Stonington High School “Wildcats”

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The History of Stonington High School

Stonington (population 960) is located in central Illinios in upper-eastern Christian County.  The town is located about 18 miles southwest of Decatur on Illinois Route 48.  The Buckhart Creek flows through the northwest side of town.  The Norfolk & Western Railroad shadows Route 48 through the heart of Stonington.

The history of the town of Stonington and its former high school are both in need of research. Rick Thomas (Class of 1977) provided the following historical information regarding Stonington High School’s beginning:

“According to Venus Holben, born 1881 and died in 1974, she remembered Stonington having classes in 1893-1896 at a building that no longer existed.  I have seen the old photos of the classes of 1895-1900, and these photos once were kept on the third floor of the high school.  I do not know what happened to these photos or if they were archived.  The brick, three-story school was built in 1899-1900, and opened in late summer 1900.”

Stonington High School was in session beginning in 1893 at the latest. It served Stonington and the surrounding farm kids for approximately nine decades.  The late 1980s saw a consolidation movement with the schools of the north Christian County area.  The year was 1992 that the residents of Stonington agreed to consolidate their educational efforts with those of Taylorville, their neighbor to the southwest.

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The Stonington High School building has since been razed.

Stonington High School Quick Facts

Year opened:              late 1800s / 1893

Year closed:               1992

Consolidated to:          Taylorville School District

SHS team nickname:   the “Wildcats”

SHS team colors:        Red & White

School Fight Song:      “We’re Loyal to You Stonington”

We’re loyal to you Stonington

We’re red and white, Stonington

We’ll back you to stand

‘Gainst the best in the land

For we know you have sand, Stonington

Rah! Rah!

So crack out the ball, Stonington

We’re backing you all, Stonington

Our team is our fame protector:

On! Boys for we expect a

Victory from you Stonington!

Stonington HS Gymnasium
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We know through research on the IHSA website ( that Stonington High School competed in the boys sports of baseball, basketball, and track.  The girls later competed in the sports of basketball, volleyball, and track.  Other sports may have been offered such as football and softball.  We are in need of the school team nickname, colors, fight song, and other interesting facts about the Stonington HS athletic program.



The folks of Stonington loved their basketball team.  A total of 12 District titles, 7 Regional titles, one Sectional title, and an Elite 8 appearance made for some great Friday night fun during the winters in Stonington.

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One name defined the program for the last 28 years of the school’s existence.  That name was Coach Jack Dettro. From 1957-58 through 1991-92 Coach Dettro led the Stonington boys out onto the hardwood court.  Coach Dettro compiled a record of 646 – 291 in his 36 years at the healm of the Stonington boys basketball program.  This record placed Coach Dettro #21 in all-time victories and #14 all-time for victories at one school.  As you can see, appropriately, the Stonington HS Gymnasium was named in honor of one of Illinois High School’s all-time great coaches, Jack Dettro.

Several postseason scores from the IHSA Tournament for Stonington High School were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.” These scores are listed below as well.

1916-19                                                                        Coach Guy Lowry

1919-20      8 – 3                                                           Coach Guy Lowry

1920-21                                                                       Coach Guy Lowry


1921-22                  Taylorville District Tourney                Coach Guy Lowry

1st Rd. Lost to Pleasant Plains 20-7


1922-23                                                                        Coach Guy Lowry

1923-24      9 – 4                                                           Coach Guy Lowry

1924-25    18 – 3                                                           Coach Gladwin Gaumer

1925-26                                                                        Coach Paris Loucks

1926-28                                                                        Coach Lloyd Becker

1928-29                                                                        Coach William White

1929-30    21 – 4                                                           Coach William White

1930-31    16 – 8                                                           Coach George Harper

1931-33                                                                        Coach George Harper

1933-34                Decatur District Tourney                    Coach George Harper

1st Rd. Lost to Maroa 25-20


1934-35                Decatur District Tourney                    Coach George Harper

 1st Rd. Beat Niantic 20-10

2nd Rd. Lost to Decatur 55-9


1935-36    14 – 11                                                         Coach Joe Wylder

Edinburg District Tourney – 2nd

1st Rd. Beat Glenarm 27-8

Semi-final Beat Wiiliamsville 36-18

Title Game Lost to Riverton 25-22


1936-37    20 – 13                                                         Coach Joe Wylder

