Celebrating “The Road to West Vigo”
In the late 1950s and early 1960s there was a movement to “consolidate” schools across the country to gain economies of scale in administration, instruction, and facilities. The Vigo County School System looked to this movement as a way to gain those benefits throughout the County and one of the earliest consolidations started with the public schools in the western portion of Vigo County – on the West side of the Wabash River.
It was the Fall of 1960 when West Vigo High School opened its doors for the very first time to students from Concannon High School and Valley High School.
Concannon High School, on Ferguson Hill, was opened in 1918 and operated until 1960. The last principal of Concannon was Mr. George Waugh. Mr. Waugh was the first principal of West Vigo High School.
Valley High School, in the center of West Terre Haute, was opened in 1908 and operated until 1960 as well. The last principal of Valley High School was Mr. Robert Hodgers.
In the Fall of 1961, Fayette High School students were welcomed into West Vigo High School to complete the consolidation effort of West Vigo County. Fayette High School, in New Goshen, was opened in 1915. The last principal of Fayette High School was Mr. Carl Jordan.
To commemorate the journey of consolidation in 1960-61 an art piece has been designed. It was conceived and designed to recognize the students and teachers of the three feeder schools.
Ryan Easton, principal of West Vigo High School, will do the unveiling during halftime of the homecoming football game on September 27th. The wayfinding signs (shown) display the colors and logos of the founding schools in recognition of the Concannon Cannons, the Valley Bobcats and the Fayette Falcons that were brought together in 1960 and 1961 to create West Vigo High School. The art is being donated to West Vigo by the Class of 1963 many of whom will be in attendance at the game.
All graduates of West Vigo are encouraged to attend the game to enjoy the ceremony and the salute to the history of education in our area. Alumni from the early years of West Vigo are especially encouraged to join in the celebration.