The Tower Hill High School Tigers were very competitive, though their small enrollment limited the number of sports they
could offer. The boys competed in basketball, track, and probably baseball. The girls competed in volleyball, track,
and probably basketball at one point. It is also possible that Tower Hill High entered into a co-op effort with
nearby Pana or Shelbyville at some point before its closure. Conference affiliation and the records of someof the better
teams are being sought.
Lee Connelly provided the following information regarding Tower Hill High School's conference affiliation
for the 1967-68 school year:
*Note: Only Lovington High School has remained as a solo high school and unchanged in name since 1968.
Boys Track & Field
One male athlete carried the banner for the Tower Hill Tigers for many, many years. In the 1930s track & field
was a one-class sport. Dale Dilley showed he belonged with the best of them. Taking
on all comers, Dale won the IHSA State Championship in the 220 Yard Dash in 1939! His efforts resulted
in a 10th place finish for the Tigers overall.
1938-39 Individual Medalist
220 Yard Dash STATE CHAMPION!!
Final Team Standings
1.) Elmhurst York HS
2.) New Trier HS
3.) Morton HS
5.) Proviso HS
6.) East St. Louis
Senior HS 9
6.) Sterling HS
8.) Wheaton HS
8.) Evanston HS
10.) TOWER HILL HIGH
Highland Park, Mendota, Paris, Springfield HS all tied with 5 pts. also.
The Lady Tigers had some real nice volleyball success in the 1980s. Coach Sharon (Christian) Rincker led
the lady netters to an overall record of 114 - 106 during her ten seasons at the helm. This included five straight winning
seasons. Unfortunately this is the only era of volleyball covered on the IHSA website.
1980-81 10 - 10 Coach Sharon Rincker
1982-83 14 - 11 Coach Sharon Rincker
1983-84 14 - 10 Coach Sharon Rincker
1984-85 17 - 6 Coach
1985-86 17 - 7 Coach Sharon
1986-87 16 - 11 Coach Sharon Rincker
The Tower Hill Tigers had some good, competitive seasons on the hardwood court as well. The Tigers won two District Championships.
There are only three seasons listed on the IHSA website regarding the boys basketball program. The last season
listed is of the 2002-03 school year when the Tigers, coached by Travis Reider, finsihed the year with a
3 - 22 record. Unfortunately the records of the other great Tower Hill teams are not available.
1942-43 District Champions
1947-48 District Champions
From former Tower Hill HS teacher Andy Kerley:
"I taught at Tower Hill HS the last year it existed, 2003. The top photo on your website is the HS building that
was used as the last HS in Tower Hill. It is still standing and serves as the main building in the Pana grade school
located there. There was talk they were going to use it as an alternative school or shop/trade building, but I don't
know if that ever came to be.
We were annexed in 03 by Pana and now all Tower
Hill students attend Pana schools. The last year we were there we still had a girls volleyball team and a boys
basketball team. All other athletes went to Pana to participate in other sports like FB, baseball, track, girls basketball,
softball etc as we had a co-op in place with them. We were not very successful in either sport as we only had 43 enrolled
total students on the first day of school in August of 2002.
At one point in their history, Tower Hill offered
football, basketball, baseball and track to the male athletes. Girls were able to compete in volleyball, basketball,
track and maybe softball. There was while I was still there, a photo of one of their football teams in the trophy case.
At one point I think they were still pretty competitive in baseball to.
I left after 03, I taught social studies at
Tower Hill HS (actually, I was THE social studies dept. :) ).
I moved on to Shelbyville after. I drive by the old school every chance I get, but it's not very often since
I'm now teaching in Clinton."
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