The History of Lisbon High School & Lisbon Academy
Lisbon (population 248) is located in far northeastern Illinois in the southwest corner of Kendall County. Lisbon sits at the interesection of County Roads 5 and 19 just south of U.S. Route 52. The town is about 6 miles north and a little west of Morris.
A nice history regarding the town of Lisbon was once available on a rootsweb internet page however this article is no longer available.
In summary the article stated the area where Lisbon was eventually established was first settled in 1836. A school was established in town soon after. According to the book titled “Place Names of Illinois” by Edward Callary the town of Lisbon was named after a town of the same name in New York state by its founders Levi Hill and John Moore.
The residents of Lisbon wanted the best for their children in the realm of education. Schools were built and occupied from the first year the area was settled. A rootsweb website once outlined the creation of a school known as the Lisbon Academy, however this site is no longer on the internet.
In summary the article stated the Lisbon Academy building was constructed between the years of 1844 and 1849. The school flourished until its closure in the late 1880s. The article goes on to state that upon the closure of the Lisbon Academy, the school building would serve as the Lisbon Grade School and Lisbon High School.
We are not certain how long Lisbon High School served the area. Our only guess would be that it was a two or three-year high school which may have lasted into the middle to late 1940s.
The Lisbon Academy and High School building is still standing in town today. Over 170 years old and still in very good shape. Locals say it has housed several businesses over that years including an auto repair shop and a restaurant. The current owner is said to be attempting to make an apartment building out of the structure.
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Lisbon Academy Quick Facts
Year opened: between 1844 and 1849
Year closed: 1889
Lisbon High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1890s?
Year closed: 1940s?
Consolidated to: Newark High School
Lisbon HS nickname: unavailable
Team uniform colors: unavailable
School fight song: unavailable