St. George High School

St. George School Building 2016
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Former St. George High School Building
St. George School Building Southeast View
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Former St. George HS Building

The History of St. George High School


St. George is a rural area northeast of Kankakee in Kankakee County, about eight miles away from the county seat. It is located near County Roads 5000 East and 5000 North. The town is a small hamlet of about 15 houses, an active catholic church, a heating and air conditioning business, and the St. George Elementary School. The town was established in 1866 and named after a town of the same name in Quebec, Canada. Other communities nearby include Bradley, Bourbonnais, and Manteno, which are all to the west of St. George.

St. George High School was opened as co-ed public school in the fall of 1913 by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kansas. The school started operating in the sisters’ convent as a one-year school, and later became a two-year institution in 1922. A third year was added in 1929, and a fourth year was offered starting in 1940.

St. George was not able to become accredited as a educational institution due to the lack of students and teachers at the school. It was decided to close the school in the spring of 1948 when other schools in Kankakee County were consolidating. The St. George School building that was erected in 1924 still stands and is in use. Several new additions have been made and the school is flourishing today as a K-8 facility as part of the Bradley-Bourbonnais School District.

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Year opened as 1-yr school:                  1913

Became 2-year school:                         1922

Third year added:                                  1929

Went to a 4-year school:                       1940

Year closed:                                        1948

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It may have been possible that St. George could have offered some interscholastic activities, given its small size. But if there any graduates or former students that may know, we invite them to contact us with this information and other pieces of information that could help make this listing of the school special.

Please send your information via email to or thru the mail at the following address:

Illinois High School Glory Days

6439 North Neva

Chicago, IL  60631

St. George School Building Southwest View
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