Fox Valley Conference

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The Fox Valley Conference is an IHSA recognized high school extracurricular conference including the following schools, generally located in the northern part of the Fox River basin in Illinois.


The conference was split up into two divisions starting in the 2006–07 season and consists of 14 teams total.[1] All enrollments[2] and classifications[3] are from the Illinois High School Association website.

Valley Division[edit]

School Town Team Name Colors Enrollment IHSA Classes 2/3/4[nb 1][nb 2]
Cary-Grove High School Cary Trojans           1802 AA/3A/4A
Crystal Lake South High School Crystal Lake Gators                1935 AA/3A/4A
Dundee-Crown High School Carpentersville Chargers           2546 AA/3A/4A
Huntley High School Huntley Red Raiders                2593 AA/3A/4A
Harry D. Jacobs High School Algonquin Golden Eagles           2268 AA/3A/4A
McHenry High Schools[nb 3] McHenry Warriors           2492 AA/3A/4A
Prairie Ridge High School Crystal Lake Wolves           1689 AA/3A/4A

Fox Division[edit]

School Town Team Name Colors Enrollment IHSA Classes 2/3/4
Crystal Lake Central High School Crystal Lake Tigers           1574 AA/2A/3A
Hampshire High School Hampshire Whip-Purs           1062 AA/2A/3A
Grayslake Central High School Grayslake Rams           1333 AA/2A/3A
Grayslake North High School Grayslake Knights           1522 AA/2A/3A
Woodstock High School Woodstock Blue Streaks           1005 AA/2A/3A
Woodstock North High School Woodstock Thunder                899 AA/2A/3A


  • Lake Zurich High School left the Fox Valley Conference and joined the North Suburban Conference after the 2004–05 school year.
  • Johnsburg High School and Grayslake North High School joined the conference in the 2006–07 season.
  • During the 2009–2010 season, Woodstock North High School joined the conference as a full member, and, as a result, Woodstock High School moved down to the Fox Division, and Huntley High School moved up to the Valley Division.
  • Hampshire High School left the Big Northern Conference and has joined the Fox Valley starting in the 2011–12 season. They have joined the Fox Division, and, as a result, Prairie Ridge has moved into the Valley Division.[4]
  • Johnsburg High School will be joining the BNC beginning in 2014-2015
  • Grayslake North High School and Grayslake Central High School will be leaving the conference in 2016.


  1. ^ The state series class which a school competes in not only depends on the school's student population, but on the sport or activity. Some activities divide schools into two classes, some into three, and others into four. The listing here is in the order of two class, three class, and four class. The more "A"s in a class, the larger the schools competing. For more information on this, see Illinois High School Association#State Series Format.
  2. ^ Schools are not assigned a classification for football until they have qualified for the playoffs each year. A school's classification not only depends on their student population, but on the populations of the other schools who have qualified. Thus, some schools routinely move between classes.
  3. ^ McHenry High School is a program which combines students from McHenry East High School and McHenry West High School.


  1. ^ "Conferences & Affiliated Schools". Illinois High School Association. December 26, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "School Enrollments (Alphabetical) – 2011–12". Illinois High School Association. August 30, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ "School Classifications – 2011–12". Illinois High School Association. June 30, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ Naqvi, Jameel (11 November 2009), "Hampshire to join Fox Valley Conference", Daily Herald, retrieved 9 January 2010, The Community Unit District 300 school board voted unanimously Monday to move Hampshire High from the Big Northern to the Fox Valley Conference, where it will face stiffer competition from larger schools. 

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