Taylorville Regional Tourney

1st Rd. Lost to Witt 26-24


1937-38    26 – 3    Meridian Conference Champs!   Coach Joe Wylder


1938-39                                                                         Coach Joe Wylder

Decatur Regional Tourney

1st Rd. lost to Cerro Gordo 29-19


1939-40    19 – 8                                                            Coach Joe Wylder


1940-41    12 – 11                                                          Coach Joe Wylder


1941-42                                                                         Coach Fred Rueter

Decatur Regional Tourney

1st Rd. lost to Buffalo Tri-City 61-14

1942-43    22 – 7    Meridian Conference Champs!    Coach Vaughn Armer


1943-45                                                                         Coach Vaughn Armer


1945-46    31 – 5    District Champions                       Coach Harley Culberson

Niantic District Tournament

Title Game Beat Macon 27-22

Decatur Regional Tournament

 1st Rd. Lost to Cerro Gordo 44-38


1946-47    22 – 10                                                           Coach Harley Culberson

1947-48    17 – 10                                                           Coach Harley Culberson


1948-49                                                                          Coach Harley Culberson

Niantic District Touney

1st Rd. Lost to Warrensburg 60-29

1949-50    24 – 7    District Champions                        Coach Mike Corby

Stonington District Tourney

1st Rd. Beat Mt. Auburn 58-45

Title Game Beat Assumption 49-36

Taylorville Regional Tourney – 2nd

1st Rd. Beat Kincaid 45-34

Semi-final Beat Pana 46-42

Title game lost to Taylorville 66-42


1950-51    20 – 9                                                               Coach Mike Corby

Assumption District Tourney – 2nd

1st Rd. Beat Edinburg 61-42

Semi-Final Beat Rochester 65-51

Title game lost to Blue Mound 44-37


1951-52    20 – 10  District Champions                            Coach Mike Corby

Stonington District Tourney

1st Rd. Beat Edinburg 44-33

Title Game Beat Moweaqua 54-52

Taylorville Regional Tourney

1st Rd. lost to Kincaid 61-51


1952-53                                                                          Coach Dale Fahsbender

1953-55                                                                          Coach Ralph Thompson

1955-57                                                                          Coach Ralph Naylor


1957-58    22 – 7    District Champions                        Coach Jack Dettro

Moweaqua District Tournament

Title Game Beat Tower Hill 65-50

Taylorville Regional Tourney

1st Rd. Lost to Pana 74-62


1958-59    19 – 9                                                             Coach Jack Dettro

Morrisonville District Tourney

1st Rd. Beat Rochester 72-63

Semi-final lost to Morrisonville 83-58


1959-60    16 – 10                                                           Coach Jack Dettro

Morrisonville District Tourney

1st Rd. Lost to Kincaid 60-55


1960-61    20 – 6                                                             Coach Jack Dettro


1961-62    22 – 6    District Champions                        Coach Jack Dettro

Edinburg District Tourney

1st Rd. Beat Edinburg 77-64

Title Game Beat Morrisonville 53-49

Pana Regional Tourney

1st Rd. Beat Pana 59-48

Semi-final lost to Taylorville 69-55 


1962-63    23 – 4    District Champions                        Coach Jack Dettro
Meridian Conference Co-Champs!

Edinburg District Tourney

1st Rd. Beat Assumption 66-60

Title Game Beat Blue Mound 63-61

Shelbyville  Regional Tourney

1st Rd. Lost to Macon 68-61


1963-64    24 – 6    District/Regional Champions!!         Coach Jack Dettro

Meridian Conference Co-Champs!

District Champions!

Title Game Beat Blue Mound 57-53

Taylorville Regional Champions!

1st Rd. Beat Moweaqua 61-42

Semi-Final Beat Assumption 52-47

Title Game Beat Shelbyville 55-51

Vandalia Sectional Tourney

Semi-final lost to Hillsboro 62-50

Hillsboro lost title game.


1964-65    12 – 11                                                          Coach Jack Dettro

1965-66                                                                         Coach Jack Dettro


1966-67    21 – 8    District Champions                       Coach Jack Dettro
District Champions!

1st Rd Beat Edinburg 72-44

Semi-final Beat Kincaid 59-55

Title Game Beat Blue Mound 43-34

Taylorville Regional Tourney

1st Rd. Beat Taylorville 52-51

Semi-final lost to Pana 78-64

Pana won Regional title


1967-68    27 – 2    District Champions                          Coach Jack Dettro

Meridian Conference Champs!

