Ina High School

Ina High School Building
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Courtesy of Byford Campbell
Ina High School Building – 2006
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The History of Ina High School

Ina (population 2,455) is located in south central Illinois in south central Jefferson County.  The main roadway directly to Ina is Illinois Route 37.  Interstate Highway 57 provides off-ramps to and from Ina and connects it with Mt. Vernon, its neighbor about 10 miles to the north.  The Missouri Pacific Railroad runs through the middle of Ina as well.  Rend Lake, one of Illinois’ biggest lakes, is located just west of Ina.

According to the 1990 and 2000 Illinois Census figures, a great investment would be into the property around the town of Ina.  According to the 1990 census Ina had a population of 489 residents. The 2000 census shows Ina with a population increase of 1,966 residents for a 405% increase!!  Ina’s population “explosion” for that time period made it the 3rd fastest growing city in Illinois. We are told this jump in the population of Ina is due to its landing a Correctional Center in recent years.  Still, a lot for the folks of Ina to be proud of!

The following information regarding the history of Ina High School was provided by Byford Campbell:

“The second grade school building was built in 1900. When this building burned in 1921, a brick building was erected, housing the grade and high schools.  The Ina High School started with one year offered in 1921-22. A second year was added in 1922-23.  A third year was added to the curriculum in 1923-24.  Ina High School continued as a three-year high school until it closed in 1947.”

In 1947 Ina residents decided to deactivate their high school and keep their grade school for grades K – 8.  It is believed that most, if not all, of the Ina 8th grade graduates attend Mt. Vernon High School.

The following information was supplied to us by Robert Roberson:

“Ina High School was a 3-year school when my mother attended in the late ‘30s.  After she graduated from Ina High School, she attended Benton High School since she lived in Franklin County.  I believe the high school building is still standing, but as far as I know it is not being used now.  The high school building became the Ina Grade School, which I attended in 1st grade in 1961.  There were 4 rooms for grades 1-8 with 2 classes in each room.  Ina did not have a kindergarten class when I lived there.  If there was ever a kindergarten class, it was added later.”

Ina High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                      1921

Year closed:                       1947

School nickname:                unavailable

School colors:                     Cardinal Red & Grey

School Fight Song:              unavailable

Ina High School Basketball Team of 1935
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Ina definitely competed in boy’s basketball.  It is thought that baseball and track were also offered.  There are many missing pieces of information to the Ina High School page. Team nickname, colors, fight song, and facts about the better teams are all items we are in seach of. Conference affiliation is also being sought.

Boy’s Basketball

The Ina High School boys basketball team had a real nice run during the late 1930s.  The teams of 1937, ’38, and ’40 all won District Championships.  At this time we do not have access to the records and coach’s names of these teams.

The photo of the 1935 Ina HS basketball team above and to your right was furnished by William Ligon and Byford Campbell.  Members of the team are as follows:

Seated L to R:  Stanton Fowler, Gerald Hodge, William Ligon, Irvin Laur, Kenneth O’Dell

Standing L to R:  Principal J.O. Clemins, Ray Dempsy Taylor, Lemon Page, Wayne Gibbs, Daniel Fowler, Billy Drennan, Coach Alf Book 

We are also seeking information on the better teams who did not win IHSA hardware.  The Ina High School gym, to the left of each school building picture on this page, was added in 1931 at a cost of $3,000.

1921-22                                                Coach Sidney Parker

1934-35                                                Coach Alf Book 

1936-37          District Champions

1937-38          District Champions

1939-40          District Champions

Ina High School Varsity Roster – 1921-22
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Ina High School Basketball Program – 1921-22
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Help Us If You Can

There is a ton of information we are missing.  There are also many accomplishments outside of athletics which should be remembered and documented.  If you have any information, including a photo of hte high school building, please forward it to us via e-mail at  You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il    60631

Ina High School building – 2006
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Courtesy of Byford Campbell

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