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News
Archived News

High School Building Centennial

Arcola High School opened its doors in September 1917. Construction History, compiled by Sue Stout.

Oldest Living Alumni

The Arcola Alumni Association will honor Arcola High School’s oldest living graduates in the coming months. To recommend an Arcola High School alumnus for recognition, complete the form.

Alma Grace Swick Harshbarger, a 1931 AHS alumna, is the March 2015 honoree.

Thomas B. Blagg, a 1938 AHS alumnus, is the April 2015 honoree.

LaVonne Smith, a 1935 AHS alumna, is the July 2015 honoree.

Ruth & Bob Holaday, 1942 and 1943 AHS alumni respectively, are the February 2016 honorees.

Rodie Van Gundy King, 1943 AHS alumna is the March 2016 honoree.

Bob Van Cleave, 1941 AHS alumnus is the December 2016 honoree.

Lowell Garrett, 1944 AHS Alumnus is the March 2017 honoree.

Frances Sisk Thompson, 1944 AHS Alumnus is the February 2018 honoree.

Joe Hopkins, 1941 AHS Alumnus is the June 2018 honoree.

Veterans

The Arcola Alumni Association has initiated its Veterans Recognition project. To be included, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Attended and/or graduated from Arcola High School
  • Served in any branch of the U.S. Military
  • Currently serving or received an honorable discharge

Click for additional information about the Veterans' Recognition project. Complete and return the form to recommend a veteran for recognition.

Recent Class Reunions

We've added pages containing pictures and information from recent class reunions.
If your class had a reunion since 2005, we'll publish group pictures and information.
Forward the information via E-mail.

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

We have recently been made aware of E-Mail solicitations to Arcola alumni for memberships, merchandise, etc.   The solicitation includes a link to the www.alumniclass.com website - which is NOT the Arcola Alumni Association's website.

AT THIS TIME, THE ARCOLA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DOES NOT OFFER LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS NOR ARCOLA HIGH SCHOOL MERCHANDISE.

OFFICIAL ARCOLA HIGH SCHOOL MERCHANDISE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM VYVERBERGS, FROM VARIOUS ARCOLA HIGH SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS, OR AFFILIATED BOOSTER GROUPS.

DO NOT subscribe/purchase merchandise via the www.alumniclass.com website with the intention of joining the Arcola Alumni Association or supporting local businesses/organizations.

Assistance Needed

Help is needed in identifying students in the 1909 freshman class.

Events
Archived Events

Football Reunion

Several AHS Football teams will be recognized at the 2018 season opening home game at 2:00 PM on August 25, 2018. Teams to be recognized are:

1976 - first playoff team (9-1)
1977 - first title game appearance (11-1)
1978 - first state champion (11-1)
1988 - state champion (13-1)

Coaches, players, managers and cheerleaders from those teams are invited. Anyone attending the game should assemble in the North End Zone by early in the second quarter.

The post-game get together will be at Shae's Pub & Grub, 126 N Oak St, Arcola, IL. Questions? Contact Nick Lindsey (AHS Athletic Director and Football coach) by email or Randy Rothrock by email.

Class of 1955 Annual Gathering

Mark your calendars!! The AHS Class of 1955 will hold their annual gathering beginning at 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Shae’s Pub & Grub (126 N. Oak St.) in Arcola, IL.

Questions? - Contact either Alice Rippey at (217) 268-3795 or by email or Phyllis Kemnetz at (217) 352-8856.

2018 Distinguished Alumni

The sixth annual Distinguished Alumni banquet will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Kaskaskia Country Club. The honored Arcola High School alumni and their year of graduation are:

Lt. Col. Edmund P. Smart, deceased (1952)
John Douglas “Doug” Mullikin (1958)
Charles “Skip” Lee (1968)
Steven Earl Bumpus, deceased (1978)
John VanGundy “Van” King (1979)

All family and friends of the honored guests, as well as AHS alumni and others, are invited to attend the banquet. You need not be an Arcola High School graduate to attend this special event. Further information about the honored alumni, the banquet and reservations for the event will be available in the Arcola Record-Herald and here at a later date.

Class of 1968 Reunion

The Class of 1968 will hold its 50-year reunion on July 28, 2018 from 4:30 - 10:00 PM at It’ll Do Bar/Restaurant; 620 Schrock Drive; Arcola, IL 61910.

  • 4:30 PM - Check in
  • 5:00—6:00 PM - Appetizers and Music from our School years by Jerry Good
  • 6:00-7:00 PM - Buffet – Coffee, Tea, Soda and Water included as well as a CASH Bar
  • 7:00—10:00 PM - Get reacquainted with classmates

Our M.C. for the evening will be Charles “Skip” Lee. Steve Williams has agreed to take a class picture during the evening that will be posted on the Arcola Alumni Site.

The cost for the evening will be $30.00 per person. Please send your checks (payable to: Arcola Class of 1968 Reunion) by June 1, 2018 to:

Kathie Whitley
205 S. 44th Street
Decatur, IL 62521

If you are on Facebook, you may want to join the group Arcola High School Class of 1968. Contact the organizing committee for additional informaton via email. Complete details.

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Last Revision August 13, 2018