Coal Valley (population 3,743) is located in the center
portion of the oddly shaped Rock Island County in the northwestern portion of Illinois. U.S. Routes 6 (on the north
side) and U.S. Route 150 (on the south side) both lead you directly to and from Coal Valley. Interstate Highway
74/280 passes by town to the north as does the Rock River. Coal Valley is located about 5 miles south of Moline.
The town was formed in the early 1850's and was incorporated in 1876. Coal
mining was the main industry in the area, and Coal Valley was mainly supported by this industry until the last mine closed
in 1942. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_Valley,_Illinois)
Coal Valley started a school system shortly after the town's founding, which
included a high school curriculum. In 1939 a new Coal Valley High School was built at the cost of $70,000 and forty-six
students were enrolled that fall. Five men and four women were the first graduates of CVHS. The Coal Valley High School district
was dissolved in 1952 and used as a junior high and later an elementary school for the Moline School District. The high
school students attended the newly built high school in Moline, north of Coal Valley.
Coal Valley High School "Quick Facts":
Year opened: 1939
Consolidated to: Moline High School
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