The History of Harmon High School
Harmon, Illinois is located 3 miles south of United States Route 30 on Harmon Road in western Lee County in Northwest Illinois. It is about eight miles in between Dixon and Sterling-Rock Falls as the crow flies. The hamlet of Harmon has just a little over 100 people residing there and was served by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (later Burlington Northern) until the mid-1980’s. The tracks are now gone, but there is still a couple of empty downtown buildings as well as a tavern and a couple of grain elevators.
The origin of the school system in Harmon is in need of research. The school was located on the northeastern corner of Harmon Road and “Main Street” (Sterling Road). The origins date back to 1854. The people of Harmon kept their school until the plans of state-wide consolidation efforts were agreeable with the town. In 1948, the high school students were bused to Amboy High School to the east. The school building may have served for an Elementary purpose before ceasing.
From Roberta Van Briesen:
“Harmon School was located on Harmon Rd. North of Sterling Rd. on the East side of the road in Harmon Twp.
On April 1, 1861, a new district was formed. It would be known as District #3 but would later be known as Harmon School District #12. The building, fourteen by twenty feet was built and equipped for the use of a school. The building would be used as a church by the Latter Day Saints and also for several other functions over the years.
In 1869, a new building was built north of the original building. In 1869, that building was sold. A new school was built that was later destroyed by fire. A new brick school was built in 1900. (Source: Illinois Historical Society, Jan 1918 issue) (this issue is quoted a lot in the book)
Harmon School District dissolved and was annexed to Amboy CUD #272 in 1956. The school operated as an attendance center for District #272.”
Today, the building is used as an apartment complex. For more information on Harmon High School please go to http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/leeschoolharmon.html .
Harmon High School “Quick Facts”:
Year schools organized: 1854
Year HS closed: 1948
Deactivated to: Amboy School District
Building Status: Apartment complex
School Colors: Unknown
School Mascot: Unknown
School Song: Unknown