Lane High School

Lane School Building 2010
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Submitted by Dennis Downey
Lane School Side View – 2010
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The History of Lane High School

Lane (population 125) is located in southern DeWitt County along Il. Route 10 approximately seven miles east of Clinton. This places Lane approximately 30 miles west of Champaign (as the crow flies). The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad runs through the center of Lane.

Lane High School existed for about five decades. It is believed the high school was established in the late 1800s. It served the town of Lane and the surrounding country kids until the 1950s, probably around 1954. At this time many small schools were encouraged to merge with their larger-school neighbors. Lane was annexed into the Clinton School District.

It is not known if the Lane School was completely closed at that time or remained open as part of the Clinton School District for a short while as a grade school.  Eventually the Lane school building was closed for public education. The building was purchased by the local church in Lane. The Lane Christian Church has maintained the building in excellent condition and still uses it for various functions. It is believed the gym can still be used for recreational basketball.

Lane High School Quick Facts

Year opened:               probably late 1800s

Year closed:                1950s

School nickname:        unavailable

School colors:             unavailable

School Fight Song:      unavailable   

Lane School Gymnasium – 2010
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Lane High School offered basketball for the boys. It probably also offered baseball and track. We are in need of an alumnus or area fan to fill us in on this information. Though no IHSA hardware was won by the school, we are confident there are some seasons in Lane High School history that interested fans would like to recall. We are hopeful you will share this information with us.

Need Your Assistance

If you have any information regarding Lane High School and its many successes, both athletic and other, please send us a note via the Guest Commentary Form. We are especially anxious to share a photo of the school building and gym. You can e-mail these items to us at or you can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631

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