The History of Broadlands High School
Broadlands (population 312) is located in east-central Illinois about 15 miles southeast of Champaign.
Broadlands was platted in the southeast corner of Champaign County. County Roads 200 and 2500 intersect in Broadlands
about two miles west of Illinois Route 49. The Missourri Pacific Railroad runs a line to Broadlands and the East Branch
of the Embarrass River flows through town as well.
The history of the town of Broadlands and its school system is in need of research. It is VERY probable
that Broadlands had some sort of high School curriculum in place by the late 1800s, certainly by the early 1900s.
Broadlands High School served the community and surrounding farm kids for over five decades. In the late 1940s
and early 1950s the major consolidation sweep that struck Illinois caught up to the small towns in the southeastern
Champaign County area. By the early to mid 1950s this effort led to the consolidation of the high schools from
Allerton, Broadands, and Longview. It was in 1953 that this effort was finalized and became known as the A-B-L School District. The high school for the new district was located in Broadlands.
Broadlands A-B-L served the three communities nicely until the late 1980s. At that time Homer High School
joined the ABL District and the name was changed to the Heritage School District. Heritage High School remains
in the Broadlands High School building today.
Broadlands High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late
1800s / early 1900s
Consolidated to: Allerton-Broadlands-Longview
School District (A-B-L)
Broadlands HS team nickname: unavailable
Broadlands HS team colors: unavailable
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