Flanagan High School “Falcons”

Flanagan High School Building
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                                        The History of Flanagan High School

Flanagan (population 1,100) is located in central Illinois in Livingston County, about 30 miles north of Bloomington-Normal, along Illinois Route 116 (aka Falcon Highway). The community was formed in 1880 by three brothers, Edward, Patrick, and Peter Flanagan, whose land was used to plot the town. Flanagan was also situated along a railroad line for the Illinois Central between Kankakee and Minonk that was beneficial in shipping quite a bit of grain from some of the finest farmland in the Midwest.

Education in the area began as early as 1856 in Nebraska Township in the western part of Livingston County called Bureau School, which was named after settlers who had moved there from Bureau County in Illinois. J.A. Dakin was the teacher of that first school, The original Flanagan High School was opened as a two-year school in 1900, and became a four-year school at a later date.

The first class graduated in 1902, which included Louella Zook, Julia Cohn, Ola Jane Litchfield, Ernest Pearson, John Van Doren, Orville Talbott, and Grover Daniels. In 1925, the school was moved into a building that was previously occupied by the grade school that had been built in 1890, then moved into the building seen at the top of this page in 1941. Over time, the junior high school and grade school wings were added to the building to house students from K-12. In addition, a swimming pool was added to the complex in 1975-76.

Flanagan has had a close relationship with neighboring Cornell. In the fall of 1987, high school students from the latter community started attending Flanagan when Cornell deactivated its school due to financial issues. A high school board of education continued to operate in both communities, until it was decided in a vote of both communities in February 2008 to annex the high school from Cornell and allow the grade school in Cornell to operate under a separate board of education. As a result, the new district is called Flanagan-Cornell High School, and its’ district number is 74 (the adding of the two former district numbers: 70 from Cornell, 4 from Flanagan).


Year first opened (as a 2-yr school):  1900

First graduation:                              1902 (7 students)

Moved into newer building:                1925

More recent building completed:        1941

Year renamed Flanagan-Cornell:        2008

School colors:                                 Orange & Black

School nickname:                            “Falcons”

School song:                                  “FHS Loyalty”

Lyrics Provided by AMY (ZEHR) ALBI

                                                   We’re loyal to you, FHS!

                                                   We’ll always be true, FHS!

                                                   Our team is the best,

                                                   And we’ll fight with the zest

                                                   That spells victory to you, FHS!

                                                  So here’s to the orange and the black

                                                  With spirit that we’ll never lack!

                                                  We’ll fight to the end for you,

                                                  Our will is not ”die” but “do”

                                                  So victory to you, FHS!

                                            SHA HEE, SHA HAH, SHA HAH, HAH, HAH!

                                                       FLANAGAN HIGH SCHOOL

                                                              RAH, RAH, RAH!          

Flanagan Football Field
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Home of the Falcons


Flanagan was a charter member of the Midstate Conference when it formed in December 1948 along with ChenoaCornellEl PasoFairburyGridley, Lexington, and Minonk-Dana. Over time, some of the members changed but the competition level was consistant as the Falcons and their fellow members hooked up in some memorable contests over the years. The conference later closed shop in 2006 and most of its members (Flanagan included) joined up with the Heart of Illinois Conference, continuing with the same rivalries and starting new ones as well.

Most of the information you will see below about the Falcons’ athletic endeavors starts with the spring of 1949, thanks to information from Midstate Conference historian Merlin Haas of El Paso in a book he compiled in 1999 called “The Midstate Conference Reference Book: 1949 to 1999:  Celebrating 50 Years of Athletic Excellence.” There are gaps in some sports that need to be updated as you read this page on Flanagan, and we encourage anyone who may know more to contact us with updated information to make this listing as accurate as possible.

Flanagan offered football, basketball, baseball, and track to its students, and also had wrestling, golf, and swimming (on a co-op basis with nearby Pontiac) for the boys. The girls had volleyball, basketball, softball, track, and golf, and also co-oped with Pontiac for swimming and cross-country. Also, the school was involved in several co-op agreements with Streator Woodland which was beneficial to both schools in those sports.


