Pawnee High School

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Pawnee High School is part of the public school system located in Pawnee, Illinois.

There are three schools in the system: an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The school colors are red, white, and black. The mascot for the high school, middle school, and elementary school mascot is the Indian.


Early builders used native sandstone to construct the first school buildings. The original Pawnee High School had only eight classrooms. It was built by local contractor T.M. Grant, who completed the project in 1900. This structure was replaced in April 1912 with a three-story building which held grades one through twelve, administration offices, a 700-seat auditorium, and a gymnasium. The school was so large and imposing it was known locally as the Capitol Building, and it served the community until 1962. The school’s first yearbook was published in 1919. One of the students to work on it was Chester Gould, who later became famous for creating the Dick Tracy comic strip in the 1930s.[1]

In 1943, the Works Project Administration built a new grade school using rocks from the old school building. Reflecting the nature of the times, a separate school for African-American students was built in September 1948.[1]

In 1972, Pawnee joined with the Morrison, Glencoe, Stillwater, Mulhall-Orlando, and Guthrie school districts to form a vocational-technical school to help students pursue a vocational trade after high school. Meridian Technology Center continues to serve these communities.[1]

The newest building project for the Pawnee Public School system is the construction of an 8,000 square foot domed tornado shelter which sits in the middle of the elementary school campus. It was completed in early 2015 and can fit the entire school population of more than 1,000 people.[2]

Present Day[edit]

Currently, the school system includes an elementary school for kindergarten through fifth grade, a middle school for grades six through eight, and a high school for grades nine through twelve. The high school has an active Academic Team, band, student council, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Franks, Kenny A.; Lambert, Paul F. (1994). Pawnee Pride. Oklahoma Heritage Association. p. 119, 120, 217, 218.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Franks" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Franks" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Franklin, Dallas. "Pawnee school installs Twister Dome that could fit entire town". NewsChannel4. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pawnee Public Schools". Pawnee Public Schools. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 

Coordinates: 39°35′39″N 89°34′35″W / 39.59417°N 89.57639°W / 39.59417; -89.57639