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1907 Girls Basketball Team | by Batavia Public Library Illinois
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1907 Girls Basketball Team

Description: Handwriting on back of photo reads, “Championship Basketball Team of Batavia, May 27, 1907.” The “W.B.” written on the basketball likely stands for West Batavia. West Batavia High School and East Batavia High School did not officially combine until 1911. It is not currently known to which championship this photo refers. The names of the players also are not known.


Notes: Batavia boys and girls were competing in high school basketball very early in the 1900s. Unfortunately, the Illinois High School Athletic Association banned interscholastic competitive sports for girls in 1908 (just a year after this photograph was taken); girls basketball was not officially reinstated by the IHSA until 1973.


Creator: Photograph was taken at Swan Studios in Batavia, Illinois.


Date: 1907


Location: Batavia High School


Rights: No known restrictions


Preferred Credit: Courtesy of


Accession Number: 2012-003

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Taken on April 12, 2012