East Aurora High School
|East Aurora High School|
|500 Tomcat Way
Aurora, Illinois, 60505
|School type||Public high school|
|Opened||1957 (current building)|
|School district||East Aurora Public School District 131|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jerome Roberts |
|Principal||Spencer Byrd |
|Athletics conference||Upstate Eight Conference|
East Aurora High School, (also known as EAHS or Aurora East High School), is a public, four-year high school located in Kane County, at the corner of Smith Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in Aurora, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois. It is the only high school in East Aurora Public School District 131.
The first East Side school opened in the mid 1800s, in the basement of First Methodist Church. The school later moved to Center School near East New York Street and East Park Place. At the time, Center School was the largest building in Aurora. The high school took up one room on the fourth floor. The Center School building was torn down in 1960.
In August 1912, East Aurora High School opened a new, larger building on Jackson Street. The dedication ceremony was attended by the U.S. Commissioner of Education and Illinois Schools Superintendent Francis G. Blair. The total cost of the structure was $225,000, including $25,000 to buy the land. That building is now K.D. Waldo Middle School.
The present East Aurora High School campus opened in 1958. The address for East Aurora High School is 500 Tomcat Lane, in Aurora, IL. Additions were made to the new high school in 1985 and 1986, adding three stories to the East side of the school for math, science and English.
There are Honors and Advanced Placement classes offered in one or more of the following subjects: foreign language, math, science, language arts, social studies and fine arts.
According to the 2012 Illinois State report card, East Aurora had an average composite ACT score of 16.6 and graduated 60.1 percent of its senior class. The average class size is 22.8 students. East Aurora has not made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The staff is 178 teachers, of whom 60 percent hold an advanced degree. Approximately 250 semester courses by eight major departments are taught at East Aurora. 
East Aurora has 23 athletic teams - 11 for boys and 12 for girls - which compete in the Upstate Eight Conference and Illinois High School Association. East Aurora's mascot is the Tomcat. Teams include football, tennis, badminton, baseball, softball, bowling, volleyball, track and field, basketball, soccer and cheerleading.
The following East Aurora teams have finished in the top four of an IHSA-sponsored state tournament or meet:
- Basketball (Boys): 4th Place (1969); 3rd Place (1972)
- Basketball (Girls): 4th Place (1982)
- Debate: 3rd Place (1966)
- Track and Field (Boys): State champions (1898)
- Wrestling (Boys): 3rd Place (1964)
The rivalry between the East Aurora and West Aurora High School football teams is considered the oldest football rivalry in the state, and the sixth-oldest in the nation. The teams first met on Nov. 18, 1893. East High won the game 28-0. By 1895, the game was drawing 2,000 fans to Hurd's Island, the neutral area of the Fox River where the two teams played. The game was not played in 1894 or 1897, but the teams met twice in 1896 and 1898. Through 1951, the teams traditionally played on Thanksgiving Day.
The 1938 Tomcats football team is considered the school's best ever. That year, the team went 9-0, and outscored opponents 188-6. West High was the only team to score against East that year.
East Aurora offers dozens of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Activities include drama, Speculum (yearbook), The Auroran (school paper), and Family Focus.
The school also offers a wide spectrum of clubs and organizations, including: Literary Magazine, GSA (Gay Straight Alliance), NHS (National Honor Society), GHS (German Honor Society), Music Club, Art Club, FCCLA and DECA.
East Aurora is well known for its involvement in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or NJROTC. The high school has more than 1,000 students enrolled in the program. Making East Aurora largest in the nation .
East Aurora's NJROTC has been the Area 3-West Champions for the past several years. East Aurora has gone to Navy Nationals held in NAS Pensacola, Florida, for the past seven years. East Aurora has won many honors including, Distinguished Unit and 2006 National Color Guard Champions. The East Aurora NJROTC Rifle Team has also had successful years traveling and competing in Colorado, Tennessee and Ohio.
Notable East Aurora High School alumni
- Kurt Becker, eight-year NFL veteran, Super Bowl champion and current head football coach at East Aurora High School
- Linda Chapa LaVia, Member of Illinois House of Representatives, representing 83rd District since 2003
- James Compton, president of the Chicago Urban League 1978-2006
- Slade Cutter, recipient of four Navy Crosses for sinking second-most Japanese ships in World War II; All-American football player at U.S. Naval Academy
- Lloyd Hall, prominent African-American chemist who contributed to science of food preservation
- Tom Kivisto, American business man who founded SemGroup and played on two University of Kansas Final Four teams
- Patricia Reid Lindner, Member of Illinois House of Representatives, representing 50th District from 1993-2009
- Aaron McGhee, American professional basketball forward
- Roy Solfisburg, Illinois State Supreme Court Chief Justice from 1962-63, 1967-1969
- Charlotte Thompson Reid, U.S. Congressman from 1962 to 1971