11 – 0 Conference Record 

Stonington District Tourney

1st Rd Beat Edinburg 98-50

Semi-final Beat Blue Mound 91-63

Title Game Beat Pawnee

Pana Regional Tourney – 2nd

1st Rd Beat Nokomis 85-65

Semi-final Beat Taylorville 73-53

Title Game lost to Shelbyville 63-58


1968-69    28 – 2    District Champions                          Coach Jack Dettro

Pawnee District Tourney

1st Rd Beat Moweaqua 71-58

Semi-final Beat Assumption 60-47

Title Game Beat Pawnee 72-56

Pana Regional Tourney – 2nd

1st Rd Beat Shelbyville 66-54

Lost to Taylorville 69-60

Taylorville won Regional title.


1969-70    24 – 5    District Champions                          Coach Jack Dettro

Assumption District Tourney

1st Rd Beat Mt. Auburn 76-63

Semi-final Beat Pawnee 74-40

Title Game Beat Edinburg 54-42

Taylorville Regional Tourney – 2nd

1st Rd lost to Bluye Mound 73-50

Blue Mound won Regional title


1970-71    25 – 6    District Champions                          Coach Jack Dettro

Morrisonville District Tourney

1st Rd Beat Morrisonville 102-64

Semi-final Beat Kincaid 84-62

Title Game Beat Mt. Auburn 81-62

Shelbyville Regional Tourney – 2nd

1st Rd Beat Blue Mound 59-54

Semi-final Beat Rochester 72-60

Title Game lost to Shelbyville 72-55


1971-72    16 – 8                                                               Coach Jack Dettro

Rochester Class A Regional Tourney

1st Rd Beat Edinburg 87-40

Semi-final lost to Rochester 85-57


1972-73    21 – 6                                                               Coach Jack Dettro

1973-74                                                                            Coach Jack Dettro

1974-75    14 – 9                                                               Coach Jack Dettro


1975-76    18 – 9    Regional Champions                         Coach Jack Dettro

Rochester Regional Champions

1st Rd Beat Lincolnwood 71-64

Semi-final Beat Pawnee 62-48

Title Game Beat Edinburg 78-62

Shelbyville Sectional Tourney

Semi-final lost to Mt. Pulaski 68-53

Mt. Pulaski won State Class A Championship


1976-77    14 – 12                                                             Coach Jack Dettro

1977-78    15 – 11                                                             Coach Jack Dettro

1978-79                                                                            Coach Jack Dettro


1979-80    22 – 7    Regional Champions                       Coach Jack Dettro

Blue Mound Regional

Semi-Final Beat Morrisonville 94-67

Title Game Beat Lincolnwood 71-67

Shelbyville Sectional Tourney

Semi-Final Beat Pawnee 67-63

Title game lost to Mt. Pulaski 82-59

Mt. Pulaski lost in Elite 8 round.


1980-81    24 – 5    Regional Champions                       Coach Jack Dettro

Raymond Regional Tourney

 Semi-Final Beat Central A&M 88-66

Title Game Beat Lincolnwood 94-75

Shelbyville Sectional Tourney

Semi-final Beat Riverton 66-61

Title Game lost to Pana 83-73

Pana lost in Elite 8 round.

1981-82    28 – 2    ELITE 8 FINALISTS!!                          Coach Jack Dettro

       Regional Champions

Stonington Regional Tourney

1st Rd Beat Bethany 93-63

Semi-Final Beat Blue Mound 76-52

Title Game Beat Moweaqua 68-59

     Sectional Champions

Shelbyville Sectional Tourney

Semi-Final Beat Riverton 70-59

STONINGTON (70): Beck 25, Bollinger 16, Roth 15, Blakeman 8, Myers 6.

RIVERTON (59): Booth 20, Sullivan 10, Planck 9, Watson 8, Canaday 6, Milburn 6.

Title Game Beat Mt. Pulaski 77-52

STONINGTON (77): Beck 26, Bollinger 19, Roth 14, Myers 10, Blakeman 8.

MOUNT PULASKI (52): Lowe 15, Merold 12, Kutz 10, Holmes 7, Clements 6, Ollis 2.

