Springerton High School “Wildcats”

Springerton HS Student Body 1942
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Submitted by Kay & Phil Huffer

The History of Springerton High School

Courtesy of Gerry Halpin

Springerton (population 134) is a village in Mill Shoals Township in northwestern White County.  The village lies to the west of State Route 45.  The nearest towns are Mill Shoals (5 miles north), Enfield (8 miles south) and McLeansboro (15 miles southwest.)

Springerton was also known as Spring Hill in its early days.  The Baltimore & Ohio railroad ran through town beginning in 1871, but it has been removed in recent years.

Just a few shreds of evidence of the existence of Springerton High School can be found on the internet.  James Gholson’s excellent website on Broughton (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jgholson/broughton.htm) now includes the 1943-44 Broughton yearbook.  This book states that Broughton played Springerton twice in boy’s basketball during that school year.  Broughton won the first game 38-15, but Springerton took the second game 35-31.  Another family website states that a woman named Gladys Savage attended Springerton High in the mid-1930’s and later graduated from Enfield High.

Based on the above information, we can assume Springerton was a 2 or 3-year high school which likely existed from the 1920’s until the late 1940’s.  It is not known if Springerton High had its own building and/or gymnasium – classes may have been held in the grade school or a local hall, as was the case for many 2-year schools.

After Springerton High closed, students most likely attended Mills Prairie High or Enfield High.  Today, Springerton students attend Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School.

Phillip Huffer tells us that Springerton High School was a two story brick high school building with a separate gym which had an upstairs dressing room.

Springerton High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                     1920s (possibly earlier)

Year closed:                       late 1940s?

Consolidated to:                 Fairfield or Enfield high schools

Kids attend school today:    Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School

Springerton HS nickname:   “Wildcats”

Springerton HS colors:        Orange & Blue

School Fight Song:             unavailable


As it states in the history portion of this article, Springerton High School definitely competed with other schools in the area in the sport of boys basketball. Our guess is that the boys competed in baseball and track as well.  We are in need of information on the team season records, coaches names, and other accomplishments at Springerton High.

Springerton High School “Wildcats” 1941-42
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Boys Basketball

We know the boys competed in basketball as evidenced above. We also located some basketball scores involving Springerton High School in the IHSA state tournament. These scores were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.” The scores are posted below.

1934-35                  Fairfield District Tournament           Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Fairfield 50-33

Fairfield beat Crossville in title game

1935-36                  Bellmont District Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Bellmont 44-24

Bellmont lost to Bone Gap in semi-final

Bone Gap beat Norris City in title game

1936-37 through 1943-44  Postseason scores, records, and coach’s names needed.

1944-45                  Equality District Tournament           Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Equality 46-16

Equality lost to Burnt Prairie in semi-final

Burnt Prairie lost to Cave-In-Rock in title game

1945-46                  Ridgway District Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Mills Prairie 58-33

Mills Prairie lost to Ridgway in semi-final

Ridgway beat Equality in title game

1946-47                  Shawneetown District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

    1st Rd Beat Mills Prairie 28-26

Semi-final lost to Equality 47-36

Equality lost to Cave-In-Rock in title game

1947-48                  Equality District Tournament           Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Mills Prairie 61-38

*Mills Prairie lost to Ridgway in semi-final

Ridgway lost to Cave-In-Rock in title game

*Probably the final boys basketball game for Springerton High School. Like most 3-year high schools, Springerton was likely closed in the summer of 1948.

Seeking Information

If you have any information on the history, accomplishments, and memories of Springerton High School, please contact us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  We are especially interested in a photo of the former high school building.  Items can be mailed to us at:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, Il.  60631  


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