Forest View High School
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|Forest View High School|
|2121 S. Goebbert Rd.
Arlington Heights, Illinois, 60005
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Twp. HS District 214|
|Campus size||40 acres|
|Fight song||Fight for Forest View|
|Athletics conference||Mid-Suburban League|
|Mascot||Ferdie the Falcon|
Forest View High School was a public secondary school in southern Arlington Heights, Illinois, operational from 1963 until its closure because of declining enrollment in 1986. The school mascot was Ferdie the Falcon, and the school colors were silver, black, and gold.
Forest View's team nickname was the Falcons. The school was a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most of the athletic and non-athletic competitions in Illinois.
The following teams finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament or meet:
- Football: 2nd place (1985–86); 3rd place 1979
- Bowling (girls): 2nd place (1974–75, 75–76); State Champions (1973–74, 76–77, 77–78)
- Track & Field (girls): 4th place (1972–73)
- Soccer: 3rd place 1979
1981-1982 varsity football team, while having won only a few games that year, was notable for having four players on its offensive front line named as class valedictorians at commencement the following spring. Each of the four student athletes graduated with a 5.0/5.0 grade point average before going on to attend Cornell University and the University of Illinois.
Forest View High School was in the top division as recognized by the IHSA at the time with 555 students in the graduating class. The coincidence of having four valedictorians on the starting right line from center to end has never been known to occur at any level by chance or design before or since. ()
After the school closed on Friday June 13, 1986, students attending Forest View switched to Rolling Meadows High School, Elk Grove High School or Prospect High School. Forest View today serves multiple purposes:
- It is the central administrative office for Township High School District 214.
- It is the home to the district's Vanguard School, which is an alternative high school for students not excelling in traditional high school placements.
- It is home to the district's Newcomer Center, which helps newly arrived immigrants an opportunity to learn the English language and to better transition into one of the district's six high schools.
- It is home to the Forest View Alternative School, which is a therapeutic day school that draws students from across the district who are eligible for special education, and whose behavioral or emotional needs extend beyond the scope of what can be addressed in a traditional placement setting.
- Jerry Jenkins (class of 1967) is the coauthor of the best-selling Left Behind series of books.
- Donald Wayne Foster (class of 1968), is a Vassar College professor, best known for his forensic literary analysis.
- Christopher T. Hill (class of 1969), is a theoretical physicist and coauthor of Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe (with Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman). He is currently the head of the Theoretical Physics Group at Fermilab.
- Donna Latham (class of 1975), is an award-winning writer of children's literature and works of theater.
- Larry Monroe, Former MLB player (Chicago White Sox)
- Rick Zombo (class of 1981) was a professional hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL from 1984 to 1996.
- John Colella (class of 1986) actor.
- History of Arlington Heights Forest View; Illinois High School Glory Days; accessed 31 May 2009
- IHSA Season Summaries for Hersey and Forest View High Schools; ihsa.org; accessed 31 May 2009
- Forest View High School Year Book, 1982
- Vanguard School homepage; accessed 31 May 2009
- Newcomer Center information page; accessed 31 May 2009
- FVAS information; d214.org; accessed 7 December 2012
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