The local high school is the smallest to win the Illinois boys' basketball championship. In 1952, with just 98 students in attendance, Alden-Hebron High School won the state title with an overtime victory over Quincy. At the time all schools, regardless of enrollment, competed for a single championship.
A town landmark is its water tower, painted to resemble a basketball to commemorate the 1952 state championship. Inside the high school, the trophy is displayed in a glass case next to the center circle was taken out as a token. Also, a book was written by Scott Johnson & Julie Kistler called, Once There Were Giants.