West York High School

West York School Building
A white house with a lawn in front of it

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As Found on the Facebook Page “West York Memories”

The History of West York High School

West York (population 129) is located in upper southeastern Illinois in the southeastern portion of Crawford County, actually on the Clark County/Crawford County line.  County Highway 17 (also known as E. 150th Road) is the main roadway to and from West York, connecting it to Illinois Route 1 just 1/4th mile to the west. West York is about 2 miles west of the Indiana/Illinois border. Effingham is about 50 miles west and a little south of West York.

To this date (April 9, 2012) we have had little success in researching the history of the village of West York and the former West York High School. We believe that West York High School was a 2-year high school that was likely in existence from the early 1920s through the late 1940s.

A Facebook page found at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/135390759826292/ tells us that for certain West York hosted a grades 1 – 8 grade school for some time. In the 1950s and 1960s the West York kids would attend grades 1 – 4 in West York and finish with grades 5 – 12 in Hutsonville. The kids of West York today attend all of their classes in Hutsonville.

The West York School building, pictured above, is said to be still standing and used as an apartment building.

West York High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                             1920s?

Year closed:                              1940s?

Consolidated to:                         Hutsonville High School

West York HS Team Nickname:  ??

West York HS Team Colors:       ??

West York HS Fight Song:          ??


We believe that West York High School competed in boys basketball.  Baseball and track may have been offered as well.  “Quick Facts” information is needed for the West York High School athletic teams.  Also needed are coach’s names and team records.


Sports were not the only activity at WYHS.  It is probable that school plays, clubs, dances, and many other activities were a part of the well-rounded experience at West York High School.


If you have any further information regarding the many successes attained at West York High School before its merger with nearby Hutsonville, please write to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.   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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