Category Archives: Schools and school districts

Springfield public high schools timeline

1857: First public high school opens in Springfield in rented quarters on Market Street (now Capitol Avenue) near Spring Street. The school would move twice more before the city of Springfield – which then operated the public schools – constructed … Continue reading

Posted in Buildings, Education, Schools and school districts | Leave a comment

Lincoln College of Law

The Lincoln College of Law educated prospective lawyers, mostly in night classes, for more than 40 years in Springfield. Many graduates went on to distinguished legal careers. The school opened on Sept. 4, 1911, sharing space that first year with … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Higher education, Prominent figures, Schools and school districts | 7 Comments

Leroy Jordan (African-American history interviews)

Leroy Jordan, who moved to Springfield in 1965, was the first black elementary classroom teacher in the Springfield public schools. He later spent 20 years as an administrator at the former Sangamon State University and was the second black to … Continue reading

Posted in African Americans, Education, Ethnic groups, Prominent figures, Schools and school districts | Leave a comment

Lithuanian children at Palmer School, 1910s

Excerpted from “An Immigrant Childhood,” written by Ann Tisckos Wisnosky and republished on Sandy Baksys’ Lithuanians in Springfield web site.   When we started Palmer School, we were looked upon as “those foreign kids” and sometimes called names. Other ethnic groups … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Education, Ethnic groups, Lithuanians, Schools and school districts | Tagged | 2 Comments

Closed high schools in Sangamon County

The list below of high schools that no longer exist in Sangamon County is taken from Illinois Glory Days. The site describes itself as  “a collaborative effort to preserve Illinois history, as reflected in high schools which no longer function, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Schools and school districts, Sports and recreation | Leave a comment

Ursuline Academy (closed high schools)

Quick facts about Ursuline Academy, Springfield (the link connects to much more school information on Illinois Glory Days, a website that chronicles more than 1,100 closed high schools throughout Illinois). Established: Sept. 1857 (all-girls school) First year boys enrolled: September … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Schools and school districts | Leave a comment

Sacred Heart Academy (closed high schools)

Quick facts about Sacred Heart Academy, Springfield (the link connects to much more school information on Illinois Glory Days, a website that chronicles more than 1,100 closed high schools throughout Illinois). School opened: 1895 School closed: 1988 Now part of: … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Schools and school districts | 1 Comment

Feitshans High School (closed high schools)

Quick facts about Feitshans High School, Springfield (the link connects to much more school information on Illinois Glory Days, a website that chronicles more than 1,100 closed high schools throughout Illinois). Year opened: 1929 Year closed: 1967 Replaced by: Springfield … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Schools and school districts | 4 Comments

Converse High School (closed high schools)

Quick facts about Converse High School, Eighth Street and Eastman Avenue, Springfield (the link connects to much more school information on Illinois Glory Days, a website that chronicles more than 1,100 closed high schools throughout Illinois). Opened as 1-room school: … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Schools and school districts | Leave a comment

Cathedral High School (closed high schools)

Quick facts about Cathedral (later Griffin) High School (the link connects to much more school information on Illinois Glory Days, a website that chronicles more than 1,100 closed high schools throughout Illinois). School opened as Cathedral: 1930 School name changed … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Schools and school districts | 1 Comment