The History of LaFayette High School
The village of LaFayette is located on IL Rt. 17, approximately 12 miles south-southwest of Kewanee. The
population of 227 sits quietly on the western boundry of Stark County. The first classes at LaFayette High
School were held in 1891 in a building downtown. The high school moved to a location on the southern edge of the town
in 1899, where that building still stands today.
LHS was deactivated in 1970 when LaFayette merged with Toulon, along with the grade school in West Jersey, to create Toulon-LaFayette High School. The LaFayette High School building was home to the grade school kids from the area until 1978.
Toulon LaFayette High School merged with Wyoming High School in 1992 to create Stark County High School
located in Toulon.
The LaFayette High School building still stands tall and is owned by the LaFayette Park District, where
it is rented out for family reunions and alumni dinners.
LaFayette High School Quick Facts
Year school opened: 1891
Year school closed: 1970
School colors: Purple & White
School nickname: "Panthers"
School Fight Song: see below
LaFayette High School Fight Song
Three cheers for old LaFayette High
We're out to win this game by and by
For our team will do its part
We've got the spirit from the start
We'll take the victory
We'll take the fall
Old LaFayette High will win over all
And we'll live up to our name
Of Good Ole LaFayette High!
According to the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org), LaFayette High School basketball was a great success in LaFayette. LHS brought home SEVEN District titles during
its existence. Pretty incredible for probably one of the smaller schools in its area! LaFayette
High School basketball successes are listed below. Under the guidance of Coach Ken Elliot, the Panthers went 128-52 from
1930-1939, winning 23 trophies over that period. LaFayette became a member of the Inter-County Activities Conference during
the 1952-53 school year. Prior to that, the Panthers had been members of the Star League, which included schools from
Oneida, Altona, Williamsfield, Wataga, and Victoria. More information is being sought regarding the records and coach's names of the teams. See photos
of the 1939 and 1967 basketball teams below.