The History of Oakdale High School
Oakdale (population 213) is located in southwestern Illinois about 45 miles southeast of East St. Louis.
This places Oakdale in the south-central portion of Washington County. The Missouri Pacific Railroad angles through town and
the railroad line it occupies was very influential in Oakdale's early growth. Oakdale has no "Illinois" or "U.S. Route"
traveling through it. Three County Roadways, 10, 16, and 21, all meet in Oakdale. A branch of the Elk Horn
Creek flows through the west side of town.
The history of Oakdale and its educational past was sent to us by Mrs. Barbara Mill and the
seventh and eighth grade classes of Oakdale Grade School of 2006-07. The students sent to us copies of the Oakdale
High School yearbook of 1939-40, "The Oakdalian". The following history of the high school is copied from that material:
"Oakdale High School came into being in 1922. During the first two years
it was a two-year high school. Then in 1924 it became a three-year high school being fully recognized by the state.
The school has not grown in number of pupils but in amount of equipment and training of the teachers.
The equipment added in recent years consists of history maps, two steel cabinets,
biology maps and supplies, geography maps, and general science experimental equipment. A complete new library has
been added during the last five years. There has also been added a new built-in cabinet for athletic supplies.
In the past year an American flag has been added to each room.
High School Teachers and Dates of Employment
Thelma Bubanks 1921-22
(First HS Teacher)
Kenneth Luney 1925-26
Thomas Boczkiewicz 1926-31
Frank J. Glenn
Fred H. Chapman 1931-32
A.E. Woodrome 1939-40
We do know that currently Oakdale's Grade School (grades K - 8) is supported by
the community and surrouding area. We also know that Oakdale Grade School graduates attend high school in Nashville,
its neighbor to the northeast.
The article states that Oakdale High School was extablished as a 2-year high school
in 1922. It became a 3-year high school in 1924. Oakdale High School served the community and surrounding farm families for
22 years until it was closed in 1944.
Oakdale High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1922
(two-year HS Started)
Year three-year HS started: 1924
Year closed: 1944
Nashville School District
School team nickname: unavailable
(Oakdale GS nickname is the "Vikings")
School Fight Song:
Hail to our High School,
There is none like it
east to west!
The students are many,
The teachers are few.
We'll always be true.
Hail to our high schools
Throughout the land.
But one like Oakdale's
Forever will stand!
(Written by Eileen Shaeffer)