Varna High School "Green Dragons"

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Varna High School
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Varna, Illinois

Varna HS - Sign Over Entrance
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The History of Varna High School
 
Varna (population 436) is located at the intersection of Il. Route 89 and Il. Route 17. This places Varna in the center of Marshall County. A city of reference would be Metamora located 20 miles southwest of Varna. The following Varna history was provided by our own Kev Varney:
 
Varna was platted in 1870, and grew due to the development of the Chicago & Alton & St. Louis Railroad, which ran a spur to the west to Lacon. That coincided with another spur that ran through LaRose (which, not only was platted in the same year as Varna, but is also represented on this website) as Varna grew quickly.
 
The history of education in Varna goes back before the town was laid out as in 1869, the school district was organized with Thomas Quaintence as the first teacher. A two-year high school was opened on 1905, later to be expanded to four years in 1915. The school grew in numbers so much that an addition was built in 1922. Varna High continued to stay in business until after the end of World War Two when the school district merged with the Lacon district to form Mid-County.
 
Mid-County H.S. was housed in the old Varna High School until 1972 when a modern facility was built between the two communities along Illinois 17. Another consolidation effort took place in 1995 with the addition of Sparland High School. The Midland High School District was established and is based in Varna. 
 
The original Varna High School building still stands today. It is currently for sale and not in use.
 
Varna High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:              late 1800s / early 1900s
Year closed:               1949
School nickname:       "Green Dragons"
School colors:             Green & White
School Fight Song:      unavailable        

Gymnasium - Varna High School
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November, 2005

Gymnasium Entrance
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Varna High School

Athletics
 
Athletics were definitely offered at Varna High School. The Green Dragons competed in basketball, as well as possibly baseball and track. Varna was one of the original members of the Tri-County Conference. Information is being sought regarding the better teams in Varna High School history. We could find no mention of Varna High School winning IHSA hardware, but we are confident they enjoyed many competitive seasons.
 
Boys Basketball
 
1927-28           Tri-County Tourney Runner-Ups        coach unknown
1928-29           Tri-County Tourney Champs!!!      coach unknown
1931-32           Tri-County Tourney Runner-Ups        coach unknown 
1939-40                                                                Coach LeRoy Peterson 
 
Need your Help
 
If you have ANY information you would like to share regarding Varna High School  and the Green Dragon athletic prowess, please complete a Guest Commentary Form. We are extremely interested in photos of the old high school building and the great teams and players who donned the green and white of Varna HS. You can also e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or you may write us at:
 
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il.  60631     

Close-Up of Varna HS Memorial
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Varna HS Memorial
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