Lee Center High School “Bulldogs”

Lee Center High School – 1952 Yearbook Photo
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Submitted by Paul Lahman

The History of Lee Center High School

Lee Center School Building 2008
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Lee Center is located in the center of Lee County (fittingly) in Northern Illinois. A nearby city of note is Franklin Grove, located nine miles to the north on Whitney Road. Dixon is located 11 miles to the northwest. This is an unincorporated community with Inlet Road being the main drag through town. It’s population is around 100 and located just off of U.S. Route 30.

The origins of the Lee Center school can be traced back to the days of the Lee Center Academy, founded in 1847, just one year after the town’s founding itself. It operated under that capacity unti 1859 when it became a graded school district. Over the years, the school had underwent many changes for the better.

Little by little the village lost support of it’s school system. In 1957, the high school was consolidated with the nearby Franklin Grove High School to form the Franklin Center school district.  Franklin Center High School consolidated with Ashton in 2004, and Lee Center teenagers attend Ashton-Franklin Center High School in Ashton, located 14 miles to the north-north-east.

The building is still standing, behind the small trees you see in the picture. The two posts you see in the picture were each dedicated by the classes of 1948. It is now used as a private home.

For more information on Lee Center Schools check out http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/leeschoolleecenterschools.html .

Photos of older Lee Center school buildings can be viewed at the website address of http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/leegalleryleecenter.html .

Lee Center High School “Quick Facts”:

Year Opened:        1847

Year Closed:          1957

School Colors:       unavailable

School Mascot:      the “Bulldogs”

School Song:         unavailable

ATHLETICS

Lee Center High School offered Basketball, and may have offered a track or baseball program for a short time. We would like to add many more items about the Lee Center High School athletic program including uniform colors and fight song. If you have a photo of a sports team from LCHS we would like to add that as well. Season records, coaches’ names, and other items are all being sought.

BOYS BASKETBALL

. LCHS won four athletic championships on the state level. All four were in Boys Basketball.  Coach’s names and team records are needed.  Postseason IHSA basketball scores were found on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.”

1933-34                   Sterling District Tournament                Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd. Lost to Tampico 54-12

Tampico lost in 2nd Rd.

                     

1934-35                   Dixon District Tournament                   Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd. Lost to Ohio 40-9

Ohio lost in 2nd Rd.

1935-36                   Walnut District Tournament                 Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd. Lost to Walnut 31-12

Walnut lost in 2nd Rd.

1936-37                   Dixon Regional Tournament                 Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

  1st Rd. – Beat Rock Falls 17-15

                               Semi-final – lost to Sterling 38-17

Sterling won Regional title

1937-38                   Franklin Grove District Champions!  Coach’s name & record needed

(early round scores needed)

Title Game – Beat Byron 39-22

                               Regional Tournament

                               (scores needed)

1938-39 Post season scores, records, & coach’s name needed.

                                       

1939-40                   District Champions!                          Coach’s name & record needed

District scores needed

Regional Tournament

Regional scores needed

1940-41 & 1941-42 Postseason scores, records, & coaches names needed.

1942-43                   Sterling Regional Tournament              Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

Regional Tourney

1st Rd. – Lost to Sterling 47-27

Sterling lost in semi-final round

1943-44 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1944-45                   Franklin Grove District Tournament      Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd. –  Beat West Brooklyn 66-18

Semi-final – Lost to Steward 41-26

1945-46                   Franklin Grove District Tournament      Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd. –  Lost to West Brooklyn 30-26

West Broklyn lost in semi-final round.

           

1946-47                   Franklin Grove District Champions! Coach Glenn Davenport 

                              Season record needed 

                              District Tourney

                              Semi-final – Beat West Brooklyn

                              Title Game – Beat Steward 36-30

                              Regional Tourney

                              1st Rd. – Lost to Sterling 47-38

Sterling lost in semi-final round.


1947-48  
                 Franklin Grove District Champions! Coach Glenn Davenport 

Season record needed 

                              District Tourney

                              Semi-final – Beat Compton 69-24

                              Title Game – Beat Steward 42-41

                              Regional Tourney

                              1st Rd. – Lost to Amboy 65-48

Amboy lost in semi-final round.

1948-49                   Franklin Grove District Tournament      Coach’s name & record needed

Team Placed 2nd in District Tourney

 Semi-final – Beat Compton 60-43

Title Game –  Lost to Steward 30-26

  

1949-50                   Dixon Regional Tournament                Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

Regional Tourney

1st Rd. – Lost to Rock Falls 74-20

Rock Falls lost in title game

1950-51                   Sterling Regional Tournament              Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

Regional Tourney

1st Rd. – Lost to Sterling 94-15

Sterling won Regional Tourney

1951-52                   Dixon Regional Tournament                Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

Regional Tourney

1st Rd. – Lost to Amboy 58-43

Amboy lost in semi-final round.

1952-53                   Sterling Regional Tournament              Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

Regional Tourney

1st Rd. – Lost to Sterling Newman 68-42

Newman lost in semi-final round.

1953-54                   Dixon Regional Tournament                Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

Regional Tourney

1st Rd. – Lost to Dixon 112-51

Dixon lost in title game.

1954-55                   Rock Falls Regional Tournament        Coach’s name & record needed

Lee Center did not compete in District

Regional Tourney

1st Rd. – Lost to Sterling 72-36

Sterling won Regional title.

1955-56 Postseason scores, record, & coach’s name needed.

Lee Center participated in the Green River Valley Conference against foes from the towns of Paw Paw, ComptonKingsStewardLee, and Rollo.

Information on two of Lee Center High School’s District Championship teams was provided to us by our good fan, Brian Hoxsey:

“In 1946-47 head coach Glenn Davenport led the Bulldogs to a district championship.  Lee Center defeated Steward 36-30 in the district title game, and then dropped a 47-38 decision to Sterling in the regionals.

Davenport also led Lee Center to another District title the next season (1947-48).”

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

          

It is very likely that other activities were offered at Lee Center High School besides sports. Band, choir, FFA, FHA, and other clubs and activities were probably a part of the student life at LCHS. Please contact us via the means listed below if you have information on these and other activities at Lee Center HS.

                                

Noteable Alumni

A.J. Streetor, an alum of the original Academy, ran for Governor of Illinois in 1880 for the Greenback Party.

Seeking More Information

More information is being sought about Lee Center High School; use the Guest Commentary Form to sumbit. Corrections are welcome as well. If you have more Information about LCHS, including photos of the school, nickname, consolidation date and other great teams and high school memories you would like to share please use the Guest Commentary Form or you may also write us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago,  IL  60631

Or E-mail us at: ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net

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