Hooppole High School "Ponies"

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Hooppole High School
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Picture Taken in 1955 - Thank You to Neil Wolf

Hooppole School
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Hooppole High School
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The History of Hooppole High School
 
Hooppole (population 204) is located in northwestern Illinois on Illinois Route 78 approximately 8 miles north of Interstate Highway 80 and about 30 miles east of Moline. The old Hooppole, Yorktown, Tampico Railroad served the community for several years through its closing in the late 1940s.  The original Railroad Depot for the Hooppole train line is pictured at the bottom of this page.  
 
Hooppole High School was formed in the late 1800s and served the community proudly until its closing in 1948. The Hooppole School District was annexed into the Annawan School District. Mary Ellen (Doubler) Frank tells us the Hooppole school served as a K - 6 school through at least 1959-60.school year. We know at some point the Hooppole school buildings were razed. A smaller school building was constructed (probably in the 1960s, see photo at bottom of page) and utilized to host grades 1 and 2 for the Annawan School District.

Hooppole School Courtyard - 1953
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Submitted by Mary Ellen (Doubler) Frank

Annawan built an all-inclusive school in 1974. As pointed out by Terry Rosebeck, the school building in Hooppole continued hosting 1st and 2nd grade classes until it was closed in the spring of 1979. That building is now used for a private business.   
 
Hooppole maintains its quiet atmosphere except for one weekend each summer during the annual Hooppole "Fun Days". 
 
Hooppole High School "Quick Facts"
 
Year Organized:                            Believed to be late 1800s
Year Closed:                                 1948
School Nickname:                         the "Ponies"
School Colors:                               Purple & Gold
Year All School Functions Closed:  1979
School Fight Song:                        Not Available

Hooppole High School "Courtyard View" Sketch
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Gymnasium on the left, School on the right. (Neil Wolf Photo)

Athletics
 
Basketball
 
Hooppole High School offered basketball, baseball, and track during the 1930s and 1940s.  The school competed in what was known as "The Little Four Conference" which included Mineral, Annawan, and Atkinson.  The basketball team did not win any IHSA hardware but was known for their competitive nature. Keep in mind, Hooppole was a three-year high school, while they competed against schools that were all four-year high schools. Most of the time Hooppole's juniors were competing against seniors from another school.  Hooppole's basketball record for the 1940-41 season was 2 - 13 according one old newspaper clipping.

Some basketball scores involving Hooppole High School were located on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores." These scores are listed below.

1932-33               Sterling District Tournament        Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd Beat Walnut 33-25
                            2nd Rd lost to Rock Falls 44-7
                            Rock Falls lost to Sterling in title game
 
1933-34               Sterling District Tournament        Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Rock Falls 28-12
                            Rock Falls lost to Dixon in title game
 
1934-35               Morrison District Tournament      Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Lyndon 44-30
                            Lyndon lost to Morrison in 2nd Rd
                            Morrison beat Fulton in title game
 
1935-36  Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
1938-37  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   2 - 13  Postseason scores 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               Erie District Tournament        Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to  Lyndon 36-29
                            Lyndon lost to Coal Valley in semi-final
                            Coal Valley lost to Erie in title game
 
1945-46               Atkinson District Tourney       Coach's name & record needed
                            1st Rd lost to Lyndon 35-17
                            Lyndon lost to Mineral in 2nd Rd
                            Mineral lost to Atkinson in semi-final
                            Atkinson beat Sheffield in title game
 
*1946-47             Atkinson District Tourney       Coach's name & record needed
                            **1st Rd lost to Neponset 58-48
                            Neponset lost to Atkinson in semi-final
                            Atkinson lost to Mineral in title game
*This is the final season Hooppole High School is listed on the Postseason Scores website. The loss to Neponset was likely the last game played by Hooppole High School.            
  
If any further information is known regarding the Hooppole High School basketball program please e-mail this site with the address provided below.
 
Track and Field
 
Hooppole High School also competed in track and field in the Little Four Conference.  One article written in 1941 lists the Hooppole grade school tracksters as having won the Conference championship scoring 29.5 point to Mineral's 24.  Atkinson claimed third with 4.5 points and Annawan fourth with 4 points.  This would seem to have meant good athletic seasons to come in the mid-1940s.
  
MEMORIES
 
**From Mary Ellen Doubler Frank:
"I believe I received a wonderful education at Hooppole Grade.  I remember sitting out under the trees reading poetry with Mrs. Eldrenkamp...other teachers..Ruth Hanchett, Gladys Pont, Berniece West, Mrs. Ruth Eldrenkamp , Rita Wannemacher and William Rhodenbaugh.  Cafeteria cooks...Janet Sprague, Alice Blackert...my brain can't think of any others, but there were....and the custodians...Oscar Munson and John Metzner...all the bus drivers...Pete Atwell, Leo Doubler, Genevive Simpson....and more...It was a wonderful time in my life...and I am thankful to everyone who educated us and loved us."

Hooppole School Class Photo - 1953
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Submitted by Mary Ellen (Doubler) Frank

Hooppole School Class Photos - 1953
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Courtesy of Mary Ellen (Doubler) Frank

**From Julie Vandersnick:
"My best memory of Hooppole was having to eat everything on your plate at lunch or you couldn't go to recess - so kids got creative in how to get rid of things they didn't like. The empty milk carton was the best if you didn't get caught by Mrs. Seyller!"
       
Seeking More Information
 
If anyone has further information regarding Hooppole High School including sports records, coaches, and especially photos of the former high school building please complete the School Submission Form or e-mail us at:
                                             ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net

Hooppole High School Diploma
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Class of 1937 - Robert L. Shere

Backside of Above Diploma - 1937
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Note - 12 Graduates!

Leather Holder for Above Diploma
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Hooppole Grade School
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Closed 1979

Hooppole Railroad Depot
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Hooppole, Illinois