Hettick (population 182) is located in southeastern Illinios in northwestern Macoupin County. Illinois Route 111 travels through town and is intersected by County Road 9 in Hettick. The Solomon Creek flows through the north side of town. The town is named after one of its early founders, John Hettick. It was platted in 1882 and incorporated in 1892. A two room school house was built within the town limits in 1896.
It is thought that Hettick residents developed a four-year high school for its children in the early 1900s. The high school served the town of Hettick proudly until the late 1940s. The Northwestern School District of Macoupin County was established in 1948 (located in Palmyra) and lists Hettick as one of the towns that feed into it.
Sign Above Front Door of Hettick HS Bldg – 2010
“High School District 194 – 1931 (Photo taken by Dennis Downey)
The following information on the former Hettick High School was provided to us by April Connolly as told by her father:
“The original Hettick High School building was torn down. The “new” school building was constructed in 1931. (That is a date over the front entrace to the building.) Hettick High School consolidated into the Northwestern School District with Palmyra, Modesto and Scottville in 1948. The Hettick building was used as a grade school, as were the school buildings in Palmyra, Modesto and Scottville, until 1972 when the Northwestern Elementary School building was constructed. The building was then used as “Quad City Recreational Center” for basketball, volleyball and softball from the mid 70s to mid 80s.”
Hettick High School Quick Facts
Year opened: early 1900s
Year closed: 1948
Consolidated to: Northwestern School District (Palmyra)
School nickname: the “Hawks”
School colors: Black & Orange
School Fight Song: unavailable
It is a fact that Hettick High School competed in boys basketball. It is probable that track and baseball were also offered. This is the only information currently available regarding the Hettick High School ahtletic program.
The Hettick High School boys basketball team won a total of three District titles during their existence (www.ihsa.org). The records of the teams and their coach’s names are not known. We are hopeful a Hettick fan will help provide this information in the near future.
Several basketball scores involving Hettick High School in the IHSA State Tournament were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason High School Basketball Scores.” These scores are reprinted below.
1931-32 Greenfield District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd Beat Rockbridge 45-21
2nd Rd lost to Scottville 36-21
Jerseyville beat Modesto in title game.
1932-33 White Hall District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to White Hall 38-29
Jerseyville beat Murrayville in title game.
1933-34 Greenfield District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd Beat Alsey 42-8
2nd Rd lost to White Hall 26-14
Jerseyville beat White Hall in title game.
1934-35 Jerseyville Hall District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to Chesterfield 20-18
Gillespie beat Jerseyville in title game.
1935-36 Greenfield Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
(Hettick not assigned to a District Tourney this year.)
1st Rd lost to White Hall 38-26
White Hall beat Carlinville in title game
1936-37 White Hall Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
(Hettick not assigned to a District Tourney this year.)
1st Rd Beat Carlinville 30-28
Semi-Final lost to Hillview 34-26
White Hall beat Hillview in title game
HILLVIEW (34): Black 18, Price 10, Hazelwood 3, Bigham 3.
1937-38 Greenfield District Champions Coach Albert Reader
1st Rd Beat Rockbridge 30-28
Semi-Final Beat Eldred 45-35
Title Game Beat Chesterfield 28-19
Greenfield Regional Qualifier
1st Rd Beat Greenfield 45-29
Semi-Final lost to White Hall 38-37
Jerseyville beat White Hall in title game
Hettick High School Basketball Team of 1937-38
Submitted by Tommy W. Bryden
1938-39 Medora District Runner-Up Coach’s name & record needed
1st Rd Beat Rockbridge 48-33
Semi-Final Beat Pa;myra 35-25
Title game lost to Medora 39-38 (O/T)
1939-40 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.
1940-41 Medora District Runner-Up Coach’s name & record needed
1st Rd Beat Bunker Hill 39-34
Semi-Final Beat Medora 27-22
Title game lost to Brighton 39-34
1941-42 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed
1942-43 Medora District Runner-Up Coach’s name & record needed
Semi-Final Beat Brighton 34-17
Title game lost to Shipman 22-19
1943-44 Brighton District Champions Coach’s name & record needed
Early Rd Scores Needed
Title Game Beat Palmyra 50-38
Gillespie Regional Tournament
1st Rd lost to Litchfield 55-23
Gillespie beat Benld in title game.
1944-45 Brighton District Champions Coach’s name & record needed
1st Rd Beat Bunker Hill 55-46
Semi-Final Beat Shipman 49-46 (O/T)
Title Game Beat Brighton 39-27
Hillsboro Regional Tournament
1st Rd lost to Mt. Olive 60-46
Staunton beat Gillespie in title game.
1945-46 Brighton District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed
1st Rd Beat Bunker Hill 42-32
Semi-Final lost to Brighton
Palmyra beat Brighton in title game
1946-47 Brighton District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed
1st Rd lost to Brighton 44-24
Palmyra beat Bunker Hill in title game
1947-48 Brighton District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed
**1st Rd lost to Brighton 49-33
Benld beat Brighton in title game
**Final game for Hettick varsity boys basketball program.
The following information regarding the Hettick Hawks basketball program was sent to us by Tommy Bryden:
“The Hettick Hawks were members of the Little Eight Conference along with the Brighton Bulldogs, Bunker Hill Minutemen, Chesterfield C-Hawks, Medora Tigers, Rockbridge, Scottville, and Shipman Pirates. As the trophy in front of the team indicates, the Hawks placed third in the Macoupin County basketball tournament in 1938. The team was then crowned the Greenfield District champions later that school year after defeating Chesterfield 28-19. The team’s hopes of repeating in 1939 were thwarted by home team Medora in a hard-fought overtime victory by the score of 39-38 in the championship game. The Hawks defeated Palmyra 50-38 to become 1944 Brighton District champions. Then Hettick defeated tournament host Brighton 39-27 to repeat as District champions in 1945 following an overtime win in the semifinals over Shipman.
In addition to the District championships, Hettick finished second in the 1941 District championship game falling to Brighton 39-34 in a game played at Medora and lost to Shipman 22-19 in the 1943 district championship game.
The Hettick team lost to Mt. Olive 60-46 in the 1945 Regional quarterfinal game played at Hillsboro.
In the picture provided regarding the 1938 District Champs, Eldon Starkweather is my first cousin, once removed. He was a County Extension Farm Advisor for Greene County, IL, for many years. Tom Huson became a physician and practiced in Carlinville, IL area for decades. I do not know about the lives or accomplishments of any of the other players, nor does my cousin Bill Armstrong, who furnished information on Hettick High School that is already on your website. Bill does not know anything else about the other players as the all moved away from the area after graduating from high school. Bill stated that Hettick male athletes also participated in softball and track and field.
I attended grade school in Hettick through grade 6 and then attended the Northwestern Junior and Senior High Schools in Palmyra, graduating in 1965. If you have any questions, please feel to contact me at (217)529-8691 or at my email address.
The photo of the 1938 Hettick Hawks shown above was published in a September 2010 weekly edition of The Macoupin County Enquirer Democrat of Carlinville, IL.”
Hettick Baseball Field Stand/Press Box – 2010
Photo by Dennis Downey
Seeking Your Assistance
Hettick High School should be remembered, and its accomplishments recorded, for all to see and read. We are hopeful for some in-put from a Hettick alum or resident of the area. As always, a photo of the school building is being sought. Items can be e-mailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write to us at: