The Port Byron High School Building is still standing, used now as a business called Commercial Towel Service (CTS).
The building was recently determined to be structually sound and prime property for lofts overlooking the Mississippi River.
Let's hope the future remains bright for this one-time educational palace.
Port Byron High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late 1800s / early 1900s
Year closed: 1955
Consolidated to: Riverdale School District
School nickname: the "Red Devils"
School colors: Red & White
School Fight Song: unavailable
Port Byron offered a variety of athletics in their existance. It is known that Port Byron competed in
the old Two Rivers Conference during the 1940s and 1950s. Member schools included *Cordova, *Hillsdale, Erie, Prophetstown,
*Lyndon, *Atkinson, Annawan, *Tampico, and *Mineral (* denotes school on this site). Like most
small schools in northern Illinois, basketball was probably the most followed sport. Port Byron's Red Devils won
three District Championships in Boys Basketball, coming in back-to-back-to-back seasons in the middle 1950s. Information
is needed on other teams and records of Port Byron High School.
1949-50 District Runner-up
Coaches names unavailable
1952-53 District Champions
1953-54 District Champions
1954-55 District Champions
The Port Byron Red Devils also competed in football in the Two Rivers Conference. Behind the school pictured above
lies land known as the Dorrance Park Forest Preserve. The land adjacent to the back of the school building
served as the Port Byron football field and was host to many "Friday Night Lights" grid iron contests. Today the old
field has given way to baseball diamonds for the town of Port Byron.
Tom Sikorski found out the following facts about the Port Byron grid iron successes:
1950 Two Rivers Conference Co-champs (4-1)
1952 6-0 Two Rivers Conference Champions Coach Mel
1955 8-0 Two Rivers Conference Champions
1955 was the last season Port Byron independently fielded a football team. Last win was 54-12 over Hanover.
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