Industry High School “Eagles”

Industry High School
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Industry HS Building Built in 1956
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The History of Industry High School

Industry (population 540) is located in upper-western Illinois in the southwestern portion of McDonough County. The town is situated about 10 miles to the southest of Macomb. Illinois Route 67 is the main roadway to and from town. The Grindstone Creek flows by the northwest side of town and there is a small lake just west of town as well.

The year 1846 saw the first settlers come to the area now known as Industry. The town was platted in 1855 and saw its first government formed in 1867. A school was established in Industry in 1866. More on the history of Industry can be found at .

Regarding the photo to the right of this writing, submitted by Myrna Morrell courtesy of Kermit Short.  Kermit says:

I received this photo from Ted and Ellen Tingley.  This is a photo of my Grandad, Claude Tingley, sitting in the back seat of car when he graduated from Industry High School, Industry, IL.  The date is approximately 1910.  He was born May 3, 1892 and died May 30, 1980.  Grandad was the only member of his graduating class, the first graduate of this high school.  In the front seat are the two members of the junior class at Industry High School, we think.  Don’t know who the gentleman standing is.  The Industry High School was on the north edge of town.  Our Mother, Carol, also graduated from this school in 1938.”

Can you identify the persons in the front seat?  If so let us know.

Industry Grade School Bldg 1906 (possibly HS too?)
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“History of McDonough County, IL”,George W. Shadwick Jr. ,1968.Desaulniers & Co. Moline (John Bybee)

The history of the town’s high school is in need of research. It is quite likely that high school curriculum was in place by the late 1800’s. Industry High School served the community for over 100 years. Unfortunately, dwindling enrollment was among other reasons that a consolidation effort was started with the neighboring town of Rushville. This effort became a reality after the 2004-05 school year with the creation of the Rushville-Industry School District.

The high school for the new district is located in Rushville. We believe the former Industry High School building is now used as a grade school for the Rushville-Industry school system.

Can you help Myrna Morrell:

“I am seeking a photo of a girl named Nedra Shores who attended Industry Grade School between 1919 and 1926.  Probably never went farther than 8th grade.  Her parents were Ed and Lurlan (Kellum) Shores.  She was born in 1913 and died in 1995.  This was the mother of my cousin and she does not have a picture of her mother, so I told her I would see if I could locate a grade school photo of her.  If you have any sources that could help me to locate this I would certainly appreciate it.  Thank you for any assistance that you can give to me.”

Contact us if you can.

Industry High School Students 1914
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Submitted by John Farr, Everett Farr in chair third from right (second row)

Industry High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                                      late 1800’s

Year new building built:                       1956

Year closed:                                       2005

Consolidated to:                                  Rushville-Industry School District

Industry HS team nickname:                up until 1956 – the “Indians”

after 1956 – the “Eagles”

Team colors:                                      up until 1956 – Red & Gray

after 1956 – Kelly Green & Gold

School Fight Song:                             “We’re Loyal To You, Industry!”

                                                                            (University of Illinois Fight Song Tune)

                                                                             Words Submitted by Linda Greenplate Peak

                                                        We’re loyal to you, Industry!

                                                        Our love is for you, Industry!

                                                        We’ll back you to rate

                                                        With the best in the state,

                                                        For in you we have faith, Industry!

                                                                       Rah, Rah. . .

                                                        So dare to be brave (“bold” after 1956), Industry 

                                                        For the red and gray (“green and gold” after 1956), Industy.

                                                        So on with our true assistance,

                                                        On boys, for we insist on

                                                        Victory for you, Industry!!

                                                        Fling out that dear old flag of Red and of Gray,

                                                        Lead on your sons and daughters fighting their way

                                                        Like men of old, on giants, placing reliance

                                                        Shouting defiance

                                                        Oski, Wow, Wow

                                                        Of all the students bright that make up our band

                                                        For honest labor and for learning we stand

                                                        And unto thee we pledge our heart and hand

                                                        To labor long and true, INDUSTRY!

