LaRose High School “Warriors”

LaRose High School
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The History of LaRose High School

The village of LaRose (population 149) is located on the busy Il. Route 89 at County Road 1 in south central Marshall County.  The AT & ST Railroad runs just southeast of town.  This places LaRose approximately 25 miles northeast of Peoria.

There is not a lot of information available to this writer regarding the town and school system of LaRose.  It is known that the high school was still active in 1959.  This is evidenced in a 1959 Mineral High School yearbook which has the two schools competing in a basketball game. Before the fall of 1961 LaRose High School was deactivated.

A nice history of LaRose High School, as noted by Roberta VanBriesen,  can be viewed at the web address of

The school-aged children of LaRose now have their choice of attending school as part of the Lowpoint-Washburn School District, the Minonk Fieldcrest School District, or in nearby Midland School District in Varna. LaRose is technically included in the Fieldcrest School District however.

LaRose High School
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2001 Photo Taken by Gerry Halpin

LaRose High School Quick Facts

Year opened:            late 1800s / early1900s

Year closed:             1961

School nickname:      the “Warriors”

School colors:           Blue & Gold

School Fight Song:    “Cheers, Cheers for Old LaRose High”

Sung to Univ. of Notre Dame Fight Song tume – words needed


                                Cheer, Cheer for old LaRose High,

                                Wake up the echoes, Cheering her name,

                                Send a loyal cheer on high,

                                Shake out the thunder from the sky.


                                What though the odds be great or small,

                                Old LaRose High will win over all.

                                While her loyal sons are marching

                                Onward to victory!!

LaRose HS Gymnasium – Nov., 2005
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We could not find any information on the IHSA web site regarding the LaRose High School athletic program.  It is believed LaRose competed in the Little Six Conference in the late 1950s which included HennepinMagnolia-SwaneyLostantMineral, and possibly Bureau Township HS.  This may have been a basketball only conference.  LaRose HS probably also offered track and baseball.  If you have any information you can share with us regarding the LaRose High School athletic program please read below.

Boys Basketball

1939-40            Coach J.A. Ingerski

Seeking More information

We are asking for assistance in gaining information regarding LaRose High School and the town of LaRose.  We are especially interested in photos of the old school building, its current status, and photos of any great athletic teams.  If you would like to share information with us please complete a School Submission Form or Guest Commntary Form.  You may also write us at or:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago. Il.    60631

LaRose High School Building
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November, 2005

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