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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O'Bannon High School, home of the Panthers, was located in New Madrid. The school was one of several segregated schools for black students in Southeast Missouri; 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. O'Bannon began its consolidation with New Madrid's previously all-white school in 1966 by merging two grades each year.
1965-66 | 22-4 | Nathan Lambert
1964-65 | 16-8 | Nathan Lambert
1963-64 | 9-11 | Nathan Lambert
1962-63 | 12-8 | Nathan Lambert
1961-62 | 10-8 | Nathan Lambert
1960-61 | 6-12 | Nathan Lambert
1959-60 | 7-10 | Nathan Lambert
1958-59 | 13-7 | Nathan Lambert
1957-58 | 12-10 | Adam Fry
1956-57 | 13-9 | Adam Fry
1955-56 | 12-8 | Adam Fry
1954-55 | 11-8 | Norman Garland
1953-54 | 12-10 | Don Hill
1952-53 | 11-5 | Robert Riley
1951-52 | 11-6 | Robert Riley
1950-51 | 12-8 | Robert Riley
1949-50 | 13-8 | Robert Riley
1948-49 | no team
1947-48 | 13-6 | Robert Riley
1946-47 | 6-10 | Dakota Pippins
1945-46 | 12-7 | Dakota Pippins
1944-45 | 13-6 | Dakota Pippins
1943-44 | 9-12 | Dakota Pippins
1942-43 | 10-10 | Dakota Pippins
1941-42 | 8-7 | Charley Rankins
1940-41 | 7-5 | Charley Rankins
1939-40 | 8-8 | Charley Rankins
1938-39 | 6-8 | Mack Miller
1937-38 | 9-7 | Robert Wesley
1936-37 | 8-4 | Robert Wesley
1935-36 | 6-9 | Robert Wesley
1934-35 | 8-7 | Robert Wesley
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