The History of Parkersburg High School
Parkersburg (population 234) is located in the southeastern portion of Illinois in the south-central portion of Richland County. Parkersburg sits peacefully on Illinois Route 130 about five miles south of Olney. The Indiana Hi-Rail Railroad passes through Parkersburg as well. The county roadways of Parkersburg Lane and Angle Lane both lead you to Parkersburg.
The history of the town of Parkersburg and its school system is in need of research. It is probable that Parkersburg had some sort of high school curriculum in place by the late 1800s, certainly by the early 1900s. Parkersburg High School served the community and surrounding farm kids for several years. In the late 1940s and early 1950s the major consolidation sweep that struck Illinois caught up to the small towns in the south and eastern portions of Richland County.
In 1947 this consolidation effort included the creation of the East Richland School District. We are not certain when, however we believe that the Parkersburg High School District consolidated to East Richland in the early to middle 1950s. Parkersburg school-aged children continue to attend school as part of the East Richland School system.
If you have further information, including a photo and information on the former Parkersburg High School building, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The Parkersburg HS Gymnasium is still standing as of 2012. Photos of the gym were provided to us by Parker Whitaker. The high school building has been razed..
Parkersburg High School Quick Facts
Year opened: Late 1800s / Early 1900s
Year closed: Early 1950s?
Consolidated to: East Richland School District (Olney)
PHS nickname: unavailable
PHS team colors: Red & White
PHS Fight Song: unavailable