Waggoner High School

Waggoner High School
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1921 – 1949

The History of Waggoner High School

Waggoner (population 245) is located in southwestern Illinois in the upper-western Panhandle of Montgomery County.  Interstate Highway 55 runs just to the east of Waggoner however there are no exit ramps that lead you directly to the town.  Waggoner Avenue is the County Road that is the main drag through Waggoner.  The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad runs north and south through Waggoner and a branch of the Horse Creek flows to the west of town.  Waggoner was also a “Route 66” town in the “Glory Days” before Interstate Highways were constructed.  Springfield is about 35 miles due north of Waggoner.

The history of the town and its school are in need of research.  We did find a photo (above) of the school on the Raymond Lincolnwood High School web site (http://www.panhandle.k12.il.us/CentralOffice/History.htm) .  The web site shows that the Waggoner High School building was in use from 1921 to 1949. The high school was probably established a few (10 – 20) years earlier. It was in 1949 that Waggoner High School was deactivated. Upon their closure the Waggoner kids continued their education at nearby Farmersville High School.

It is definite that the Wagoner kids now attend school in Raymond.  The students are part of the Panhandle School District which includes Lincolnwood High School in Raymond.  We are assured by Waggoner’s former mayor, Karen Robinett, that the original school building and gymnasium  are still standing.  Today they are used as a community center and for everything from a pre-school to wedding receptions.  A newer gym was built recently for the town’s use and a bike trail was built through Waggoner by the Department of Transportation.  The town has done a great job of preserving their history and is loooking forward to continued growth.  Great job Waggoner! .

Waggoner High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                Late 1800s / early 1900s

Year HS building built:   1921

Year closed:                 1949

Consolidated to:            Farmersville High School

School nickname:         unavailable

School colors:              unavailable

School Fight Song:       unavailable


Waggoner high School definitely offered boys basketball. It is believed that baseball and track & field were also offered at the school.  We are looking for the school team nickname, colors, fight song, coaches, conference affiliation, ect., that will help enlighten us on the athletic history of Waggoner High School. Please e-mail us if you have any of this information.

Boys Basketball

The Waggoner High School boys basketball team brought home one District Title during their short existence.  We are confident there were other very successful teams in Waggoner High School history.  Good records and conference champions are always interesting.  The coach’s name and team record of the District Champions is not available.

1937-38      District Champions

1941-42      Montgomery County Tournament (2nd Place)

Championship- Hillsboro 50 Waggoner 36

Seeking Your In-Put

Help us document the great facts of the short life of Waggoner High School.  Kids attended there, adults were on the school board, teachers taught there, this was a real school.  We wish to remember and document the accomplishments attained there before there are no longer those around to tell the stories.  You can e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.  60631

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