10/16/07

Remembering the Past

By Josh Simon

July 15, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2007 at 2:21 PM CDT

In 1988 Spalding, Bergan and Academy of our Lady all closed to form the New Peoria Notre Dame. Those schools, just three of the many High Schools in Illinois that have closed their doors for one reason or another.Josh Simon shows us a website that's bringing those school's history to the forefront.

Fans in Chenoa will never see another Redbird Touchdown. Neither will Spalding fans. But thanks to Illinois High School glory days dot com they can relive some of those memories.

Site Author Kev Varney said, "It's keeping the memories alive. As
Nostradamus said, "Those who fail to remember the past are doomed to
repeat it" and quite honestly, there's a number of people still alive
today that remember their High School."

The site, which started in 2005 with only 25 schools and has over 800 now provides the tools for alumni and fans to remember their schools.
Whether it's results, pictures or even the fight song Varney and the rest of the Glory Days staff have found a place to find it.

Varney said, "We bring back a lot of memories for them. We're able to highlight the history of the High School."

Some of the schools never closed they just changed names.

Varney said, "You have to consider: did that school
close? Technically, it did because you don't know it as that name
anymore. There are some people out there who will fight us and say, "ah,
that school's still open." But I'm afraid it's not opened in that name
anymore. It's just incredible: consider in 1948, there were over 10,000
school districts (in the state), now there's less than 1,000 only 60
years later."

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