Manchester High School “Blackhawks”

Manchester High School
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Photo Provided by Patty Clark
Manchester HS Students – 1927
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Courtesy of Patty Clark Sims

The History of Manchester High School

Manchester (population 354) is located in lower-eastern Illinois about 15 miles southeast of Jacksonville.  This places Manchester in southeastern Scott County.  U.S. Route 67 is the main roadway through Manchester.  The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad is railroad line currently running on tracks throuh town.  A branch of the Marks Creek flows by the east side of town.

We are interested in the history of Manchester and its school system. We would estimate that Manchester had begun an educational system for its children in the late 1800s.  A high school was probably established in the late 1800s to early 1900s.  Manchester High School most likely served the town through at least the 1940s. Manchester High School was a three-year high school with the students attending Roodhouse for the final year if they desired.

Manchester HS Building 1930s
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Scott County 1976 Bicentennial Book – Courtesy of John Bybee

It is likely that Manchester High School was eventually annexed to the Winchester school system in the late 1940s, though it is possible this effort was a few years later.

Patty Clark shares this information with us regarding the use of the Manchester school building”

“The High School and grade school were all  in same building.   The school had two rooms downstairs for primary grades, one room upstairs for 7 & 8th grade and one for high school.

The Principal’s office was at the top of the stairs. The school had a basement, where some boys did woodwork.

The high school was only a three-year program.  Some students, then went to RoodhouseMurrayville, or Winchester,  for their senior year

Manchester School With Brief History
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Scott County 1976 Bicentennial Book – Submitted by John Bybee

The original Manchester school building is still standing, though it has fallen into a sorry state. The photo above was originally taken in 1902 when the building was opened.  The grade school was held on the first floor while the Junior High and High School classes (grades 9 – 11) were held on the second floor. The kids of Manchester attend school in Winchester to this day.

Manchester High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                          late 1800s / early 1900s

Year closed:                           late 1940s

Annexed to:                            Winchester School System

Manchester HS team mascot:  the “Blackhawks”

School colors:                         Black & White

School Fight Song:                  unavailable


Unfortunately the teams and athletes from Manchester did not win any IHSA hardware.  There had to be some great athletes and great teams at Manchester High.  We are also searching for the quick facts information listed such as school team nickname, school colors, and fight song.  We would also be interested in the conference affiliation of Manchester High.

Need Your Assistance

If you have ANY information regarding the achievements and history of Manchester High School, especially a photo of the high school building, please write to us at  You can also write to us via real mail at:

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6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.    60631 

Manchester High School 1904 Graduation Invite
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Manchester HS 1904 Graduation Program

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