      Super-Sectional Champions

      Sweet 16 Finalist

Beat Tolono Unity  56 – 54

Elite 8 Finalist

Lost to Monmouth HS 81 – 59

Monmouth HS finished 2nd

**See below for more info on the 1981-82 squad.


1982-83     18 – 9                                                              Coach Jack Dettro

1983-84     19 – 8                                                              Coach Jack Dettro


1984-85     24 – 3   Regional Champions                       Coach Jack Dettro

Blue Mound Regional Tourney

1st Rd Beat Mt. Auburn 60-49

semi-Final Beat Macon 64-62 (O/T)

Title Game Beat Niantic-Harristown 50-48

Shelbyville Sectional Tourney

Semi-final lost to Mt. Pulaski 63-61

Mt. Pulaski lost in Sweet 16 Round.

1985-86     18 – 9                                                               Coach Jack Dettro


1986-87     20 – 6   Regional  Champions!                      Coach Jack Dettro

Harristown Regional Tourney

1st Rd Beat Blue Mound 71-43

Semi-Final Beat Mt. Auburn 47-45

Title Game Beat Bethany 50-49

Shelbyville Sectional Tourney

Semi-final lost to Buffalo Tri-City 68-59

Tri-City won Sectional title.

Tri-City lost in Sweet 16 Round


1987-88     20 – 7                                                              Coach Jack Dettro

1988-1992                                                                        Coach Jack Dettro

**The following information was found in the 1981-82 IHSA Tournament program by Mark Jurenga regarding the Elite 8 team of the same season:

Stonington High School 1982 Elite 8 Finalists
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Standing in Rear: Coach Jack Dettro, Mike Beck, David Curtin, Tony Roth, Bruce Brauer, Bob Colbrook, Gerry Myers, Steve Bollinger

Knealing: Brian Burnett, Bruce Olsen, Mike Blakeman, Jim Pollock, Danny Blakeman, Eric Swigert, Michael Johonson.

“When Mike Beck crosses halfcourt, the four-year starter is within range. That may be an overstatement, but Beck is deadly from the 22 to 25 foot mark. He’s averaging 21 points per game while running mate Tony Roth, also a four-year regular, adds 12 points per outing. While Roth and Beck take care of the outside, 6-2 center Steve Bollinger handles the inside. Bollinger contributes 18 points and a bushel of rebounds per contest. “We like the running game,” Stonington coach Jack Dettro, in his 25th year, said. “We get a lot of baskets off of the transition game.” The Wildcat winning streak was 17 games after sectional action. Stonington’s enrollment is 133 and this is the first Wildcat showing in the “Sweet Sixteen”

Some Facts:

Coach Jack Dettro was in his 25th year with a record of 485-193.

In the Super-Sectional and Quarterfinal games, Mike Beck would combine for 44 points, while Tony Roth totaled 21 points. Gerry Myers had 17 rebounds in the two games.

Morrisonville Tournament (2nd Place)

vs. Springfield (Calvary)             W 96-53

vs. Morrisonville                        W 78-57

vs. Mt. Pulaski                          L 67-69

Meridian Conference Tournament (Champs)

vs. Blue Mound                         W 54-52

vs. Assumption                         W 73-65

vs. Maroa-Forsyth                     W 69-59

Stoniington Class A Regional (Champs)

vs. Bethany                              W 93-63

vs. Blue Mound                          W 76-52

vs. Moweaqua                           W 68-59

Shelbyville Class A Sectional (Champs)

vs. Riverton                              W 70-59

vs. Mt. Pulaski                           W 77-52

Decatur (Millikin University) Class A Super-Sectional (Champs)

vs. Tolono (Unity)                      W 56-54

IHSA Class A State Tourney (Champaign-Urbana)

vs. Monmouth (H.S.)                  L   59-81

Incredible run of success by the Stonington boys basketball program!!!



The Stonington boys baseball team won a Regional title as well.  Unfortunately the team record of this and other great SHS diamond teams are not currently available.

1981-82           Regional Champions                             Coach Tony DeMichael



The girls competed in softball as well. Information is needed including coaches names, season records, and individual successes.



The Lady netters of Stonington High had some nice seasons of their own.  The girls won a District and Regional title.  Unfortunately, again, this is the extent of the information we have regarding this program.

