Harold L. Richards High School

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Harold L. Richards High School
10601 S. Central Ave.
Oak Lawn, Illinois, (Cook County), 60453
United States
Coordinates 41°41′59″N 87°45′26″W / 41.6998°N 87.7572°W / 41.6998; -87.7572Coordinates: 41°41′59″N 87°45′26″W / 41.6998°N 87.7572°W / 41.6998; -87.7572
Type Public
School district Community H.S. 218[1]
NCES District ID 1706540[1]
Superintendent Dr. John Byrne[2]
NCES School ID 170654000343[1]
Principal John Hallberg- Principal-- Administrative Teams
Teaching staff 96.00 (FTE)[1]
Grades 9-12[1]
Gender coed
Enrollment 1876[1] (2010-11)
Student to teacher ratio 17.35:1[1]
Campus type suburban[1]
Color(s) ‹See Tfm›     Black
‹See Tfm›     Gold
‹See Tfm›     White[3]
Athletics conference South Suburban[3]
Team name Bulldogs[3]
Publication Reflections[4]
Newspaper The Richards Herald[5]
Yearbook The Golden Year
Information (708) 499-2550

Harold L. Richards High School is a co-ed public high school located in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and is a member of Illinois school district 218. The current enrollment is over 1,876 students. The school mascot is the bulldog. The school colors are Gold, Black, and White. The yearbook is 'The Golden Year' and the school newspaper is the 'Richards Herald'.


Richards competes in the South Suburban Conference (SSC) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA),.The body which governs most athletics and competitive activities in the state. Teams are stylized as the Bulldogs.

Fall Winter Spring
Cheerleading Boys' Basketball Boys' Baseball
Girls' Cross Country Girls' Basketball Girls' Softball
Boys' Cross Country Bowling Boys' Tennis
Football Cheerleading Girls' Soccer
Golf Pom Pons Boys' Tack
Girls' Volleyball Boys' Swimming Girls' Track
Boys' Soccer Wrestling Boys' Volleyball
Girls' Tennis Girls' Water Polo
Girls' Swimming Boys' Water Polo


Boys' basketball[edit]

In 2008 the Bulldogs captured the first ever IHSA Class 4A Boy's Basketball State Championship. The championship was also the first ever Boy's Basketball State Championship for Richards[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Richards Alum Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "H L Richards High Sch(campus)". Statistical abstract. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). October 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "CHSD 218 Administrative Team". Directory. Community High School District 218. 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Oak Lawn (Richards)". Directory. Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 18 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Literary Magazine". Harold L. Richards High School. 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Newspaper". Harold L. Richards High School. 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Gonzales, Mark (20 October 2006), "Turning in A+ work: Tigers President/GM Dave Dombrowski, a Richards High grad, is in the Series again", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 20 August 2011, Dave Dombrowski planted the seeds that grew into a career as a baseball executive in the form of a 63-page report he submitted in October 1978 while studying at Western Michigan University ... His study habits and eagerness to absorb information from some of baseball's top executives have helped the Richards High School graduate land in the World Series with his second franchise in 10 years. 
  7. ^ Tribune News Service (19 February 2003), "Shuki Josef of Dallas, injured in a hit-and-run accident...", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 20 August 2011, Shuki Josef of Dallas, injured in a hit-and-run accident involving Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich, accused Goodrich in a $38 million lawsuit of failing to control his vehicle. Goodrich, a former Richards High School star, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter 
  8. ^ Whitt, Richie (18 December 2008), "Cornerback Dwayne Goodrich: "The Cowboy Who Killed Those Kids": Former cornerback Dwayne Goodrich comes to grips with his hit-and-run of three Good Samaritans as he plans for life after prison", Dallas Observer, retrieved 20 August 2011, Goodrich's mother, Pam, is gathering evidence for these proceedings, recruiting acquaintances—like his former Tennessee teammate, kicker Jeff Hall, and his old Richards High School (Oak Lawn, Illinois) football coach, Jim Bolhuis, to write supportive letters to the Board of Pardon and Paroles. 
  9. ^ Kass, John (6 October 2006), "Coach's imprint isn't measured in wins", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 20 August 2011, Gary Korhonen, the legendary football coach at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, could make history this week ... "Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen," Korhonen, 66, my old coach, told me Thursday in an interview at the school. "There's all the pageantry and so on, but the focus is going to stay on the kids and the coaches and the game. We're playing Eisenhower. You played in those games. I don't have to tell you." 
  10. ^ "PLUS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- OHIO STATE; Tailback Wants Eligibility Extended", New York Times, 17 December 1998, retrieved 20 August 201, Joe Montgomery, the second-leading rusher for third-ranked Ohio State, has petitioned the National Collegiate Athletic Association to return for another season. Montgomery, who has gained 670 yards and scored 6 touchdowns, was declared academically ineligible his freshman season after the N.C.A.A. refused to approve an economics course he took at Oak Lawn Richards High School in Illinois.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ Tribune News Service (20 March 2007), "Wade Aid", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 20 August 2011, Dwyane Wade's fame and fortune in the NBA, coupled with his association with a major cell phone service provider, paid big dividends for his high school alma mater Monday. Wade, in his fourth season with the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, joined T-Mobile USA Inc. representatives in announcing plans to remodel the gymnasium at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. 
  12. ^ Albers, Justin (25 May 2011), "Dwyane Wade has come long way", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved 20 August 2011, Dwyane Wade wasn’t shooting enough. It was 1999, and the Richards High School basketball team was playing in a Christmas tournament. Then-coach Jack Fitzgerald wasn’t pleased with his senior guard.