                                                                       RAH !     RAH !


The Industry High School Eagles were known for their competitive nature in spite of being often the smaller school on the court or field. Boys’ basketball and girls’ softball both had some great seasons. The boys competed in baseball, football, and track, while the girls competed in volleyball and track as well. School fight song is being sought.

Industry HS Athletes in Front of School 1916
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Boys’ Basketball

Three District titles and a Regional title hi-lighted the Eagle hardwood court success. One of the Districts (1924-25) was significant in that it came when the District was actually comparable to a Regional. The coach’s names and better team records of the Industry Eagles boys basketball program as found on the IHSA website ( are listed below.

IHSA Postseason Basketball Scores is a website that lists all of the basketball scores for teams who participated in the IHSA State Tourney from 1919 through 1988. Scores from the years in which Industry won a District or Regional Tournament are listed below. For scores from other years click on the following link:

A photo of the Industry High School “Eagles” basketball team of 1916 provided by John Farr is pictured below as well. Players include the following:

(L – R) Kenneth Applegate, Perry Greenup, Everett Farr, Meredith Lawyer, Earl Bowman.

Industry HS “Eagles” Basketball Team 1915-16
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1924-25   14 – 8   District Champions                 Coach Driver

                          First year to have a

                          home gymnasium!

                          District Tourney Results:

                          Beat Beardstown 22-13

                          Beat Mt. Sterling 17-14

                          Beat Bluffs  24-12

                          Beat Chandlerville 22-17

                          Sectional Tourney Results:

                          Beat Pocohontas 22-9

                          Lost to Pana 22-16

Other teams played during the season:  VermontGood HopeRushville, Farmington, PlymouthBardolphTennesseeMacomb Western AcademyAdair,

District Champs/Sectional Semi-Finalist
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Members of the team pictured above include (not in order):

First Team members:  Price, Flack, Justus, Pennington, Russell, Duncan, and R. Graham

Second Team members:  Frazier, Thompson, L. Graham, Runkle, and D. Pennington

1937-38              Browning District Champions    Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Hersman 49-19

                           Semi-Final Score Needed

                           Title Game Beat Browning 32-30 (O/T)

                           Regional Scores Unavailable


1940-41                                                                     Coach Burdette Sullivan

1943-44                                                                     Coach George Bertolino
1946-47           Conference Champs                       Coach Gail Underwood

Industry HS “Indians” of 1946-47
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The photo above is of the conference champs of 1946-47.  Members of the team include:

Back Row – L to R:  John Greenup, John Hamm, Max Toland, John Snyder, George McEntire, Coach Gail Underwood

Front Row – L to R:  Bob Quigley, Bill Miller, Junior Lindsey, Lyle Snowden, Dick Underwood 

1949-50                                                                 Coach Ed Johnson

1950-51                                                                 Coach Sarff

1951-52                                                                 Coach Daniel Faherty

1952-53                                                                 Coach Vern Chick

1953-54                                                                 Coach Joe Beja

1954-55                                                                 Coach Ray Morelli

1955-56                                                                 Coach Tom Zaborac

1956-57                                                                 Coach Kenneth Morgan

1957-58                                                                 Coach Charles Feller

1958-64                                                                 Coach Ron Johnson

1964-67                                                                 Coach Richard Roe


1967-68   16-11 Industry District Champs         Coach Richard Roe

                          Semi-Final Beat Plymouth 52-27

                          Title Game Beat Augusta

                          Carthage Regional Tournament

                          1st Rd lost to Nauvoo-Colusa 57-48

Carthage beat Hamilton in title game.

1968-69   14-11                                                      Coach Richard Roe

1969-70   13-11                                                      Coach Richard Roe

1970-71   13-12                                                      Coach Richard Roe


1971-72   20-  6  Industry Regional Champs       Coach Richard Roe

                           Semi-Final Beat Table Grove VIT 63-39

                           Title Game Beat Macomb Western 57-48

                           Quincy Regional Tournament

                           Semi-Final lost to Quincy Catholic Boys 81-60

Quincy CB beat Augusta in title game.