The Falcons enjoyed success on the gridiron as the first school to be crowned state champions in the first-ever Class 1A playoffs in 1974, and were competitive in the Midstate Conference as well as the Heart of Illinois Conference, winning or sharing at least seven titles since 1949. During that time, the school made 12 appearances in the playoffs, the last two with Streator Woodland as part of a co-op agreement. Here’s a look at some of the better teams in school history:

1949        8-1   Midstate Champions                    Coach Noble Arnold

1956        5-4                                                          Coach Stan Olson

1957        6-2                                                          Coach William Booker

1960                Midstate Sportsmanship Award      coach unknown

1961        7-1   Shared Midstate title w/Chenoa  Coach Dean Puyear

1963        5-1-2                                                       Coach Dean Puyear 

1964        5-2-1                                                       Coach Dean Puyear

1965        5-2-1                                                       Coach Dean Puyear

1966        6-2                                                          Coach Dean Puyear

1967        5-3                                                          Coach Dean Puyear

1968        7-1    Midstate Champions                   Coach Bill Farrell

                         Midstate Sportsmanship Award Winner  

1970        6-1-1 Midstate Champions                   Coach Gary Close

1971        5-3                                                          Coach Rick Shemansky

1973        6-2-1                                                       Coach Roger Zehr

1974      12-0    1A STATE CHAMPIONS!!           Coach Roger Zehr

                          Midstate Champions

                           Shutout Cullom Tri-Point 56-0 in first round

                           Downed Stronghurst Southern 46-12 in quarterfinals

                           Beat Genoa-Kingston 37-7 in semifinals

                           Edged Concord Triopia 13-8 in title game

Flanagan 1A State Football Champs
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Front row: Mark Harms, Richard Hillman, Rodney Bertsche, Larry Bertsche, Phil Yordy, Kevin Anderson, Tim Kruger, Steve Cray, and Scott Birkey.

Second row: Head Coach Roger Zehr, Dirk Anderson, Kevin Bertsche, Gregg Gundy, Kent Schwerin, Brent Rocke, Dave Anderson, Curt Roeschley, assistant coach Roger Smith, and assistant coach Harrison Park.

Top row: Todd Birkey, Maurie Duffy, Craig Smith, John McDowell, Pat Renken, Jim Braksick, Jim Knight, Doug Saxton, Gregg Albertson, and Alan Collins.

1975        5-4                                                        Coach Roger Zehr

1976        6-3                                                        Coach Roger Zehr

1978        7-2                                                        Coach Roger Zehr

1981        5-4                                                        Coach Paul Crego

1982        7-2                                                        Coach Brent Ehresman

1983        5-4                                                        Coach Brent Ehresman

1984        8-2    Shared Midstate title w/El Paso   Coach Brent Ehresman

                          State 1A Playoff Qualifiers

                           Lost to Bloomington Central Catholic in first round, 34-0

1985        7-3    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Jerry Pohl

                           Lost to Piper City Ford Central 28-6 in first round

1995        7-4    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Paul Crego

                           Edged Oneida ROWVA in first round, 14-13

Lost to Sciota Northwestern in second round, 34-8

1996        5-4                                                        Coach Paul Crego

1997        7-3    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Paul Crego

Lost to Toulon Stark County in first round, 30-8

1998        5-4                                                        Coach Paul Crego

1999        8-3    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Paul Crego

                          Shutout Jacksonville Routt 42-0 in first round

Lost to Virden in second round, 32-22

2001        5-5    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Jay Brainard

Lost to Concord Triopia 41-0 in first round

2002        5-5    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Ted O’Boyle

Edged by Bismarck-Henning in first round, 33-32 in 2 OT

2003        6-5    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Ted O’Boyle

                            Beat Monmouth Yorkwood in first round, 25-21

                            Defeated by Annawan in second round, 21-14 (O/T)

2004        8-3    State 1A Playoff Qualifiers       Coach Ted O’Boyle

                            Got by Leroy in first round, 20-14

Defeated by Tuscola in second round, 44-38 (O/T)

As Flanagan-Woodland-Cornell (FWC) Co-Op

2006        8-3     State 1A Playoff Qualifiers      Coach Ted O’Boyle

                           Edged Colfax Ridgeview 12-7 in first round

Shutout by Alden-Hebron in second round, 27-0

2007      11-1     Heart of Illinois Conf. Champs  Coach Ted O’Boyle

                            Downed Watseka 28-21 in first round

                            Beat Clifton Central 42-6 in second round

Eliminated by Orion in quarterfinals, 35-7


The Falcons flew high to be atop the Midstate Conference standings, either winning or sharing the conference championship 11 times, and taking eight regional titles. Two teams made a run for the Class A state championship, taking home the second place trophy in 1983, led by seven-footer Bill Braksick and Matt Schwerin.

