Mineral High School "Quick Facts"
Year High School Recognized:
Year First Graduating Class Recognized:
- 1894 (3 students)
Year First High School Building Destroyed in Fire: - 1919
Year Brick High School Building Built:
- 1922 (cost $68,000, see photo on "Home" page)
School Sports Team's Nickname:
- Kelly Green and White
Smallest Graduating Class:
- 1 student (1923)
Largest Graduating Class:
- 16 students (1954)
Largest High School Enrollment:
- 53 students (1953)
High School Enrollment 1961:
- 28 students
Year Mineral High School Deactivated:
- 1961 (school annexed to Annawan)
Year Mineral School Building Ceased Operations: - 1974
Year Mineral School Building Demolished:
Total Number of High School Grads 1894 - 1961 - 323
Mineral Leopard School Fight Song
Imagine yourself in the locker room at halftime of a tight game against your arch rivals from nearby Sheffield,
Annawan, or Atkinson. As you sat there gaining instruction from your coach, the packed gym, led by the beautiful cheerleaders,
bursts out in a chorus of the Mineral High School fight song. No wonder the Mineral Leopard basketball teams won
nearly 70 % of their home games!
Sung to the tune of "On Wisconsin" (click the play button below and sing along)
On Ole Mineral, On Ole Mineral,
Get up, Step in line!
Knock the ball right through the basket,
Scores count up each time!
Rah, Rah, Rah
On Ole Mineral, On Ole Mineral,
Fight on for your fame!
Fight and you shall win this game!
Cha He, Cha Ha, Cha Ha Ha Ha!
Mineral High School Rah Rah Rah!!!
(Repeat one more time:)
Great Athletic Teams
Up until the arrival of Coach Oliver Jochums in 1940, the Mineral High School athletic
teams had no mascot or nickname. The basketball team was simply called the Mineral High School basketball team.
Coach Jochums decided the team needed a nickname. One of his players and Mineral great Herb Gingrich
looked at all of the nicknames of the local schools and found one name that was not used by any. He pitched the nickname
"Leopards" to Coach Jochums and the name stuck. The Mineral athletic teams have the distinction of being the
ONLY high school in Illinois history to utilize the nickname of the "Leopards".
Basketball was the feature sport at Mineral High School. The Leopards won six District titles
during the early 1940s and 1950s. The following six teams won District Championships. The teams of 1941, 1942,
1947, and 1952 were conference champs as well. The team of 1941 finished second in the then 18 team Bureau County
tournament. All six teams were inducted into the Bureau County Sports Hall of Fame in June of 2004.
The boys had some remarkable seasons. Below are the seasons listed as located on Mineral High School yearbooks or newspaper
articles. Several scores involving MHS playing in the annual IHSA State Tourney were located on a website titled "Illinois
Postseason High School Basketball Scores" and are listed below.
1921-22 Mineral High School's First Boys Basketball Season
Won first game at new gym November 12, 1922
Over Bureau Township High School 28 - 11.
Did not compete in IHSA State Tourney.
|Moline Dispatch Article dated November 12, 1922
1922-23 Postseason scores, record, and coach's name needed.
