Plainville High School

The History of Plainville High School

Plainville (population 248) is located in western Illinois in the southwestern portion of Adams County. The main roadways to and from Plainville are County Highway 96 and N 200th Avenue. E 1700th Street and N 53rd Lane also take you to Plainville. The Mississippi River flows by about seven miles to the west of town. Plainville is located about 17 miles southeast of Quincy.

A nice history of the town of Plainville is available at the web address of . In summary the article states the following.

Plainville was originally named Stone’s Prairie when it was first settled in 1822 by a man named Samuel Stone. Eventually the town was named Plainville in honor of a settler named John Delaplain, the first merchant in the town. Plainville was incorporated as a town in Illinois in 1896. The village at that time supported a bank, two churches, and a few “men’s” clubs.

We do not currently have a lot of information regarding the former Plainville High School. We were made aware of its existence via a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores” located at the web address of . This site lists basketball scores from various levels of the IHSA tournament played from 1922 through 1987. The score from a game played by Plainville High School will be listed below.

It is our guess that Plainville High School was likely in place by the late 1800s. The school probably served the town and the area farm kids through the late 1940s. We are anxious to learn more about this school and town. If you have further information please conact us via the means listed at the bottom of this page.

Plainville High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                        late 1800s / early 1900s

Year closed:                         late 1940s (?)

Consolidated to:                    Payson-Seymour High School

Plainville HS team nickname: ??

Plainville HS uniform colors:   ??

School Fight Song:               ??


We are certain that the boys participated in the sport of basketball. It is likely that track and baseball were offered as well. We are searching for the Plainville High School team nickname, uniform colors, fight song, coaches names, and season records.


The following score was recorded on the website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores“. We are hopeful a local fan can provide further information about this and other seasons in PHS history.

1934 Quincy District Tournament

1st Round – Camp Point 51, Plainville 19


We are confident that athletics were not the only extra-curricular activity offered at Plainville High. Clubs, choir, band, dances, and other activities were likely a large part of the Plainville High School experience.



We are hopeful a local resident, historian, or even an alum of Plainville High School will help us provide more information regardiing this former school system. You can e-mail items to us at or you can write to us at:

IHSGD Webstie

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, IL.  60631

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