1977-78             District Champions
1988-89             Regional Champions



The Stonington High School linksters had some great success in the early 1980s.  In fact the team of 1981-82, which has an Elite 8 baskeball appearance and the schol’s only Regional title in baseball,  finshed NINTH in IHSA competition in boyus golf as well. Matches for SHS meets were played at the Taylorville golf course.

1981-82            Team Finished NINTH in IHSA STATE Competition!!    Coach Tony DeMichael

                            District Champions

                            Final Team Standings

1)  Elgin (St. Edward)                       660

2)  Dunlap                                       663

2)  West Frankfort (Frankfort)            663

4)  Benton                                       671

5)  Rochester                                  672

6)  Somonauk                                 676

7)  Petersburg (PORTA)                   677

8)  Elmhurst (Immac.Concep.)          684


1984-85             Regional Champions



Five male tracksters from Stonington High won medals at the IHSA State Track Meet over the years.  One, Bernard Livergood, was even crowned STATE CHAMPION in the ‘B’ Meet Long Jump in 1920!!

1918-19B       Kenneth Boyle             120 Yard High Hurdles         2ND Place
1919-20B       Bernard Livergood       Long Jump                           STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                              50 Yard Dash                      3RD Place

                       Harold Shrout               Discus                                 3RD Place

1950-51          Ben Carpenter             Long Jump                          5TH Place

1966-67          Joe Curtin                   440 Yd Run                          Conf. Champ

1981-82A       Tony Roth                      200 Meter Dash                   3RD Place

*Bernard Livergood, 1919-20 State Long Jump Champion went on to play for one of college football’s more storied programs.  Bernard was a member of the 1922, 1923, and 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football teams.  As you may recall, this was the Knute Rockne era with the infamous “Four Horsemen”.  Bernard was a backup fullback for Elmer Leyden!

1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish National Championship Team (10-0-0)

LE *Chuck Collins, 6-0, 177; *Clem Crowe, 5-9, 169; Joe Rigali, 5-9, 147

LT *Joe Bach, 5-11, 186; *Joe Boland, 6-0, 215; *John McMullan, 6-0, 204

LG *John Weibel, 5-9, 165; *Charles Glueckert, 5-11, 185; *Vince Harrington, 5-8, 175

C *Adam Walsh, 6-0, 187 (Captain); *Joe Harmon, 5-9, 165; *Joe Maxwell, 6-1, 180

RG *Noble Kizer, 5-8, 165; *Dick Hanousek, 5-10, 177

RT *Edgar (Rip) Miller, 5-11, 180; *John Wallace, 6-0, 178; *John McManmon, 6-2, 202

RE *Ed Hunsinger, 5-11, 172; *Wilbur Eaton, 5-8, 165

QB *Harry Stuhldreher, 5-7, 151; *Eddie Scharer, 5-8, 145; *Gene (Red) Edwards, 6-1, 160;

*Frank Reese, 5-10, 152

LH *Jim Crowley, 5-11, 162; *Max Houser, 6-1, 170; *Harry O’Boyle, 5-9, 160

RH *Don Miller, 5-11, 160; *Ward (Doc) Connell, 5-10, 168;

FB *Elmer Layden, 6-0, 162; *Bill Cerney, 5-9, 165; *Bernie Livergood, 5-10, 175; *Tom

Hearden, 5-9, 156; *John Roach, 6-0, 139

Stonington Track Summary 1967
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Stonington HS Track & Field Team Summary 1968

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100 Yard Dash            Tony Roth             10.0 sec.                       1982

220 Yard Dash            Steve Younker       22.6 sec.                      1965

440 Yard Run              Dorris Robinson    52.2 sec.                      1938

880 Yard Run              Joe Curtin              2:04.7 mins.                1968

One-Mile Run            Dean Lahue            4:47.5 mins.                1963

Two-Mile Run             Charlie Pugh         10:57.0 mins.               1976

120 Yd High Hurdles  John T. Marucco    15.84 sec.                   1982

180 Yd Low Hurdles   Bruce Briggs           21.0 sec.                     1971

330 Yd. Low Hurdles  Chuck Guthrie         41.6 sec.                    1977

High Jump                  Tom Covington      6′ 3.5″                        1980

Long Jump                  John D. Marucco   21′ 9″                         1965

Triple Jump                 Randy Reed            41′ 10″                      1981

Pole Vault                    Mike Smith             12′ 0″                       1976

Shot Put                      Tom Myers              50′ 8″                       1976

