The History of Franklin Grove High School
Franklin Grove (population 1,052) is located in north-central Lee County in the eastern part of north-central Illinois. The town is located about seven miles east of Dixon. Illinois Route 38 is the main roadway to and from town. Interstate Highway 88 runs just to the south of town. The Chicago Northwestern Railroad travels alongside Route 38. Franklin Creek flows through the northwest side of Franklin Grove.
An incredibly informative website regarding Franklin Grove is available at http://www.franklingroveil.org/welcom2.htm. The history of the town and activities currently offered there are all documented on the site. In summary the area Franklin Grove is now located on was first settled in the 1830s. The village began to take shape in 1849. In 1857 it was incorporated as a village in the state of Illinois.
By 1870 a solid school system was established. There was even a classroom of “higher learning” which eludes to offering high school courses. By 1923 Franklin Grove had established an effective and respected high school offering a wide variey of extra-curricular activities.
The early 1950s brought consolidation talks between Franklin Grove High School and its neighbor Lee Center High School. This effort was finalized in 1956. The new district was called the Franklin Center School District. The high school for the new district was located in Franklin Grove.
The commemorative plate above belongs to Mike Pacione. The rear of the plate reads:
Made in Austria for J.D. Sitts
Franklin Grove Illinois”
If anyone has any information regarding Mr. Sitts or this plate please contact the Glory Days staff via the means listed below.
The fate of the original Franklin Grove High School is being sought. For more information on Franklin Grove High School please visit http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/leeschoolfranklin.html .
Franklin Grove High School Quick Facts
Year HS courses offered: 1870
Year HS merged with Lee Center HS: 1956
New District name: Franklin Center School District
Franklin Grove HS team nickname: unavailable
FGHS team colors: unavailable
School Fight Song: unavailable