(Granville) Hopkins Township HS “Hornets”

Granville Hopkins High School
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The History of Granville Hopkins High School

Granville (population 1,414) is located in north-central Illinois in northeastern Putnam County. The town is located on Illinois Route 71 just west of Illinois Route 89. The Conrail Railroad passes through town as does two branches of the Allforks Creek.

The history of Granville is in need of more extensive research. A great deal of information was sent to us by the Hopkins High School Alumni Association at the request of Mr. Harold Maulfair. The information in summary, is as follows:

Hopkins Township High School in Granville was created in 1916 by the voters of the communitites of Granville, Standard, and Mark. It was not until 1917, however that the school was official recognized as a Township High School. Classes began that fall in the Granville Grade School building, however, later moved to the second floor of the post office. This was done while construction had started on the new Hopkins Township High School building. The $40,000 building was constructed on the north side of Granville. It was finished and occupied in December of 1918. If the Class of 1916-17 is counted as part of the Hopkins High School graduating classes, than Hopkins High would go on to graduate exactly 50 senior classes (1,329 students) in her rich history. The Class of 1965-66 would be HTHS’ final graduating class as a consolidation effort with Magnolia-Swaney High School brought forth the newly created Putnam County School District.

The Hopkins High School had many unique attributes including a pergola and colonade on the west side of the building. This was replaced in 1950 with a new gymnasium. Some less-than-nostalgic thinking in the mid-1970’s saw a grade school structure built in front of the Hopkins High School building, blocking its beloved stately look. This led to the Hopkins Township High School building eventually being relegated to storage use only. Weather, elements, time, and lack of use saw the building eventually fall into a sad state of disrepair. In 1998, it was decided to demolish the the once thriving and memorable building. June 23rd of 1998 saw the beginning of the building’s destruction by a professional wrecking crew.

The only building of the original structure that was spared was what was known as “the old garage.” This building was put to excellent usage as a museum honoring the Hopkins High School history and memories of those who attended school there. Congratulations to the dedicated alumni of Hopkins High in their attempts to keep the memories of their school and their childhood days alive for generations to come.

Granville Hopkins High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                   1918

Year closed:                    1966

Consolidated to:               Putnam County High School (Granville)

School nickname:            “Hornets”

School colors:                 Green and White

School Fight Song:           unavailable

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Hopkins Athletic Letter


Granville Hopkins High offered boys’ basketball and track as well as, quite likely, baseball as a member of the Tri-County Conference. The Hornet boys excelled in the 1940’s. If you have any further information regarding the athletic program at GHHS, please send us an e-mail.

Boys’ Basketball

The Hopkins High School boys’ basketball team was on fire in the 1940’s! Overall, the team produced five Regional titles and two District titles. Between the years of 1940 and 1947, the boys were IHSA title winners in 6 of the 8 seasons they competed.  The years and titles won are listed below.

In addition, the Hornets also won seven Tri-County Conference Tournament titles and took second on three other occasions. Unfortunately, the team records and coaches’ names for these and other great Granville Hopkins High School teams are not available.

Hopkins HS Basketball Team of 1929
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One game in particular for Granville Hopkins High School will forever be recorded in the record books. On November 20, 1929, the Granville Hopkins boys basketball team lost a real squeaker to their rivals from Magnolia by a score of, are you ready for this, 1 – 0 !! This game is recognized by the IHSA (www.ihsa.org) as well as in the National Federation of State High School Associations Record Book as tied for the lowest scoring high school basketball game of all-time!!  A newspaper article regarding this historic game can be viewed below.

The photo to the right is of the team that played the school year of 1928-29.  Dino Paganelli, is seated in the front row, second from the left. Can you name any of the others?

1932-33         Tri-County Conf. Tourney Champs

1933-34         District Champions

                      Tri-County Conf. Tourney Champs

1934-35         Tri-County Conf. Tourney Champs

1935-36         Tri-County Conf. Tourney Champs

1936-37         Tri-County Conf. Tourney Champs

1937-38         Tri-County Conf. Tourney Champs

1939-40         Regional Champions        Coach Charles Diehr

                      Tri-County Conf. Tourney Runner-Ups

1940-41         Tri-County Conf. Tourney Champs

1941-42         Regional Champions

1942-43         Regional Champions

1943-44         District Champions

1944-45         Tri-County Conf. Tourney Runner-Ups

1945-46         Regional Champions

                      Tri-County Conf. Tourney Runner-Ups

1946-47         Regional Champions

The all-time scorer in Hornet history is Fran Aimone, who played from 1955-59. In four seasons, the 5’11” sharpshooter scored 1,473 points, 509 came in his final season (good for a 24.2 scoring average), and he set the single-game record with 51. Aimone also scored 30 or more points on seven occasions in his prep career, and started in 73 consecutive games for Hopkins. This information was found in a book titled “March Sadness: Broken Dreams and Unrewarded Talents” by Walter A. (Sonny) Ziel (published in 2003).

Boys Track & Field

“Field” was the key word for two Granville Hopkins HS boys. In consecutive years, Hopkins High was represented at the IHSA State Meet, with two individuals bringing home medals. Their great accomplishments are listed below.

1924-25    H. Fielder      Discus               “B” Meet STATE CHAMPION!!!!!

1925-26    ?  Strack       Long Jump        3RD PLACE

If You Have ANY Information….

…you would like to share regarding the many successful accompishments of Granville Hopkins High School please forward to us an e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net. You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.    60631

Hopkins High Yearbook
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Granville Hopkins vs. Magnolia
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1929 Historic Game
Granville Hopkins Gymnasium
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Granville Hopkins High School in Background
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Now Putnam County Hopkins Grade School

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