Downers Grove North High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Downers Grove North High School
Address
4426 Main St.
Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515
United States
Coordinates41°48′20″N 88°00′44″W / 41.8055°N 88.0122°W / 41.8055; -88.0122
Information
School typepublic
Opened1928
School districtCommunity HS Dist. 99
SuperintendentDr. Mark McDonald[1]
PrincipalScott Kasik
Staff222[2]
Grades9–12
Genderco-ed
Enrollment2,266[3]
Average class size19.6[3]
Campussuburban
School colour(s)     purple
     white[4]
Athletics conferenceWest Suburban Conference
NicknameTrojans[4]
Average ACT scores24.3[3]
PublicationNorthwind[5]
Newspaper'Omega[5]
Yearbook'Cauldron[5]
radio stationWDGC[5]
cable TV stationchannel 29[5]
Website
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Downers Grove North High School
Address
4426 Main St.
Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515
United States
Coordinates41°48′20″N 88°00′44″W / 41.8055°N 88.0122°W / 41.8055; -88.0122
Information
School typepublic
Opened1928
School districtCommunity HS Dist. 99
SuperintendentDr. Mark McDonald[1]
PrincipalScott Kasik
Staff222[2]
Grades9–12
Genderco-ed
Enrollment2,266[3]
Average class size19.6[3]
Campussuburban
School colour(s)     purple
     white[4]
Athletics conferenceWest Suburban Conference
NicknameTrojans[4]
Average ACT scores24.3[3]
PublicationNorthwind[5]
Newspaper'Omega[5]
Yearbook'Cauldron[5]
radio stationWDGC[5]
cable TV stationchannel 29[5]
Website

Downers Grove North High School, or DGN, and locally referred to as "North," is a public four-year high school located near the corner of Main Street and Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Community High School District 99, which also includes Downers Grove South High School. The North campus draws students from Downers Grove (north of 55th St.), and small sections of Woodridge, Oak Brook, and Westmont.

History[edit]

The original building (then called Downers Grove High School) was finished in 1928, with additions made in 1935, 1952, 1976, and 1999-2000. In 1964, the school's student body was split in half, one portion attending North, the other attending the newly built Downers Grove South.

The auditorium is named after Clarence Johnson, who served as Principal of the school for 35-years from 1932 to 1967, and DGN's outdoor stadium is named after their former longtime football coach Dick Carstens.

The Green Room of the theatre is named after George B. Pappas.

Academics[edit]

Downers Grove North's class of 2008 had an average composite ACT score of 23.0, 2.5 points above the state average.[3] 95.7% of the senior class graduated.[3] Downers Grove North made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, which with the ACT comprises the state assessments used to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Because the school had previously not made AYP, the school is still on academic watch.[3]

For years 2008, 2009, and 2010, North High was named among the top 6% of high schools in the nation, according to Newsweek magazine’s annual ranking of high schools.

Athletics[edit]

Downers Grove North competes in the West Suburban Conference. The school is a full member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic sports and competitive activities in Illinois. The schools teams are stylized as the Trojans.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, and softball.[6]

Downers Grove North Football

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championships tournament or meet.[7]

Activities[edit]

The student newspaper, Omega, which is published monthly, has been ranked in the top ten in the 9 to 12 page broadsheet category by the NSPA.[8] The school literary magazine, the Northwind, is published annually. In 2012, its Speech Team placed second at the IHSA state competition.[9]

Downers Grove North Marching Band

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]