Glenbard West High School
|Glenbard West High School|
|670 Crescent Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 60137
|School district||Glenbard Twp. H.S. 87|
|Average class size||26.1|
|School colour(s)||forest green
|Athletics conference||West Suburban Conference|
|Average ACT scores||22.9|
|Newspaper||The Glen Bard|
Glenbard West High School, "GWHS," "GBW," or "West," "Home of the Hilltoppers" is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Ellyn Avenue and Crescent Boulevard in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Glenbard Township High School District 87. The West campus draws students from Glen Ellyn (primarily north of Illinois Route 38), a small portion of Lombard, and portions of Wheaton, Glendale Heights and Carol Stream.
The first high school that students in the area attended was Glen Ellyn High School, which served students from 1916-1922. These classes were held at the DuPage Bank Building. By 1920, it was clear that a new facility was required as classes were spread between the bank building and local church basements.
The district purchased a site on Honeysuckle Hill for the price of US$1. The current building opened in 1922 as Glenbard Township High School; the first of the district's high schools. The school was built in the style of a castle, complete with roof turrets.
'Glenbard' as it was originally named, was constructed in 1922, atop Honeysuckle Hill, overlooking Lake Ellyn. Built with dark red brick, the building was built with castle-like design, complete with a turret and other minor castle details. Glenbard West also has a tower known as the sixth floor. If you look out the window of the sixth floor tower on a clear day you can see the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in downtown Chicago.
Athletics were initially played in a gymnasium built in the school building itself, but with the construction of a $12 million state of the art field house across the street, the former gym was turned into the Robert D. Elliott Library, named after one of the most influential principals in the school's history.
Across the road from Glenbard West is Bill Duchon Field, where football and other school sports such as boys and girls soccer and track are played. Originally built in 1923, it was renamed in 1980 in honor of a head football coach who led West to a state championship. The stadium seats up to 5,000 spectators, with the home side overlooking Lake Ellyn. In 2001, Duchon field was named by USA Today as one of the top 10 places to watch high school football.
Billy Duchon Field was used to stage the football field scenes in the 1986 film Lucas , which featured rising stars such as Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Winona Ryder, and Jeremy Piven. The school building was also used for shooting scenes in the film, as well as other local sites such as the "Glen" movie theater in downtown Glen Ellyn. Glenbard West cheerleaders appeared as extras in the film, though the school colors and school name were changed.
Glenbard West has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which with the ACT, comprise the assessments used in Illinois to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Glenbard West has been ranked among the top 1500 public schools in the United States six times, according to Newsweek's challenge Index. In 2010, the school ranked #900. The school had been previously ranked #1022 (2009), #954 (2008), #673 (2007), #626 (2006), #684 (2005), and #711 (2003).
Glenbard West is home to a number of competitive activities that have represented the school well in numerous fields.
The Glenbard West Forensics team (Speech, Individual Events) won the team IHSA state championship trophy in 1991. Since then, the team has won numerous individual in State Finals. In 2010, the team tied for second overall.
The Glenbard West Theatre program performs in the Larry Shue Auditorium. In 2008, the school's production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was performed at the Illinois Theatrefest.
The Glenbard West Model United Nations team regularly annually competes at the Brown University, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Model UN Conferences. The team has received numerous awards at each of those conferences.
Glenbard West competes in the West Suburban Conference. The school is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most sports and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams are stylized as the Hilltoppers.
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, Boys Lacrosse, and volleyball. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and Scholastic wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors lacrosse teams for young men, in addition to field hockey and poms for young women.
- Basketball (girls):
- Cross Country (boys): State Champions (1960—61)
- Cross Country (girls): State Champions (2013-14)
- Football: State Champions (1983—84, 2012-13)
- Golf (boys):
- Gymnastics (boys): State Champions (1995—96)
- Soccer (boys):
- Tennis (boys):
- Track & Field (boys):
- Volleyball (girls): State Champions (1983—84)
- Volleyball (boys):
- Lacrosse (boys):
- Laurie Anderson (class of 1965) is a musician, songwriter, inventor, and performance artist.
- Zak Bagans (class of 1995) is the lead investigator in Travel Channel tv show Ghost Adventures.
- Samuel Bodman (class of 1956) was the U.S. Secretary of Energy (2005—2009).
- Rob Boras is a football coach, currently tight end coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Matt Bowen (class of 1995) was an NFL defensive back (2000—06).
- Amy Carlson (class of 1986) is an actress who works in film and television (Alex Taylor on the TV series Third Watch).
- Jeffery Deaver (class of 1968) mystery author, recently chosen to be the new author of the James Bond novels, is perhaps best known for his creation of the character Lincoln Rhyme in novels such as The Bone Collector.
- Christina Filiaggi (class of 1986) is a radio producer and on-air talent.
- Erin Gilreath (class of 1998) competed in the hammer throw at the 2004 Olympics.
- Mike Hall (class of 2000) is a sportscaster and ESPN Dream Job winner.
- Fareed Haque (class of 1981) is a guitarist and professor of Jazz and Classical Guitar Studies at Northern Illinois University.
- Diane Holum (olympic gold medalist) (class of 1968) won Silver and Bronze medals in 1968 and Gold and Silver medals in 1972 at the Winter Olympics in speed skating.
- Sean Hayes (class of 1988) is an Emmy Award-winning actor, best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the television series Will & Grace.
- Michael Herbick (class of 1967) is an Oscar nominated sound mixer (Lonesome Dove, The Fugitive).
- Jim Molinari (class of 1973) is the men's head basketball coach at Western Illinois University.
- Bobby Rahal (class of 1971) was an Indy-car driver and is co-owner of Rahal Letterman Racing. As a driver, he won the 1986 Indianapolis 500.
- Nancy Reno (class of 1984) was an Olympic competitor in beach volleyball (1996) and won a bronze medal at the 1997 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
- Peter Roskam (class of 1979) is a U. S. Congressman, representing Illinois's 6th congressional district (2007—present).
- Larry Shue (class of 1964) was a playwright (The Foreigner).
- Phil Vischer (class of 1984) is an author, actor, and puppeteer who co-founded Veggie Tales.
- John Shurna (class of 2008) is the all time leading scorer at Northwestern University in men's basketball.
- Ted Wass (class of 1970) is an actor and director best known for his work on television (Blossom).
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