The History of Denver High School
Denver (population approximately 100) is located in western Illinois in the south-central
portion of Hancock County. According to 'Google" maps Denver is 2 blocks from west to east and 2 blocks from north to south.
Denver is situated on County Highway 19 about one mile east of Illinois Route 94 / 110. Denver is about eight miles south
of the county seat of Carthage and 30 miles east and a little north of Quincy.
According tot he web address of
Denver was "laid out" in the late 1860s by two men named S.C. Seybold and G.W.
Bush. The post office for the town was originally called "Rough and Ready". The first Christian Church in Denver
was built in 1873.
A brief history of the former Denver High School was sent to us by local historian Keith Bruns:
"The photo of the Denver school (above) is not of the former high school building. It may be a
former school building, but I am not sure. The high school building was sold at public auction on June 23, 1962 and was razed
and a new home built on the site. In 1915 an accredited two year high school was established. In 1920 a third year was
added. From 1927 to 1930 the high school was discontinued for lack of pupils but it was resumed in 1930. The record I have
states that the high school was a three year school until 1938.
The Denver Christian Church building was built in 1917 after the building built in 1873 was
destroyed by fire. The high school pupils were to give a play at the church the evening it caught fire and burned to the ground.
A faulty pressure-gasoline light caused the fire. The school used the churches because the school did not have an auditorium
for large gatherings."
More evidence that Denver once supported a high school was located on the web address of https://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/il1936dist . This site lists IHSA Boys Basketball tourament results from 1922 - 1988. In the 1936 District Tournament
held at Carthage it is listed that Denver High School played against Nauvoo High School in a first round match-up (result
We know that Denver High School was open in 1916 and, except for a brief three year period, ran continuously
until it closed in 1938. We believe the school was consolidated into the Carthage Hancock Central School District. The
children of Denver today attend high school in Carthage as a part of the Illini West School District.
We are seeking further information on the history of Denver and its former high school. Please contact us
via the means at the bottom of this page if you have any information to share.
Denver High School Quick Facts
1915 (2-year HS)
Year 3-year HS began:
Stopped due to lack of students: 1927
Restarted as 3-year HS: 1930
Carthage Hancock Central (now Illini West)
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