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Lisbon H.S. Building
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Photo: Cody Cutter - September 2010

The History of Lisbon High School & Lisbon Academy
 
Lisbon (population 248) is located in far northeastern Illinois in the southwest corner of Kendall County.  Lisbon sits at the interesection of County Roads 5 and 19 just south of U.S. Route 52.  The town is about 6 miles north and a little west of Morris.
 
A nice history regarding the town of Lisbon can be viewed at the web address of
In summary the article states the area where Lisbon was eventually established was first settled in 1836.  A school was established in town soon after. To read about the way Lisbon was named check out http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilkendal/TownHistories/Lisbon/NamingLisbon.htm
 
The residents of Lisbon wanted the best for their children in the realm of education. Schools were built and occupied from the first year the area was settled. The following web adddress discusses the creation of a school known as the Lisbon Academy:
In summary the article statres the Lisbon Academy building was constructed between the years of 1844 and 1849.  The school flourished until its closure in the late 1880s.  The article goes on to state that upon the closure of the Lisbon Academy, the school building would serve as the Lisbon Grade School and Lisbon High School.
 
We are not certain how long Lisbon High School served the area.  Our only guess would be that it was a two or three-year high school which may have lasted into the middle to late 1940s.  If you have any further information you can share with us regarding Lisbon High School, such as an older photo of the school building, please contact us at eganann@sbcglobal.net.
 
Lisbon Academy Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                  between 1844 and 1849
Year closed:                  1889
 
Lisbon High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:                  1890s?
Year closed:                   1940s?
Consolidated to:              Newark High School
Lisbon HS nickname:       unavailable
Team uniform colors:        unavailable
School fight song:            unavailable 
Athletics & Extra Curricular Activities
 
The Lisbon High School boys may have competed in basketball.  We need someone to help us research and verify this information. School team colors, team records, and coach's names are also items we would like to add to this page.
 
We know that the Lisbon High School experience did not rest soley in the gym or on the field.  Many other "extra-curricular" activities may have been offered as part of the educational plan too.  FFA, FHA, GAA, band, chorus, and many other events probably helped to make the Lisbon school a special one.
 
Special Gratitude
 
A big 'Glory Days' thank you goes out to our good friend and long-time contributor Roberta Van Briesen.  It was her research that brought us to creating this page. Thank you Roberta!
 
Do You Have Information to Share About Lisbon High or Lisbon Academy?
 
Several questions posted above remain unanswered.  If you have ANY information you wish to share regarding Lisbon High School or Lisbon Academy please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also write to us at:
 
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