Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Blue Island, Illinois)

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Dwight D. Eisenhower High School
EisenhowerHSBlueIslandLogo.png
Address
12700 S. Sacramento Avenue
Blue Island, Illinois, 60406
USA
Coordinates 41°39′39″N 87°41′50″W / 41.6608°N 87.6971°W / 41.6608; -87.6971
Information
School type public secondary
Founded 1897
Opened 1951
School district Community HS 218
Superintendent Dr. John Byrne[1]
Principal Dr. Gary Rauch[2]
Staff 173[3]
Faculty 200
Teaching staff 71
Grades 912
Gender coed
Average class size 37
Campus type suburban
Color(s)      red
     white[4]
Athletics conference South Suburban Conference[4]
Team name Cardinals[4]
Newspaper 'Red & White[5]
Yearbook 'Crest[5]
Website

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Eisenhower, DDE, EHS or Ike) is a public four-year high school located in Blue Island, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Community High School District 218 along with sister schools Alan B. Shepard High School and Harold L. Richards High School.

Eisenhower is a diverse school with a balanced student body of Caucasian, Hispanic and African-American students. Eisenhower serves students from the communities of Blue Island, Calumet Park, Robbins, Alsip, Merrionette Park, Posen, Deer Pointe & Garden Homes. The current enrollment is over 2,500 students.

History[edit]

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School was founded as Blue Island Community High School in 1897 and as such was the first constituent educational institution that today comprises Community High School District 218, which was established in 1927. Blue Island Community High School was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (now North Central Association - Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement) in 1899. As president of Columbia University, Eisenhower was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the current facility on Sacramento Ave. in 1951, and the building was renamed in his honor in 1962.[6]

Athletics[edit]

Eisenhower competes in the South Suburban Conference (SSC) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the association which governs most sports and competitive activities in the state. Teams are stylized as the Cardinals.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.[7] Young men may compete in baseball, football, wrestling while young women may compete in softball.[7] There is also a coed golf team.[7] The school's athletic department supports the district teams which compete in the Special Olympics.[8]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments or meets:[9]

  • Tennis (boys): 3rd place (1952–53); State Champions (1949–50)
  • Track & Field (boys): 4th place (1955–56, 85–86); 3rd place (1944–45); 2nd place (1980–81); State Champions (1954–55)
  • Track & Field (girls): 4th place (1987–88)
  • Wrestling: 3rd place (1955–56)
  • Softball (girls): 6th place (2010–11)
  • Boys Soccer (2010-11)

Activities[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superintendent". Community HS District 218. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Administration". directory. Dwight D. Eisenhower HS. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dwight D. Eisenhower High School Faculty & Staff". directory. Alan B. Shepard HS. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Blue Island (Eisenhower)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 20 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "About Us". Dwight D. Eisenhower HS. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  6. ^ [1] Website of AmericanTowns.com - accessed 02/05/2009
  7. ^ a b c "Team Pages". directory. Dwight D. Eisenhower HS. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Special Olympics". Dwight D. Eisenhower HS. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Season Summaries for Blue Island (Eisenhower)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 16 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d Bell, Taylor (6 May 2009). "Eisenhower Cardinals". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 

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