The History of Hudson High School
Hudson (population 1,838) is located in northern McLean
County in the central part of the state, situated seven miles north of Bloomington-Normal along Interstate 39. The Six Mile
Creek flows just to the south and west of the village near the Mackinaw River.
The community was first settled in 1829 by Jesse Havens, whose name is remembered by the grove along Six
Mile Creek. Hudson was a colony of New Yorkers from Hudson, NY that settled in the area in 1836. Both the Bloomington-Ottawa
Trail as well as the Illinois Central Railroad helped shape the village, with the latter coming in 1854. The town of Hudson
has enjoyed great success in terms of population. In 1880 the town's population was 270. In 1980 the population had grown
to 929. Today there are over 1,800 residents in Hudson.
Education was started in 1838 with a one-room school, which was replaced by a two-story building in 1875,
then another building came along in 1906...only to be destroyed by fire in 1914. The village built a new school quickly and
occupied it in a short time.
The members of the Hudson History Room at the Hudson Area Public Library, provided
the following information regarding the origins of the Hudson High School.
"According to "The Hudson Colony" by Ruth B. Hamm, while the building itself that only educated high schoolers
did open in 1907, the earlier Hudson Grade School educated upper grades (high schoolers) as well. This school opened in 1875
and we have a photograph of the Hudson High School class of 1898 as well as a group of high schoolers from 1895.