Quincy Senior High School
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|Quincy Senior High School|
|3322 Maine St. Quincy, Illinois
|School district||Quincy Public School District #172|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Western Big 6 Conference|
The first school dedicated to high school students in Quincy, Illinois opened in 1891 at the corner of 12th and Maine. This "Pride of the Gem City" served students until 1933 when the "new" Quincy Senior High (10-12) opened at 14th and Maine in 1933. The building sits along Historic Maine Street in Quincy and is five stories tall, with mosaic details enscripted on the walls. In 1937, eighth and ninth graders were added to the building to relieve crowding at elementary schools. At this time Webster School and the former high school at 12th and Maine also housed students. As years went on, it was apparent that the 8-12 setup was not working and a change was needed. The school board decided to build a state of the art high school at 30th and Maine (the site of Baldwin Park) and to convert the current building into a 7-9 junior high school.
The third Quincy Senior High opened at 30th and Maine in 1957. Enrollment again started to climb in the Quincy Schools and another building would be needed. It was decided to construct a second high school to the east of the current high school (the site of the former Gem City Drive In). The new school was named Quincy Senior High II and would house students in grades 11 and 12. The current high school would then house grades 9 & 10 and be renamed Senior High I, and the junior high would include just seventh and eighth graders. All of these changes happened in 1973. In the 1980s, the district experienced several finance problems and an enrollment decline. Because of this, the entire district was reorganized. Senior High I closed in 1982. Tenth grade was moved to Senior High II and ninth grade was moved back to Quincy Junior High. Senior High I was converted into Baldwin Intermediate School for grades 4-6 .
As of early 2014, the Quincy School District is once again considering reorganizing its schools. The 89 million dollar plan would include moving freshmen students to Quincy High School, moving sixth graders to Quincy Junior High School, and constructing three new elementary schools on the current sites of Monroe, Irving, and Dewey. Baldwin, Adams, and Washington would undergo multimillion-dollar renovations, so that all six elementary schools could house grades K-5. If possible, the district would like to begin construction on new schools by June of this year.
Quincy, in a 2010 statistical report, was the fourth-winningest high school basketball program in the country, with 1,873 wins since its first game on December 23, 1907.
Quincy holds some Illinois state records, including state tournament appearances (32), regional titles (59), sectional titles (32), state tournament games won (52), tournament games lost (33), tournament games played (89), and state trophies won (14). The Blue Devils have claimed two Illinois state championships in their history. The first was in 1934, capping off a 31-2 season with a 39-27 victory over Thornton High School in the championship. The second championship came in 1981. The Blue Devils were led by future Iowa standout Michael Payne and Illinois legend Bruce Douglas. The Devils compiled an astounding 33-0 record, winning their final four state tournament games by a staggering average of 28.25 points. The Blue Devils were also named the National Champions of high school basketball by USA Today that year. The Blue Devils didn't lose again until the state semifinal game in 1982, compiling a 64-game winning streak, which was a record at the time.
On Friday and Saturday nights during basketball season, thousands of Gem City Citizens flock to Blue Devil Gymnasium in Baldwin School to watch the games. Quincy's pregame ritual makes it one of the better places to play in the state of Illinois. Before the national anthem, all the lights in the gym are turned off. The visiting team's lineup is announced with a single light illuminating their team. After the fifth starter is announced, that light is extinguished, and the pep band begins to play an ominous medley of the theme from The Phantom of the Opera and Maynard Ferguson's "Conquistador." Then, a student clad in blue shorts, a blue cape, and blue devil horns, emerges from the locker room carrying a flaming trident. He scampers around the perimeter of the court, inciting loud cheers from the crowd. The devil stands at mid-court while the starting lineup is announced. As he goes back to the locker room, the lights are turned back on, and the players are ready for the opening tip-off.
Recently, Quincy Herald-Whig sportswriter Matt Schuckman authored a book entitled "Stand Up and Cheer: A Century of Blue Devil Basketball," chronicling the history of the program.
The school's student newspaper is a monthly publication known as The Q-Review. The Q-Review is completely student-run, with the help of a faculty advisor.
The many artists of QHS showcase their displays many times during the year. Various works of art can be seen throughout the lobby of A Building, in front of the auditorium.
The QHS Theatre Department presents 2 plays each year in the winter and spring. The Theatre Department combines with the Music Department to present a Fall Musical, Winter Play, Spring Play, and a Spring Variety Show entitled "New Faces" which has been presented since 1955. Quincy Senior High offers drama classes to all QHS students.
- Bruce Douglas, former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
- Bernard W. Flinn, president of Rockford Life Insurance Company, benefactor of Quincy High School Flinn Stadium in Quincy, Illinois and Rockford Public Schools District 205 in Rockford, Illinois, and namesake of Bernard W. Flinn Middle School in Rockford, Illinois.
- Rick Hummel, author, sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
- Craig Stone, businessman, watchmaker, and owner of The Illinois Watch Company
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