The History of Woodson High School
Woodson (population 559) is located in lower-western Illinois in the southwest portion of Morgan County. Illinois Route 267 and State Highway 967 both travel through Woodson. Route 67 connects Woodson to Interstate Highway 72 about four miles lto the north. The Spoon Creek passes through the north side of town. The Kansas City Southern Railroad passes by the east side of Woodson. Jacksonville is located about six miles north of Woodson.
The village of Woodson was first settled in 1838, The town is named after David Meade Woodson. Mr. Woodson served the area in many capacities including as a judge, lawyer, and state representative. He was also president of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company. (Place Names of Illinois by Edward Callary)
Woodson supported a high school from at least the early 1900s. Woodson High School offered a three-year high school course of study. It was in the summer of 1948 that Woodson High School was forced to close as a state law ended funding for all three-year high schools. Though most of the graduates of Woodson High School would attend Murrayville High School for their 4th year Murrayville High School also closed in 1947. it was decided that Woodson would consolidate into the Jacksonville school district.
We have heard from former Woodson student, John M. Cloninger. He advises Woodson High was a three-year school for many years, with the students wishing to complete their fourth year doing so at nearby Murrayville. Woodson High continued for one more year after Murrayville High closed in 1947. The high school students of Woodson were then bused to the Jacksonville School District for their education. In 1948, Woodson High had a junior class of two students.
Grade school students attended (and still do today) the Murrayville-Woodson Grade School in Murrayville. The fate of the Woodson school building is a sad one as it was torn down several years ago..
Woodson High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s(?)
Year closed: 1948
Consolidated to: Jacksonville School District
Woodson HS team nickname: unavailable
Woodson HS team colors: Yellow (Gold) & Blue)
School Yearbook: “Golden W”
School Fight Song: unavailable