Alexander County Illinois Genealogy Trails

Contributed by Norman Thomas


Sumner High School was located at 2207 Popular Street in Cairo. It was the black high school before integration. The building was used for a school until 1967. It is now the One-Stop Career Center.
Some Sumner history makers include: Congressman Charles Hayes, who graduated in 1935 and served in Congress from Chicago (1983-1993); Representative Nat Rivers, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives; and C. K. Cole, who was inducted into the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame.

The following teachers and staff served at Sumner from the 1940s until it closed in 1967:
J. W. Butler, Principal (died Dec. 1953)
W. S. Mathews, Principal
Helen Adams, English
June Anderson, Bookkeeping, English, Latin, Gen. Math
C. K. Cole, Physical Ed, History, Coach-Basketball, Track, Football & Baseball
Savada Dennis, Librarian (died 1952)
Pattie I. Cole, Librarian
Sarah K. Frierson, General Science, Girls' PE
B. F. Harkins, Machine Shop, Auto Mechanics, Drivers' Ed
Vivian Hyta, Art
Elizabeth Lindsay, Shorthand, Typing
Leroy McBride, Algebra, Civics, History, Mathematics
Irene Rondeau, English, History Speech
S. L. Snow, Band, Chorus, Glee Club
Marie Torrey, English, History, Speech
Meta Van Vactor, English, History, Speech
Leon Watkins, Industrial Arts
Fred Woods, Algebra, Geometry, Biology, Physics
Mr. G. Ricks, Custodian


ŠJuly 2006 Alexander County Illinois Genealogy Trails

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