Carl Sandburg High School
|Carl Sandburg High School|
|13300 S. LaGrange Rd.
Orland Park, Illinois, 60462
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Consolidated H.S. 230|
|Superintendent||Dr. James Gay|
|Principal||Dr. Wheaties |
|Average class size||22.7|
|Campus size||40 acres (0.16 km2)|
|Athletics conference||Southwest Suburban|
|Average SAT scores||1600|
|Average ACT scores||22.7|
Carl Sandburg High School, Sandburg, or CSHS, is a public four-year high school located at the intersection of La Grange Road and 131st Street in Orland Park, 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 Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. The school is named for Illinois-born poet, Carl Sandburg.
|This section requires expansion with: 1960s-2000s history. (January 2011)|
In April 1952, two local school districts, Orland District 221 and Palos District 222 were consolidated into Consolidated High School District 230, for the express purpose of constructing a new high school. This new high school would replace an older high school which had been run by the Orland district at one of its grammar schools, along with rented space around the town for history, English, home economics, and science classes. The new school was designed to serve 450 students. The site of the school was an old corn field, which at the time was surrounded by a forest preserve, a lake, and a golf course.
A school board resolution called for the new school to be named for Carl Sandburg, out of "a desire for historic significance transcending purely local associations of the former school districts". In April 1953, it was announced that the new high school building would be named for the poet, after Sandburg "consented and expressed his pleasure" in a letter to the school board. At least until 1960, Sandburg visited the school every other year.
Ground breaking took place on the US$930,000 structure on 17 May 1953. The school was designed to be a one story structure with a central gymnasium/auditorium capable of holding 1,200 people. A smaller two story section was to house agriculture, science, and business education classes as well as the school's library. The school was built with the specific intent to build additions on to the building as the student population grew. The school opened for classes in September 1954. The school was formally dedicated on 10 October 1954, with the school's namesake in attendance.
The district saw enormous growth, growing from 186 high school students just prior to the construction of the new school, to a projected population of over 900 for the 1956–57 school year. In the summer of 1956, construction began on the first major addition to the school; an addition that more than doubled the school's size. The 1956–57 school year also saw students attend in split shifts to alleviate the overcrowding that was already occurring. A second gym, primarily for use by girls, was opened ahead of the rest of the addition in January 1958. The remainder of the new addition was ready in May 1958, expanding the school's capacity to 1,700 students. The original administration offices became the new book store, while the addition itself contained new classrooms and administrative offices, as well as expanded room for the music and industrial technology classes.
No sooner was the new addition occupied, when, in the autumn of 1958, the school board issued a bond referendum to raise over US$1 million to further expand the school, and to purchase property for the site of a future high school. This second addition, finished for the 1960–61 school year, included ten new classrooms, a new library (the old library was subdivided to make new classrooms) and the school's first swimming pool.
The next bond issue came in 1966; this time a US$3.5 million request from the electorate to finance additions at Sandburg and its now sister school, Stagg High School. As as a result, Sandburg saw more science laboratories as well as rooms for art, music, and industrial arts training.
The first time Carl Sandburg visited Carl Sandburg High School in his home state of Illinois he was mistaken for a bum off the street and promptly ordered to leave the premises. School officials quickly learned their mistake. Sandburg, it is said, was gracious and extremely considerate through the whole thing. When Carl Sandburg died in 1967, the school's choir performed at the official memorial tribute, held at the Chicago Public Library.
In 2005, Sandburg had an average composite ACT score of 22.3 and graduated 98.1% of its senior class. The average class size is 19.2. Sandburg has made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Sandburg has been named one of Newsweek's top 1,000 schools on several occasions in recent years.
- 2003, Sandburg was ranked 607 
- 2005, Sandburg was ranked 744 
- 2006, Sandburg was ranked 967 
Student life 
Carl Sandburg High School currently has 5 different bands that are co-curricular. They include the entry level Varsity Band, higher up Symphonic Band II, and the top Symphonic Band I, in addition to Percussion Band II and Percussion Band I. Sandburg also has fantastic marching band which includes a group of color guard, a group that performs with the band and is included with the marching Eagles but they do not play instruments, they perform with flags, rifles, sabers, and spinning flags.
In early December 2008, the Sandburg Marching Eagles were selected to perform in the 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. and the color guard was also displayed with a performance.
Carl Sandburg High School also has 3 levels of orchestras. In order from most advanced, Symphony, Philharmonic, and Concert.
