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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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John Cobb

John Cobb High School was located in Cape Girardeau. The school was one of several segregated schools for black students in the area; it competed in the Missouri Negro Interscholastic Athletic Association (MNIAA). The school closed in 1953 (one year after the MSHSAA allowed MNIAA schools to join), and its students transferred to Cape Girardeau Central School.


Boys basketball

1952-53  |  12-2  |  John Clark  |  Won MNIAA Class B state tournament
1951-52  |  8-6  |  James Short
1950-51  |  10-4  |  James Short
1949-50  |  12-2  |  Chas Jackson
1948-49  |  11-3  |  Chas Jackson
1947-48  |  11-2  |  Chas Jackson
1946-47  |  13-2  |  Chas Jackson
1945-46  |  10-5  |  Charles Motten
1944-45  |  8-5  |  Charles Motten
1943-44  |  8-4  |  Ervin Collins
1942-43  |  6-7  |  Ervin Collins
1941-42  |  6-16  |  T.R. Lee
1940-41  |  4-17  |  T.R. Lee
1939-40  |  10-3  |  Bernard Casey  |  Won MNIAA Class B state tournament
1938-39  |  10-3  |  Bernard Casey  |  Won MNIAA Class B state tournament
1937-38  |  10-5  |  Bernard Casey
1936-37  |  6-5  |  Bernard Casey
1935-36  |  5-4  |  B.L. Gravette
1934-35  |  3-7  |  B.L. Gravette
1933-34  |  4-7  |  B.L. Gravette
1932-33  |  6-5  |  B.L. Gravette
1931-32  |  5-7  |  B.L. Gravette
1930-31  |  3-6  |  B.L. Gravette
1929-30  |  8-2  |  B.L. Gravette
1928-29  |  5-4  |  B.L. Gravette
1927-28  |  6-3  |  B.L. Gravette
1926-27  |  3-5  |  B.L. Gravette
1925-26  |  4-2  |  B.L. Gravette



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