|Greenwood High School Building|
The History of Greenwood High School
Greenwood (population 244) in located on far northeastern Illinois in the central portion of McHenry County. Greenwood is situated on County Road V24, also known as Greenwood Road, on the outer limits of the town of Wonder Lake, about 4 miles northeast of Woodstock. The Nippersink Creek flows just to the south of Greenwood.
A nice history of the town of Greenwood can be found at the web address of http://history.rays-place.com/il/mch-greenwood.htm . In summary this article states that the town of Greenwood was platted in the 1840s. During its early days it was being considered as the possible county seat, however this opportunity never materialized. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Illinois) the town was not officially incorporated until April of 1995.
The history of Greenwood High School and the Greenwood school system is in need of research. We were advised of its existence through research conducted by our long-time fan and contributor, Roberta VanBriesen McKisk. Roberta found an article that was written about McHenry County schools. This short clip was found in the article:
“Greenwood School–circa 1859–…This is a post Civil War structure. It is a two story building with Federal brick styling. First through eighth grades were on the first floor and high school was on the second floor. It was used continuously until 1948–continuously for 89 years. The structure is original except for the front doors.”
A short article regarding the picture of the school shown above is available at the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission web address of http://mchhpc.org/greenwood.html . This article describes the building and adds that it is now used as a private residence.
We would guess that high school courses were started in the late 1800s to very early 1900s. Like many other small schools, it is likely that Greenwood High School was closed in 1948. The kids of Greenwood today likely attend Woodstock North High School.
Greenwood High School Quick Facts
Year school opened: 1859
Year HS classes started: late 1800s / early 1900s
Year school closed: 1948
Consolidated to: Woodstock School District
School team nickname: unavailable
School team colors: unavailable
School Fight Song: unavailable
Greenwood High School probably offered basketball, baseball, and track for its male students and possibly cheerleading for the ladies. We could not find evidence of any IHSA hardware won by the teams or athletes. If you have any information regarding the athletic successes of Greenwood High School please read below and forward the information to us.
Extra Curricular Activities
Did Greenwood High School offer band, student council, chorus, or any other activities for its students? Was it a two, three, or four-year high school? If you have any information regarding this area, let us know as well.
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