The History of Lomax High School
Lomax (population 477) is located in far western Illinois in the southwestern corner of Henderson County. Illinois Route 96 is the main roadway to and from Lomax. County Road 630E also takes you into town. Lomax sits about one mile east of the Mississippi River. The Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad also travels through Lomax. This information was located on www.mapquest.com .
A short history of the village of Lomax is found at http://www.outfitters.com/illinois/henderson/communities_henderson.html . It states:
“The village of Lomax was laid out by Robert Lomax in 1882. A railroad station and businesses were located here many years before the town was platted. Lomax was the home of an early airplane factory (circa 1910) and later had a modern tomato canning factory.”
We know that Lomax supported a high school through some excellent research by Roberta Van Briesen. Roberta discovered a 1923 newpaper article on the internet describing a high school basketball game between Lomax and Fountain Green. This will be printed below in the “athletics” section.
Our only guess is that Lomax began offering high school courses for the children of the town in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Cynthia Scott advises that Lomax High School was a three-year program. Lomax likely stopped offering high school courses in the mid-1940s, possibly even earlier. Once the high school program at Lomax ended the kids began attending Dallas City High School.
Lomax Grade School continued in operation through the 1961-62 school year when the Lomax School District consolidated with the Dallas City School District to form Dallas City Unit District #336. Dallas City High School closed in 2001. Research by Jake Tenhouse reveals that the kids of Lomax today attend high school at Carthage Illini West.
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Lomax High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s/early 1900s
Year closed: mid to late 1940s
Consolidated to: Dallas City High School
Kids now attend: Carthage Illini West High School
Lomax HS nickname: “Panthers”
Team colors: Blue & White
School fight song: unavailable