The History of Yale High School
Yale (population 97) is located in southeastern Illinois in northeastern Jasper County. The village is located about 25 miles east of Effingham and 50 miles south of Urbana. Illinois Route 49 is the main roadway to and from Yale. County Highway 6 intersects with Route 49 in Yale. Yale is about three blocks from north to south and five blocks from east to west.
We currently have a very limited amount of information on Yale High School. Our understanding is that Yale was like its neighbor from the east, Annapolis, in that it was probably a two-year high school. We are guessing that Yale stopped offering high school curriculum in the late 1940s. It was likely that the grade school closed sometime after that.
Richard Phillips tells us the kids of Yale today attend high school in Newton, as do all kids of Jasper County.
Yale High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s
Year closed: 1940s?
Consolidated to: unavailable
It is remembered by Claude Piersall that the kids from Annapolis played the kids from Yale each year in a softball game or two. It is also possible that Yale kids competed in basketball, however we are unable to confirm this.
Below are pages from the 1940 and 1941 school yearbooks of Yale. They show that indeed, softball was a sport at the school.
We are sure there were several other activities offered to the Yale High School and Grade School children. Below is a page taken from the Yale High School yearbook of 1940 listing the plays the students performed that year. Thank you to Peggy Michaels for this submission!