Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, Illinois)
|Adlai E. Stevenson High School|
|1 Stevenson Drive
Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Consolidated High School District 125|
|Superintendent||Dr. Eric Twadell|
|Assistant principals||Gwen Zimmerman and Ken Latka|
|Faculty||271.50 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||3,786 (2013-2014 School Year)|
|Average class size||22 |
|Student to teacher ratio||16.02 |
|Campus||Suburban, 76 acres|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
The school serves students in the area's District 125 coming from Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Prairie View, portions of Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods and smaller portions of Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Lake Forest, Mettawa, Riverwoods, Bannockburn and Deerfield.
Awards and recognition
During the 1986-87, 1990–91, 1997–98 and 2001-02 school years, Stevenson High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
In Newsweek's 2009 Top 1500 high schools in the United States, which bases school rankings on a ratio of advanced Placement exams taken compared to the student population, Stevenson was ranked #151 in the nation. The school had been previously ranked #69 (2003), #86 (2005), #121 (2006), #170 (2007), and #154 (2008). It was also recently discussed in a Chicago Tribune article how Stevenson offers more Advanced Placement classes than any other school in Illinois.
In 2010, Stevenson High School was awarded the National School of Distinction in Arts Education from the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Adlai E. Stevenson High School opened in September 1965 amid turmoil and adversity. Prior to the opening of Stevenson, the students in the Stevenson area attended Ela-Vernon High School in Lake Zurich. Stevenson was planned to become a second school for the growing district, but the western side (Lake Zurich) of the district decided to go their own way and build their own district. This left Stevenson with an unfinished building, no board or administration and no faculty. When Stevenson opened to 467 students and 34 teachers in 1965, the building was not carpeted, the library was empty, most classrooms were without desks and athletic fields were non-existent, as most of the school furniture was shipped to Prairie View, Texas instead of Prairie View, Illinois.
Stevenson High School is named after former politician Adlai Stevenson, who served as Governor of Illinois (among other things), Stevenson being a prominent resident of nearby Libertyville, Illinois. Many other aspects of the school, such as its nickname (Patriots), the school magazine (Minuteman), and Newspaper (Statesman) were also named after characteristics of Adlai E. Stevenson.
Stevenson has grown since its opening in 1965 to become one of the largest high schools in the area. The school has undergone various additions over the years, the first being in 1970 where the school gym, auto shop, and pool were renovated. During the mid to late 1980s, a bi-level addition of classrooms was built along the side of the school as well as a new gym and a sky-bridge connecting the older part of the school to the new addition, which added a modern feel to the school. During the mid-1990s, a much larger addition, the size of another school, was built which included 60 classrooms, a 50 meter swimming pool, a 1,186 seat Performing Arts Center and a field house. In 2000, the new building added another wing which included more classrooms, a student resource center, and a new commons area. In 2004, the main entrance to the school was completely rebuilt and transformed into another commons area. Other renovations that year included more fine arts areas. Around 2008, many of the athletic fields were expanded and the football field got new turf. Also, the original school auditorium was renovated. Then, in 2011, the school library and student resource center in the old building were renovated for the first time, resulting in a much larger library and even larger sitting area, as well as meeting rooms available to students, and stations for each subject open all day for students in the new learning center. Altogether, this was named the Information and Learning Center. During the summer of 2013, the photography studio was also renovated.
In the 2005-06 school year, Stevenson had its highest enrollment of 4,573 students. Since then, each school year has progressively seen a declining enrollment in the student body.
