Forest View High School

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Forest View High School
2121 S. Goebbert Rd.
Arlington Heights, Illinois, 60005
United States
Coordinates 42°02′45″N 87°58′21″W / 42.0458°N 87.97255°W / 42.0458; -87.97255
School type public secondary
Opened 1962[1]
Status closed
Closed 1986[1]
School district Twp. HS District 214
Grades 9–12
Gender coed
Campus suburban
Campus size 40 acres
School color(s)      black
Fight song Fight for Forest View[1]
Athletics conference Mid-Suburban League
Mascot Ferdie the Falcon
Nickname Falcons[1]
Newspaper Viewer
Yearbook Talon

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.

When the school was closed, the IHSA turned over the accomplishments of the school to John Hersey High School, which is also a District 214 school in Arlington Heights.[2]

The following teams finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament or meet:[2]

  • 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.[citation needed]

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. ([3])


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.[4]
  • It is home to the district's Newcomer Center, which helps give newly arrived immigrants an opportunity to learn the English language and to better transition into one of the district's six high schools.[5]
  • 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.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


Major General Jeffery William Hammond (attended freshman year of 1971) commander of the 4th ID in Sadr City and now the Athletic Director of the University of Southern Mississippi