One of the great football players to roam the gridiron at Piper City HS was Doug Harford. In 1962, Harford
scored 222 of his team's season points, and ended up scoring a total of 407 points in his two-year varsity career. His career
total ranks in the top 20 in Illinois in that category.
Some of the better Piper City HS grid iron team records are listed below thanks to the research of Tom Sikorski.
1951 1-7 First team in school history -
Coach Russ Moore
First win was 13-7 over Saybrook-Arrowsmith
1953 5-3 2nd place (tie) Vermillion Valley Conf. Coach Russ Moore
Coach Art Glad
1958 5-3 2nd place (tie) VV Conference
Coach Duane Lovestrand
1961 6-2 3rd place VV Conference Coach
1962 8-1 Vermillion Valley Conf. Co-Champs Coach Duane Lovestrand
Coach John Sullivan
1971 5-2-1 2nd place (tie) VV Conference Coach
Boys' Track & Field
One boy's trackster brought home a medal from the IHSA State Track Meet. This was accomplished during the IHSA's
one-class system. Great job Doug Harford!
1962-63 Doug Harford 220 Yard Dash
Music / Band
We are certain that the Piper City HS kids were quite well versed in band and chorus as well. The music
department may have even won a state competition or two in Class D for band. The band picked up a "Governor's
trophy" at the Illinois State Fair one year also for their excellence under the direction of Mr. Paul Pizner.
A Graduate's Memory
Donna Johnson Rummens speaks of her days at PCHS. "I graduated from PCHS in 1956 and was on the staff
of the school newspaper - The Pied Piper. The Choral Music Department had its share of successes. When I was a senior, Elaine
Pizner came to PCHS to head the Choral Music department. She was a new U of I(llinois) graduate, and her enthusiasm
for vocal music influenced many of us. Elaine has been my sister-in-law for almost 49 years, and never lost her enthusiasm
for music. I recently returned to PCHS for my 50th class reunion. In addition to seeing classmates for the first time in many
years, I enjoyed visiting the library in Piper City, as well as the museum located upstairs over the library. There are many
photos and other interesting bits of history in both places. I would encourage others interested in PCHS and PCCHS to visit
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