The History of Crete High School
Crete (population 7,346) is located in northeastern Illinois in the northeast portion of
Will County. Illinois Route 1, also known locally as Dixie Highway, is the main roadway to and from Crete. The Union
Pacific Railroad line passes through Crete as well. Crete is located about 20 miles southeast of Joliet.
The area where the town is located was first settled in the 1830s. In the 1840s a man named Willard
Wood and his wife Diantha began a village known as Woods Corners. Mr. Wood eventually named
the town Crete after writings from St. Paul in the New Testament of the Bible. The village was platted in 1849, it was
incorporated in 1880. It has grown from 760 residents in 1900 to nearly 7,500 in the year 2000. Its location near
Chicago gives Crete a bright future for continued growth.
"Crete High School began in 1932 as a two-year program using the 1928
Crete Public School building. The previous wood structure burned in 1928. Prior to this date high school students had
to attend Peotone or Chicago heights Bloom.
An addition was added in 1937 with a grant from WPA. The
high school became a 4 year program in 1940. Crete merged with Monee in 1948 to form Crete Monee Unit District 201-U, as a result of the state consolidation program at that time.
The Crete building was used for the high school until a new Crete-Monee
High School building was built on another site in 1954. The Crete School is now utilized as the Crete Elementary
School and has been added on to many times. The original facade was eliminated in 1980. There has been serious talk of
late of abandonning this building in favor of a more modern structure to be built on another site."
Crete High School Quick Facts
Year opened as 2-Year HS: 1932
Year 4-year HS began:
Year merged with Monee HS: 1948
Now Known As:
Crete-Monee HIgh School
Crete HS Team nikckname: "Warriors"
Crete HS Team colors:
Gold & Blue
Crete HS Fight Song:
"Here's To Crete High"
Here’s to Crete High,
old Crete High,
Raise the colors gold and blue
We will be for ev-er true
So let us cheer the Warriors on to victory
Fight on for their fame--
got the fight
We got the might
Let’s win this game!