1972-73   17-  7                                                       Coach Richard Roe

1973-76                                                                   Coach Richard Roe

1976-79                                                                   Coach Bill Coultas

1979-80   17-10                                                       Coach Bill Coultas

1980-81                                                                   Coach Bill Coultas

1981-86                                                                   Coach Mike Dickson

1986-87   13-13                                                       Coach Richard Well

1987-89                                                                   Coach Richard Well

1989-90                                                                   Coach Dave Kreps

1990-91   26-  4                                                       Coach Dave Kreps

1991-92   13-13                                                       Coach Scott Bantz

1992-93                                                                   Coach Scott Bantz

1993-94   14-13                                                      Coach Scott Bantz

1994-95   19-  9                                                      Coach Scott Bantz

1995-96                                                                   Coach John Meixner

1996-97   15-13                                                       Coach John Meixner

1997-01                                                                   Coach John Meixner

Girls Softball

Two Regional titles were the best seasons the Lady Eagles enjoyed. The coaches’ names and better team records of the diamond ladies are listed below.

1974-77                                                                 Coach Lynn Andracke

1977-78                                                                 Coach Cathy McMillan

1983-85                                                                 Coach Damaris Blansfield

1985-86                                                                 Coach Cinda Martin

1986-87   9-  9                                                        Coach Cinda Martin

1987-88   8 – 6                                                        Coach Cinda Martin

1992-93                                                                 Coach Nancy Wheeler

1993-94                                                                 Coach Chad Harrison

1994-95                                                                 Coach Pam Burnham

1995-96 14-  3  Regional Champions                     Coach Mary Quigle
1996-97 25-  8  Regional Champions                     Coach Mary Quigle

1997-98                                                                  Coach Mary Quigle


The boys’ baseball team at Industry High School did not win any IHSA hardware. However, they competed well and gave the hometown fans a great many good memories.

1924-25                   Coach Driver

Games were scheduled against Canton, Prairie CityFountain Green, Farmington, and Springfield.

Industry Baseball Team 1924-25
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Team members of the 1924-25 photo above include (not in order);

Flack, Pennington, Russell, Price, Gunning, Leininger, R. Graham, L. Graham, Janes, Duncan, Young, Justus, Frazier.

1962-67                             Coach Richard Roe

1980-86                             Coach Mike Dickson

1986-88                             Coach Richard Well

1992-93                             Coach Scott Bantz

1993-94                             Coach Jeremy Lehman

1995-98                             Coach John Meixner

Boys’ Track & Field

One male athlete brought home a total of three medals from the IHSA State Track Meet. Steve Onion won all three of his medals in the “weighted” field events.

1945-46          Hancock County Champs                Coach Gail Underwood

1946-47          Hancock County Champs                Coach Gail Underwood

                      880 Relay Team – County Record – 1:39.2

                      Junior Lindsey – County Record in 880 – 2:09.4

                      Junior Lindsey – County Champ – Mile Run

                      Lyle Snowden – County Champ – 120 & 220 hurdles, High Jump

                      Keith Peak – County Champ – 220   

1976-77          Steve Onion           Discus               3RD Place

1977-78          Steve Onion           Discus               4TH Place

                                                    Shot Put            6TH Place

Girls’ Volleyball

The Industry Lady Eagles flew high over the net in this sport. Several incredible seasons marked the mid-1990’s under the direction of Coach Cinda Martin Brodie. This was accomplished in a hotbed area for girls volleyball which included the seemingly always state-bound Colchester teams. The Industry girls faired well in posting six 20-win seasons and one 30-win season!      

