The History of Irvington High School
Irvington (population 736) is located in south-central Illinois. Irvington is located in northeastern Washington County about 6 miles south of Centralia and 15 miles northwest of Mt. Vernon. Illinois Route 177 is the main roadway to and from Irvington. U.S. Route 51 passes by the east side of town. The Illinois Central Railroad passes through Irvington as well
The history of the town of Irvington and its school system have been difficult to research. We are still searching for the roots of both. We believe that Irvington High School was established in the late 1800s, though possibly not until the early 1900s. We know that Irvington High School was still going strong in the early 1930s (see “Boys Basketball” below). Or guess is that Irvington High School may have closed in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Due to the size of the town, this may have not occurred until even later, however we will need a local fan or resident to verify this.
What is known is that the high school-aged students of Irvington now attend Centralia High School. Irvington still hosts an elementary school for students in grades PK – 8. It is wondered if this school could be held in the former Irvington High School building? The fate of this building is being sought.
Irvington High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s/early 1900s
Year closed: late 1940s?
Consolidated to: Centralia High School
Irvington HS team nickname: unavailable
Irvington HS team colors: unavailable
School Fight Song: unavailable
According to District Tournament basketball records of 1931-32, Irvington High School definitely competed in this sport. It is likely that baseball and track were offered as well. We would like to report the team records, coach’s names, uniform colrs and nickname, school fight song, and any other items that you would like to share regarding the Irvington High School athletic program.
The only information we currently have on Irvington HS basketball is a score from a first-round District Tournament game held in Carlyle in 1932. The score of this game had Keyesport beating the boys from Irvington 19 – 8. If you have ANY further information you would like to share regarding Irvington HS basketball please contact us via the means listed below.
Were the kids of Irvington involved in band? How about chorus, GAA, FAA, dances, plays, bon fires, and other school gatherings? Please write to us and share this information with others.
Need Your Assistance
If you have any information regarding the Irvington High School athletic program and other school programs offered there, please share them with us. We are especially interested in sharing photos and history of the old high school building and great teams and coaches. You can reach us by the following means:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il. 60631