Rose Hill High School

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 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 .  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


Rose Hill High School likely competed in boys basketball.  It is possible that baseball and track were offered too.  We are interested in any information you may have regarding the athletic program at Rose Hill High School.  We are also looking for the nickname of the teams, the uniform colors, school fight song, coaches names, and season records of Rose Hill High School teams.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Activities such as school plays, FFA, FHA, GAA, band, and chorus may have been a very important part of the Rose Hill High School student experience.  Please contact us if you have information on these activities.

If You Have Any Information You Wish to Share:  

Especially a photo of the Rose Hill High School building, please contact us via e-mail at .  You can also mail items to us at:

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6439 N. Neva Av.

Chicago, Il.  60631

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