North Dixon High School didn't win any IHSA team hardware. However, they have an interesting athletic history. North
Dixon fielded teams in football, basketball and track. Sometime before the school districts combined, the sports programs
began to co-op.
Site visitor Michael Lawton had the following to contribute about the athletic programs of the Dixon
"The first report of both schools playing football was in 1897. Up through 1912, most of the time the two
schools fielded seperate athletic teams and played seperate schedules, even including a game against each other. However,
in some years (1898, 1906, 1907, 1910) the schools combined forces and called themselves "Dixon Union High School". Beginning
in 1912, the two schools combined once and for all and the team was simply known from then on as Dixon High School."
We're seeking more information as far as win-loss records, trophies and coaches are concerned.
North Dixon's football history can date back to 1897. By the late 1920s, when Reagan was in school, the football programs
officially combined into one. They were supposed to have an interesting rivalry with Dixon while their programs were still
According to Lawton, the football team from 1901 had a record of 6-1 with their only loss to the much larger Rockford
High School 28-0. On Thanksgiving Day in 1905 in front of a huge crowd, North Dixon played Dixon to a 0-0 tie. It would be
the last time the two high schools from Dixon would play each other.
Early football games were played at Pleasure Park during the turn of the previous century.
In the early 1900s, North Dixon fielded their first Basketball team. They also had interesting battles with Dixon. They
played each other as late as the 1918-19 season, a game that Dixon won. In the 1919 postseason, North Dixon lost to Morrison
18-14 in the District tournament.
North Dixon High School was fortunate to have one of their athletes stand out amongst Illinois' best in Track and Field.
F.E. Lord was the state champion in the 220-yard hurdles in 1905.
North Dixon High School Individual Placer
F.E. LORD 220-yard Hurdles
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