Harvel High School

Harvel High School
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1921 – 1947

The History of Harvel High School

Harvel (population 235) is located in south central Illinois approximately 30 miles south of Springfield.  Harvel has the unique distinction of being located right over a county line.  The southwest half of Harvel is located in Christian County and the northeast half is located in Montgomery County.  Illinois Route 48 is the highway that leads you to and from Harvel and the Norfolk & Western Railroad runs beside Route 48.

The history of the Harvel School System is in need of research.  The most modern Harvel High School building was built in 1921. The high school closed in 1947. The kids of Harvel now attend school in nearby Raymond as part of the Lincolnwood School System.  There is no school in Harvel which serves the Lincolnwood system.

The fate of the original Harvel High School building is not known by the writer of this page.  If you have this information we are hopeful you will send us an e-mail (eganann@sbcglobal.net).

Harvel High School Quick Facts

Year opened:               late 1800s

Year building built:       1921

Year closed:                1947

School nickname:        unavailable

School colors:             unavailable

School Fight Song:      unavailable


There is not a lot of information available regarding the sports program at Harvel High. The only sport found on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org) is boys basketball which won a District Title in 1939.  We believe Harvel High School may have also offered boys baseball and track.  If you have information including personal stories of Harvel High’s history please share it with us.

Boys Basketball

Harvel High School earned a District Chamionship plaque in 1939.  Unfortunately the team’s record and coach’s name are not available.  If you have information regarding this and other great Harvel teams we would be greatful to hear from you.

1938-39        District Champions

Seeking Your Assistance…

regarding the many accomplishments of the townspeople and schools system of Harvel.  Sports, we are sure, were just a part of the experience.  We are especially interested in sharing a photo of the old High School building with the readers of this site.  You can e-mail photos and information to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or you can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St. 

Chicago, Il.   60631 

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