Montrose High School “Mustangs”

Montrose High School
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Photo Courtesy of Delaine Donaldson

The History of Montrose High School

Montrose (population 270) is located in southeastern Illinois about eight miles northeast of Effingham.  Montrose occupies the northeast corner of Effingham County. U.S. Route 40 passes through town and Interstate Highway 70 passes just to the north of Montrose.  The Conrail Railroad runs alongside Route 40 and passes through Montrose as well.

The history of Montrose and its former high school are in need of research.  Delaine Donaldson advises that Montrose High School was started in 1914.  It served the city and surrounding farm kids for about 34 years. It was in 1948 that it was decided to merge the educational efforts of Montrose and nearby Dieterich.  The high school students began attending Dieterich High in the fall of 1948.

The Montrose High School building continued in its use as a grade school for the Dieterich school system for several years until it, too, was closed.  The fate of the building is being sought.

Montrose High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                          1914

Year closed:                           1948

Consolidated to:                      Dieterich High School

Montrose HS team nickname:  “Mustangs”

Montrose HS team colors:       unavailable

School Fight Song:                 unavailable

Montrose High School Basketball Team of 1923-24
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District Champions


We know that the Montrose High School boys played basketball.  Our guess is that the boys competed in baseball and track as well.  We are searching for many items to help remember the Montrose High School accomplishments.  Team nickname, school colors, fight song, coaches names, records and great player information. All are items we would welcome for addition to this page.

Boys Basketball

The Montrose High School boys basketball team won a District title in 1936. This is the only information we currently have on the program.  We would welcome any further information on the Montrose basketball program, especially this magical season.

1935-36               District Champions

Requesting Your Assistance  

If you have ANY further information on Montrose High School and the many accomplishments attained there please write and share them with us.  There have to be some great stories and memories that will be lost forever if you don’t!  You can contact us via e-mail at   You can also write to us via USPS at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631

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