1949-50                                                                                                         coach unknown

1950-51                                                                                                         Coach Bill Poorbaugh

1951-52                                                                                                        Coach Bob Weldy

1952-53    14-  9                                                          Coach Bob Weldy

1953-54                                                                       Coach Bob Weldy

1954-55    17-  9                                                          Coach Bob Weldy

1955-58                                                                       Coach Bob Weldy

1958-59    15-  8   District Champions                      Coach Bill Booker

1959-60    16-  5   Midstate Champions                    Coach Bill Booker

1960-61    18-  5   (good record)                                Coach Don Holler

1961-62                                                                        Coach Don Holler

1962-63                Shared Midstate title w/Gridley   Coach Don Holler

1963-64    13-10                                                          Coach Don Holler

1964-65    19-  4   Midstate Champions                    Coach Don Holler

1965-66    12-11                                                          Coach Ron Wimpy

1966-67    14-10                                                          Coach Ron Johnson

1967-68    17-  7   Midstate Champions                    Coach Ron Johnson

1968-69    19-  7   Shared Midstate title w/Gridley   Coach Ron Johnson 

1969-70    15-10                                                          Coach Jerry McGreal

1970-74                                                                       Coach Jerry Landrem

1974-75    13-10                                                          Coach Roger Smith

1975-76                                                                       Coach Roger Smith

1976-77    12-10                                                          Coach Roger Smith

1977-78    14-11   Regional Champions                   Coach Roger Smith

                              Lost to DePue 54-50 in Wenona Sectional semifinals

1978-80                                                                                                                 Coach Roger Smith

1980-81    22-  6   Co-Midstate chps w/Lexington   Coach Roger Smith

Regional Champions

Lost to Manito Forman 38-37 in Normal U-High Sectional semifinals


1981-82    27-  3   CLASS A ELITE 8 FINALISTS     Coach Jerry Pohl

                              Midstate Champions

                               Regional Champions

                                Sectional Champions

                                 Defeated Cissna Park 60-40 at Pontiac Supersectional

                                  Lost to Herscher 51-36 in state quarterfinals

1982-83    30-  1   2nd IN CLASS A STATE              Coach Jerry Pohl

                               Midstate Champions (undefeated at 14-0)

                               Regional Champions

                               Sectional Champions

                               Pontiac Super-Sectional

                               Defeated Hoopeston-East Lynn 87-60

                               Elite 8

                               Downed Tiskilwa in quarterfinals, 51-33

                               Final 4 

                               Got by McLeansboro in semifinals, 39-34

                               Title Game

                               Lost to Lawrenceville in title game, 44-39

1982-83 Flanagan boys’ basketball–2nd in Class A
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Front row: Jim Mallory, Tim Tuftie, Brad Wiechman, Dan Perry, Brian Gundy,

Scott Reese, and Rob Roeschley.

Back row: Scott Gerig, Matt Schwerin, Lee Ringenberg, Bill Braksick, Gary Carstens,

Jim Tarmann, and Head Coach Jerry Pohl.

1983-84                                                                    Coach Jerry Pohl

1984-85    17-  9                                                       Coach Jerry Pohl

1985-86    14-11                                                       Coach Jerry Pohl

1986-87    13-  9                                                       Coach Jerry Pohl

1987-88    27-  2     Regional Champs                    Coach Mark Harms 

                                 Midstate Champions

1988-89    20-  8                                                       Coach Mark Harms

1989-90                                                                    Coach Mark Harms

1990-91    19-10     Regional Champs                    Coach Mark Harms

1991-92    26-  3     Regional Champs                    Coach Mark Harms

                                 Midstate Champs

1992-93    15-11                                                       coach unknown

1993-96                                                                    coach unknown

1996-97    14-11                                                       coach unknown

1998-99    15-14                                                       coach unknown

1999-00                                                                    coach unknown

2000-01                                                                    Coach Stote Reeder

2001-02    18-13                                                       Coach Stote Reeder

