Ferrin High School

The History of Ferrin High School

Ferrin (population approximately 200) is located in southwestern Illinois in the east-central portion of Clinton County. County Highway 3 is the main roadway to and from Ferrin, connecting it to U. S. Route 50 less than 1 mile to the north. Ferrin is located on the CSX Transportation Railroad line. Ferrin is about 8 miles east of Carlyle and 11 miles northwest of Centralia.

A brief article regarding the history of Ferrin can be located at the web address of http://clintonilgenweb.net/history/1913commer/ferrin.htm . In essence, the village was platted along the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad line. In 1913 the population was 70, and there were five businesses.

The history of Ferrin High School is need of further reswearch. We can only guess, based on similar-sized towns of the era, that Ferrin High School was started in the early 1920s. It is likely that Ferrin was a two or three-year high school that closed in the late 1940s. We know that the kids of Ferrin today attend school in nearby Carlyle.

Ferrin High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                     1920s?

Year closed:                      1940s?

Consolidated to:                 Carlyle High School

Ferrin HS team nickname:   ??

Ferrin HS team colors:        ??

School Fight Song:             ??


We are certain the boys of Ferrin High competed in basketball. It is possible that baseball and track were offered too. We are in need of the “quick facts” information for Ferrin High School including the team nickname, uniform colors, and fight song. Season records and coaches names are also being sought.


We know by reviewing past IHSA Tournament scores posted on the web address of http://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/ that Ferrin High School competed in IHSA District Tournaments in the 1940s. The following FHS basketball score was located on this site.

1945 District Tournament @ Odin

Beckemeyer 46, Ferrin 36

If you have any further information regarding Ferrin High School athletics please contact us via the means listed below.


It is probable that Ferrin High School students also participated in clubs and plays. FHA, FFA, GAA, and many other activities were probably a large part of the Ferrin High School experience.


If you have any further information, especially a photo of the former HS building, please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or write to us at:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, Il.   60631

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