The History of Winslow High School
Winslow (population 345) is located in far northwestern Illinois on Illinois Route 73 at the Wisconsin state
line. A nearby town of note might be Freeport located about 15 miles southeast of Winslow. The northwestern Stephenson
County town has one river running through it, the Pecatonica, and two creeks that feed into the Pecatonica River,
the Indian Creek and the Honey Creek..
The history of the Winslow school system dates back to the mid-1850s. A small two room school marked
the first educational efforts of the community. In 1902 a "new" two story building was built which continues to serve
the communities' children today. A high school district was established in Winslow in 1921. It was in 1948 that
the high school district was joined with that of Lena (also on this site). However 10 more years went by before an
actual consolidation went through. The Lena-Winslow School District was established in 1958, effectively closing
the individual schools in both towns.
The building pictured above has a couple of additions since its start in 1902, however it serves the Lena-Winslow
school district as an elementary school today. There are two EXCELLENT sites to check out regarding the istory of Winslow
and its school system. Click on either and enjoy the reading.
Winslow High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1850
School building built: 1902
School District established: 1921
School consolidated with Lena: 1948
Winslow HS closed: 1958
Winslow Elementary School
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