2002-03    26-  6     Regional Champs                    Coach Stote Reeder

2003-04    20-10                                                       Coach Stote Reeder

2004-05                                                                    Coach Stote Reeder

2005-06                                                                    Coach John Hughs

2006-07    12-15     Last season as Flanagan          Coach John Hughs

Three-time All-Conference picks

Jerry Bertsche—1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60

Jim Braksick—1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75 (first team all three seasons)

Bill Braksick—1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83 (unanimous first team all three seasons)

John Harrison—1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86

Brian Van Weelden—1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93


On the cinder track, the Falcons won five Midstate Conference meets while it was held from 1949-1987, and produced several medal winners on the

podium at the state track finals, plus had several athletes win more than three conference championships in the events they participated in.

1919B            Individual Medalist

                        Alvin Park     4th place-220 dash

1949              2nd in Midstate Meet

1950              Mid-State Champs                   Coach Noble Arnold

                         Flanagan edged Chenoa for the title, 44-41

1952              2nd in Midstate Meet

1958              2nd in Midstate Meet

1959              2nd in Midstate Meet

1966              Midstate Champs                     Coach Dean Puyear

1967              2nd in Midstate Meet (lost to El Paso, 71-66)

1968              Midstate Champs                     Coach Bill Farrell

                         Flanagan edged Lexington 64-61 in team standings

1969              2nd in Midstate Meet (lost to El Paso, 49.5 to 47.5)

1974              Midstate Champs                     Coach Roger Zehr

                         Held off Lexington 53 to 50.5

1975A            Midstate Champs                    Coach Roger Zehr

                         Tied for 8th in State Class A Meet

Team Standings

1   Maple Park Kaneland         34

8   Stillman Valley                    8

Watseka                            8

Clifton Central                     8

Mt. Sterling Brown Co.        8

Flanagan                          8

Individual Medalist

Jim Braksick    120-yard high hurdles—3rd place

                                                 High jump———————3rd place

                                                 330-yard low hurdles—–4th place

1985                2nd in Midstate Meet

1990A            Individual Medalist

                        Scott Lay           300-meter low hurdles—4th place

                                                   100-meter low hurdles—8th place

2000A            Individual Medalist

                        Don Winterrowd   High jump—————–7th place

Three-time Conference champs (or more)

Larry Johnson—440 dash in 1958; 440 dash & pole vault in 1959

Tom Saxton—shotput in 1959 & 1960 as well as discus in 1960

Loren Vissering—part of mile relay in 1960, 1961, & 1962, won 880 in 1961

Rex Petrie—880 & mile run in 1966; repeated in same events in 1967

Bruce Bertsche—100, 220, and part of 880 relay in 1968

Greg Gundy—100 in 1974, 100 & part of 440 relay in 1975

Jim Braksick—high jump in 1973; 440, 120 high hurdles, triple jump,

& high jump in 1974; 120 high hurdles, 330 low hurdles, high jump,

& long jump in 1975 (9 in all!)

Greg Albertson—part of mile relay in 1974; 440, part of 400 relay &

mile relay in 1975; part of mile relay in 1976

Tom Krueger—440 & part of mile relay in 1976; 400 in 1979

Bill Braksick—discus champ in 1981, 1982, & 1983

John Harrison—high jump & pole vault in 1984; pole vault in 1985

Bruce Bertsche—100 & part of 800 relay in 1985; 100, 200, long jump,

& part of 400 relay in 1986

NOTE: Jim Braksick went on to win 16 varsity letters at Flanagan, four each

in track, baseball, basketball, and football. Following high school, he went onto Illinois Wesleyan University and today is an assistant superintendent of curriculum with the Unit 5 School District in Normal.


Flanagan participated on the diamonds of Central Illinois, sometimes with Midstate schools only, although were some years when the school didn’t

field a team. The Falcons did win a couple of conference titles and won a

1A regional title in its final season when it co-oped with Streator Woodland

as WFC. In some cases, names of coaches are unknown, as are complete

win-loss records. We invite anyone who may have complete information to

contact us to make this listing accurate.

