History of Danforth High School
Danforth (population 587) is located in the upper eastern portion of Illinois. The town is located
in the west-central portion of Iroquois County about 20 miles south (and a little west) of Kankakee. U.S. Route 45 is
the main roadway to and from Danforth while Interstate Highway 57 travels just west of Danforth. The Illinois Central Railroad passes through Danforth as well.
A nice article regarding the history of the town of Danforth can be read at the web address of http://www.genealogytrails.com/ill/iroquois/Danforth.htm . In summary the village of Danforth was "laid out" in 1872. This is after the railroad line had been established
in the area in 1865. The town is named after the original land owners, George and A.H. Danforth.
The history of the Danforth school system has proven harder to research. We would guess that a school
was set up by the late 1860s. It is probable that high school courses were established by the late 1800s, though it
would be conceivable that the high school was not instituted until the early 1900s.
Rick Scharp, Danforth Class of 1945, provides the following information regarding Danforth High School:
"The last year Danforth offered any high school courses was during the school year of 1944-45. I was a sophomore
that year and finished with two years at Gilman
. Danforth only offered two years at that time, but I understand that they had offered three years of high school at sometime
prior to that, but it was never a four-year high school."
Danforth High School was annexed into the Gilman School District in 1945. The
kids of Danforth today attend school as part of the Iroquois West school district. Danforth currently hosts an
elementary for Iroquois West.
Danforth High School Quick Facts
late 1800s / early 1900s
Gilman Iroquois West
Danforth HS team nickname: "Tigers"
Danforth HS uniform colors: Orange & Black
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