1982-83   11-  7                                 Coach Damaris Blansfield

1983-84   13-  6                                 Coach Damaris Blansfield

1984-85   10-  8                                 Coach Damaris Blansfield

1985-86   11-  8                                 Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1986-87   14-  6                                 Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1987-88   17-11                                 Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1992-93   24-  7                                 Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1993-94   24-  5                                 Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1994-95                                            Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1995-96   25-  4- 1                             Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1996-97   30-  4                                 Coach Cinda (Martin) Brodie

1997-98   24-  9                                 Coach Pam Heaton-Burnham

1998-99   16-16                                 Coach Pam Heaton-Burnham

1999-00   22-11                                 Coach Pam Heaton-Burnham

2000-01                                            Coach Pam Heaton-Burnham

2001-02   16-16                                 Coach Pam Burnham



Yes, this small town school had their own football team at one time too. The better records and accomplishments of the grid iron heroes of Industry High are listed below as researched by Tom Sikorski.

1924-25   6 – 3                     Coach Driver


Beat Table Grove 34 – 0

Lost to Blandinsville 0 – 12

Beat Table Grove 34 – 0

Beat Colchester 1 – 0

Lost to La Harpe 0 – 12

Lost to Roseville  0 – 19

Beat Vermont 61 – 0

Beat Havana 21 – 0

Beat Beardstown 14 – 6

Members of the team of 1924-25 are pictured below.  They are, not in order:

Pennington, Wilson, Flack, Justus, Price, Aten, Russell, Leininger, Runkle, Griffith, Stoneking, Edgar, Springer, McKamy.

Industry HS Football Team 1924-25
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1946  8-0      Undefeated Conf. Champs              Coach Gail Underwood 

Industry High School’s Unbeaten Football Team 1946
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Front Row L – R:  Bill Oster, Ivan Provine, Joe Quigley, Harold Dickason, Brad McEntire, Kermit Royer, Eddie Cobb, Kenneth Nell

Second Row:  Keith Royer, Frances Moore, Roger Fulks, Bill Miller, Max Toland, Lyle Snowden, Jim Thompson, John Snyder, Junior Lindsey, Keith Peak

Back Row:  Asst. Coach Lee Cammon, John Hamm, Eldon Wilson, Bill Quigley, Frances Archer, Bill Haffey, Dick Underwood, Don Shultz, Donald Snowden, John Greenup, Corky McEntire, Coach Gail Underwood 

1946 Industry High School Football Schedule
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As the above photo states, the Industry High School football team of the fall of 1946 was a special one.  The team finished the season undefeated at 8 – 0 scoring 332 points while holding their opponents to a total of 33 points. As you can see on the schedule to the right, Industry’s defense posted 5 shutouts and were considered by many as the best small town high school football team in the state.  The team featured the leading scorer in the state, Max Toland, who finished the season with 153 points.

The school’s enrollment in the 1946-47 school year was 101, with 57 of those enrolled being boys, 28 of whom played football. At that time Industry often benefitted by getting students from nearby Littleton, who would transfer to Industry for their senior year as Littleton High was but a three-year high school at the time. Coach Underwood attempted to schedule a game with nearby Beardstown and Farmington, also undefeated teams in the area that year, however his bid to do so was never realized.

1954  4-3-1                                                           Coach Ray Morelli

1955  5-3-1                                                           Coach Tom Zaborac

1962  5-3      2nd place Wilco Conference               Coach Ron Johnson

1968  4-4                                                             Coach Dick Roe

1970  5-2      2nd place (tie) Wilco Conference        Coach Dick Roe

1977  5-3      3rd place Western Area Conference    Coach Kent Tuttle

1978  4-4      2nd place Western Area Conference   Coach Ralph Marshall

Industry last fielded its own football team in 1979

Seeking Further Information

We are seeking more information on the successes and achievements attained by the Industry High School students, faculty, and residents. We are looking for photos of some of the outstanding teams in Industry High School history. You can e-mail information to us at You can also write to us at:

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Industry High School – 1910
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Industry HS Students 1916
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Industry HS Students 19-teens
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Industry High School Building 1919
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