The History of Geff High School
Geff ( Jeffersonville ) – population 366 – is located in Lamard Township in central Wayne County , about 7 miles northwest of Fairfield. The village is accessed by two county roads and also is (or was) served by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The information below is primarily from Laurie Selpien’s excellent genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/ website.
Geff is unique in that the town is known entirely by its own nickname. The town was platted in the 1850’s as Jeffersonville , and was incorporated under this name in 1907. However, confusion with the larger Indiana town of the same name caused many problems with the post office and the railroad. At some point, the railroad began calling the station “Geff”. In 1917, the post office was also officially re-named. Today, the town is known entirely as Geff, although the incorporated name has never been changed.
A four-room wooden school building was built in Geff around 1890. Three rooms were used for school, with the fourth room initially used as a Masonic hall. Later a brick building was constructed.
The Geff school offered high school classes (likely a 2 or 3-year high school), probably between the 1920’s and 1940’s. A picture from 1934 shows about 15 high school students, which may have been the entire student body at that time.
Geff students today attend Fairfield High School, but the community has maintained its own elementary school district (Geff CCSD #14). Enrollment in 2007 is around 110 students in grades K-8. A picture of the current school on the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce website seems to indicate the presence of an older school building in the background – this may be the Geff H. S. building.
More information is needed on activities, sports, etc. at Geff High School