The History of Green Valley High School
Green Valley (population 728) is located in southern portion of Tazwell County approximately 10 miles south of Pekin. The main roadway leading to and through Green Valley is Illinois Route 29. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad curves its way through the town. The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad also passes by the western edge of town and a branch of the G. M. & O. Railroad runs by the eastern side of town.
Green Valley has a long and storied history of providing education for its children. The school system was probably started in the late 1800s. It continued for nearly 100 years until the late 1980s when consolidation talks with nearby Manito Forman High School took place. This consolidation took place in 1991 with the creation of the Midwest Central School District. Midwest Central High School was located in Manito. Green Valley has remained the home for the Midwest Central Elementary School for grades 6 – 8.
The building used now for the elementary school in Green Valley was an addition built in 1960 for the grade school, but it was connected to the high school gymnasium by a breezeway. The gymnasium is the only building still standing which was used for the High School, and it has since been completely renovated.
The official nickname of the high school was the “hornets” but the students often referred to themselves as the “green hornets.” Also, the colors were historically green and white, but gold was added to the green & white in 1976.
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Green Valley High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s
Year closed: 1991
School nickname: the “Hornets” or “Green Hornets”
School colors: Green, Gold, & White
School Fight Song: Fight Them Green Valley
Sung to the tune of “Anchor’s Aweigh.”
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Fight them Green Valley,
Fight them GV!
We know that you can win
A vic-to-ry for Green Val-ley!
So, roll up that score you boys,
Roll up that score!
Take them right down the floor and
Beat ’em boys! Beat ’em boys!
Ra, Ra, Ra!
Chanted after the song:
G,G, Gre, e,e, een
V,V, VAl, l,l,ley!
Oooooh Boy!, Oooooh Joy!
Green Valley, Illinois