The History of St. Mary's High School of Moline
Moline (population 43,768) is located in northwestern Illinois in Rock Island County. It is one of
the feature cities which are part of the "Quad Cities" area located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Illinois and
Iowa. The Rock River is also a main waterway which passes through Moline. The area was shaped early on by
its location near these rivers. Railroad lines were the second major mode of transportation bringing folks to the Moline
area. Roadways soon followed. Illiinois Routes 5 and 92, U.S. Routes 6, 67, and 150, and Interstate Highways
74 and 80 all lead to Moline.
The St. Mary's Parish was the first Catholic parish in Moline. Moline began an educational system for
its children in the early stages of its growth. The Catholic Church realized the opportunity and need for education
and established a school in Moline. St. Mary's began as a one-room school in 1884. A larger building was built
to house the growing student population in 1896. In 1926 a "modern" brick structure was built for the high school and
it flourished for nearly 25 years.
In 1949 a new Catholic high school was built in Rock Island (Alleman). It was decided by the
archdiocese to close St. Mary's High School in Moline and have just one Catholic high school for the immediate area.
St. Mary's continued as a grade school for the Moline area for several more years. It, too, eventually ceased being
used in this capacity. The former St. Mary's High School building is still functional though is now used in a different
capacity by the St. Mary's Parish.
A well-written and researched report regarding the history of St. Mary's High School in Moline was written
by our good friend, Richard Soseman. Richard's report follows directly after the "Quick
Facts" portion of this page.
Moline St. Mary's High School Quick Facts
1884 (one-room school)
Year larger structure built: 1896
Year brick building built: 1926
Year St. Mary's HS closed: 1949
Rock Island Alleman HS
St. Mary's team nickname: unavailable
St. Mary's team colors:
Blue & White
School Fight Song: unavailable
A booklet given out at the All Class Reunion, October, 1992, had the following verses:
The bells of St. Mary's
Ah, hear they are calling
The young loves, the true loves
Who come from the seas.
And so, my beloved,
When red leaves are falling
The love bells shall ring out
Ring out, for you and me.