The History of Mound City High School
Mound City (population 692) is located in very far southern Illinois about five miles north of Cairo. It is the County Seat of Pulaski County. Mound City sits on the banks of the Ohio River a short distance from its merger with the Mississippi River. Two Railroad lines, the Illinois Central Gulf and the Conrail, run tracks through Mound City. Illinois Route 37 is the main roadway leading to town which sits about 1 mile east of Interstate Highway 57. Some great reading on the history of the town can be found at http://www.multied.com/Navy/CWNavy/moundcity.html which talks about the naval ship, the USS Mound CIty, which fought in the Civil War, and http://www.illinoishistory.com/moundcitymassacre.html which talks of the murder of settlers by renegade Indians in the early 1800s.
A history of Mound City Community High School and website honoring the school was provided by Carolyn Luton Geittmann (MCCHS Class of 1951):
“The first class to graduate from Mound City High School (MCHS), Mound City, Illinois, was the Class of 1888. The Class of 1921 was the first class to graduate from Mound City Community High School (MCCHS). Mound City Community High School and Lovejoy consolidated in 1962 and the Class of 1963 was the last class to graduate from MCCHS although the new Meridian Class of 1965 continued to attend school in the old MCCHS school building, which was built in 1919, and located in Mound City on the north corner of High Street and Merritt Street with the entrance facing Merritt Street.
I started a mailing list for alumni of MCCHS several years ago which has been extremely successful. Our home page is: http://lists.topica.com/lists/MCCHS
Anyone who has an interest in the old high school is invited to visit this site and subscribe to our mailing list.
The high school for the new district, and eventually all schools for the new district, were located in Mounds. The original Mound City High School building was razed however the MCCHS gymnasium is still standing..
Mound City High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s
Year closed: 1963
Consolidated to: Meridian School District (Mounds)
MCCHS Team nickname: the “Tigers”
Team colors: Orange, Black, & White
School Fight Song: unavailable