The History of Silvis High School
Silvis, Illinois (population 7,269) is one of the outlying communities outside of the Quad Cities in western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Slivis is located right next to East Moline along the Mississippi River. It is home to the River Bend Industrial Park, the TPC at Deere Run (the John Deere Classic PGA golf event is held here), and Hero Street, U.S.A., a street famous for it’s many residents that have served in America’s wars.
The village was organized at the turn of the 20th century, incorporated in 1901. Sixth Street school was built in 1906 and “had five or six rooms. Each room held two grades, beginning with the first grade,” according the the village’s centennial history publication.
Seventh Street School, known largely as the “McKinley School,” was built in 1908. The principal would teach high school courses in the school for at least eight years before the school closed in 1916.
However, that was not the end of the high school. A new two-year school was immediately begun at the McKinley School and a gymnasium was added on. Around this time, the Silvis school board furnished street car tickets to students living outside their area.
The eventual end of high school came in 1920, when students were sent to United Township High School in East Moline.
Silvis High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1906
Year closed: 1920
Consolidated to: United Township High School, East Moline
HS team nickname: unknown if existant
HS team colors: unknown if existant
School Fight Song: unknown if existant
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