Area history, Jan. 20, 2014

Area history, Jan. 20, 2014

On Jan. 20:

In 1914, Champaign's magnificent high school building now being erected at a cost of about $250,000 will not long be sufficient to meet the needs of the city, said Professor H.A. Hollister of the University of Illinois. A grave mistake was made, he said, when a site affording 15 or 20 acres was not acquired. Hollister declared the high school to be the great training school in which boys and girls must be schooled in all things which fit them for better citizenship, because most of them do not pursue their studies beyond high school.

In 1964, Champaign-Urbana had a rare experience yesterday: a hail storm in January. It is only the fourth January hailstorm locally since 1900, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

In 1999, a new group called Women Against Racism is sponsoring a contest seeking an alternative to the University of Illinois' symbol, Chief Illiniwek. The design contest includes a cash prize.

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