Stevenson High School is a member of the IHSA, the athletic teams are stylized as the Patriots.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meets:
On April 20, 2012, former Dean Paul Weil resigned from Stevenson High School following an inappropriate text to an 18-year-old male student. Since first joining Stevenson faculty in 1999 as a French teacher, Dean Weil was highly liked among students and staff. He known to always try his hardest to keep students out of trouble. Former Dean Weil had looked over and attempted to guide this particular student for sometime, starting in September 2011 concerning his homecoming date, and later going so far as to protect him during the drug bust by deleting possibly infringing texts with the student regarding the bust, which took place mid January. It was then Weil realized he should not be communicating to this student in such a manner. Weil stated the messages were "friendly banter" and of a "mentoring kind... 99 percent" were benign and school related, but acknowledged how some messages could be seen as "questionable", especially such messages regarding the students uniform as "hot" or replying "sounds hot" when the student said he was taking probiotic supplements. The student stated such texts were "weird" and made him uncomfortable. The student said he told his friends he wanted Weil to stop texting him, but never actually confronted the former Dean about it. Although no incriminating material was found, Lincolnshire Police Chief Peter Kinsey stated the messages were "odd" and "most parents... would find [the texts] disturbing and inappropriate for a faculty-student relationship". Weil was suspended with pay during the investigation, but resigned the next week before the investigation was completed. Stevenson spokesperson Jim Conrey said "...[t]his has been a disappointing situation... but what matters most is ensuring that something like this never happens again". This is the second scandal involving text messages at Stevenson High School this year, although the last one did not involve faculty or staff.
As of January 31, 2012, between 100 and 200 students are under investigation for a possible connection to a drug ring whose activities are believed to consist primarily of illegal marijuana trade and consumption. The incident began during the autumn of 2011, when a student had been under investigation for reasons which, according to district spokesperson Jim Conrey, “blossomed into something much larger.” The alleged student drug dealers were expelled, and deans and officials confiscated mobile phones and gained access to email accounts belonging to students suspected of involvement with the ring without the consent of the suspected students or their parents. Various members of the local community have interpreted these actions as a violation of the constitutional protection from unreasonable search and seizure. In failing to conduct trials for many of the suspected students before the school board, school officials have also been accused by many students of violating their rights to due process and a trial by jury. At least three students have been expelled from the school, and many more students are currently suspended. No criminal charges have yet been made.
In November 2009, a dispute erupted between school officials and the student newspaper, The Statesman, regarding censorship of stories. The administration stopped publication of the November 20 issue, objecting to stories regarding drugs, teen pregnancy and shoplifting. When students wanted to leave the front page blank in protest of the censorship, the officials instead required the students to produce other stories approved by the administration.
The Stevenson public information officer released a statement November 20 stating the administration did not think anonymous sources discussing alleged illegal activity was fit for print.
The Chicago Tribune, in a November 26 editorial, said the school was wrong to force students to produce administration-approved stories: "This isn't editing, it's censorship." The Society of Professional Journalists' Freedom of Information chairman called the censorship "immoral, un-American, irresponsible and not fit for education."
Following the censorship fiasco, 11 of 14 Statesman staffers — and all the paper's top editors — resigned from their positions at the start of the spring 2010 semester.
On October 30, 2007, a student from another school, Jeremie Dalin, 17, posted a threat against Stevenson High School on the 4chan website. When another student found the threat, he made a screenshot of the threat and then created a web page. The FBI traced the message, Dalin's home address, when contacted by the authorities he claimed it was a bad joke and did not intend on harming anyone. The threat caused approximately 500 students to miss a school day, which happened to be on Halloween. Dalin was due back in court in February.
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- Tamika Catchings - current WNBA All-star, Team USA member.
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- Danny Richmond is a professional ice hockey Defenseman, playing in both the NHL and AHL.
- Rex Ryan is the head coach of the New York Jets.
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- Lisa Wang - Rhythmic Gymnast and winner of the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
- Andy Wozniewski - Professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Graduated from and played hockey at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Ilya Sheyman - Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 election.
- Megan Bozek - Named to the USA women's olympic hockey team in 2014.
- Michael Goldfine - Raised $30,000 for leukemia research during his ultimately successful battle with the disease.
Several schools feed into the Adlai E. Stevenson High School.
|Name of feeder school||Name of feeder school's school district|
|Daniel Wright Junior High School||Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103|
|Aptakisic Junior High School||Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102|
|Hawthorn Middle School||Hawthorn Middle School|
|Twin Groves Middle School||Kildeer Consolidated School District 96|
|Woodlawn Middle School||Kildeer Consolidated School District 96|
|Fremont Middle School||Fremont School District 79|
|West Oak Middle School||Diamond Lake School District 76|
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