Viola High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1888
Year closed: 1952
School nickname: the "Lumberjacks"
School colors: Blue & White
School Fight Song: "On Viola, On Viola"
Sung to the tune of "On Wisconsin"
Viola High School enjoyed many great seasons of success. They brought home two District titles, the second
won during their final year existence. Football was offered and it is assumed other sports were offered
at the school as well, however research and information is needed from an alum or townsperson from Viola. Viola High
School's basketball success is listed below.
1938-39 N.R.A. District
1951-52 N.R.A. District
Tom Sikorski provided information on the following conference championship football team of the
1948 6-0 Corn Belt Conference Champs Coach: Leo Traister
Track & Field
From Jeff Crummy:
"Viola H.S. Lumberjacks track team won the Central Military District championship in 1919. This encompassed all of Illinois
from the Illinois River west to the Mississippi River, including many large schools such as Galesburg, Kewanee and Rock Island."
In the final year of existance of Viola High School, the Individual Events club was able to send a person to the state
tournament. In 1952 Rose Terry placed fifth in "O.D.", which means Oratorical Declamation.
Rich Lawson, football standout in late 1940's ; Leo Crummy, "Hacker" Newton, Wayne 'Wheeler'
Anderson and Vic Holdsworth. The 1937 basketball team went on to the Sectional Championship
losing to Kewanee by one point, the Frakes boys were exceptional athletes in all sports.
Memories and Facts
From a great fan of Viola High School, Jeff Crummy:
"Viola High School was know as the Blue and White. The local papers reported them as ViCoHi. The basketball teams in
the late 20's and thru the 1930's were feared by all of the high schools in Mercer County winning most of the games played!"
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