WRMJ Interview: One Man’s Mission To Memorialize More Than 1,700 Closed Illinois High Schools

WRMJ News/Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with Dave Nanninga this morning. He is the site creator of Illinois High School Glory Days.

Some other facts after the interview today.

**Biggsville won the Illinois State High School Track & Field meet in 1888-89 and in 1889-90 when they had a student-athlete named Cliff Bell, who won the 50, 100, and 220 yard dashes both years as well as a student-athlete named Dave Daugherty, who won the standing long jump and the high jump. Check it out on the Biggsville High School page at http://www.illinoishsglorydays.com/id102.html .

**North Henderson had a two-year high school that produced a professional baseball player. Karl Swanson played for the Chicago White Sox during the 1928, 1929 and 1930 seasons. Read all about it on the North Henderson High School page at http://www.illinoishsglorydays.com/id1039.html .

**Aledo Roosevelt Military Academy won their only IHSA basketball regional in the 1946-47 season beating Sherrard in the title game. They would lose in the first round of the Sectional to Rock Island who would in turn lose the Sectional title game to Kewanee. http://www.illinoishsglorydays.com/id22.html

**Aledo Academy was open from 1874 – 1893 and the house it was located in is still standing in town. It had three terms, Fall which cost $10, Winter which cost $12, and Spring which cost $10.

**Cable High School – an unconfirmed rumor is that Don Nelson, NBA player and coaching legend for the Boston Celtics, attended Cable grade school through the 6th grade when his family moved to Rock Island. http://www.illinoishsglorydays.com/id634.html

Closed High Schools listed by county:  http://www.illinoishsglorydays.com/id1070.html