We believe that the Fairdale HIgh School boys participated in athletics against kids from other schools.
Basketball, baseball and possibly track may have all been offered at one time. School team nickname, uniform
colors, and fight song, as well as coach's names and season records, are all items we hope add to this page.
The Fairdale High School boys definitely competed in basketball. We found basketball scores involving Fairdale
High School in the IHSA State Tournament on a website titled "Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores." These scores are posted
below. Other items such as season records and coaches' names are also being sought.
1933-34 Rockford District
Tournament Coach's name & record needed
Rd lost to Rockford 45-19
Rockford lost to Belvidere in semi-final
Rockford District Tournament Coach's name & record needed
Rd Beat Monroe Center 30-17
2nd Rd lost to Rockford 48-16
Rockford won District, lost in Elite 8 Rd.
1935-36 through 1943-44 Postseason scores, records,
and coaches' names needed.
Center District Tourney Coach's name & record needed
Rd lost to Caledonia 25-23 (O/T)
lost to Monroe Center in 2nd Rd.
game for Fairdale High School. High School was closed in the summer of 1945.
We would bet that school dances, chorus, band, "weiner roasts", and other activities played a big part
in the experience of attending Fairdale High School. Please contact us via the means listed below if you have any of
this information to share on this page.
MEMORIES AND FACTS
**From Steve Schroeder:
I lived in the Fairdale community in the early 1960’s and attended Fairdale school from 1st grade – 4th
grade, years 1963 – 1967. The website says the school closed in 1945 but this must have been only the high
school. When I attended, we all arrived and left by school bus. I remember at least 3 buses filled
with kids going to different areas in the community. The website doesn’t say anything about this.
It was a four room school when I attended, a room for
each grade. First grade started out in the first room to the right, then we moved to second grade across the hall, then
third grade was in the back room on the left, and fourth grade was in the back room on the right. My first grade teacher
was an older lady, Mrs. Webber. My second grade teach was Mrs. Weeks, if I remember correctly. My third grade
teacher was Mrs. Gustafson, and my fourth grade teacher was a younger lady who I don’t recall the name but she lived
in Malta, IL. The teachers were all nice although I seem to recall that Mrs. Gustafson could be hard. In the third
grade us boys probably needed it.
The pictures of the school is exactly how it looked in
the early 60’s except some trees, playground equipment, and a gravel driveway on the west side of the building.
That same old light over the entrance was there (see it in the first picture) and I remember it swaying in the wind and thought
it would come crashing down on someone’s head, but never did. It had to be the original light fixture.
I even remember the trellises.
I left after the 4th
grade (family moved to Rockford) and that is the year (1967) the grade school was closed and all the kids had to go to Kirkland,
starting the next school year. I even remember the last month of the 4th grade school
year going to Kirkland, so they must have closed it down before the school year even ended. It was right after
the Belvidere Tornado, as my Dad worked for Chrysler at the time. We only had one car and that day my mother needed
the car for something, anyway I went with her to pick up my dad as he got out of work at 4 o’clock and we missed the
tornado by 10 minutes.
Classmates I remember include:
- Jimmy Blackburn
- William Hathaway
- Lori Hart
- Randy(?) Douglas
- Tom Bailey
- Randy(?) Kaylas
When I attended the school, there used to be an old country
store next to the school grounds, just east of the school right on 72, run by an old timer. It was pretty small
but I remember the store had a small section with candy and us kids would sneak over sometime during recess to get penny candy.
Of course we were told not to do it and got punished more than once.
My great Aunt and Uncle used
to live in Fairdale, Henry and Rena Hagemeyer. My parents owned a farm on Wheeler Road and we would visit my great Aunt
and Uncle regularly. They died years ago, around 1980. Every year while living there we went to the grange hall
in Fairdale and had some sort of dinner/celebration , I think it was an annual thing but not sure the reason. Perhaps
it was some sort of harvest celebration. I remember the food was plentiful and good!
Anyway, lots of memories!"
**From Tammy Moudy:
"From 1971 – 1983 the Fairdale High School building was owned by my parents, Jerry and
Vi Klassen, and was known
for Club 72."