Independent School League (Illinois)

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The Independent School League (ISL) is an athletic league comprising nine private secondary schools in the Chicago metro area. All of the schools are also full members of the Illinois High School Association; the governing body for most high school athletics and competitive activities in the state. The schools are all relatively small, most belonging to the smaller classes of competition offered by the IHSA.

Members[edit]

School Town Team Name Colors IHSA Classes 2/3/4 Reference
Elgin Academy Elgin Hilltoppers           A/1A/1A [1]
Francis W. Parker School Chicago Colonels           A/1A/2A [2]
Latin School Chicago Romans           AA/1A/2A/3A [3]
Morgan Park Academy Chicago Warriors           A/1A/1A [4]
Northridge Prep Niles Knights           A/1A/1A [5]
North Shore Country Day School Winnetka Raiders           A/1A/2A [6]
University of Chicago Lab School Chicago Maroons           AA/2A/3A [7]
The Willows Academy Des Plaines Eagles           A/1A/2A [8]
Woodlands Academy Lake Forest Wildcats           A/1A/2A [9]

Other conference affiliations[edit]

North Shore Country Day is the only school to support a football program, and competes as an independent. The Latin School is the only school to sponsor a Scholastic Bowl team, and competes in the North Metropolitan Scholastic Bowl League.

History[edit]

The ISL was founded in 1967.[10] The league initially comprised eight teams: Chicago Lab, Elgin Academy, Latin, Morgan Park Academy, North Shore, Francis W. Parker, and the no longer existent Glenwood School in Glenwood, Illinois (which closed its high school in 1979) and Harvard-St. George High School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Lake Forest Academy left the ISL in 2008.

IHSA State titles[edit]

  • Chess: Chicago Lab (1973–74)[11]
  • Scholastic Bowl: Latin School (1993–94, 97–98, 2001–02, 03–04, 04–05, 05–06, 08–09)[12]
  • Soccer (girls): Latin School (2005–06)[12]
  • Track & Field (boys): Chicago Lab (1908–09, 09–10, 10–11, 13–14, 18–19)[11]
  • Golf (boys): North Shore Country Day (2011 and 2012)
  • Tennis (girls): Jerricka Boone, Morgan Park Academy, singles champion (2009, 2011)[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elgin (E. Academy)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chicago (F.W. Parker". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chicago (Latin)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chicago (Morgan Park Academy)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Niles (Northridge Prep)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Winnetka (North Shore Country Day)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Chicago (University)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Des Plaines (Willows Academy)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Lake Forest (Woodlands Academy)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  10. ^ Leo, Ralph (8 September 1966), "Prep Football Coaches Predict 1966 Title Winners :Majority Hope to Repeat as League Champs", Chicago Tribune: K16, Marty McCarty, North Shore Country Day, winner of the last year's Private School league White division, which this year is competing in the newly formed Independent School league ... 
  11. ^ a b "Season Summaries: Chicago (University)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 28 March 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Season Summaries: Chicago (Latin)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 28 March 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  13. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-22/sports/ct-spt-1023-prep-girls-tennis-main-state-20111022_1_jerricka-boone-hinsdale-central-alexis-casati