Tamms Community High School "Eagles"

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Tamms Community High School Building 1924-1953
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The History of Tamms Community High School
Tamms (population 1,043) is located on far southern Illinois in the east-central portion of Alexander County. Illinois Route 127 is the main roadway that leads you to and from Tamms. A county road titled "Tamms Rd." will also lead you into town. The Illinois Central Golf Railroad passes through town as does another unidentified railroad line. The Amber Creek flows to the east of Tamms. 
   
Tamms was first named Idlewild in 1893. The name was changed to Tamms in 1900.  The town is named after Theodore and Oscar Tamms, who originally owned the land the town was platted on.
 
Tamms Community High School likely was established in the early 1900s. In 1924, the community voted to build the Tamms Community School building. Olive Branch High School closed in 1947 and some of the children in that district began attending Tamms High School. Tamms Community High School was integrated in 1952 allowing African-American children to attend. Prior to this year the African-American children near Tamms had to attend African-American high schools in Cairo (Sumner) or Mound City (Lovejoy).  
  
In 1953, the Tamms High School building caught fire. The third floor and rear portion of the building were destroyed. The first and second floors, as well as the front of the building were saved. The high school building was shortly after rebuilt in 1954. Once the building was reopened, the name of the school was changed to Alexander County Central High School. The school served the people of Tamms and the surrounding area until 1963 when the name was changed to Egyptian School District. This area also reflects interest in Egyptian history, as Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The new consolidated school in Tamms is possibly as a reflection on the area's roots.
  
Several items for this page were located at the web address of http://genealogytrails.com/ill/alexander/alex_sch.htm . We also owe a large amount of gratitude to Tamms Alexander County Central High School graduate Phineas Moore (Class of 1957). Phineas provided most of the research for the history portion of this page.
    
Tamms Community High Schol "Quick Facts":

Year opened:                                  early 1900s
Year new HS bulilding erected:   1924
Year building destroyed by fire:  1953
Year HS building rebuilt:               1954
HS name changed to:                    Alexander County Central High School
Year HS name changed again:     1963 (Egyptian)
Tamms HIgh School nickname:    the "Eagles"
Tamms High School colors:          Blue & Gold
School song:                                   Unavailable
 
 
Athletics
   
Tamms Community High School offered the boys sports of basketball, baseball, and probably track. The school had many excellent athletes and seasons. However at this point, we are searching for these results. Please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net if you would have information to share regarding Tamms Community High School athletics. 

Boys Basketball
  
Though we do not currently have any informaton regarding season records, coaches' names, and individual athletes, we have located some basketball scores involving Tamms Community High School. These scores were found on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores" and are reprinted below.
  
1933-34                   Cairo District Tournament                      Coach's name & record needed
                                   1st Rd lost to Wolf Lake 31-24
                                   Wolf Lake lost to Mounds City in semi-final
  
1934-35                   Anna District Tournament                      Coach's name & record needed
                                  1st Rd Beat Thebes 32-31
                                  Semi-final lost to Mound City 31-26
                                  Mound City beat Cobden in title game
  
1935-36                   Dongola District Tournament                 Coach's name & record needed
                                  1st Rd lost to Buncombe 44-37
                                  Buncombe beat Mounds in title game
  
1936-37  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1937-38  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1938-39  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1939-40  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1940-41  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1941-42  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1942-43  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1943-44  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
   
1944-45                   Mound City District Tournament             Coach's name & record needed
                                  1st Rd Beat Grand Chain 34-32
                                  Semi-final lost to Mound City 40-39
                                  Mound City lost to Cairo St. Joseph in title game
  
1945-46  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
  
1946-47                   Dongola District Tournament                 Coach's name & record needed
                                  1st Rd lost to McClure 54-24
                                  McClure beat Dongola in title game
  
1947-48                  Cairo Regional Tournament                    Coach's name & record needed
                                 1st Rd lost to Cairo 67-25
                                 Cairo lost to Mounds in semi-final
                                 Mounds beat Dongola in title game
  
1948-49                  Anna Regional Tournament                     Coach's name & record needed
                                 1st Rd lost to Thebes 42-32
                                 Thebes lost to Anna-Jonesboro in semi-final
                                 Anna-Joesboro beat Mounds in title game
  
1949-50                  Cairo Regional Tournament                    Coach's name & record needed
                                 1st Rd lost to Anna-Jonesboro 67-23
                                 Anna-Jonesboro beat Cairo in title game
  
1950-51                  Anna Regional Tournament                     Coach's name & record needed
                                 1st Rd lost to Anna-Jonesboro 89-38
                                 Anna-Jonesboro lost to Cairo in semi-final
                                 Cairo beat Mounds City in title game
  
1951-52                  Cairo Regional Tournament                    Coach's name & record needed
                                 1st Rd lost to Mounds 80-48Cairo 67-25
                                 Mounds lost to Anna-Jonesboro in semi-final
                                 Anna-Jonesboro beat Cairo in title game
      
1952-53  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
   
**Tamms Community High School became known as Alexander County Central High School in 1954.
 

Extra-Curricular Activities
 
Other activities such as proms, dances, class plays, farmer's institutes, and various clubs may have been a part of the Tamms Community High School experience as well.  We are hopeful an area fan or alumni can help us with this information.
   
Do YOU Have Any Further Information?
 
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