Ray Rakestraw, Robert Rakestraw, Linaweaver,
Emerson, Carrington, Sierens
Rock Island District Tourney
Coach's name & record needed
1st Rd lost to Annawan 15-8
Players included Roy Rakestraw, Ray Rakestraw, Lester
Linaweaver, Mendenhall, Carlisle Ulrich,
Riley, Stone, Fred Getz
Champions" Coach Cully
Players included: Ray Rakestraw, Robert Rakestraw, Roy Rakestraw,
Ulrich, Middleton, Fred Getz,
Moline District Tournament Coach's
name & record needed
1st Rd lost to Alpha 21-19
Princeton District Tournament Coach's name & record
1st Rd lost to Malden 32-9
District Tournament Coach's name & record needed
1st Rd lost to Bureau Township HS 35-10
1940-41 29 - 6 District Champs Enrollment
- 40 students (15 boys) Coach Oliver Jochums
|Mineral Leopards 1940-41
|29 - 6 District / Conference Champions
1941-42 30 - 5 District Champs Enrollment
- 38 students (15 boys) Coach Oliver Jochums
|Mineral Leopards 1941-42
|30 - 5 District / Conference Champions
1946-47 28 - 4 District Champs Enrollment
- 28 students (14 boys) Coach Oliver Jochums
1949-50 16 - 13 District Champs Enrollment
- 49 studnets (22 boys) Coach Oliver Jochums
1950 -51 17 - 11 District Champs Enrollment
- 51 students (24 boys) Coach Oliver Jocums
1951-52 26 - 5 District Champs Enrollment
- 52 students (24 boys) Coach Oliver Jochums
|Mineral Leopards 1951-52
|26 - 5 District / Conference Champions
In addition the following teams were conference champs and the bottom three played in the District
1924-25 N.R.A. Conference Champs
1942-43 13 - 3 Conference Champs Enrollment
- 38 students (16 boys)
1947-48 19 - 5 Conference Champs Enrollment
- 32 students (18 boys)
1952-53 20 - 8 Conference Champs Enrollment
- 53 students (27 boys)
1959-60 15 - 11 Conference Champs Enrollment -
36 students (19 boys)
Football, Baseball, and Track
The Leopard Baseball and Track teams had many successful seasons. The Track team won a Conference
Championship in 1941. This is the same year Mineral's most successful track athlete, Russell Buysse,
advanced to the State Track Meet in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. We know that the Track and Field program dates to as
far back as 1935, when they were involved in a quadrangular with Geneseo and three other teams, this according to a 1935 Geneseo
The Baseball team won Conference Championships in 1936,1941, and 1942.
The Football team played a total of three seasons, from 1949 to 1951. Due to the small enrollment
Mineral played 6-man football in the old Two Rivers Conference. Members of the Two Rivers Conference included Tampico, Lyndon, Annawan, Atkinson, Prophetstown, Erie, Cordova, Hillsdale, and Port Byron. The football team did not fair well, winning only 3 games in the three seasons they competed. Ironically
all three wins were against Annawan, the school they would consolidate with in 1962.
Mineral School athletes won over 80 trophies between 1930 and 1961. The six District Championship
trophies still hang proudly on the wall of the village hall.
Individual Events - Speech
Mineral High School had one person fair quite well in the IHSA's Speech competition held annually.
That person was Arvilla Rakestraw who place 5th in the "Original Oratory" event in the competition.
This was a state-wide competition which included schools of all sizes. GREAT JOB ARVILLA !!!
Two coaches in Mineral High School history really standout. The best and true Mineral
legend is Coach Oliver Jochums. Jochums coached the Leopards basketball teams during the 1940-41 and 41-42
seasons. He compiled a record of 59 - 11. He then served in the Army during World War II. Upon his return for
the 1946-47 season Jochums' team posted a 28 - 4 record. He continued to coach at Mineral through the 1954-55
season winning SIX District titles and playing in the District championship game two other times. His overall record
during 11 seasons at Mineral was 212 wins and 106 losses.
Coach Jochums also served as baseball, track, and football coach at Mineral.
This was not only at the High School level but also at the grammar school level. A small school meant a small budget,
so Jochums also served as one of the school's bus drivers, class sponsor, drama teacher, as well as teaching
history and english. Coach Oliver Jochums was inducted into the Bureau County Sports Hall of Fame in June of
The other great coach was Don Dolieslager. Coaching from 1958-59 until the school
closed after the 1960-61 season, Dolieslager's basketball teams compiled a record of 42 wins and 33 losses. He
also incurred all of the duties given Coach Jochums. Dolieslager's 1959-60 club won a conference title as well
as finishing second in the District tournament.
|Mineral Leopards 1959-60
This "Unofficial School Fight Song" of Mineral High of the early 1940s was provided to
us by Verginia (Verdun) Romero (Class of 1943). Now THESE kids knew how to have fun!! Click the
"Play" button below and slide the music bar about half way across.....and SING ALONG!!
Beer, beer for old Mineral Hi,
Bring on the whiskey, bring on the rye,
Send somebody out for
Don't let a sober person in!
We never falter, we never fall,
We sober up on wood alcohol,
of Old Mineral Hi,
Stagger back to the bar for more!
|Mineral High School Graduate List
|From Mineral HS 1961 Yearbook
|1946-47 Leopards 28 - 4
|1950-51 Mineral Leopards and Cheerleaders