The History of Channahon High School
Channahon (population 13,500 and growing) is located in northeastern Illinois in the western portion
of Will County. U.S. Route 6 is the main roadway to and from Channahon, though Interstate Highway 55 passes by the
east side of town less than a mile away. The Des Plaines River flows all around Channahon. The town sits about
10 miles southwest of Joliet. History regarding the town can be found both on the Wikipedia web address of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channahon,_Illinois and the Channahon city web address of http://www.channahon.org/ .
In summary, the articles advise that Channahon was established in the early 1800s. The town was first
incorporated in 1896 but was "disincorporated" in 1911. It was not until 1962 that the town became incorporated again.
The town of Channahon has experienced an incredible population boom as of late. In the year 2000 the official census
listed Channahon as having 7,344 residents. A census taken in 2007 lists the population at 13,500.
A school was established shortly after the town was platted. We are told by Bill Burmaster
that Channahon residents established a high school as early as 1869. The original high school building burned down in
1922. A new building was built to take its place in 1923. In 1947 it was decided to close Channahon
High School. High school-aged kids of Channahon were bussed to nearby Minooka to earn their high school diplomas.
This arrangement continues today.
Minooka has also experienced an incredible population explosion. It is being considered to add a new
high school to the Minooka district within the city limits of Channahon. As of this writing (2008) this has not
yet occurred. The former Channahon High School building now serves as the Pioneer Path Grade School for the Minooka
Channahon High School Quick Facts
Year new bldg. built:
Consolidated to: Minooka
Channahon HS team nickname: unavailable
Channahon HS team colors: unavailable
School Fight Song: unavailable