Toledo High School “Terriers”

Toledo High School Building
A large building with trees in front of it

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The History of Toledo High School

Toledo (population 1,166) is located in the lower-eastern portion of Illinois.  Toledo was platted in 1854 and sits in the center of Cumberland County, serving as its County Seat.  Toledo sits on Illinois Route 121 about 2 miles west of Interstate Highway 70.  Branches of the Cottonwood Creek flow through the east and south sides of town.

Toledo was officially incorporated in 1866.  The Peoria, Decatur, and Evansville Railroad had a great influence in the town’s early growth, however there does not appear to be a railroad still traveling through Toledo. Early names for thet town included Prairie City and Majority Point.  For more on the town’s history check ou the following web address:  Toledo is located about 15 miles south and a little west of Charleston.

The web address of is where we located the photo above.  This address also provides a nice history of the Toledo school system.  In summary it states the following:

The first school in Toledo was built in 1861 with an addition put on in 1881.  A gymnasium was added to this school in 1924.  The first graduating high school class was the class of 1890.  Toledo High School continued to exist until a consolidation effort of the schools in Cumberland County took place in 1948. The Toledo High School building continued to serve in this capacity until 1952 when the new Cumberland High School building was finished.

The Toledo school building continued to be utilized as an elementary school until 1967.  It was then sold and used as a private business.

Toledo High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                          late 1800s

Year consolidated:                 1948

Year building ceased as HS: 1952

Consolidated to:                     Cumberland School District (Toledo)

Toldeo HS team nickname:    the “Terriers”

Toledo HS team colors:          Blue & Gold

School Fight Song:                “Hail To Thee Our Alma Mater”

School song taken for page 139 of “The Book of Ruth” written by Ruth St. John Thomas, provided by Lloyd Steen:

Hail to the our Alma Mater, Now to thee we sing:

We are proud to bear thy colors, Hear thy praises ring.

Here’s to her chosen name we’ll ever

Love and cherish too;

And we pledge our true devotion

To the Gold and Blue.

May we cherish thy tradition

Hold thy banners high;

Ever guard thy name and glory,

Dear Toledo High.


Toledo High School competed in boys basketball.  It is probable the sports of track and baseball were offered as well. School team records, and coach’s names are all items we are currently seeking.

Boys Basketball

The Toledo boys won two District titles on the hardwood court (  Both came in the early 1940s.  Team records and coach’s names of these and other great THS teams are in need of research. Some scores involving Toledo High School located on a web site titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores” are listed below.

1932-33                  Mattoon District Tournament              Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Oakland 23-19

Oakland lost to Neoga in semi-final

Neoga lost to Mattoon in title game

1933-34                  Casey District Tournament                 Coach’s name & record needed

 1st Rd Beat Montrose 29-23

                                Semi-final lost to Casey 50-20

Casey lost to Greenup in title game

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

 1st Rd lost to Casey 35-8

Casey lost to Kansas in semi-final

Marshall beat Kansas in title game

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

 1st Rd lost to Casey 31-23

Casey lost to Charleston T.C. in semi-final

Charleston T.C. beat Martinsville in title game

1936-37  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1937-38  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1938-39  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1939-40                  Effingham Regional Tournament       Coach M.E. Foreman

 1st Rd Beat Greenup 35-28

                                Semi-final lost to Windsor 50-42

Windsor beat Teutopolis in title game

1940-41                   Dietrich District Champions          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Mason 66-14

                                Semi-final Beat Dietrich 54-24

                                Title Game Beat Teutopolis 21-20 (O/T)

                                Effingham Regional Tournament

                                1st Rd Beat Altamont 33-26

                                Semi-final lost to Greenup 20-19

Greenup lost to Windsor in title game


1941-42  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1942-43                   Watson District Tournament             Coach’s name & record needed

 1st Rd Beat Sigel 44-23

Semi-final lost to Watson 64-24

Watson beat Strasburg in title game

1943-44                   Edgewood District Champions     Coach’s name & record needed

Title Game Beat Cowden 45-44

                                Effingham Regional Tournament

                                1st Rd Beat Neoga 25-24

                                Semi-final lost to Teutopolis 66-20

T-town lost to Effingham in title game

1944-45                   Dietrich District Runner-Up           Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Sigel 48-25

                                 Semi-final beat Watson 56-24

                                 Title Game lost to Strasburg 35-29

1945-46                    Effingham Regional Tournament     Coach Raymond Lane

Season record needed

1st Rd lost to Cowden 44-37

Cowden lost to Greenup in semi-final

Teutopolis beat Greenup in title game

1946-47                    Effingham Regional Tournament     Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Newton 45-41

Semi-final lost to Effingham 42-30

Flora beat Effingham in title game

1947-48                    Effingham Regional Tournament     Coach’s name & record needed

**1st Rd lost to Flora 84-47

Flora beat Strasburg in title game

**Final game for the Toledo High School “Terriers.” Became the Cumberland School District in the summer of 1948.

If You Have Any More Information

regarding the many successes of the Toledo High School students please complete a Guest Commentary Form.  Photos of the school and great teams can be sent via e-mail at .  You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.     60631

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