Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, Illinois)
|Adlai E. Stevenson High School|
|1 Stevenson Drive
Lincolnshire, Illinois, Illinois, US
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Consolidated High School District 125|
|Superintendent||Dr. Eric Twadell|
|Assistant principals||Gwendolyn Zimmerman and Ken Latka|
|Faculty||271.50 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||3,887 (2014-2015 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
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 has grown since its opening 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 1 classroom, 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. But in the 2014-15 school year, Stevenson had its first enrollment increase since the peak in the 2005-06 school year.
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:
Controversies and Incidents
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," wrote columnist Zak Stombor. 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.
Student Pot smokers ratted on each other in 2012. This Chain Reaction caused many pre-pubescent students to panic leading to a school wide fear of expulsion or suspension. Legalize the devils lettuce.
- Megan Bozek - Named to the USA women's olympic hockey team in 2014.
- Kyle Brandt - MTV's The Real World: Chicago participant/actor (Days of our Lives).
- Tamika Catchings - current WNBA All-star, Team USA member.
- Brad Cieslak is a former NFL tight end (2005—08), playing most of his career with the Buffalo Bills.
- Mark Deady - three time All-American sprinter, competed in Men's 1500 Meters for Team USA in 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul, Korea
- Jason Duboe is a professional lacrosse player in the MLL for the Boston Cannons.
- Kevin Frederick was a Major League Baseball pitcher (2002, 04), playing most of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Ronald Goldman was a murder victim, allegedly killed by O.J. Simpson.
- Andrea Jaeger - former top ranked professional tennis player, Grand Slam champion, Wimbledon finalist and now famous nun.
- Garik Kharlamov, Russian actor, resident of Comedy Club Russia
- Joe Lando - actor (most famous as Sully on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman).
- Alison LaPlaca - actress known for her role of Linda Phillips in the sitcom Duet and its spin-off Open House.
- Drew Mormino - NFL football player for the Miami Dolphins.
- Matt O'Dwyer is a former NFL offensive guard (1995—2004), playing most of his career for the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.
- 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.
- Rob Ryan is the twin brother of Rex, and the current defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL.
- Ilya Sheyman - Democratic Primary candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 election.
- Lisa Wang - Rhythmic Gymnast and winner of the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
- Mark Weisman- Running Back for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Weisman is a NFL prospect who will likely enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
- Andy Wozniewski - Professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Graduated from and played hockey at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
|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|
|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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