Carl Sandburg High School currently has 8 different choirs that can be an after school activity or taken as a class. They include: Treble Choir, Mixed Chorus, Concert Women's Choir, Bel Canto, Eloquence, Accidentals, Chamber Singers, and Varsity Singers
These choirs have had numerous opportunities to sing all over Europe and they have mostly traveled to England and performed in many churches within England. However they are planning to travel further to places such as Germany and Austria.
The District also has a Relay For Life event that donates money towards the American Cancer Society. In 2011, the Relay For Life of District 230 raised nearly $413,000. This placed them first in the state of youth events and boosted the event to the second largest all-youth event in the country. This second in the nation was only behind one large university, Virginia Tech. The Relay has been going on for the past 14 years and was the first event of its kind in the country.
Sandburg competes in the Southwest Suburban Conference (SWSC) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most sports and competitive activities in the state of Illinois. School teams are stylized as the "Eagles".
The school sponsors interscholastic 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's athletic department also sponsors a poms team.
The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet.
- Badminton (girls): State Champions (2010–11)
- Baseball: State Champions (2001–02)
- Basketball (girls): 4th place (1997–98)
- Cheerleading: 3rd place (2007–08); State Champions (2005–06, 08–09, 11-12)
- Cross Country (boys): 4th place (1981–82, 2006–07)
- Cross Country (girls): 4th place (2001–02); 3rd place (2002–03); 2nd place (1997–98)
- Football: semifinals (1993–94)
- Gymnastics (girls): 4th place (1996–97, 2000–01); 3rd place (1994–95); 2nd place (2008–09)
- Soccer (boys): 3rd place (1994–95); State Champions (1993–94, 2001–02, 02–03)
- Soccer (girls): 3rd place (2008–09); 2nd place (1995–96, 2000–01)
- Softball: State Champions (2009–2010); 4th place (1993–94, 98–99, 2001–02); 3rd place (1992–93, 99–2000, 05–06); 2nd place (2000–01)
- Swimming and Diving (boys): 4th place (2011–12)
- Track & Field (boys): 3rd place (1976–77)
- Volleyball (boys): 2nd place (1996–97, 2000–01); State Champions (1995–96, 98–99, 99–2000,10-11)
- Volleyball (girls): 3rd place (1980–81); 2nd place (1981–82, 2001–02); State Champions (1998–99)
- Water Polo (boys): 4th place (2007–08, 10-11); 2nd place (2008–09)
- Wrestling: 2nd place (1966–67,2009–10); State Champions (2004–05, 05–06, 06–07, 11-12, 12-13)
Notable alumni 
- Jeff Alm (1986) was an NFL defensive lineman (1990–93), playing his entire career with the Houston Oilers.
- John Chiang (1980) is the current California State Controller (2007–present).
- Omowale Dada (2001) is a former Canadian Football League cornerback (2008), playing with the Edmonton Eskimos.
- Pat Fitzgerald (1993) is the head football coach of Northwestern University (2006–present). He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Justin Hartley (1995) is an actor best known for his work on television (Passions, Smallville).
- Adam Hochberg (1981) is a news correspondent for National Public Radio.
- Dave Jones (1980) is the current California Insurance Commissioner (2011-) and a former California Assemblyman (2004–2010).
- Michael McDermott (1986) is a folk rock singer-songwriter.
- Mary Therese McDonnell is a current international soccer player for the Republic of Ireland (2008–present)
- Shannon McDonnell is a current international soccer player for the Republic of Ireland (2009–present)
- Charlie Meyerson (1973) is an adjunct journalism professor at Roosevelt University and an adjunct lecturer in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism; and the former Chicago bureau chief for FM News Chicago, WIQI-FM 101.1; previously, reporter and anchor at WGN-AM 720, WNUA-FM 95.5 and WXRT-FM 93.1, and senior producer and Daywatch columnist at chicagotribune.com.
- Jim Nussle (1978) is the former Director of the U. S. Office of Management and Budget (2007–09). He was also a former U.S. Congressman from Iowa (1991–2007).
- Bill Rancic (1989) was the winner of The Apprentice: Season One.
- Tim Regan (1999) is a former MLS defender (2001–08).
- Jeff Roehl (1998) is a former NFL offensive tackle (2003–06).
- Neal Sternecky is an illustrator and animator.
- Robin Tunney (1990) is an actress known for her work on television (Prison Break, The Mentalist) and film (The Craft).
- Paul Vallas is the former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools (1995–2001), and current superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana.
- Jed Zayner (2003) is an MLS defender, currently playing for the D.C. United.
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- "New School Will Be Named After Poet Carl Sandburg". Chicago Daily Tribune. 12 April 1953. pp. sw1.
- "BREAK GROUND TODAY FOR NEW SANDBURG HIGH: Structure Will Cost $930,000". Chicago Daily Tribune. 17 May 1953. pp. sw1.
