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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Booker T. Washington's varsity team is shown from the 1953-54 season. Front row: coach Richard Simmons, co-captain G. Owens, Roy Smith, Robert McGhee, co-captain E. Causey, George Wesley; back row: scorekeeper Joe Louis Mattox, Robert Scott, Jimmy Reese, James W. Smith, Johnny Johnson, manager John Agnew. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.
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Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington High School, home of the Tigers, was located in Caruthersville. 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 closed in 1967, and its students transferred to Caruthersville High School.
1966-67 | 6-11 | Ed Rucker
1965-66 | 5-12 | Ed Rucker
1964-65 | 4-10 | Ed Rucker
1963-64 | 8-13 | Ed Rucker
1962-63 | 19-4 | Wallace Bobo
1961-62 | 16-5 | Wallace Bobo
1960-61 | 12-12 | Wallace Bobo
1959-60 | 9-8 | Richard Simmons
1958-59 | 8-10 | Richard Simmons
1957-58 | 6-9 | Richard Simmons
1956-57 | 8-7 | Richard Simmons
1955-56 | 11-5 | Richard Simmons
1954-55 | 8-7 | Richard Simmons
1953-54 | 6-9 | Richard Simmons
1952-53 | 7-8 | Richard Simmons
1951-52 | 11-7 | Jack Bush
1950-51 | 9-6 | Jack Bush
1949-50 | 12-5 | Jack Bush
1948-49 | 10-5 | Bill Holland
1947-48 | 15-6 | Bill Holland
1946-47 | 14-5 | Bob Thompson
1945-46 | 6-8 | Bob Thompson
1944-45 | 5-7 | Earl Mann
1943-44 | 3-8 | Bob Thompson
1942-43 | 6-3 | Bob Thompson
1941-42 | 6-7 | Bob Thompson
1940-41 | 5-8 | Prof Dunlap
1939-40 | 4-8 | Prof Dunlap
1938-39 | 5-6 | Prof Dunlap
1937-38 | 4-7 | Prof Dunlap
1936-37 | 5-3 | Prof Dunlap
1935-36 | 4-5 | Prof Dunlap
1934-35 | 6-3 | Prof Dunlap
1933-34 | 2-4 | Prof Dunlap
1932-33 | 5-3 | Prof Dunlap
1931-32 | 4-7 | Prof Dunlap
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