The History of Bryant High School
Bryant (population 255) is located in the west central portion of Illinois in the east central portion
of Fulton County. Bryant is about 6 miles northeast of Lewistown and 35 miles southwest of Peoria. Illiinois Route 100 is
the main roadway to and from Bryant. County highway 4 also takes you to Bryant. The Burlington Northern Railroad passes
through Bryant as well.
"(Bryant) Was laid out by William Hummel, April 13th, 1863. It is on the Chicago, Burlington, &
Quincy railroad, and is the point where is located the Forsyth coal mining Company, which will, in time, make it a much larger
The town was named after Lemuel O'Bryant or Henry Bryant, it is not certain
We believe that Bryant High School was a two or three-year high school. It likely existed from the 1920s through the
1940s. We do know by checking out Illinois high school basketball District Tournament scores that the high school was
still going strong in 1935 (please read below). We know that the high school-aged kids of Bryant today attend school in nearby
Below is a photo taken in 2015 of a marker that signifies the existence of
the Bryant School.