The diamond girls for Mazon-Verona-Kinsman enjoyed some excellent success. Though it is not recorded
that they won any IHSA hardware, M-V-K HS had some very good seasons under the guidance of Coach Mary Mitchell. The
best are listed below.
1974-75 8 - 2 Coach Mary Mitchell
1975-76 8 - 2 Coach Mary Mitchell
1976-77 8 - 0 Coach Mary Mitchell
1977-78 8 - 3 Coach Mary Mitchell
1978-79 8 - 3 Coach Mary Mitchell
1979-80 10 - 2 Coach Mary Mitchell
1980-81 13 - 2 Coach Mary Mitchell
1985-86 14 - 7 Coach Mary Mitchell
1986-87 14 - 7 Coach Laurie Rae
Two Mazon-Verona-Kinsman boys won medals at the State Track Meet.
1979-80 Mike Murray Long Jump
1981-82 Todd Williams Long Jump 6th Place
The Illinois Theatre Festival is the largest, non-competetive high school theatre festival in the world. It was organized
in 1976 by teachers from the Chicago suburbs. This festival is still going strong as they perform at the University of Illinois
(Champaign-Urbana) and Illinois State University every other January. MVKHS participated in this festival from 1976 to 1985
and again in 1988.
Memories & Information
From Jan (Esgar) Murray Class of 1976:
"I am a graduate of Mazon-Verona-Kinsman High School class of 1976. The former Mazon High School became a Unit
district in 1973, following my freshman year. Four of my siblings and I attended the school as did my father, Paul
W. Esgar (Class of '41) and my mother Ardella (Male) Harris (Class of '48).
My father-in-law, William R. Murray came to M-V-K in 1973 as the principal when
the former principal of Mazon High School, William "Scottie" Lynch became the Superintendent for the
newly formed M-V-K district."
From Kelli (Houchin) Unger (Class of 1974):
I am an alum of Mazon-Verona-Kinsman High School. I graduated with the class of 1975. My name is Kelli (Houchin) Unger.
I have 1 sister and 3 brothers that also graduated from M-V-K. My dad is Keith Houchin. He taught Freshman
English, was Athletic Director, and coached basketball, baseball, and golf at M-V-K. He had the magical Red Devil's basketball
team of 1967-1968. In 1990, when M-V-K annexed with Seneca, they took all of the tenured teachers over with them. My brother,
Kirk Houchin had just been tenured that year and was fortunate to be among the ones moving to Seneca. He
was the Spanish teacher, but now is the Guidance Counselor/Varsity baseball coach at Seneca. My dad taught 3 years at Seneca
(which is also HIS alma mater), then retired.
I remember the very last graduation at M-V-K HS as told to me by my dad. He was asked by the school to help 'lead' the
graduates when it came time to change the tassels on their caps to the other side. My dad got up in front of the crowd, sang
the M-V-K school song by himself, then instructed the graduating class to move their tassels over to the other side. He, then,
finished by singing the Seneca school song by himself. It was a nice touch/smooth transition when one thinks of ending one
school and moving on to the other."