Kaskaskia High School

The History of Kaskaskia High School

Kakaskia (population 14) is located in southwestern Illinois in the southwestern portion of Randolph County. Illinois Route 150/51 is the only route that will take you west across the Mississippi River toward Kaskaskia. Once crossing the Mississippi River Missouri County Roadway 946 will lead to the town of St. Mary. County Road 15 will then lead to Kaskaskia. The Mississippi River flows to the east of town.

Kaskaskia has the distinction of being the ONLY town in Illinois which is located west of the Mississippi River. It is also the second smallest town currently in Illinois with 14 residents, having one more resident than the Pike County village of Valley City, according to the 2010 census.

Kaskaskia has an incredible history however. For one year this town was the state capital of Illinois (1818-1819). Kaskaskia enjoyed great early prosperity as one of the important riverside ports of the midwest, reaching a population of about 7,000. In 1881 the Mississippi River had an immense flood, literally destroying nearly everything in the town. The flood was so great that it changes the course of the river which would now flow to the east of Kaskaskia. The town would never recover from the flood. Population continued to decline to the point of having just 33 residents in 1980. Another great flood submerged the town under nine feet of water in 1993. Though a few landmark buildings were saved, most of the remaining residents relocated. Today the population sits at 14, up five residents from the year 2000.  For a more extensive history of Kaskaskia please visit the Wikipedia web address of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaskaskia,_Illinois .

Kaskaskia was home to Kaskaskia Academy from 1833 – 1844. We know that Kaskaskia residents supported a high school for a period of time as well. Our guess is that Kaskaskia High School was established in the late 1800s. We believe it existed through the late 1940s. We know that the children of Kaskaskia today attend school in nearby Chester.

An interesting article written in the New York Times on November 10, 2012 can be read at the following web address:


Kaskaskia High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                              late 1800s(?)

Year closed:                               late 1940s(?)

Consolidated to:                         Chester High School

Kaskaskia HS team nickname:    ??

Kaskaskia HS team colors:         ??

Kaskaskia HS fight song:            ??


We are certain the boys competed in basketball. It is likely that baseball and track were offered as well. We are in need of the team nickname, uniform colors, coaches names, season records, and school fight song of the Kaskaskia HIgh School sports teams.


The website titled “Illinois Post Season Basketball Scores” lists the following score for the 1936 District Tournament held in Steeleville. If you have any further information regarding the Kaskaskia HS basketball program please contact us via the means listed at the end of this article.

1936 Steeleville District Tournament

1st Round – Percy 42, Kaskaskia 11

Percy would lose in the semi-final round.


Kaskaskia High School legacy should not be forgotten. Athletics and other extra-curricular activities at KHS should be remembered and shared with others. You can e-mail these items to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or you can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, Il.    60631

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