1949-50           No teams

1951          0-  2 (incomplete)

1952          0-  3 (incomplete)

1953          0-  3 (incomplete)

1954          3-  2

1955          1-  4

1956-58     No teams

1959          1-  4 (incomplete)

1960          0-  4 (incomplete)

1961          2-  2 (incomplete)

1962          3-  3

1963          2-  6

1964          8-  8                                               Coach Don Holler

1965        10-  2                                               Coach Don Holler

1966          7-  1   Midstate Champions         Coach Ron Wimpy

1967          7-  2

1968-77     Records unknown, but participated in conference tournament each year

1978          2-  1 (incomplete)

1979          1-  2 (incomplete)

1980          1-  5

1981          1-  4 (incomplete)

1982          3-  8

1983          0-  3

1984          2-  6

1985          2-  8

1986          6-  5

1987          4-  6

1988          3-11

1989          7-  8

1990          1-13

1991          1-13

1992          0-16

1993          1-13

1994          3-13

1995        10-  6

1996          5-12

1997        18-  6  Midstate Champions          Coach Mark Post

1998        15-  4  (good record!)

1999          5-22

2000-2007 records unknown


As Streator Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell (WFC) Co-Op


2008        14-14  1A Regional Champions    Coach John Brown

Lost 3-2 to Granville Putnam Co. in 16 innings of the sectional title game at Gardner-South Wilmington


The Lady Falcons were players in the sport from the time that the conference offered tournament, which also transcended into how competitive the Midstate Conference was about bumping, setting, and spiking the ball over the net. Marilyn Berge was head coach for a number of years at Flanagan as the sport got started, then Kari Harms kept the program going towards the forefront in its latter years. The school won seven regionals, one district, two seciionals, a fourth place finish at the 2006 state finals, and three conference titles between 1975-2006.

1975-76                    District Champions                  Coach Marilyn Berge

2nd in Midstate Tournament

1976-77                    2nd in Midstate Tournament      Coach Marilyn Berge

1977                                                                            Coach Marilyn Berge

1978                         3rd in Midstate Tournament       Coach Marilyn Berge

1979                         2nd in Midstate Tournament      Coach Marillyn Berge

1980          9-  8                                                           Coach Marilyn Berge

1981          8-  8                                                           Coach Marilyn Berge

1982        15-  7     Co-Midstate Champs w/Gridley Coach Marilyn Berge

1983        16-11-1  Regional Champions                  Coach Marilyn Berge

                               Midstate Champions                 

1984        20-  4-3  Supersectional Finalists            Coach Marilyn Berge

                               Regional Champions

                                Sectional Champions

                                 Midstate Champions

1985-88                                                                      Coach Marilyn Berge

1989        19-  6     Midstate Champions                    Coach Marilyn Berge

1990        16-10                                                          coach unknown

1991        15-11                                                          coach unknown

1992-93                                                                      coach unknown

1994        18-16     Midstate Tourney Champs           coach unknown

1995-99                                                                      Coach Kari Harms

2000        21-12                                                          Coach Kari Harms

2001        20-  9                                                          Coach Kari Harms

2002        28-  3     Regional Champions                 Coach Kari Harms

2003                     Regional Champions                  Coach Kari Harms

2004        32-  3     Regional Champions                 Coach Kari Harms

2005        34-  3     Regional Champions                 Coach Kari Harms

2006        33-  9     4th in State Class A Finals        Coach Kari Harms

                               Regional Champions

                                Sectional Champions

                                 Supersectional Winners

                                  Beat Sciota West Prairie 25-23, 25-20 in Elite 8

Lost to Breese Central in semifinals, 25-10, 25-17

Defeated by Harvard for third place, 25-11, 25-21

The Falcon Gymnasium
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Home to some great basketball and volleyball
2007-08 Class 1A State Champions
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Front row: Emily Gundy, Anna Delheimer, Addie Girard, Lanie Viti, Courtney Starkey, and Katie Spaniol.

Back row: Assistant Coach Kelli Stanley, Anna Jones, Renee Schneider, Taylor Wheat, Jamie Russow, Caitlyn Jones, and Head Coach Ron Spencer.


