ore than 90 high schools across the 24-county region compete in more than a dozen sports on a varsity level each year. Most compete under the guidelines of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, and others under the sanction of the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association.
Southeast Missouri schools and athletes have won hundreds of state championships in a variety of athletic competitions, including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling since high school sports first began locally more than 120 years ago.
Much of the historical high school information on this site was gathered by Al Jackson, a longtime Southeast Missouri high school sports advocate and historian whose hard work allows us to share the great teams, athletes and stories of past years. Al died in 2018, and we dedicate these pages to him.
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Cardwell's 1962-63 team won the most games in school history, just two years before the school closed. From left: Van Ray Hawkins, Dalton Markin, James Sissom, David Huggins, Mike Wells, Danny McKeel, Dennis Gillmore, Danny Myracle, Harold Turpin. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.
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Cardwell High School, home of the Indians, was located in Dunklin County. The school merged with Arbyrd High School in 1964 to form Southland High School.
1963-64 | 21-6 | Jim Chandler
1962-63 | 27-2 | Ethridge "Bocum" McKeel
1961-62 | 1-22 | Darrell Blocker
1960-61 | 6-15 | Darrell Blocker
1959-60 | 11-13 | Darrell Blocker
1958-59 | 10-13 | Ron Clark
1957-58 | 8-14 | Ron Clark
1956-57 | 6-16 | Ron Clark
1955-56 | 6-16 | Ron Clark
1954-55 | 9-11 | Ron Clark
1953-54 | 12-9 | Ron Clark
1952-53 | 17-10 | Ron Clark
1951-52 | 15-6 | Ron Clark
1950-51 | 8-12 | Ron Clark
1949-50 | 12-8 | Charley Parker
1948-49 | 11-6 | Charley Parker
1947-48 | 12-8 | Charley Parker
1946-47 | 9-12 | Charley Parker
1945-46 | 10-11 | Charley Parker
1944-45 | 10-5 | M.L. McConnell
1943-44 | 10-7 | M.L. McConnell
1942-43 | 13-3 | M.L. McConnell
1941-42 | 14-7 | James Himes
1940-41 | 14-6 | James Himes
1939-40 | 16-9 | James Himes
1938-39 | 21-7 | Ralph Mann
1937-38 | 16-5 | John Ralphman
1936-37 | 15-6 | John Ralphman
1935-36 | 15-6 | John Ralphman
1934-35 | 12-5 | Ralph Mann
1933-34 | 21-4 | Ralph Mann
1932-33 | 14-3 | Ralph Mann
1931-32 | 13-4 | Ralph Mann
1930-31 | 11-5 | Simon Steinberg
1929-30 | 12-2 | Orville Chaney
1928-29 | 8-5 | Orville Chaney
1927-28 | 6-9 | Orville Chaney
1926-27 | 8-6 | Orville Chaney
1925-26 | 14-3 | Orville Chaney
1924-25 | 21-4 | E.A. McIlroy
1923-24 | 9-6 | Orville Chaney
1922-23 | 6-5 | R.E. Kennedy
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