The History of Thomson High School
Thomson (population 559) is located in far northwestern Illinois in southwestern Carroll County. The
town was settled on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River about 25 miles northwest of Sterling and Rock Falls.
Illinois ROute 84 is the main roadway leading to and from Thomson. The At & St Railroad runs parallel to Route
84 and also travels through Thomson. More information on the town of Thomson can be found on the village's website at
Located in York Township, Thomson was called York in its beginning. It is quite probable
that York was established in the mid-1800s with a small school established shortly after. A high school was in
place for the students of York by the late 1800s. York Community-Thomson High School was a successful and thriving
school district for over 100 years.
Two school buildings served the communty. The first one was located on the east side of the town's main
drag, built around 1920. It served the community until a newer building was built in the 1950s almost across the street from
the old school. The former building has since been torn down, although the gymnasium still remains and is believed to be in
One building housed grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The late 1990s and early 2000s brought with
them financial concerns, due to the closing of the Savanna Army Depot and the financial concerns surrounding the
new correctional center (which is still not open), and dwindling enrollment. It was in the year 2005 that plans
were finalized for a consolidation effort between the western Carroll County high schools in the towns of Thomson, Mt. Carroll
and Savanna. This effort resulted in the creation of the West Carroll School District.
The high school for the West Carroll School District is located in Savanna. The Thomson School
served as home to West Carroll Intermediate School and the West Carroll School District office for a few years. However the
school building is no longer used as a school.
York-Thomson High School Quick Facts
Year opened: late
1800s / early 1900s
Year closed: 2005
Consolidated to: West
Carroll School District (Savanna)
Thomson HS team nickname: the "Trojans"
THS team colors: Purple
School Fight Song: "We're
Loyal To You, Thomson High"
Taken from the 1958 Yearbook, THE SANDBURR
Courtesy of CLETIS UNDERWOOD (Faculty from 1954-59)
We're loyal to you, Thomson High.
We're Purple and Gold, Thomson HIgh.
back you to stand 'gainst the best in the land
we know you have said, Thomson High.
crack out that ball, Thomson High.
becking you all, Thomson High.
Our team is our fame protector
On boys, for we expect a victory from you, Thomson High!
Bring out that dear old flag of purple and gold,
Lean on your sons and daughters fighting so bold,
Like men of old and giants,
Facing reliance, shouting defiance, Oskewawa!
Amid the broad green plains that nourish our lands,
For honest labor and for learning we stand,
And onto thee we pledge our heart and hand
Dear alma mater, Thomson High!!