The Lady Falcons showed Central Illinois that they could play some hoops during the winter months around Central Illinois. They had co-op agreements with Gridley from 1994 until 2003 and with Streator Woodland during the final year of the high school’s existence as Flanagan, winning the 2007-08 1A State title (as evidenced by the photo above), led by the Jones twins, Anna and Caitlyn. Here’s a look at the better seasons compiled:

1979-80                    First year in conference          coach unknown

1980-81        13-  4                                                coach unknown

1982-83        15-  3                                                coach unknown

1990-91        16-  6                                                coach unknown

1991-92        14-  8                                                coach unknown

As Flanagan-Gridley Co-Op

1994-95        13-10                                                coach unknown

2000-01        15-  9                                                Coach Jeff Sprouse

2002-03        19-  9    Regional Champions           Coach Jeff Sprouse

As Flanagan

2003-04        18-  7                                                Coach Jeff Sprouse

2004-05        20-  7                                                Coach Jeff Sprouse

2005-06        29-  5    4th in Class A                       Coach Jeff Sprouse

                                   Stanford Olympia Regional Champions

                                     Bloomington Central Catholic Sectional Champions

                                      Beat St. Joseph-Ogden in Bloomington Supersectional. 48-42

                                       Defeated Spring Valley Hall in quarterfinals, 75-62

                                       Lost to Okawville in semifinals, 45-43

Downed by Carthage in third place game, 73-57

2006-07       26 –  5    Regional Champions           Coach Brad Harmon


As Flanagan-Streator Woodland-Cornell (FWC) Co-Op

2007-08       28-  9     1A STATE CHAMPS!!!          Coach Ron Spencer  

                                    Heart of Illinois Conference Champs

                                     Flanagan Regional Champions

                                      Gilman Iroquois West Sectional Champions

                                       Decatur Supersectional Winners over Tuscola, 53-32

                                        Held off Jacksonville Routt in semifinals, 45-42

                                        Edged Newark 62-60 in title game in overtime

NOTES: Anna Jones was named an All-Stater and received USA Today‘s National Player of the Week honors for her efforts in the state finals, scoring 57 points in the two games (36 in the title game). Anna wound up as the school’s career scoring leader, and was one of four players in school history to score at least 1,000 points or more in a Lady Falcon uniform. The other three were Brittany Leonard, Megan Laughlin, and Caitlyn Jones.  


Flanagan joined the ranks of schools offering softball in the spring of 1984, and competed with the rest of the Midstate schools. In its final season, the school joined forces with Streator Woodland to co-op. The best of Flanagan’s win-loss records is listed below. Names of coaches are needed.

1984             First year

1991    9-  5  Second in Midstate Conference

1993    6-  6

1994   11- 7

As Streator Woodland-Flanagan Co-op

2008                                                           Coach Jim Jobst


In the first year that the sport was held, Flanagan’s girls won the conference meet and competed for it until it was ended in 1897. Several girls also were fortunate enough to win at three titles for the Orange & Black at the Midstate meet. Here’s a look at some of their top team finishes.

1975    Midstate Conference Champions                   Coach Marilyn Berge

**880 Relay Team Placed 4TH at IHSA State Meet

       Linda Stalter, Ruth Eisenbraun, Becky Stalter, Amy Zehr

1976    Third in Midstate Meet

1977    Fourth in Midstate Meet

1979    Fourth in Midstate Meet

1984    Fourth in Midstate Meet

2005    Medalists at IHSA Class ‘A’ State Meet

           4 X 800 Meter Relay                                   4TH Place

           Megan Laughlin       Triple Jump              5TH Place

2006    Medalist at IHSA Class ‘A’ State Meet

           Megan Laughlin    Triple Jump                 3RD Place  

Three-time all-conference champions

Linda Stalter—220, long jump, and part of 880 relay in 1975

Rosie Stalter–200 low hurdles in 1982 & 1983; 100 high hurdles in 1983

Debbie Sims–Discus in 1984, 1985, 1986; shotput in 1985


Flanagan had its share of activities for students who had other talents tro share, such as student council, scholastic bowl, band, and chorus. Over a ten-year period from 1952-61, the school won the state district Class D music sweepstakes titles six times. Band director Richard Schultz and vocal director Oscar Roth help guide the music department to titles in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1961.


As you can tell, we do have a sizable body of information about the history of Flanagan High School, but we could use more information to complete our listing. Items such as complete win-loss records in certain seasons that are shown as incomplete, information about boys’ sports prior to 1949, and words to the school song would be helpful to us. Please contact us at dr.veeman@gmail.com or send it thru the mail to the following address:

Illinois High School Glory Days

6439 North Neva

Chicago, IL  60631

Flanagan softball diamond
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Flanagan baseball diamond
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