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100 Years of Granite City High School Yearbooks Available Online

100 years of Granite City High School yearbooks are now available free to the public, online, courtesy of the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD).  From the first yearbook in 1910 to the 2010 yearbook, with a few exceptions, those who attended high schools in Granite City can now find their yearbooks online at  Hard copies of most yearbooks are available for in-house use at the downtown library, located at 2001 Delmar Avenue.

In 1910, the population of Granite City was 9,903 and 20 students had their senior class pictures in the Blue and Gold G. C. H. S. 1910 yearbook, which includes the following inscription. “The class of nineteen hundred and ten present herewith the first annual year book of the Granite City High School.  The purpose of this volume is to record the progress of our High School, and to reflect its life and happenings.  The year has been a worthy addition to the Granite City High School; it marks a new epoch of growth, in outward influence, in inner strength and unity, and above all in loyalty to Granite City.

From 1911 through 1913, the yearbooks were titled The Sphinx.  In 1914, the name changed to the Granois, “when this year’s class decided to publish an Annual one of the many obstacles met with was the selection of a suitable name for the book.  It was the intention of the class to adopt a name that would be a little out of the ordinary.  A name that could be remembered because of its oddity.  A name that would possibly be accepted by future Annual-publishing classes as good enough for their book.  Perhaps an explanation of the name would not be out of the way.  “Granois” is a compound of the two words Granite and Illinois.  The accent is on the last syllable.  The pronunciation is ‘Gran-oy’.”  And so, Granois it remained, in one form or another, through the 1930 yearbook.  By 1954, the yearbook was titled Warrior, which it has remained through today.

In the fall of 1973, a second high school opened and we then had Granite City High School North and Granite City High School South.  The yearbooks from “North” high school were titled Ingot, while the yearbooks from “South” remained Warrior (except for 1980 Granite City High South and 1981 Granite City High School South).  There are a total of 3,262 senior photos from North High School during its ten-year lifespan in these yearbooks.  All ten graduating classes’ yearbooks can be found at the website,

Over the years, Six Mile Regional Library District has collected the yearbooks of the Granite City High Schools, with only a few years missing.  Physical yearbooks missing from the library’s collection include 1912, 1921-1924, 1926, 2005, 2006, and 2010.  If you or someone you know has a copy of any missing yearbook, please consider donating it (or lending it for digitizing) to the Library.

As far as we can tell, yearbooks were not published from 1931 to 1953; if you have a yearbook for one of these years, we’d really like to see it.  To assist those who graduated during the missing years, SMRLD has borrowed from the Granite City High School’s Media Librarian, Paul Macios, the Granite High World student newspapers from the school years 1937/38 through 1955/56 for digitizing.  These will be added to the website as soon as they are available.


  Six Mile Regional Library District (618) 452-6238
Tina Hubert, Executive Director, extension 301
Juliette Douglas, Deputy Director, extension 314
Tallin Curran, IT & Facilities Manager, extension 313

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We are delighted to announce the consolidation of our eBook collections to one platform! The Cloud Library is now our exclusive platform for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.

We are delighted to announce the consolidation of our eBook collections to one platform! The Cloud Library is now our exclusive platform for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.

If you are already using the Cloud Library, you know that it is very easy to use. For those of you who are new to the Cloud Library, please visit to get set up or grab our general how-to brochure. We think you’ll love it.

If you have been using the Lewis & Clark Digital Consortium (Overdrive) for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, please be aware that this service is migrating to the Cloud Library effective July 1, 2016; the links you use to access this collection will no longer work after that date. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause. But know that all the titles that were available in the Overdrive consortium remain available to you (with very few exceptions). Also be aware that the migration will take a few weeks for the titles formerly available through Overdrive to appear in the Cloud Library.

If you are a Kindle user, please be advised that the Kindle Fire works with the Cloud Library, but basic Kindles do not. You may have another device, such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer that you can use to access the Cloud Library.

It’s very easy to sign up for and use the Cloud Library. If you find you need a little help, simply stop in or contact us for one-on-one assistance. We are also setting up “open office hours” to help with the transition – check our website for dates and times.

Another benefit of the Cloud Library is that you can identify eBook titles and check them out right from the library’s online catalog, making it unnecessary for you to look in two places for reading material. Through this migration and consolidation you can look forward to an expanded selection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks all in one easy-to-use place. Additionally, by doing this, SMRLD is saving money that can be used for other titles or services. Happy reading and listening!

Illinois public libraries migrating from the Lewis & Clark Digital Consortium to the Cloud Library include:
Auburn, Belleville, Bethalto, Breese, Brighton, Bunker Hill, Cahokia, Carrollton, Case-Halstead (Carlyle), Caseyville, Columbia, Daughtery (Dupo), Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, Germantown, Glen Carbon, Grand Prairie of the West (Virden), Hayner (Alton), Jerseyville, Louis Latzer (Highland), Maryville, Millstadt, Mississippi Valley (Collinsville & Fairmount City), Morrison-Talbott (Waterloo), Six Mile (Granite City, Mitchell, & Pontoon Beach), Smithton, Tri-Township (Troy), Valmeyer, and Wood River.

For more information visit our eBooks and eAudiobooks page or call 452-6238 ext 4

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Planned Outage

Two of our most popular genealogy databases will be down this Saturday, February 13, 2016. Both Ancestry Library and HeritageQuest will be down during a planned outage scheduled by ProQuest, their parent company. We apologize for any inconvenience. During this time feel free to look through any of our other many databases.

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eAudiobooks now available from OneClickDigital


One CLick DigitalOneClickdigital brings exclusive Recorded Books eAudio. Curated title lists feature the best literature in a wide variety of genres along with an outstanding collection of award-winning Children’s and Young Adult titles.

Visit our eBooks and eAudiobooks page to learn out about all of our eBook services.

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