The History of Farina High School
Farina (population 558) is located in southern Illinois in southeastern Fayette County. The Illinois Routes of 185 and 37 intersect in town. Interstate Highway 57 passes by just east of town. The East Fork of the Kaskaskia River flows through town. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad also passes through town.
The history of Farina and its high school prior to the merger into Farina LaGrove HS is in need of research. We know that the village of Farina supported a school system which included its own high school beginning in the late 1800s or early 1900s. We know that the Farina school district merged with the La Clede and Long Grove township school districts in 1942 (possibly earlier). This merger created the Farina LaGrove School District. The Farina LaGrove School District merged with the Kinmundy-Alma School District in 1990 to create Farina South Central School District.
The kids of Farina continue to attend school in Farina as part of the South Central School District. Any informaion about the history of the town of Farina and its former Farina High School is welcome.
Farina High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s / early 1900s
Year consolidated: 1942 (possibly earlier)
Became known as: Farina La Grove High School
Now known as: Farina South Central High School
Farina HS team nickname: unavailable
Farina HS team colors: unavailable
Farina HS Fight Song:: unavailable
Farina High School probably offered boys sports of baseball, track, and baskeball. In fact the boys basketball team won one District title in 1929. We are in need of information on these sports including the team nickname, uniform colors, conference affiliation, and coaches names.
Farina High School won one District title before its merger with La Clede and Long Grove townships. The coach’s name and team record is not known. Some of the Farina High School basketball results fromt he IHSA tournament were located on the web address of https://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/ and are listed below.
1922 Centralia District Tourney – Farina Finished 2nd!
1st Round – beat Beecher City 41 – 10
2nd Round – beat Coulterville 40 – 11
Semi-Final – beat Trenton 20 – 10
Title game – lost to Centralia 55 – 15
1928-29 District Champions
1929 Pana Sectional Tournament
1st Round – lost to Gillespie 43 – 22
1935 Vandalia District Tournament
1st Round – beat Patoka 34 – 19
2nd Round – lost to Greenville 39 – 22
1936 Effingham Regional Tournament
1st Round – beat Windsor 23 – 19
Semi-final – lost to Teutopolis 20 – 15
1937 Salem Regional Tournament
1st Round – lost to Flora 35 – 16
1942 Sandoval Regional Tournament
1st Round – beat Carlysle St. Mary 39 – 22
2nd Round – lost to Centralia 51 – 14
We are also interested in items and activities that made Farina High School unique. Band, chorus, plays, meetings, clubs, and dances were likely all a part of the Farina High School experience. If you have knowledge of these please write and share them with us.
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Photos and information regarding the former Farina High School can be e-mailed to us at email@example.com. You can also send items to us at:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il. 60631