Iuka High School “Indians”

The History of Iuka High School

Iuka (population 598) is located in south-central Illinois on Iuka Road just south of U.S. Route 50.  The town is located in west-central Marion County.  The CSX Railroad line passes through town.  The town of Salem sits just about 6 miles to the west and Interstate Highway 57 is located just 1 miles further west of Salem.

The history of the town of Iuka and its former high school are in need of research. Through research of other like towns, we would guess that the town was established in the late 1800s.  A school was likely established soon after.  Iuka residents probably started a high school curriculum for their children in the late 1800s, though this may not have occurred until the early 1900s.

We know through research of athletic conferences in the area that Iuka High School closed in 1938. The kids of Iuka were bussed to nearby Salem to continue their high school education. The folks of Iuka did maintain control of their grade school however, an arrangement that we believe continues today.  Iuka Grade School may still serve the town for kids in grades K – 8.

John E. Wilson tells us the original Iuka High School building burned down in 1917.  The fate of the second Iuka High School building is being sought.

Iuka High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                          late 1800s / early 1900s

Year closed:                           1938

Consolidated to:                      Salem High School

Iuka HS team nickname:         “Indians”

Iuka HS team colors:              Green & White

School Fight Song:                  unavailable


Iuka High School was a member of the Midland Trail Conference in the 1930s.  Research by Mark Jurenga revealed that Iuka High School left the conference in 1938 when the high school was closed.  We know the Midland Trail Conference offered basketball, it is likely that baseball and track were also offered and competed in by the boys of Iuka High.

We are interested in the Iuka High School team nickname, team colors, school fight song, coach’s names, and team records.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We are certain that the Iuka High School kids were involved in many activities that allowed for a well-rounded education.  Band, chorus, plays, clubs, dances, all were probably offered and participated in by the kids of Iuka High.

Need Your Assistance 

If you have any further information on Iuka High School, especially a photo of the former high school building, please contact us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can contact us via real mail at:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.   60631

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