Martinton High School "Elks"

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IN THE BEGINNING - Where Closed High Schools Consolidated To
*Ctry. Schools-Wtsde. Cty.
*Schools That Start With "A"
*Abingdon High School
*Alden High School
*Alexander High School
*Alexis High School
*Armington-Hittle H.S.
*Avon High School
*Schools That Start With "B"
*Beason High School
*Belleville St. Henry Prep
*Blandinsville High School
Boody High School
*Buda High School
*Burlington High School
*Schools That Start With "C"
*Cairo St. Joseph HS
*Cairo Sumner H.S.
*Cambria High School
*Chapin High School
*Chesterfield High School
*Chgo Alvernia Cath. HS
*Chicago Cooley HS
*Chicago Gordon Tech HS
*Chicago Harrison HS
*Chi Heart of Mary HS
*Chgo Immaculata HS
*Chicage Little Flower HS
*Chi St. Louis Academy
*Colchester High School
*Congerville High School
*Cornell High School
*Crescent-Iroquois HS
*Crystal Lake Seminary
*Schools That Start With "D"
*Divernon High School
Dix High School
*Donnellson High School
*Schools That Start With "E"
*East St. Louis Lincoln HS
Edwardsville Lincoln HS
*Schools That Start With "F"
*Fairdale High School
*Fillmore High School
*Schools That Start With "G"
*Galesburg Costa
Goodfield High School
*Schools That Start With "H"
*Hindsboro High School
*Hammond High School
Herrin Catholic HS
*Schools That Start With... "I"
*Ipava High School
*Schools That Start With "J"
Jewett High School
*Joliet Catholic HS
*Joliet DeLaSalle HS
Joliet St. John Baptist HS
*Joliet St. Joseph HS
*Schools That Start With "K"
*Kaneville High School
*Karnak High School
*Kenney High School
Kinderhook High School
Kinderhook West Pike HS
*Schools That Start With "L"
*Latham High School
*Littleton High School
*Lockpt St Chs. Borromeo
*Schools That Start With "M"
*Malden High School
*Martinton High School
*Mason City High School
*MazonVeronaKinsman HS
McGuire High School
Meredosia High School
*Momence St. Judes
*Schools That Start With "N"
*Neponset High School
*New Boston H.S.
*Noble West Richland H.S.
*Schools That Start With "O"
*Schools That Start With "P"
Patterson High School
*Peoria Bergan HS
*Peoria Woodruff H.S.
*Petersburg High School
*Plato Center H.S.
*Schools That Start With "Q"
*Schools That Start With "R"
*R.I. Villa de Chantal
*Roseville High School
*Schools That Start With "S"
*San Jose High School
*Saybrook-Arrowsmith HS
*Shawneetown H.S.
*Sheffield High School
*Skokie Niles East HS
*Spgfld. St. James HS
*Spring Bay High School
*St. Charles Mt. St. Mary
*St. Charles Valley Luth.
Ste. Marie High School
*Schools That Start With.. "T"
*Tamms Alexander Central HS
*Thawville High School
*Schools That Start With.. "U"
*Schools That Start With.. "V"
*Varna High School
*(Varna)Mid-County HS
*Virden High School
*Schools That Start With "W"
*Warrensburg High School
*West Salem High School
*Wilmette Maria Imm. Acad
*Schools That Start With.. "X"
*Schools That Start With.. "Y"
*Youngstown High School
*Schools That Start With.. "Z"

Martinton Water Tower

The History of Martinton High School 
Martinton (population 375) is located in upper-eastern Illinois, some might even say lower northeastern Illinois.  Martinton sits in the northeastern portion of Iroquois County.  The town is situated about 15 miles southeast of Kankakee.  County Road 2100 E runs by the west side of town and connects it to U.S. Route 52 about 1 1/2 miles to the south.  The Union Pacific Railroad passes through the east side of town.
A brief history of the town of Martinton reveals that the town was established in 1871 by a man named Peter Martin. A post office was established there in 1873, and the Chicago, Danville, & Vincennes Railroad laid tracks through the area helping to spur on its early growth.

The following information regarding the history of Martinton High School and the school system in general was located at the web address of

"The first public school was erected in 1875, with an enrollment of 74 students from the village and surrounding areas. Later years out lying schools were built: Liberty, College Corner, Old Burg, Pittwood, Jarvis, Weygandt, Pleasant Valley, and Schoon. A two-story building was constructed in 1896 and the first teacher was V. A. Hathaway. In 1911 a brick school, costing $12,000 was built. It consisted of eight grades and two years of high school. Later the same building housed a three-year high school. In 1948, consolidation was voted on to create Community School District #3. Classes continued in Martinton until the fall of 1967. The new elementary school was built three miles west of Donovan. It now serves Beaverville, Beaver, Concord, and Martinton Townships. All high school students of these townships go to Donovan High School."

The following information was supplied to us by Mark Stuckey:
"The village of Martinton was established in 1875. I am not certain what the last year for Martinton High was, but Martinton grade school was closed in 1967. At that point it was 1st through 6th grade. Then in 1968, the newly formed school district opened it's new building in rural Donovan for K-6 grade. Prior to 1967, Martinton grade school was a 1st through 8th grade school. In 1966, the 7th and 8th grade classes began the consolidation with Donovan, Beaverville, and Iroquois. When the Martinton school building was closed, the Martinton Lions club purchased or was given the building. They tried to keep it open for their meetings and also as a community center. It became to costly to maintain and was torn down around the late 1970's."
The former school grounds were located on the northwest side of town, just west of the Martinton baseball diamond and park. A playground now inhabits the space.
Martinton High School Quick Facts
Year opened:                           1911
Year closed:                            1948
Consolidated to:                       Donovan School District
Martinton HS team nickname:   the "Elks"
Martinton HS team colors:        Purple & Gold
School Fight Song:                   unavailable  

The Elks of Martinton High School surely competed in basketball.  Possibly baseball and track as well.  Though no IHSA hardware was won ( we understand there were some very competitive teams to come out of the school. We are in need of the Martinton High School school fight song, team records, coach's names, and any other items of interest regarding the Martinton HIgh School Elks.
Boys Basketball

Some scores involving Martinton High School in the annual IHSA State Tourney were located on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores." These scores have been added below.
1933-34                 Kankakee District Tournament           Coach's name & record needed
                              1st Rd lost to Bradley 36-11
                              Bradley lost to Momence in 2nd Rd
1934-35                 St. Anne District Tournament             Coach's name & record needed
                              1st Rd lost to Sheldon 36-15             
                              Sheldon lost to St. Anne in title game
1935-36                 Bradley District Tournament               Coach's name & record needed
                              1st Rd lost to Bradley 53-15
                              Bradley beat Grant Park in title game
1937-38                 Martinton District Tournament            Coach's name & record needed
                              Early Rd Scores Needed
                              Thawville beat Donavon in title game
1944-45                 Crescent City District Tournament     Coach's name & record needed
                              1st Rd lost to Chebanse 81-55
                              Title Game: Sheldon beat Chebanse

*No other scores are listed on the "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores" website.
Extra-Curricular Activities

Sports are fun to remember, but it was not the only offering that made the Martinton HS experience a good one.  If you were a part of any clubs, plays, dances, or other extra-curricular activities at Martinton High School please share your experience with us.  Remeber, you don't have to be an alumnus to share items with the Glory Days site.  If you have access to ANY information you would like to see added please drop us a line.
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Chicago,  Il.    60631