- "ENROLMENT UP AS 2 COUNTIES OPEN SCHOOLS: Suburbs Ready 4 New Highs ENROLMENT UP AS 2 COUNTIES OPEN SCHOOLS". Chicago Daily Tribune. 5 September 1954. pp. sw1.
- "New $900,000 Orland Park High School, Named for Carl Sandburg, to Be Dedicated Today". Chicago Daily Tribune. 10 October 1954. pp. sw1.
- Butcher, Fanny (24 October 1954). "THE LITERARY SPOTLIGHT: Dedication in that Downpour". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. g10. "... the Carl Sandburg High school at Orland Park was dedicated, with Sandburg the guest of honor ... Carl had a moment of surprised triumph when one young athlete (feminine) arrived clad in a sweater with huge letters across the back reading "Carl Sandburg"."
- "SANDBURG HIGH PLANS MILLION DOLLAR ANNEX: Addition Will Double Size of School". Chicago Daily Tribune. 14 June 1956. pp. s12.
- Leo, Ralph (16 January 1958). "Second Gym Eliminates Night Chores of Sandburg Quintet: COACH JORSTAD BUILDS HOPES TO PASS RICH New Facilities Sharpen Veteran Squad". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. s8. "A new gymnasium, intended primarily for the use of 600 girls in an enrollment of 1,075 students, was used for the first time Monday at Carl Sandburg High school in Orland Park."
- "TOURS TO OPEN NEW SANDBURG HIGH ADDITION". Chicago Daily Tribune. 18 May 1958. pp. sw3.
- "STUDENT RISE SPURS SCHOOL BOARD ACTION: District 230 Asks Bond Issue Seek to Enlarge Sandburg High". Chicago Daily Tribune. 16 November 1958. pp. sw1. "The money will be used for an $841,000 addition to Carl Sandburg High school, and for purchase and development of a new site in the southern portion of Orland township."
- "SANDBURG HIGH ADDITION DUE BY SEPTEMBER". Chicago Daily Tribune. 29 May 1960. pp. sw4. "An $841,000 addition to Carl Sandburg High school, Orland Park, will be completed in time for September classes ... Ten new classrooms will be built. The library will be divided into classrooms. A new library ... will have space for 20,000 books. Also included in the new construction is a swimming pool."
- "School Bond Issue to Go to Voters". Chicago Tribune. 20 November 1966. pp. r14. "Voters of Sandburg-Stagg High school district 230 will go to the polls on Dec. 3 to vote on a 3.5 million dollars bond issue ... The Sandburg annex will include science laboratories, and art, music, home economics, and industrial arts rooms. It will have space for 500 students."
- "EVANSTON OK'S 6.85 MILLION SCHOOL BONDS: Funds Will Complete Expansion Program". Chicago Tribune. 4 December 1966. pp. j1. "In the Sandburg-Stagg High school district in the southwest suburbs, voters approved a 3.5 million dollar bond issue ..."
- Powers, Irene (11 September 1967). "Carl Sandburg Tribute to Be His Kind of Thing". Chicago Tribune. pp. b18. "The program will open with brief tribute from Gov. Kerner ... and Mayor Daley ... The audience will hear Gwendolyn Brooks ... read from his poems ... the "one song" will be sung by the Carl Sandburg High school choir."
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- "Season summaries for Orland Park (Sandburg)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 6 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
- Akouris, Tina (22 January 2008). "Sandburg Eagles". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
- "Jeffrey Lawrence Alm". statistics & biographical information. databasefootball.com. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
- Bell, Taylor (24 May 2008). "Sandburg's Schofield fast to rise". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 21 October 2009. "Now Schofield ranks among the top 10 prospects in the Class of 2009 ... He is the most recruited player to come out of the Orland Park school since Jeff Alm in the 1980s. Alm later played at Notre Dame and in the NFL."
- Yamamura, Kevin (8 May 2006). "The Buzz: Political roots". Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA, USA). "State Assemblyman Dave Jones and Board of Equalization member John Chiang once won an election on the same ticket by opposing disco music. In 1979, the two became student body president and vice president of Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago."
- "Omowale Dada". statistics and biographic sketch. Washington State University Athletic Department. Retrieved 21 October 2009. "Earned eight varsity letters at Carl Sandburg High in three sports, football, basketball and track ..."
- Northwestern hires Fitzgerald as football coach
- "Jed Zayner". statistics & professional information. Columbus Crew. Retrieved 21 October 2009. "A four-year starter at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill., which he helped lead to state titles in 2001 and 2002 and a 55-game winning streak ..."