Eddyville High School

The History of Eddyville High School

Eddyville (population 153) is located in far souteastern Illinois in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest.  Eddyville is situated in the north-central portion of Pope County.  Illinois Route 145 is the main roadway leading to and from Eddyville.  County Road 5 also takes you into the town.  Eddyville is about 25 miles due north of Paducah, Kentucky (as the crow flies).

Eddyville was officially established in 1866 and eventually named after land owner Edward Fulgham. The town was originally named Book in 1861 until the name was changed to Eddyville in 1869.

The information we received regarding the fact that Eddyville once supported its own high school came from our long-time contributor Roberta Van Briesen.  Roberta located an article on the internet at the following web address:


The article was written by Mildred McCormick and appeared in Springhouse Magazine.  In it Mildred describes the town of Eddyville as it was in 1929:

Eddyville…..also had a 2-year high school and bank. Dixon Springs, with its 7 mineral springs, was a thriving resort which offered a hotel with chef, dance pavillion, outdooor activities, a pool. Special boat and train excursions brought guests from all over the US. Two physicians were in attendance. The popular mineral water was shipped nation-wide by train.”

We are uncertain when high school courses began in Eddyville. We believe it would have been like many other similar-sized towns of the era. It is likely the school was offered beginning in the early 1920s and probably ended in the late 1940s.  We do know that the kids of Eddyville today attend school as part of the Pope County School District in Golconda.

Eddyville High School Quick Facts

Year opened:              1920s

Year closed:               1940s

Consolidated to:          Pope County High School (Golconda)

Unknown if athletics were offered.

Athletics and Extra-Curriculars

We are fairly certain that the boys of Eddyville High participated in interscholastic athletics.  It is probable that the boys played basketball, baseball, and track.  The coaches names and team records are needed.  Also needed are the team colors, fight song, and team nickname.

Other activities such as proms, dances, class plays, farmer’s institutes, and various clubs may have been a part of the Eddyville High School experience as well.  We are hopeful an area fan or alumni can help us with this information.

Do YOU Have Any Further Information?

If you have any information you would like to add to the Eddyville High School page please send it to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net .  A photo of the high school building would be greatly appreciated.  You can also write to us via real mail at:

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