Secor High School

Secor High School Building
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Photo Courtesy of Gerry Halpin
Front View – Secor High School
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The History of Secor High School

Secor (population 379) is located in upper-central Illinois about 25 miles east of Peoria.  This places Secor in the southeastern portion of Woodford County.  The town was named in honor of Charles A. Secor a member of the engineering firm of Cruger, Secor and Company, which was awarded the contract for construction of the Eastern Extension of the Peoria and Oquawka Railroad, and Zeno Secor, a director of the railroad line that passed through the village (source: book titled “Place Names of Illinois”). U.S. Route 24 passes through the south side of town as County Highway 5 passes through Secor’s middle.  Route 24 is shadowed by the Toledo, Peoria, and Western Railroad.  A branch of the Panther Creek flows into Secor as well. A nice website for the village of Secor can be read at the following web address: .

The following information was sent to us by a fan from the area who obtained it from the Secor Centennial Book which was written in 1957:

Secor School – 1860
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         Secor Centennial Book (1957)

“The first log schoolhouse with a stick and mud chimney was built in 1844. Records for this school were destroyed by a fire.  The first small frame school building was built in 1857.  That building was sold as a home for a family.

Secor believed that education was essential for a well governed community. The people worked hard to provide a safer and more modern building. The last school building built in Secor was a brick building built in 1906 at cost of over $10,000.  (This building is pictured above.)

The number of students that attended classes in this new building in spring of 1907 were 39 primary students, 26 intermediate, 27 upper grades and 30 high school students along with 1 teacher for EACH  grade level and a principal.

In the school year of 1916-1917 athletics were introduced. Early school records show that in the upper grades and High School, alternate grades were taught in succeeding years.  Later two years of high school training were offered,  The last High School classes were taught in 1939-1940.

Cornerstone of Secor HS Building
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Beginning in 1941, the Secor School was only an elementary school. In 1948 Secor merged with El Paso Community Unit Dist. 375.  With this change, only the first 6 grades remained in the Secor School.  Seventh and eighth grade students were transported by bus to El Paso.  Due to crowded conditions at the time, the seventh grade was reopened in Secor in 1954.  .”

Secor High School served the community for about four decades, probably a little longer. The school building continued to serve the El Paso District into the 1980s until it was decided to close it with all students attending classes in El Paso. The former school gymnasium building serves as a community center for the town of Secor.

Secor High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                         Late 1800s

Year brick HS building built:  1906

Year HS closed:                     1940

Annexed to:                            El Paso School DIstrict

Secor HS team nickname:     unavailable

Secor team colors:                 unavailable

School Fight Song:                 unavailable

Secor Athletics – 1916
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Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities

The school’s gymnasium can be seen in the photo at the top of the page just to the left of the school bulding.  We are certain that Secor tried its hand at sports during its tenure, however due to small enrollment the venture did not last very many years.  We know that band was offered into the 1930s as well.

Secor HS – 1906
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Sincere Gratitude

Sincere thanks goes out to a special fan of the Glory Days website for providing much of the information on this page.

Seeking Your Assistance

If you have any information you can provide regarding the achievements and successes attained at Secor High School please write to us via e-mail at You can also write to us via real mail at :

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631

Secor HS Class of 1919
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Secor High School
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Photo Courtesy of Gerry Halpin

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