New Windsor High School “Norsemen”

New Windsor High School Taken in 1946
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Submitted by Chuck Leonard
New Windsor GS Bldg – Former New Windsor HS
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Submitted by Roberta VanBriesen – 2007

The History of New Windsor High School

The community of New Windsor has a population of approximately 900 residents.  It is situated on Il. Rt. 17 seven and one-half miles east of US. Rt. 67. If you are unfamiliar with the area, New Windsor is about 23 miles (as the crow flies) south and a little east of the Quad Cities.

A nice history of the town of New Windsor can be found on the town’s website address of .

Evan Thomas provided the following historical information regarding the early days of New Windsor High School:

“The original high school classes were conducted in a building on Main Street. The lower level was the gym and the upper level housed the classrooms. The building was converted into a theatre (the Rivoli) after the new high school was built and was later demolished.”

Jeff Crummy supplied the following historical information on New Windsor High School:

“New Windsor built a ‘new’ brick high school in 1938. It was a  WPA project of FDR’s New Deal. This served as the high school until Winola was formed in 1953 (the merger of Viola and New Windsor into one school district), and then became the Winola Junior High School until Winola annexed into the Sherrard school district in the 1988-89 school year . The building is in excellent condition today, being used in a variety of functions as remodeled by Thurman Williams.”

To find more information regarding Winola High School check out. Regarding the photo of New Windsor High School at the top of this page Chuck Leonard tells us:

“This is a copy of a picture of New Windsor High School taken prior to 1946.  It is scanned from my father’s class picture when he graduated in 1946.  I attended the school when it was Winola Junior High School in the 1960s and lived only a block from the school.”

A consolidation effort took place between New Windsor and its neighboring town Viola in 1952.  The new school system was named “Winola” with the high school situated in Viola.

New Windsor GS Building & Cafeteria
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Photo Taken by Roberta VanBriesen – 2007 (Complex is now apartment bldg.)
New Windsor Grade School Building
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Submitted by Roberta VanBriesen
New Windsor High School Quick Facts

Year opened:          early 1900s

Year closed:           1952

Consolidated to:      Winola High School District (Viola)

School nickname:   the “Norsemen”

School colors:        Red & White

School Fight Song: unavailable


New Windsor High School offered many sports during its existence.  The only record of success on the IHSA web site ( is in Boy’s Basketball.  It is probable New Windsor also offered football, baseball, and track, however further information and verification is needed from an alumni of the school or a townsperson.  The boy’s basketball success is listed below.

Boys Basketball

The New Windsor High School “Norsemen” had some very nice seasons on the hardwood court. The boys won two District Championships and competed very well with the other schools in the area. Some IHSA tournament basketball scores were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.” The scores are printed below as well.

**All scores, season records, and coaches’ names prior to the 1933-34 season are needed.

1933-34               Galesburg District Semi-Finalist   Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Prairie City 20-19

                           Semi-final lost to Knoxville 34-12

Knoxville lost to Galesburg in title game

1934-35               Galesburg District Tourney               Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Victoria 15-13

Victoria lost in 2nd Rd.

1935-36               Galva District Tourney                      Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to LaFayette 35-21

1936-37  Postseason scores, record, & coach’s name needed 

1937-38  Postseason scores, record, & coach’s name needed 

1938-39  Postseason scores, record, & coach’s name needed 

1939-40               District Champions                        Coach William F. Hart

Postseason scores & record needed


1940-41    17-13   Postseason scores needed              Coach William F. Hart

1941-42               Postseason scores & record needed Coach William F. Hart

1942-43  Postseason scores, record, & coach’s name needed 

1943-44               District Champions                        Coach William F. Hart

Postseason scores & record needed

1944-45               District Runner-up                          Coach’s name & record needed

Postseason scores needed

1945-46               New Windsor District Runner-up    Coach’s name & record needed

Title Game lost to Biggsville 37-33

1946-47 through 1947-48 Postseason scores, records, & coaches’ names neerded

1948-49               New Boston District Runner-up       Coach’s name & record needed

Semi-final Beat Viola 32-31

Title Game lost to New Boston 57-31

1949-50               New Windsor District Tourney            Coach’s name & record needed 

                          1st Rd Beat Little York 44-37

                          Semi-final lost to New Boston 48-33

New Boston won District title.

1950-51  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed

1951-52               New Windsor District Tourney             Coach’s name & record needed

**Semi-final Lost to Viola 39-38

Viola lost title game

**Final game for New Windsor High School, consolidateed with Viola in 1952 to form the Winola School District.

New Windsor HS Basketball Team of 1944-45
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Submitted by Chuck Leonard (Lowell Leonard is #42 in the photo)

Notable Roundball Athlete

Meridith Peterson – Ranked among the area’s leading scorers, scoring 234 points in 24 games played.

Memories & More Regarding New Windsor High School

**From Jeff Crummy:

“New Windsor adopted ‘The Norsemen’ as their school nickname to honor the fighting spirit of the vast number of people of Swedish descent who inhabited the town. When the Red and White of New Windsor consolidated with the Blue and White of Viola High School, the newly formed school district of Winola adopted the colors of Maroon and White. The ‘Red’ was mixed with the ‘Blue’ hence forming MAROON. The white remained the same! This new school went on to be a main stay in the old Cornbelt Conference that consisted of Alwood, Westmer, Cambridge, Rockridge, Sherrard, Orion, Atkinson and of course Winola!”

**From Evan Thomas:

“Bill King came to New Windsor to coach in 1950 and continued as the Winola coach until the ’70’s.”

**From Martin Anderson:

“I attended new Windsor grade school from 1964 to 1972. We had 1st thru 4th in the first high school building. Then we had 5th thru 8th in the Junior High building. We were then bussed to Viola for high school.”

New Windsor HS Class of 1946
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Submitted by Chuck Leonard

***Names in Photo Above:

Top Row:  Margaret Carlson, Marion Thorpe, Principal W.F. Hart, Charlene Keim, Donna Hollemback

2nd Row: Wayne Johnson, Lowell Leonard

3rd Row:  Margaret Ann Tornquist, Sally Ann Wright

Bottom Row: Shirley Showalter, Warren Hazlewood, Martha Bell, Lavern Johnson, Dorothy Blaine


Seeking Further Information

We are anxiously seeking further information regarding New Windsor High School and the New Windsor school system. We are especially seeking a photo of the old school building.  If you are willing to share information you may have please complete a School Submission Form or write us at or:

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New Windsor Grade School Building
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Cafeteria is to the left – Photo by Roberta VanBriesen – 2007

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