Arenzville High School "Raiders"

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Arenzville High School
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The History of Arenzville High School
Arenzville (population 419) is located in western Illinois about 12 miles northwest of Jacksonville.  The town was platted in 1839 by its founder, Francis Arenz.  Arenzville sits quietly on Arenzville Road at Virginia Road in the southwestern area of Cass County. The At & St Railroad travels through town.  A branch of the Indian Creek flows through Arenzville as well.  The village was organized as an official town in 1853.  Some EXCELLENT reading regarding Arenzville and its storied history can be found at the following web address: Great work by site creator Molly Daniel!!
The school system was initiated shortly after the towns' establishment.  A high school course of study was in place by the late 1800s.  Arenzville High School served the town and its children with pride for several decades.  It was in the late 1950s that consolidation talks arose between the school districts of Arenzville and the nearby towns of Concord and Chapin.  The effort became a reality after the 1959 school year with the creation of the Triopia School District. 
For more information on the Arenzville High School history check out
The following brief history of the merger of Arenzville, Concord, and Chapin school districts was located on Facebook, written by Mark Phillips, and submitted by Joe Dewees.

History of Arenziville HS Merger to Triopia
Written by Mark Phillips, submitted by Joe Dewees.

History of Arenzville HS Merger to Triopia
Written by Mark Phillips, and submitted by Joe Dewees.

The high school for the new district is located in the tiny hamlet of Concord. The Arenzville High School building was phased out and eventually no longer used as a school.  We believe the building has been razed, however we are in need of this information.
Arenzville High School Quick Facts
Year opened:                                1892 - 2-year high school begun
Year closed:                                 1959
Consolidated to:                            Triopia School District (Concord)
Arenzville HS team nickname:        the "Raiders"
Arensville HS team colors:             Purple & White
AHS School Fight Song:                unavailable
Arenzville High School's Raiders competed in boys basketball for sure.  As with most of the smaller schools on this site we believe that AHS offered baseball and track as well.  School team colors, fight song, team records, and coach's names are all being sought at this time.
One interesting piece of Arenzeville HS trivia is that:
After the 1959 consolidation of Arenzeville with the districts in Concord and Chapin to form Concord Triopia,  the sports teams competed under the Triopia banner that first year.  However the students attended school in their old buildings until the new Triopia building was ready in 1960.  Coach Don Kemp became the head football coach at Triopia and went on to a long and distinguished career coaching football at that school.  He got his start at Arenzeville. 
Boys Basketball
Boys basketball at Arenzville High School is the only sport covered on the IHSA website (  The Raiders had some real nice seasons including four District Championships and one UNDEFEATED regular season!! A great article on the first two District Championship seasons can be viewed at
The best of the Raider seasons as listed on the IHSA website are in turn listed below.  As you can see, Coach Don Kemp did a real nice job guiding the program through its later years. Scores invoving Arenzville High School boys basketball teams playing in the IHSA state tournament are located on a website title "Illinois Postseason High School Basketball Scores."
1946-47     32 - 2      Meredosia District CHampions        Coach Jack Escorcia
                                 1st Rd Bear Ashland 55-40
                                 Semi-final Beat Chambersburg 48-42
                                 Title Game Beat Murrayville 59-34
                                 Jacksonville Regional Runner-Up
                                 1st Rd Beat New Berlin 60-58 (O/T)
                                 Semi-Final Beat Jacksonville 41-40
                                 Title Game lost to Jacksonville Routt 54-37
ROUTT (54): Hanley 18, Bonjean 15, McGrath 9, Gruber 6, Lonergan 3, O’Connell 2, Spreen 1.
ARENZVILLE (37): Lovekamp 12, Wessler 11, Jones 6, Roegge 6, Beets 2.
1947-48     29 - 1      Chapin District Champions            Coach Jack Escorcia
                                  Undefeated Regular Season!!
                                  Ranked #18 in Illinois (one-class)
                                  Chapin Districtr Tourney Champs
                                  Semi-final Beat Meredosia 69-33
                                  Title Game Beat Chambersburg 46-39
                                  Virginia Regional Tournament
                                  1st Rd Beat Jacksonville School for the Deaf 56-24
                                  Semi-final lost to 39-38
                                  Waverly lost to Jacksonville in title game 52-46
1952-53     18 - 9       Nice Record
1953-54                                                                              Coach Don Kemp
1954-55                                                                              Coach Don Kemp
1955-56                                                                              Coach Don Kemp
1956-57                    Chapin District Champions            Coach Don Kemp
                                 Season Record Needed
                                 Semi-final Beat Chapin 61-52
                                 Title Game Beat Jacksonville Routt 68-52
                                 Franklin Regional Tournament
                                 1st Rd lost to New Berlin 86-82
                                 Jacksonville beat Winchester in title game
1957-58     19 - 5                                                                 Coach Don Kemp
1958-59     19 - 11    Chapin District Champions             Coach Don Kemp
                                 Semi-final Beat Perry 62-57
                                 Title Game Beat Illini Bluffs 43-37
                                 Pittsfield Regional Tournament
                                 *1st Rd lost to Pleasant Hill 61-48
                                 Brown County beat Pleasant Hill in title game
*Last boys basketball game for Arenzville High School.


Boys Football

The Raiders competed in football and set the groundwork for some great years ahead after the merger to Triopia.  Some of the better grid iron seasons are listed below courtesy of Tom Sikorski:

1952  4-3     3rd place 3C's conference                 Coach Verdie Altizer
1953  4-3     4th place 3C's conference                 Coach Don Kemp
1954  3-3     4th place PMBC Conference             Coach Don Kemp
1955  4-2     2nd place (tie) PMBC Conference      Coach Don Kemp
1956  6-0-1  PMBC Conference Champs            Coach Don Kemp
1957  7-0     PMBC Conference Champs            Coach Don Kemp
1958  3-2-1  2nd place (tie) PMBC Conf.               Coach Don Kemp
To read an excellent story on the life and coaching success of Don Kemp please click here:
Need More Information
If you have ANY further information to offer regarding the many accomplishments and achievements made by the students and townspeople of Arenzville and its original High School, please share it with us. School team colors, fight song, as well as other non-athletic related items are being sought.   These items can be e-mailed to us at or real-mailed to us at:
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