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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Howardville High School, home of the Hawks, was located in New Madrid County. The school was one of several segregated schools for black students in the area; it competed in the Missouri Negro Interscholastic Athletic Association (MNIAA) until the MSHSAA removed the color barrier in 1952 and allowed MNIAA schools to join. The school briefly was known as the Catron School in its earliest years and often was referred to as East Lilbourn all the way until it closed in 1968 and merged with Lilbourn. Its original nickname of Red Tide was replaced with Hawks in 1957.
1967-68 | 19-8 | William C. Jackson | Lost 76-73 (4 OT) to Bradleyville in Class S championship
1966-67 | 22-5 | William C. Jackson
1965-66 | 27-5 | William C. Jackson | District champion
1964-65 | 29-3 | William C. Jackson | District champion
1963-64 | 27-5 | William C. Jackson
1962-63 | 20-4 | William C. Jackson
1961-62 | 21-5 | William C. Jackson
1960-61 | 19-3 | William C. Jackson
1959-60 | 18-4 | William C. Jackson
1958-59 | 18-4 | William C. Jackson
1957-58 | 22-3 | William C. Jackson
1956-57 | 20-3 | William C. Jackson
1955-56 | 24-3 | William C. Jackson
1954-55 | 17-3 | William C. Jackson
1953-54 | 16-5 | William C. Jackson
1952-53 | 18-5 | William C. Jackson
1951-52 | 10-8 | William C. Jackson
1950-51 | 6-10 | William C. Jackson
1949-50 | 2-13 | Buster Hughes
1948-49 | 3-12 | Buster Hughes
1947-48 | 1-10 | Buster Hughes
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