The History of La Place High School
La Place (population approx. 200) is located in southeastern Illinois in the southwest
corner of Piatt County. The town is located on County Highway 32 just north of U.S. Route 36. The CSX Transportation
Railroad passes through the center of town.
A nice history of the town of La Place and its former high school can be viewed in the book titled "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Volume 2" which was written by Paul Selby and Franices M. Shonkwiler. This book, published in 1917, can be read in its
entirety at the web address of:
A brief history of the town of La Place can be located on page 698. A summary of this excerpt states
that the town was "laid off" (platted) in 1873 and was originally named Stoner. It was also known as Gatewood.
The article does not state why the town eventually settled on the name of La Place.
Page 798 of the book briefly describes the school system at La Place. The following has been copied directly
from the book:
"The first La Place school was erected in 1884, and another took its place in 1903. This school
has a high school course, and an attendance of about 130 students. Some of the educators connected with this school
have been; A.C. Duncan, Arthur Verner, L.F. Nichol, J.E. Underwood. C.E. Leathers, and Everett Garrett."
We currently have no further information regarding the former La Place High School. Our guess
is that La Place High School offered a 3 year course of study, though it is very possible that a 4 year high school was in
place. We believe that La Place High School existed on its own through the late 1940s. It was likely at that
time that La Place was absorbed or consolidated to Cerro Gordo High School, its neighbor about 6 miles to the north.
It is possible that La Place continued to host a grade school for several years after the high school.
It is apparent now, though, that the school building in La Place has been dormant for some years.
La Place High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1884
Consolidated to: Cerro Gordo High School
LPHS team nickname: unknown
LPHS uniform colors: unknown
School fight song: unknown