Amos Alonzo Stagg High School
|Amos Alonzo Stagg High School|
|8015 W. 111th Street
Palos Hills, Illinois, 60465
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Consolidated H.S. 230|
|Superintendent||Dr. James Gay|
|Average class size||22.4|
|Athletics conference||Southwest Suburban|
|Average ACT scores||21.6|
|Radio||WSHS 88.9 FM|
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Stagg, or AAS, is a public four-year high school located at the intersection of S. Roberts Rd. and W. 111th Street in Palos Hills, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Consolidated High School District 230, which also includes Victor J. Andrew High School and Carl Sandburg High School.
In the spring of 1962, voters in Consolidated High School district 230 approved a US$2.1 million bond issue to construct the district's second high school, which was projected to have an initial student population of 1,200.
The school district chose to name the school for former University of Chicago football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. Stagg was chosen "in recognition of his century of devotion to young men to help them understand the powers they possess". The original building contained 16 classrooms, a gymnasium capable of seating 1,600, a band and choral room, a cafeteria and small theater, 7 laboratories, and 3 industrial arts rooms.
The general design saw the school built as three separate buildings, connected by glass corridors.
Like its sister school, Carl Sandburg, Stagg High School was designed specifically to be expanded in future years. The fall 1966 enrollment saw the school reach its capacity, a few months after the first expansion plans were revealed, calling for a swimming pool and more room for art and industrial education, among other additions.
In 2008, Stagg had an average composite ACT score of 21.6 and graduated 96.2% of its senior class. The average class size is 22.4. Stagg has made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, the test used in Illinois to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The school sponsors over 45 clubs and activities for students, ranging from athletic and fine arts to leadership and special interest. Among the student groups which are local chapters of national organizations are: Key Club, National Honor Society, Relay for Life, and Operation Snowball.
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The Amos Alonzo Stagg Marching Chargers, Stagg's largest competitive extracurricular activity. Following a two-week band camp program, the marching band enters a fall season of contests and often tri-weekly rehearsals for the duration of the season. They participate in roughly 4-6 marching competitions each year across the state of Illinois, including an exhibition performance at their home competition, the Stagg Marching Band Jamboree (annual since 1979). The Marching Chargers generally end their yearly seasons by participating in the Illinois State University Invitational Marching Band Championships or the University of Illinois Illini Marching Festival.
Stagg competes in the Southwest Suburban Conference (SWSC), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic high school sports and competitive activities in the state of Illinois. Teams are stylized as the Chargers.
The school sponsors interscholastic sports teams for young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors a competitive poms team.
The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:
- Cross Country (boys): 4th place (1988–89); 2nd place (1989–90)
- Football: Semifinals (2002–03)
- Softball: 4th place (1994–95); 3rd place (1996–97)
- Volleyball (girls): 3rd place (1996–97)
- Wrestling: Team State Champions (1983–84) Individual State Champions: Kevin Malarick (2009-2010) & Kevin Moylan (2011-2012)
- T. J. McFarland (2007), baseball player
- Tom Pukstys (1986) is a six time U.S. national champion in the javelin. He competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
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- "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
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- "Voters Accept Bond Issue to Build New High School". Chicago Daily Tribune. 3 June 1962. pp. sw8. "Voters ... have approved a $2,100,000 bond issue to build a new school in Palos Township ... (plans are being drawn up) for the new building to be constructed at 111th street and Roberts road. Its initial capacity will be 1,200 students."
- "2 Million Unit Will Open in 1964". Chicago Daily Tribune. 3 January 1963. pp. s3. ""We dedicate this school to Mr. Stagg in recognition of his century of devotion to young men to help them understand the powers they possess," said William O. Fisher, superintendent of district 230."
- "Stagg High School Built with Expansion in Mind". Chicago Tribune. 22 May 1966. pp. e1.
- "BREAK GROUND TODAY FOR NEW SANDBAG HIGH: Structure Will Cost $930,000". Chicago Daily Tribune. 17 May 1953. pp. sw1.
- "Clubs & Activities". Directory. Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "IHSA Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 6 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Stagg HS Athletic Department". Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. Retrieved 27 October 2009.