We know Towanda High School offered boys' basketball as a member of the Tri-Valley Conference along with Anchor, Cooksville, Colfax, Cropsey, Downs, Bellflower, Ellsworth, Saybrook, and Arrowsmith
during the 1940's. Six-man football was offered in 1939, and baseball was also offered. It is
our understanding that track was also offered, but there has been no evidence found to show that the school
may been involved in meets. If you have any information regarding the athletic program at THS, please drop us a
The hardwood court men of Towanda High School brought home one District Championship plaque. It is a good bet there
were many great seasons at the Towanda H.S. gymnasium. Conference championships and winning seasons are being sought.
The District Championship is listed below, though coach's name and team record are not available.
1929-30 19- 5 (good record)
Coach Ben Smith
1936-37 District Champions
1939-40 12-13 Coach
The Green Hornets fielded a six-man squad during the 1939-40 season as the idea spread across the nation from Texas,
where it was begun earlier in the decade and spread from there. In that season, Towanda played against county schools such
as Colfax, Lexington, and Chenoa.
Coach George Bodecker
Towanda did offer this sport as a spring and fall sport throughout the time the school was offered.
In the spring of 1940, we were able to find a partial record in the school yearbook, "The Totem." Prior to going to press,
the Green Hornets were 6-5 with four games left in the season under coach George Bodecker.
From former student Neysa Miller Zurkammer:
"I was a student in the building you show as "Towanda High School." Until the consolidation as Unit 5, it was actually
Towanda School - I started first grade there in 1944 and the grade school was located on the bottom floor and the high school
was mainly on the top floor, with a couple of classrooms on the first floor and science lab, etc., in the basement (if I remember
correctly). My sister, Norida Miller, graduated from Towanda High, but my brother and I both graduated
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