The History of Stiritz High School
Stiritz (population approximately 75) is located in far south-central Illinois in north-central Williamson
County. Stiritz is a small village located about 5 miles north of Marion and 15 miles northeast of Carbondale.
Stiritz is almost a suburb of Johnson City, located just 1/2 mile to the southeast. Stiritz is about two long blocks
to the north and south and two regular blocks wide to the east and west. Interstate Highway 57 runs just to the
east of town. Stiritz Road connects the town to Illinois Route 37 one mile to the east.
The history of the town and its former educational efforts are in need of research. We are certain
that Stiritz had a very early beginning in Illinois history. The Williamson County area certainly did. Our guess is
that Stiritz was established in the early to mid-1800s. It was probably around that time that some sort of schooling
was established for its children as well.
If history follows its course here, Stiritz High School was likely in place by the late 1800s, certainly
by the early 1900s. Stiritz High probably lasted through the 1940s. At some point Stiritz High School was
closed, our guess being in the late 1940s. The students of Stiritz now attend school in nearby Johnson CIty.
Stiritz High School Quick Facts
late 1800s / early 1900s
Consolidated to: Johnson
City High School
Stiritz HS team nickname: the "Rangers"
Stiritz HS team colors: unavailable
Stiritz HS fight song: