 2    Undefeated Season         Coach Eugene de Lacey

1931-32                                                            Coach Eugene de Lacey

1932-33    4 – 3 – 1                                             Coach Eugene de Lacey

1933-34    5 – 2 – 3                                             Coach Eugene de Lacey

1934-35    3 – 3 – 1                                             Coach Eugene de Lacey

1935-37                                                            Coach Eugene de Lacey

1937-38    5 – 3                                                  Coach Eugene de Lacey

1938-39                                                            Coach Eugene de Lacey

1939-40    4 – 2 – 2                                             Coach Eugene de Lacey

1940-41    6 – 2                                                  Coach Eugene de Lacey

1941-42    3 – 1 – 3                                             Coach Eugene de Lacey

1942-44                                                            Coach Eugene de Lacey

1944-45                                                            Coach Phil Hardy

1945-46    5 – 3                                                  Coach Phil Hardy

1946-47    5 – 2 – 1                                             Coach Phil Hardy

1947-48    7 – 2                                                  Coach John Burnison

1948-49    7 – 1 – 1                                             Coach John Burnison

1949-53                                                            Coach Phil Hardy

1953-54    6 – 3                                                  Coach Howard Spain

1954-55    6 – 2 – 1                                             Coaches Clyde Finke & Robert Whamond

1955-57                                                            Coach Robert Whamond

1957-58    4 – 3 – 2                                             Coach John Timmerman

1958-61                                                            Coach John Timmerman

1961-62    4 – 4                                                  Coach John Timmerman

1962-63    7 – 1                                                  Coach John Timmerman

1963-64    4 – 4                                                  Coach John Timmerman

1964-65    4 – 4                                                  Coach John Timmerman

1965-66    5 – 2 – 1                                             Coach Russ Roeber

1966-67                                                            Coach Russ Roeber

1968-69    7 – 2                                                  Coach Russ Roeber

1969-70                                                             Coach Russ Roeber

1970-71    6 – 3                                                  Coach Russ Roeber

1971-72    6 – 3                                                  Coach Russ Roeber

1972-75    5 – 4                                                  Coach Jerry Curtright

1975-76                                                             Coach Jerry Curtright
1976-77    6 – 4     IHSA Class 3A Playoffs          Coach Jerry Curtright

                           Lost to Lisle Bennet 18 – 0

1977-78    7 – 2                                                   Coach Jerry Curtright

1978-81                                                              Coach Jerry Curtright

1981-83                                                              Coach Gene Mitz

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Lady Cardunals made a trip to the IHSA State Finals.  The team of 1977-78, led by former Alden-Hebron great Paul Judson, made it to the Elite 8 of the State Tournament before falling to eventual fourth place finisher Mattoon.  Team records of other great Lady Cardunal teams are not currently available.

1977-78     27 – 3            Elite 8 Finalist!                      Coach Paul Judson

                                     Regional Champions

                                     Sectional Champions

                                     Super-Sectional Champions

                                     Beat Skokie Niles West 73 – 70

                                     Elite 8 Finalist

                                     Lost to Mattoon 65 – 61

1978-79                          Regional Champions
1982-83                          Regional Champions

BOYS BASEBALL

The Dundee High School baseball team won a pair of Regional titles and one District title. Tema records and coaches names of these aond other great Cardunal teams are not currently available.

1948-49        District Champions
1961-62        Regional Champions
1971-72        Regional Champions

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

The Dundee High School harriers won two District titles which qualified the teams for the IHSA State Meet.

1964-65  District Champions – Qualified for State Meet
1966-67  District Champions – Qualified for State Meet

BOYS GOLF

The linksters won a District title as well.

1974-75    District Champions

BOYS TENNIS

Two District titles highlighted the success of the boys tennis team at DCHS.

1977-78    District Champions
1981-82    District Champions

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

One District title and three individual medalists highlight the accomplishments of the Dundee Cardunal thinclads.

1930-31   Individual Medalist – ??  Eatinger       440 Yard Dash      5TH Place

1971-72   District Champions

               Individual Medalist – Greg Kries         180 Yard Hurdles  4TH Place
1979-80   Individual Medalist – Craig Everett      High Jump           7TH Place

BOYS WRESTLING

The Dundee High grapplers had some real nice success including a District title in 1976.  Coach Bob Kenison led the Cardunals to some great season records during their last five years of existence including a 16 – 1 record in the school’s final season!

1975-76                    District Champions

1978-79   14 – 3                                             Coach Bob Kenison

1979-80   13 – 3                                             Coach Bob Kenison

               Individual Medalist – Bill Horcher – 98 Lbs. Wgt. Class – 5TH Place 

1980-81     8 – 8                                             Coach Bob Kenison

1981-82   12 – 4 -1                                          Coach Bob Kenison

1982-83   16 – 1                                              Coach Bob Kenison

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT

Dundee Community High School had a well-rounded school system and provided a great deal of opportunities for its children.  Along with athletics, the school offered competition in the IHSA events of Drama, Group Interpretation, and Speech Individual Events.  The Cardunals gained a level of success in each of these events.

SPEECH INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

One top-ten finish, one Sectional title, one District title, and EIGHT Individual Medals were earned by the Dundee High School kids on a State Competition level!!

1952-53  Individual Medalist – Gary Williams       Comedy        5TH Place

1972-73  District Champions


1973-74  Sectional Champions

              Individual Medalists 

            

              Lynette Billings        Humor Duet          5TH Place

              ??  Reid                   Humor Duet          5TH Place

1974-75  Individual Medalist – Lisa Gagliardi       Orat. Declam.   2ND Place

1975-76  Team Finished TENTH in STATE Competition!!

              Individual Medalists

              Lynette Billings             Humor Duet            STATE CHAMPIONS!!
Christopher French       Humor Duet            STATE CHAMPIONS!!

              Final Team Standings

              1)  South Holland (Thornwood)                         24

2)  Chicago (Luther South)                              12

2)  Joliet (East)                                              12

4)  Rock Island (H.S.)                                      9

4)  Peoria (H.S.)                                              9

6)  Wilmette (Loyola Academy)                         8

7)  Carbondale                                                 7

7)  Deerfield                                                     7

7)  Oak Lawn (Richards)                                   7

10)  DUNDEE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL        6

1976-77  Individual Medalist – Michael Peddle     Extemp.           5TH Place

1978-79  Individual Medalist – Rob Dorn               Humor Interp   5TH Place

DRAMA

A District title was won in the Drama department too!

1976-77  District Champions

GROUP INTERPRETATION

1976-77  District Champions

Seeking Your Help

If you have ANY information you would like to share about the great history and great memories enjoyed at Dundee Community High School we are hopeful you will write to us.  We are especially interested in a photo of the high school building.  You can e-mail us items at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.   60631

Dundee High School Building 1953 – 1983
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