Stonefort High School

Stonefort School Gymnasium 2010
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Stonefort School Playground – 2010
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The History of Stonefort High School

Stonefort (population 292) is located in the far southern portion of of Illinois, in the eastern portion of Illinois’ tip.  The town is about 12 miles southwest of Harrisburg and 15 miles southeast of Marion.  Though Stonefort is considered to be a part of Saline County, it is almost equally divided from north to south by the Saline County / Williamson County line.  U.S. Route 45 is the main roadway to and from Stonefort.  The Illinois Central Railroad passes by town about one mile to the east.

An early history of the town of Stonefort can be found at the web address of http://www.carolyar.com/Illinois/SALINE/Saline217.htm . In summary, the original town of Stone Fort was platted in 1858.  It was established just to the southeast of where the current town now sits.  By 1872 the town had reached a population of 150.  The railroad did not pass the original town’s location however and folks soon moved to the current location of Stonefort, which at the time was named Bolton.  The residents of Stone Fort took with with them many of the structures, leaving the once thriving community nearly bare.

Since there was already a post office in Illinois named Bolton, the post office in this Bolton was named Stone Fort.  It is believed that because of this, and since most of the residents had relocated from Stone Fort, the town of Bolton took on the name of Stone Fort, and later, Stonefort.

We know that the original town of Stone Fort had a two-story brick school building that was left behind in 1872.  A school building was erected in the “new” Stonefort in 1873.  We can only surmise the next 90 years of education in Stonefort.  We would guess that residents of Stonefort began a high school curriculum for their children by the late 1800s, certainly by the early 1920s.  We believe that Stonefort High School was a four-year institution.  It served the town and the surrounding farm families through the early 1960s.  It was in 1963 that the residents of Carrier Mills and Stonefort agreed to consolidate their educational efforts. This arrangement led to the creation of the Carrier Mills – Stonefort School District.

We are currently not certain if the town of Stonefort still hosts a grade school.  We are also curious if the high school building still stands in town.

Stonefort High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                              late 1800s / early 1900s

Year closed:                               1963

Consolidated to:                          Carrier Mills – Stonefort School District

Stonefort HS team nickname:       unavailable

Stonefort HS team colors:            unavailable

School Fight Song:                      unavailble

ATHLETICS & EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

We are fairly certain that the boys of Stonefort High participated in interscholastic athletics.  It is probable that the boys played basketball, baseball, and track.  The coach’s names and team records are needed.  Also needed are the team colors, fight song, and team nickname.

Other activities such as proms, dances, class plays, farmer’s institutes, and various clubs may have been a part of the Stonefort High School experience as well.  We are hopeful an area fan or alumni can help us with this information.

Do YOU Have Any Further Information?

If you have any information you would like to add to the Stonefort High School page please send it to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net .  A photo of the high school building would be greatly appreciated.  You can also write to us via real mail at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.   60631

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