It is a fact that Simpson High School competed in the sport of boys basketball. It is quite possible that track
and baseball were offered as well. We know of the school's participation in basketball because of its mention on the
IHSA website (www.ihsa.org
). As you can see in the "Quick Facts" area, we are in need of a lot of information on the school's athletic, as well as overall,
The boys basketball team at Simpson High School had three seasons in which they were the "king" of the small schools
in their area. District Championship trophies were won in 1929, 1931, and 1940. Unfortunately
team records and coaches names are not available.
1928-29 District Champions
Lost to Pinckneyville 42 - 18
1930-31 District Champions
Carbondale Sectional Tournament Results
Beat Pinckneyville 19 - 17
Beat Murphysboro 12 - 10 (O/T)
Lost Sectional Championship (Sweet 16)
14 - 12 in O/T to Johnson City who would
go on to finish in 4th place.
1939-40 District Champions
Jim Jones provided us with this tidbit of information regarding the Simpson High School boys of 1930-31,
who set a record that will never be broken:
"I have this great piece of information for you concerning Simpson High School, taken from page
39 (the 1931 tournament) of _100 Years of Madness: The Illinois High School Association Boys' Basketball Tournament (an
excellent book if you don't know about it - I got a copy from the IHSA store):
City rallied past Benton in the sectional semifinals at Carbondale and then beat Simpson in overtime in the finals.
With an enrollment of just 29 students, Simpson was the smallest school EVER to make the final 16 of the state
Truly incredible to think that Simpson almost made the "Elite Eight" with just 29 kids!
Johnston City would finish 4th that year."
We Need Your Help.....
...in making the memories and hard work of those who made Simpson High School a success never be forgotten. ANY
information you may have about Simpson or its former high school is being sought. You can e-mail photos and information
to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also write to us at:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il. 60631