The History of Kempton High School
Kempton (population 255) is located in upper-eastern Illinois. The town was platted in the northwestern panhandle of Ford County, about 20 miles southwest of Kankakee. The main road through town is County Road 3700 North, which connects Kempton to Illinois Route 115 one and a half miles to the west. A branch of the Kelly Creek flows to the south side of town. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad travels through the heart of Kempton and was instrumental in its early growth.
Kempton was founded in 1878 along the Kankakee & Southwestern Railroad and is named after Wright Kemp. It is probable that the residents of Kempton had a high school curriculum in place by the late 1800’s, certainly by the early 1900’s. Kempton High School served the students and families of Kempton for many years on a solo basis.
It was in 1946 that Kempton High School students were joined by the high school-aged students of their neighbor Cabery. The school districts of the two towns consolidated in 1958 to form the Kempton-Cabery School District.
The high school for the new district remained in Kempton. This district joined Cullom in 1968 to form the Tri-Point School District. There is still a school for kids PK – 3 in Kempton; however, we are not certain whether it is held in the former KHS building or not.
Kempton High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800’s/early 1900’s
Year consolidated with Cabery: 1946
Consolidated to: Kempton-Cabery School District
Kempton HS team nickname: Red Devils
KHS team colors: Red & White
School Fight Song: “Kempton High School”
THANK YOU TO LEON MALONE!
Kempton High School, Kempton High School,
May we ever to you loyal be.
With high standards of good sportsmen,
We will cheer our team to victory!
May we ever be a credit,
To our dear old red and white!
So let us cheer our team to victory.
Fight! Fight! Fight!