The History of Ellis Grove High School
Ellis Grove (population 363) is located in far southwestern Illinois in the northwest portion of Randolph County. Illinois Route 3 is the main roadway that travels to and from Ellis Grove. The Mississippi River flows about 2 miles to the west of town. Ellis Grove is about 10 miles northwest of Chester and approximately 50 miles southeast of East St. Louis. Ellis Grove was established in 1852 and named after George Ellis, an early proprietor and first post master of the town (Place Names of Illinois by Edward Callary).
We learned of Ellis Grove supporting a high school via Illinois State Basketball Tournament scores from the 1930s and 1940s. Ellis Grove High School competed in the annual District Tournament in their area. Unfortunately this is currently the extent of the results of our research regarding Ellis Grove High School.
Based on other research of other communities of similar size we believe that Ellis Grove likely had a high school in place by the late 19-teens to early 1920s. It likely served the community through the late 1940s. We know that today the children of Ellis Grove attend high school in Chester (according to the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org).
Ellis Grove High School Quick Facts
Year Opened: late 19-teens/early 1920s (?)
Year Closed: late 1940s (?)
Consolidated to: Chester High School
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I grew up in Ellis Grove, IL.and attended the grammar school in the photo shown here. My childhood home was located behind and to the left of the school building. Our backyard butted up to the school’s ball field behind the school building.
I have many fond memories of the school, the teachers and my classmates. Our class sizes averaged seven or eight students and there were two grades located in each classroom,ie, first
& second grades were in one room, third & fourth, et.