|The History of Humboldt High School
Humboldt (population 481) is located in the east-central portion of Illinois in the northwest corner of Coles County. U.S. Route 45 passes by the western portion of Humboldt. Interstate Highway 57 passes by town about a half mile to the east. County Highway 16 also passes through town. The Illinois Central Railroad makes its way through Humboldt as well. Humboldt sits about 8 miles northwest of Charleston.
A nice history of Humboldt Township and the town of Humboldt can be read at the web address of http://genealogytrails.com/ill/coles/chapter8_pg2.html . In summary, the article states that the first settler, A. A. Sutherland, moved into the area known as the village of Humboldt in 1853. The town was first named Milton Station and was incorporated in 1866. The name of the town was changed to Humboldt in 1875.
The first school in the town of Humboldt was erected in 1870. This is the extent of the information we can verify regarding Humboldt High School. We believe high school courses were started in the Humboldt school district in the early 1900s. We know through research conducted by David Kent Coy regarding Hindsboro High School that Humboldt had a high school that competed in interscholastic sports as late as 1944 (see “Athletics” below).
Our guess is that Humboldt High School probably existed from the early 1900s through approximately 1949. Humboldt’s high school-aged students receive their education at Matoon High School today. If you have any further information you can share, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humboldt High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s / early 1900s
Year closed: late 1949
Consolidated to: Matoon High School
Humboldt HS team nickname: “Tigers”
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