Glenbrook North High School
|Glenbrook North High School|
We Educate For Living
|2300 Shermer Road
Northbrook, Illinois, 60062
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Glenbrook High School District 225|
|Superintendent||Dr. Michael Riggle|
|Principal||Dr. Paul Pryma|
|Average class size||18.2|
|School colour(s)||forest green
|Athletics conference||Central Suburban League|
|Average ACT scores||26.3|
Glenbrook North High School, or GBN, is a public four-year high school located in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Glenbrook Township High School District, which also includes Glenbrook South High School.
Glenbrook North High School, which opened its doors in the fall of 1952 as Glenbrook High School, serves the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Northbrook.
Today, Glenbrook North High School, along with Glenbrook South, are noted for their outstanding curriculum and quality of education, having been repeatedly named to a variety of best-in-the-nation lists. For example, as part of the First in the World Consortium, GBN and GBS students scored first in the world in international math & science testing. In January 1997, President Bill Clinton visited GBN, and gave a speech discussing the need for more schools to adopt international education standards in math and science. See "Bill Clinton Visit" below.
Glenbrook North alum John Hughes' 1985 film The Breakfast Club featured a group of kids from "Shermer, Illinois" 60062 (per the opening scene of the film). Shermerville was the original name of the town of Northbrook, where GBN is located, and 60062 is the zip code. The movie features the clash between what were known during the 1980s as the 'sporto' versus 'freak' cultures at GBN. Some think the movie was filmed inside the school, but it was filmed at Maine North High School, which was also used for the interior scenes of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Exterior shots of GBN were used in both The Breakfast Club and the Ferris Bueller movie, however. A curious side note to all of this is that Charlie Schlatter, the actor who played Ferris in the TV series Ferris Bueller, is married to a GBN alumna that graduated in 1984.
The Glenbrook North debate team has won numerous state and national championships in Policy debate, as well as state championships in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate. The team is the only high school debate team in the country to win the triple crown of debate, winning the National Forensic League tournament, the Tournament of Champions and the National Christian Forensic League tournaments in 2004. They were also ranked the top debate school of the century based on appearances in the National Forensics League final round. In both 2010 and 2011, the school won two of the three state final championships for debate in the IHSA state tournament, in the Policy and Lincoln-Douglas divisions, in addition to winning novice and junior varsity final championships for debate in the ISTA state tournament in 2011. In 2012, the school won the New Trier tournament, and lost in finals of the novice and varsity divisions of the state tournament, while the school won the junior varsity division. The school had the top speaker in the junior varsity and varsity divisions in 2012. Glenbrook North also debated in the finals of the 2012 Tournament of Champions, losing on a 2-1 decision to West High School from Iowa City, Iowa. In the 2012-2013 school year, the team won the Blake tournament, locked out the finals of the IHSA Varsity State Tournament, had the top speaker and thus all-state debate captain, debated in the finals of the 2013 Tournament of Champions, losing to C.K. McClatchy High School from Sacramento, California on a 2-1 decision, and finally won the National Forensic League National Championship in policy debate, defeating Glenbrook South in the finals on a 10-5 decision. It was the first time two schools from the same district debated each other in the finals.
Glenbrook North is among the top performers in Illinois DECA. As of 2014, Glenbrook North DECA sent over 30 members to DECA's international Career Development Conference. Glenbrook North has a total of over 150 DECA members, and possesses a huge presence in the school community. Additionally, Glenbrook North has received numerous awards at ICDC, placing 1st in 2012, and 3rd in 2014.
Bill Clinton Visit
On January 22, 1997, then President Bill Clinton visited Glenbrook North to speak to the school. Clinton's speech was held in the school's fieldhouse and was largely centered around mathematics and science. At the time, students were participating in a program called "First in the World." The program was to judge the level of knowledge in math and science against other schools around the world. Glenbrook North came in 1st in the Science category, and 3rd in the Mathematics category. Less than a month later, Bill Clinton referenced the school, his visit, their progress, and achievements in his 1997 State of the Union Speech on February 4, 1997.
In May 2003, Glenbrook North High School gained notoriety after an off–campus, non–school sanctioned event involving students dressed in school colors turned into a major hazing incident that attracted media attention.
The event was a "Powder Puff" girls' football game between juniors and seniors. The "game" took place on Sunday, May 4, 2003, in Chipilly Woods, part of the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Although the annual Powder Puff game was held at the school football stadium in earlier decades, there was no playing of football at the 2003 event. The hazing began as soon as the junior girls arrived. About 20 junior class participants were sat in the middle of a clearing while they were covered in paint, urine, feces, and animal guts. Some were shot with paintball guns, others were kicked and beaten. After it was over, at least five of the participants had injuries requiring medical attention, including one receiving stitches to her head.
Thirty-one students; twenty-eight females and three males; were suspended from school for 10 days. They were later expelled. Some of the expelled students and their parents filed a lawsuit because they would then be unable to graduate from school. The plaintiffs and the school district reached an agreement where the expelled students would have their diplomas mailed to them provided they dropped the lawsuits and did not make any book or movie deals about the incident. Twenty juniors who participated were suspended, though fifteen had their suspensions rescinded after signing an agreement with the school. Local law enforcement authorities investigated the hazing incident and filed charges against 15 students for assault and battery. Two mothers were charged with providing alcohol for the event. All were convicted and the sentences received were light, ranging from probation to community service.
A community–wide task force was established by the Northbrook Police Department Community Services Division after the hazing incident. Their final report stressed the needs for recognizing and preventing hazing incidents.
Glenbrook Academy of International Studies
The Glenbrook Academy of International Studies is a four-year program with students from Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools. 30 freshmen are selected each year through an application process. Founded in 1981 to give students a more global perspective, it covers English, Social Studies, and a foreign language. Each class learns a different foreign language from a rotation of four: Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese. The application process involves written recommendations, a mailed essay, an impromptu essay, and an interview with faculty.
Glenbrook North is a member of the Central Suburban League. The school is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which sponsors most of the major sport and activity state tournaments in Illinois.
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also fields teams for men and women in lacrosse.
The following teams won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament:
- Baseball: State Champions (1965–66, 73–74)
- Basketball (boys): 2004–05
- Football: 1974–75
- Soccer (boys): 1983–84
- Swimming & Diving (girls): 1977–78
- Tennis (boys): 1980–81, 98–99, 2005–06
- Volleyball (boys): 1992–93
In 2005, the school became the first large-enrollment high school in Illinois to have won a state championship in each of football, basketball and baseball.
Glenbrook North Hockey, a club team, won back to back state titles in 1984 and 1985, the first Varsity hockey team in Illinois to do so, and then again in 2007 and 2008. In 2011, 2013 and 2014 the team returned to the title game but lost to the New Trier Trevians.
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