Nauvoo Saints Peter and Paul High School

Nauvoo Sts. Peter & Paul High School Building
A large building with a tree in front of it

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State of Illinois Archives Photo – Submitted by Dennis Downey

The History of Nauvoo Saints Peter and Paul High School

Nauvoo (populaion 1,063) is located on Illinois Route 9 in upper-western Illinois.  The town is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in far western Hancock County. Nauvoo is located about 35 miles west of Macomb. The town was platted in 1835 and originally named Commerce. In 1839 Joseph Smith and the Latter Day Saints moved into town and set off a population explosion.  The town was renamed Nauvoo (which literally means “beautiful location”) and quickly spread its wings.  By 1845-46 Nauvoo had an estimated population of 15 – 20 THOUSAND residents.  This would have made Nauvoo Illinois’ largest city of that time and, in fact, one of the 20 largest cities in the United States.  Events soon occurred which led to the steady decline over many years of Nauvoo’s population.  Nauvoo is still quite a tourist attraction with many historic sites and places to visit.  For an entertaining and informative look at Nauvoo go to or

According to the official website of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, the history of the church and school are as follows:

“In 1874, the Benedictine Sisters arrived in Nauvoo opening the first school. The first school was purchased in 1918. This remained the educational facility until 1962 when we made our move to our newly built present building, housing grades 1-8.”

The site does not mention the former high school housed in the original Sts. Peter & Paul School building.  The former Sts. Peter and Paul High school building has been demolished. Our guess is that the high school portion of the school closed in the late1940s to early 1950s. The parish still supports a grade school for grades PK – 6.

Nauvoo Saints Peter and Paul High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                   late 1800s

Year closed:                    1950s?

School team nickname:    unavailable

School team colors:         unavailable

School Fight Song:           unavailable


The Saints Peter and Paul High School boys definitely competed in basketball.  This sport was located on the IHSA website (  We believe the school may have also offered baseball and track.  Team nickname, colors, fight song, records, and coach’s names are all items we are currently seeking.

Boys Basketball

The Sts. Peter and Paul High School kids had some real excitement in the 1940s.  The boys basketball team won two District titles to advance to a chance to play with the “big boys” in the Regional.  The titles came in back to back seasons.  Team records and coach’s names of these and other great teams of Sts. Peter & Paul High School are being sought.

A search on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores” did not turn up any scores for Sts. Peter & Paul High School. If you have any further information regarding the baketball program please contact us via the means listed at the bottom of this page.

1947-48            District Champions

1948-49            District Champions

Need Your Assistance

The Saints Peter and Paul High School legacy should not be forgotten.  School team nickname, colors, fight song, great teams, and other noteable accomplishments at BHS should be remembered and shared with others.  A photo of the original high school building is especially being sought.  You can e-mail these items to us at or you can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.    60631

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