Westfield High School “Eagles”

Westfield High School Building
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Westfield Public School Building
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The History of Westfield High School

Westfield (population 678) is located in lower-eastern Illinois in the far northwestern corner of Clark County.  The town sits about five miles southwest of Charleston.  Illinois Route 49 is the main roadway to and from Westfield.  The Mill Creek flows through the north side of town.  According to the website address of http://genealogytrails.com/ill/clark/communities/westfield.html ,  Westfield was named because of its extreme location in the northwest corner of the county.  The town was platted in 1839 and was officially incorporated in 1875.

Westfield Township High School 1914-17
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Westfield College 1861 – 1914

Education played a major role in Westfield’s early development.  The town was one of a handful of small towns in Illinois that established a college in the 1800s (http://genealogytrails.com/ill/clark/history/college/college.html).  Westfield College (pictured above) served the town from 1861 through 1914.  The building then served as the Westfield High School building from 1914 until it burned down in 1917.

Sharon Karpinski provides the following information about Westfield Academy:

“I’m not sure that Westfield had a four year high school before Westfield Academy, the college, closed around WWI. My great-grandfather and my great-great aunts and uncles attended the academy in the 1880s—and in fact, at all family gatherings for fifty years thereafter fought about who got the highest grades while they were there! My understanding from their commentaries was that “the academy” was actually a combination high school and college, probably two years of high school (called “prep”) and then college.”

The following information was provided by Ryan D’Arcy regarding the history of the Westfield school system:

“The Westfield High School building served as the Westfield Elementary school from 1986-1994. It was then demolished in 1994. The Village of Westfield owns the grounds and gym and operate them as a park. Attached is a picture of the Westfield High School and the Westfield Public School. The first school was operated in a log cabin by Charles Redman in 1831. The schools functioned until the late 19th century as one-room schools until the “graded” system was introduced. The public school served from the 1880s through 1935. It served all grades until the high school separated in 1915 with the closure of the college. The high school took over the college athletic facilities, i.e. track, football field, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and gymnasium. The school was allowed use before, but interscholastic sports didn’t arrive on the scene until the local roads became reliably passable (ca. late 1920s).”

The mid-1980s brought consolidation talks between Westfield High School and its neighbor to the south, Casey High School.  The year was 1986 when the towns agreed to merge their efforts.  The result was the formation of the Casey-Westfield School District.

The high school for Casey-Westfield is located in Casey. For more information on Westfield High School’s history check out http://c-waa.org/History.htm .

Westfield High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                                    late 1800s

Year closed:                                     1986

Consolidated to:                               Casey-Westfield School District

Westfield HS team nickname:            the “Eagles”

Westfield HS team colors:                 Maroon & Gold

School Fight Song:                           “Cheer, Cheer for Old Westfield High”

                                                                         Notre Dame University Fight Song Tune

Westfield High School Gymnasium
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Both boys and girls enjoyed athletic competition at Westfield High.  It is a fact the boys competed in basketball. Baseball, track, and possibly football were likely offered as well.  It is probable the girls competed in basketball, volleyball, track, and possibly softball.  Unfortunately the only sport we have information about is the boys basketball team.  We are searching for team records and coach’s names from the athletic history of Westfield High School.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team at Westfield High won a total of four District titles and one Regional title.  The four District titles came when the District was the first round of the iHSA playoffs and included the bigger schools as well.  Winning the four titles in seven years as Casey did was quite a run for a small school in that time period.  Coach’s names and records of the better teams are being sought.

1924-25                 District Champions
1926-27                 DIstrict Champions
1929-30                 District Champions
1930-31                 District Champions
1982-83                 Regional Champions

Seeking Your Assistance…

…regarding the many accomplishments of the townspeople and schools system of Westfield.  Sports, we are sure, were just a part of the experience.  We are especially interested in sharing a photo of the old High School building with the readers of this site.  You can e-mail photos and information to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or you can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St. 

Chicago, Il.   60631

Westfield High School Class of 1932
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From Steven A. Williams (Regarding the Class of 1932 photo) :

“My father, Jack Williams, is in the front row extreme right. He ran track and played basketball. He later became a doctor in Chicago. He passed away in 2005 at the age of 91.”

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