Discus                          Kenny Robinson      152′ 11.5″               1965

440 Yd Relay-Varsity                                   46.2 sec.                  1975

Charles Pugh, Gary Powell, Tony Blake, Bobby Smith

880 Yd Relay – Varsity                                  1:37.2 mins.             1971

Bruce Briggs, Bobby Smith, Joe McChristy, Charles DeFoor

One-Mile Relay                                            3:45.9 mins.            1968

Gary Younker, Jeff Embry, Charles Bernard, Joe Curtin (1968)

Russell Beard, Melvin Hodges, Charles Graham, Dave Zindel  (1962)

Two-Mile Relay                                            9:15.0 mins.             1977

John Blakeman, Brian Abshire, Ricky Thomas, Alan Remmert.

880 Yd Relay – Freshman-Sophomore         1:44.5 mins.             1975

Tim Bollinger, Kevin Kruger, Butch Friedrich, John Michel.

440 Yd Relay – Freshman- Sophomore           49.7 secs.             1975

Tim Bollinger, Kevin Kruger, John Michel, John Blakeman.




Rick Thomas tells us that “According to Mr. Tom Doyle who went to high school in the 1930s (football player, pharmacist, and county coroner), Stonington had a football team for about 7 years in the 1930s.  In a game at Stonington against rival Blue Mound in 1939, one of the school’s football players died and another was badly hurt, and the experience weighed heavy on the people so the town dropped its team after that season.”



We know that band, chorus, and other activities were offered at Stonington High School. It is probable that clubs such as FFA, FHA, student government, and many other opportunities were available for the Stonington High School kids to participate in. 


Rick Thomas tells us:

” Through the 1960s until it closed in 1992, Mr. John Reid led the school band.  Sometimes 60% of a class was in the band.  For a time in the 1970s, there also was a jazz band and a marching band.  The band and marching band earned “first” ratings at statewide contests, parades, and homecomings.  Many students earned “first” ratings in regional and state competitions.  For instance, I earned state/regional “first” ratings for a solo and a duo on a double french horn.”



*Susan Nolen (1959-2013; Class of 1977; co-valedictorian), received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude), taught at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and until January 2013, was a professor and chair of Yale University’s Department of Psychology.  Her research focused on depression and mood regulation.  Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema received three major teaching awards and numerous awards for her research on depression, mood regulation, and gender, including the David Shakow Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, and the the Leadership Award from the Committee on Women of the American Psychological Association.  Her research was funded by grants from private foundations and the National Institute of Mental Health.  Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema published over 100 research articles and 12 books, including scholarly books, textbooks, and three books for the general public on women’s mental health.  (Information probided by Rick Thomas)



It is remembered by Brad Besson (Class of 1984) that “Super Fan” Archie Gilmore was a staunch supporter of the school and a great man.



**From Class of 1983 alum Dan Blakeman:

“The seniors from 1981-82 season won an 8th grade class A basketball championship in 1978.  Tony DeMichael was also the coach of those seniors when they were in the 8th grade.  Some years later after Stonington annexed into the Taylorville school district Tony DeMicheael coached an 8th grade girls AA team that also won a state championship.  Allison Curtin, a name that is familiar in High School AA girls and University of Illinois Women’s Basketball, was on that team. Allison is from Stonington.

I played for both Tony DeMichael and Jack Dettro and was a junior on the 1981-82 basketball and baseball teams.  My grandfather, Florian (nickname Flindy) DeMichael coached Jr. High Basketball at Stonington for roughly 30 years.  When he retired Tony, his nephew, took the helm of the Jr. High basketball program.  Tony also played basketball and baseball in high school for Jack Dettro.

Jack was obviously a very successful high school basketball coach.  He also made playing basketball for him very fun.  His motto was that “high school kids go out for sports to have fun.”  After pausing he would add “and winning is more fun than losing”.”

From Dan Campbell (Class of 1990):

“I graduated from Stonington HIgh School in the class of 1990 with a graduating class of only 12. Band Teacher John Reid had a great influence upon me.  I believe he taught band and choir right up until the school closing in 1992.  He used to close the school choir concerts with The Lord Bless You And Keep You.  He also taught Jazz band which was a favorite personal music style for him. I was sad to see in the newspaper that the high school building was torn down.”



…regarding the many successes and accomplishments attained at Stonington High School please contact us at  You can also write to us at:

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