|The History of Rose Hill High School
Rose Hill (population 79) is located in the southeastern portion of Illinois in the north-central portion of Jasper County. Illinois Route 130 is the main roadway leading to and from Rose Hill which is located on County Road 1750th N just east of Route 130. According to www.mapquest.com Rose Hill is about 4 blocks wide and 2 blocks from south to north. The nearest town of note would be Effingham which sits just 15 miles west of Rose Hill.
There is a nice history of Rose Hill as it looked in 1884 on the Genealogy Trails web address of http://genealogytrails.com/ill/jasper/towns.html . In summary the article states the following:
Rose Hill was platted in 1878 along a local railroad approximately 8 miles north of Newton. The town was named after a post office first established in the area by A.S. Harris. In 1884 the town was quite alive with a popluation of 128 and several businesses, including a new frame church. There was great hope for the future of the town at that time.
It is assumed that the residents of Rose Hill established a school for their children as well. We know there was a Rose Hill High School as there is a photo of the high school class of 1922 at their graduation ceremony in front of a stage with the letters “RHHS” proudly displayed behind them.
We would guess that Rose Hill High School was established in the 19-teens or very early 1920s. It is likely it was a 2 or 3-year high school that probably stayed active through the 1940s. We do believe that the high school aged students of Rose Hill attend Newton High School today.
It is unknown regarding the fate of the Rose Hill High School building.
Rose Hill High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 19-teens / early 1920s
Year closed: 1940s?
Consolidated to: Newton High School
Rose Hill HS nickname: unavailable
Rose Hill HS colors: unavailable
School Fight Song: unavailable