The History of Scottville High School
Scottville (population 140) is located in lower west-central Illinois in the northwest portion of Macoupin County. County Highway 21, County Highway 38, and the Modesto-Scottville Road all intersect in Scottville. Scottville is about four blocks long and four blocks wide. Scottville sits quietly in the country about 25 miles southwest of Springfield.
A brief history on how and when the town of Scottville was established can be viewed at https://macoupin.illinoisgenweb.org/history/scottville.html. The site states that Scottville was established in 1835. It goes on to say that the town was not actually incorporatd as a village until 1857.
A school was set up in Scottville between 1835 and 1854. This is the extent of knowledge that we possess on the Scottville’s school history. We would bet that Scottville had a high school curriculum in place for its students by the late 1800s. We do knbow that if Scottville had a high school, it closed in 1948. That was the year that Scottville joined its northwest Macoupin County neighbors Palmyra, Modesto, and Hettick to consolidate their educational efforts. The result was the establishment of the Northwestern School District.
The high school and grade school for the Northwestern School District landed in the group’s largest town, Palmyra. The fate of the Scottville High School is also in need of research.
From Rhonda Ashby Coulter regarding the 1908 Scottville High School class photo above:
“My father’s step-mother was a Mitchell (Ruth Emily Mitchell Ashby, 1904-1992), from Athensville Twp, Greene County, Illinois. In the pictures passed down in the family, I came across a poster of the graduates of Scottville High School, Class of 1908. There are no names on the photos or the back of the poster. I thought I’d share them with IHSGD. If anyone can put names to any of these students, it would be greatly appreciated!
I assume at least one of the boys is a Mitchell (Ruth’s half-brother). I estimate these students were born around 1890. Frank Mitchell was born in June of 1889 and his brother Verne was born in January of 1891. Their parents are John Mitchell (1865-1927) and Luella J. White (1867-1898). Ruth’s mother is John Mitchell’s second wife Nancy Etna Northern Mitchell.
I know that Ruth, whose family lived on a farm, boarded with an uncle while she attended Scottville High School about 1922-1926.”
Scottville High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s
Year closed: 1948
Consolidated to: Northwestern School District (Palmyra)
Scottville HS team nickname: unavailable
Scottville HS team colors: unavailable
School Fight Song: unavailable