We know that Little York High competed in baseball. If you have any information on these teams please drop us a
Little York had a great activities program as well, evident in an IHSA District championship in Debate in 1958 and
"I attended and graduated LYCHS in 1957 and was fortunate to be on the football team of 1956 , and we were conference
champions, However our record was not 5 & 5 but 6 & 0, and we were the only undefeated
football team in school history. We played 8 man football and had previously played 6 man , but never 11
man . I believe our basketball team of 1955-56 had a 27 & 2 record and did indeed lose to Galesburg back in
the days of one-class basketball."
The following article was written ver batum from a newspaper article from 1983. It was submitted by Mike
. The photo accompanying the photo is posted above. The article is by Ralph Eckley
of the Monmouth Review-Atlas. Mike
could not recall the date but guesses it was written in
1983. The picture was loaned from Ralph Steepleton
of Little York for publication in the newspaper.
"Little York Schools Progressed"
"More than 40 years ago I wrote a series of stories about the
villages in Mercer, Henderson and Warren counties, and a 1942 story told of the Little York High School.
Early in February, the story told, pupils of the Little York Community
High School were to move into a new $75,000 building, located at the south edge of the village. The general contractor, Jorgenson
and Son, expected to finish up the building about Feb. 1.
Opening of the high school marked a new high in the 105 years
of educational history (up to then) in Little York.
The first school in Sumner township, in which the village of Little
York is located, was opened in 1834 at Denny and was taught by Betty Hopper. Peter Terpening taught the first
school at Little York in 1837.
For many years the Little York High School and grade school had
occupied the same building (to the North), but with the opening of the new high school, the crowded condition was relieved.
The Little York High School was opened as a two-year school in
1904, and became a three-year school in 1905. Pupils had to go elsewhere for their fourth year and in "my day" as a high school
student, from 1915 to 1919, many came to Monmouth to graduate.
The story said that the old grade school building, erected around
the turn of the century, had an addition added 15 years before and five years before a gymnasium was added. it was to be used
by both schools.
Then , some years ago, the high school was located on Ill. Rte
135, south of Little York, as part of the Yorkwood Community School District, serving Kirkwood and Little York. The elementary
schools continued for some years in the two villages, but now they are in the new elementary building adjacent to the high
The former Little York High School, erected 41 years ago, was
sold and has been converted to apartments. The building was sold by the school district to Tom Sims,
local banker, who converted the building into apartments."