St. Jacob High School

St. Jacob High School Building – now Triad Elem.
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St. Jacob High School Entrance
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The History of St. Jacob High School

St. Jacob (population 801) is located in the southwest portion of Illinois about 20 miles northeast of East St. Louis.  St. Jacob was platted in the southeastern portion of Madison County.  U.S. Route 40 is the main roadway  leading to and from town.  The Conrail Railroad runs parallel to Route 40 through the northside of town.

The history of the town and the beginning of its school system are in need of research.  It is probable that St. Jacob townspeople established a school in their town by the late 1800s.  A high school was certainly in place by the early 1900s.  St. Jacob High School served the tohe children of the area nicely thought the early 1950s.  It was at that time that the neighboring towns of St. Jacob, Marine, and Troy began working on a consolidation effort.  It was in 1954 that this effort became a reality.  The result was the creation of the Triad School District.  Check out the Triad School District website at

The high school was located in Troy.  A grade school was located in St. Jacob and was later reduced to its current PK – 5 status just recently.  The former high school building, pictured above, is meeting a sad fate.  The building will be demolished this year to make room for a newer elementary school building. (Thank you to Tony Evanoff for this information.)

St. Jacob High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                             early 1900s?

Year closed:                              1954

Consolidated to:                         Triad School District (Troy)

St. Jacob HS team nickname:     unavailable

SJHS team colors:                     unavailable

School Fight Song:                     unavailable

St. Jacob Gymnasium Center Circle
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St. Jacob High School offered boys basketball for sure (  Baseball and track were probably offered as well.  School team nickname, colors, fight song, team records, and coach’s names are all being sought.  If you have any of this information please contact us via e-mail.

Boys Basketball

The St. Jacob HS boys basketball program won one District title.  This is, however, the only information we currently have available.

1944-45               District Champions

Looking For More Information

If you have any information you would like to share regarding St. Jacob High School and its many accomplishments please e-mail us at  You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631

St. Jacob HS Building Cornerstone
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St. Jacob HS Dedication Plaque
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