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: 1862
Opened as 1-8 grade school: 1891
First high school class: 1930 (freshmen only)
Second year of HS offered: 1934 (freshmen & sophomores)
Third year of HS offered: 1935 (freshmen, sophomores, & juniors)
Four-year HS established: 1936 (seniors added)
Closed: January of 1937; students moved to: newly opened Lanphier HS (five blocks away)
Converse HS team nickname: “Corsairs”
Converse HS team colors: Orange & Black
School Fight Song: “On With Converse” (University of Wisconsin fight song tune)
Thanks to Phil Shadid for directing us to Illinois Glory Days.
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