Elliott High School “Wolves”

Elliott School Building Built in 1922
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The History of Elliott High School

Elliott (population 295) is located in east central Illinois in the south central portion of Ford County. Illinois Route 9 is the main roadway to and from Elliott as it passes by the small village to the south. County Road N. 1000 E, also known as County Highway 4, travels through the heart of Elliott from the north to south. Elliott is located about 5 miles due east of Gibson City and about 25 miles due north of Champaign.

Elliott is named after the primary donor of the land the town is located on, Samuel Elliott. The village was established in 1865. A railroad depot was constructed in 1872 and the village at that time was filled various businesses and was very self-supporting.

The businesses in Elliott included a school house. The first school in Elliott was a two-room frame structure for grades 1 – 8. According to a newspaper article submitted by   Elliott school offered two years of high school with the first graduation for the school taking place in 1898. The Elliott school building burnt to the ground in 1912 and was soon replaced by a new, brick school building in 1922. It is unknown when the high school courses offered at Elliott were discontinued, however it is known that kids who wanted  full 4-year high school education would have to continue at Gibson City High School upon leaving the Elliott school. It is only known that the school offered classes for grades 1 – 8 as Elliott School District #94.  Additions were made to the original portion of the school in 1948 which included a gymnasium.

Elliott High School Graduation Article 1898
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The Elliott school district was supported on its own through the 1953-54 school year. The Elliott School District consolidated with the Gibson City School District in the summer of 1954. Grade school classes continued at the Elliott school through 1964. From 1964 through 1982 the school building was utilized as the Ford / Iroquois County Special Education Association. This arrangement was discontinued in 1982 and the school building and grounds were remanded to the village of Elliott. The building served many purposes for the village until its use was eventually discontinued.  The Elliott school building was demolished in 1998.

Elliott School Building – 1998
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Elliott High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                         1897(?)

First Graduation Ceremony:  1898

Year Closed:                          (?)

Consolidated to:                     Gibson City High School

School Team Nickname:        “Wolves” (Grade School)

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It is possible that Elliott High School competed with other schools in basketball and baseball. However, we currently have no proof of this. We do know that the Elliott Grade School kids competed in basketball for certain and were known as the “Wolves.” If you have any further information regarding the Elliott High School athletic program please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.

Extra Curricular Activities

Band, choir, plays, dances, and many other activities were likely a part of the Elliott High School experience. An annual commencement exercise was also enjoyed.

Seeking More Information

We are hopeful an Elliott High School fan will forward a photo of EHS building to us.  We are looking for any information to accent the information already on this page.  There is NO information that is too trivial for this site.  You can e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or you can write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.    60631

Elliott High School Building
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Elliott High School Inscription Stone
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