Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Blue Island, Illinois)
|Dwight D. Eisenhower High School|
|12700 S. Sacramento Avenue
Blue Island, Illinois, 60406
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Community HS 218|
|Superintendent||Dr. John Byrne|
|Principal||Dr. Gary Rauch|
|Average class size||37|
|Athletics conference||South Suburban Conference|
|Newspaper||'Red & White|
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.
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.
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. Young men may compete in baseball, football, wrestling while young women may compete in softball. There is also a coed golf team. The school's athletic department supports the district teams which compete in the Special Olympics.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments or meets:
- 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)
Eisenhower's Speech Team, has well improved over the course of the past couple of years. As of January 12, 2013 the team has had two second place finishes, spanning over the past three years.
A possible Debate team has been in the talks, for about four months (from January 2013) with an overwhelmingly positive outcome. However, school funding has not yet been approved for the program and is unlikely. The Eisenhower Debate Team was struck up by Junior, Immanuel Sodipe.
- Marching Band
- Concert Band
- Symphonic Band
- Jazz Band
- Show choir
- Cardinal Dance Team (Nationally Ranked 5-time State Champions)
- Student Council
- Drama Club
- Art Club
- School Newspaper
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Chess Club
- Spanish Club
- Science Club
- Dance Team
- Bilingual Club
- French Club
- Speech Team
- Gay-straight alliance
- Drill Team
- Color Guard
- Leo Club
- Quill and Scroll
- Key Club
- Jim Smith was a football player with the University of Michigan and the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Don Kolloway was a Major League Baseball infielder (1940–43, 46–53), playing most of his career with the Chicago White Sox.
- Willie May is a former hurdler who won a silver medal in the 110 meter hurdles at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
- Douglas A. Melton is the co-director of the Harvard University Stem Cell Institute. He was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world (2007 & 2009).
- Christian Picciolini, (1991), four time Emmy Award nominated television producer and director (JBTV), author of Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, peace advocate, music executive
- Rick Rizzs is a sportscaster, best known for his time with the Seattle Mariners.
- Robert Thompson, American football linebacker
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