Ipava High School “Bulldogs”

Ipava High School
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Ipava, Illinois
Ipava High School Building 1940s
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Postcards from Ipava 1846-1996″ Self-published – John H. Burgard – Ipava. (Submitted by John Bybee)
Ipava High School Early 1900s
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Postcards from Ipava 1846-1996″ Self-published – John H. Burgard – Ipava. (Submitted by John Bybee)

The History of Ipava High School

Ipava (population 506) is located in western Illinois in southwestern Fulton County. U.S. Route 136 is the “main drag” in town and connects it with Macomb located 22 miles to the northwest.  It also connects Ipava with Table Grove located 6 miles to the west.   The railroad that curves through town was the CB&Q Railroad which merged into the BN Railroad and eventially became the BNSF Railroad.

The first school building built in Ipava was a stone building built in 1830. Another building was built in the 1850’s and the first high school class graduated in 1884: Ruthie David, Birdie Bell Babcock, Mary McCune and Loretta David.

Ipava High School – Fulton County History 1969
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It is known that Ipava supported its own school system for about five decades.  In the mid-1940s talks arose of a consolidation of the school districts in Ipava, Table Grove, and Vermont.  This became a reality in 1948 with the creation of the Vermont-Ipava-Table Grove School District.  The entire school system is located near Table Grove and is known today as the Table Grove V.I.T. School District.

Ipava HS Memorial Marker (“1896”)
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The Ipava school hosted grades 1 – 6 for the VIT school district for several years after the consolidation. In the 1970s a new elementary school was built near the high school. The Ipava school building served as a senior citizens center for a short while before being razed..

Ipava High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                 1884

Year closed:                  1947

Consolidated to:             Vermont-Ipava-Table Grove School District (VIT)

School nickname:          the “Bulldogs”

School colors:               Blue & Gold

School Fight Song:        “On Ipava”

Sung to “On Wisconsin”

Ipava HS Basketball Schedule 1929-30
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Athletics

Ipava High School succeeded in winning IHSA hardware (www.ihsa.org) in boys basketball.  This is, however, the only mention of the former high school on that site.  It is probable that baseball and track were also offered for the boys.

Boys Basketball

Ipava High won a total of four District titles during their existence.  All four titles were won in the 1940s, and remember, Ipava HS closed her doors in 1947.  Four titles in eight years….not bad!!  Unfortunately the records and coach’s names of the teams are not known.  We are also interested in the many great teams that may not have won IHSA hardware (conference champs, winning records, ect.).  Please e-mail us if you have this information. Several scores involving the Ipava High School boys basketball team in the IHSA State Tourney were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.” Those scores are posted below.

1921-22               Canton District Tournament                  Coach’s name & record needed.

1st Rd Beat Vermont 26-22

                            2nd Rd score needed

Canton beat Glasford in title game

1922-23 through 1932-33  Postseason scores, records, and coaches’ names needed.

1933-34               Lewistown District Tournament             Coach’s name & record needed.

1st Rd Beat Smithfield 31-13

                            2nd Rd lost to Fairview 22-15

Fairview lost to Canton in title game

1934-35               Canton District Tournament                  Coach’s name & record needed.

1st Rd lost to Prairie City 27-12

                            Prairie City lost to Lewistown in 2nd Rd

Lewistown lost to Canton in semi-final

Canton beat Fairview in title game

1935-36               London Mills District Tournament         Coach’s name & record needed.

1st Rd score needed

                            Semi-final lost to Table Grove 22-21

Table Grove lost to Fairview in title game

1936-37  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1937-38               Cuba District Runner-Up                    Coach’s name & record needed.

Early Rd Scores Needed

Title Game lost to Fairview 47-28

1938-39  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

    

1939-40               IHSA District Champions                    Coach’s name & record needed.

                            District Scores Needed

                            IHSA Regional Qualifier

                            Regional Scores Needed

    

1940-41               IHSA District Champions                    Coach’s name & record needed.

                            District Scores Needed

                            IHSA Regional Qualifier

                            Regional Scores Needed

       

1941-42  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1942-43  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1943-44  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1944-45               Browning District Champions                    Coach’s name & record needed.

Early Rd Scores Needed

                            Title Game Beat Chandlerville 61-56

                            Rushville Regional Tournament

                            1st Rd lost to Beardstown  53-38

Beardstown lost to Rushville in semi-final

Rushville lost to Macomb Western in title game

     

1945-46               Browning District Champions            Coach’s name & record needed.

Early Rd Scores Needed

                            Title Game Beat Chandlerville 61-56

                            Beardstown Regional Tournament

                            1st Rd lost to Rushville 36-34

Rushville lost to Beardstown in semi-final

Beardstown beat Mt. Sterling in title game.

1946-47               Rushville Regional Tournament             Coach’s name & record needed.

(Ipava did not compete in District)

**1st Rd lost to Mt. Sterling 63-42

Mt. Sterling lost to Beardstown in title game

**Final game as Ipava High School. Became part of the Table Grove V.I.T. School District in the summer of 1947.

The origin of the Basketball team can date back prior to 1915. According to the book Fulton County History, the head coach was a man named Kline and his players were named H. Roddis, G. Roddis, Morrison, Baumgartner, Davis and Rose.

Memories

Submitted by John Barrett:

“Under the Ipava High School site comparing the dates under the basketball trophy years the name Paul Fouts isn’t listed. I believe he is the main reason that Ipava had those good teams. He was a once-in-a-lifetime athlete to come out of a school that size, he went on to play minor league ball for the Chicago White Sox.”

**From Amy Christy:

“Below are photos of a graduating class of Ipava High School in Ipava Illinois. Late 1800s –

upper right – Tom Bohannon (B. 1887), son of Thomas & Mary Elizabeth Catton Bohannon. 

Lower left may be Olive Robinson (B. 1885) daughter of Thomas & Rebecca Jane Grewell Robinson.”

Both are the same photo, one in black and white one in color.

Ipava High School Graduating Class Late 1800s
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Ipava High School Graduating Class Late 1800s
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Seeking Your Help

Ipava High School had many individuals who worked hard to keep the school functioning in Ipava prior to their merger.  Their efforts and accomplishments should not allowed to be forgotten.  If you have any information about Ipava High School, especially a photo of the old high school building, please e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net . You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago,  Il.   60631

Ipava Baseball Field 2012
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Ipava Topless Dome Baseball Field 2012
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Ipava Memorial Pioneer Museum 2012
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Ipava Cl;osed Store 2012
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Ipava Closed Restuarant 2012
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Ipava Freemason School 2012
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Ipava Memorial Park 2012
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