Niles North High School

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Niles North High School
9800 N. Lawler Av.
Skokie, Illinois, 60077
United States
Coordinates 42°03′35″N 87°45′17″W / 42.0596°N 87.7546°W / 42.0596; -87.7546Coordinates: 42°03′35″N 87°45′17″W / 42.0596°N 87.7546°W / 42.0596; -87.7546
School type Public, Secondary
Opened 1964
Status Open
School district Niles Twp. Community H.S. 219
NCES District ID 1728530[1]
Superintendent Dr. Amy Hagedorn[2]
NCES School ID 172853002986[1]
Principal Dr. Ryan McTague[3]
Teaching staff 161.77 (FTE))[1]
Grades 9-12[1]
Gender coed[1]
Enrollment 2106[1] (2009-10)
Student to teacher ratio 13.02:1[1]
Campus type suburban[1]
Color(s)      purple
Athletics conference Central Suburban League[4]
Team name Vikings[4]
Newspaper 'North Star[5]
Yearbook 'SAGA[5]

Niles North High School, or NNHS, is a public four-year high school located in Skokie, Illinois, a North Shore suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Niles Township Community High School District 219, which also includes Niles West High School. It is also home to several Special Education programs, including the Anchor, Bridges, & SAILS programs. The current enrollment for this school is around 2,300 students.

The school appeared on WGN Channel 9 news in 2004 when some senior students (Ramsen Bobo) listed this school on eBay as a prank. The prank was also reported on the front page of the June 9, 2004 issue of the Chicago Tribune.[6]

Niles North has hosted the Suburban Regional History Fair for seven years.


In 2005, Niles North High School had an average composite ACT score of 23.9, and graduated 98.9% of its senior class. The average class size is 16.1. Niles North has not made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination(PSAE), a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.[7] A campaign, "Head North" has been started near the end of 2006 that is intended to improve the school's ACT score before the PSAE testing along with other resource such as test-taking workshops to assisting sophomores who have struggled on the pre-ACT examination called the PLAN test.

Niles North High School currently enrolls 2,200 student a year, which is 400 students less than its sister-school Niles West High School.


Niles North competes in the Central Suburban League and Illinois High School Association. Its mascot is the purple, powerful Viking. Recently the legality of the Viking mascot and its depiction on school grounds and articles has come under dispute due to the image's extreme similarity to that of the NFL team Minnesota Vikings. In the summer of 2007 the school's football field was updated with synthetic turf.

Extra-curricular awards and recognition[edit]

  • For the fifth year in a row, the student newspaper, The North Star, won the "International First Place award from Quill and Scroll" (for the 2001–2002 school year).[8]
  • Niles North High School was named "National History Day Illinois School of the Year" at the annual Illinois History Expo held May 3, 2006, in Springfield.[9]
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recently chose District 219 for the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association award.[10]
  • Niles North's Theatre Department is internationally recognized, having been invited to the American High School Theatre Festival four times, in 2003 for their production of Hamlet, in 2006 for an original production entitled Dysfunction, in 2008 for their production of Falsettoland, and in 2011 for their production of a Mask Showcase called "Hide and Seek". Locally, the department is frequently invited to perform productions at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
  • During the 2003–2004 school year, Professor Shozo Sato guest directed a kabuki production at Niles North entitled The Monstrous Spider.
  • In 2007, Niles North won an "Outstanding High School Environmental Club" Award from the Illinois Recycling Association.
  • In 2006, 2010, and 2012, Niles North's chess team won the Illinois High School Association state team chess tournament.


  • Bicycle Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Debate
  • Auto Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Model UN
  • Cricket
  • Thespian Troupe #113
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Academic Bowl
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Track
  • Tennis
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess (State Champs 2006, 2010, 2012)
  • Music-Instrumental
  • Music-Vocal
  • Newspaper Production (North Star)
  • Auroris Dance Company
  • Pom Pom (Vikettes)
  • Student Council
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastic
  • Yearbook Production (SAGA)
  • Theatre
  • Percussion Ensemble (Progressive Steps)
  • W.H.O. Club/Dance Marathon Board (Various activities such as Dance Marathon)
  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Take One (advanced vocal jazz ensemble)
  • Sound Check (intermediate vocal jazz ensemble)
  • Harmonic Motion AKA "HarMo" (beginner vocal jazz ensemble)
  • DECA
  • Creative Cooking Club
  • Fashion Club
  • International Club
  • Israeli Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Korean Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Assyrian Club
  • Indo-Pak Club
  • Russian Club
  • Booster Club
  • Hellenic Club
  • German Club
  • Filipino Club
  • Latino Club
  • Project Lead
  • Recycling Club
  • Green Squad (Environmental Club)
  • Film Club
  • Paintball Club
  • Anime Club
  • Skateboarding Club
  • Calliope
  • Poetry Club

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Niles North High School". Statistical abstract. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). October 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Your Superintendent @ Work". Curriculum vitae. Niles Township Community High School District 219. 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Niles North Administration". Directory. Niles North High School. 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Skokie (NIles North)". School information. Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 21 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Clubs". Directory. Niles North High School. 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune, June 9, 2004. Page 1.
  7. ^ Illinois School Report Card
  8. ^ [1]"North Star Wins International First Place Award", news release at Niles North High School Web site, accessed February 19, 2007
  9. ^ [2]"Niles North Wins School of the Year at History Expo", news release at Niles North High School Web site, accessed February 19, 2007History Students Win First at State, Qualify for Nationals
  10. ^ [3]"The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Announce Recipient of the 2007 Award", the official press released linked from the school's website, accessed April 18, 2007. (PDF File)
  11. ^ Lefkowitz, David (25 September 2001). "PLAYBILL ON-LINE'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER with Gregg Edelman". Playbill Online. Retrieved 6 July 2011. "GE: I never really thought about performing at all. But when I was a freshman at Niles North High School ..." 
  12. ^ Pisarcik, Kristin (September 7, 2007). "Mikes Math". ABC News. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Stone, Andrew C. "Erin Heatherton Is No Average Bombshell". Michigan Avenue Magazine. Retrieved 6 July 2011. "“I didn’t even know who Kate Moss was,” laughs Heatherton, who has been with the Marilyn agency since her senior year at Niles North High School." 
  14. ^ Patch Staff (10 March 2011), "Skokie Native Makes Forbes Rich List", Skokie Patch (Skokie, IL, USA), retrieved 6 July 2011, "Former Niles North alum Michael Krasny made Forbes' "Richest People in America" list again in 2011. Krasny is founder and chief executive officer of the CDW Corporation, which mainly sells computers and computer related products." 
  15. ^ "Brent Novoselsky". statistics and biographical information. Football Retrieved 6 July 2011. "High School: Niles North (Skokie, IL)" 
  16. ^ Temkin, Barry (1 September 1989), "Head of the class: Friday night is the beginning of the...", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 6 July 2011, "The Packers waived tight end Brent Novoselsky of Niles North and Penn ..." 
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  18. ^ "Connor Price". 
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  20. ^ Zalusky, Steve (9 July 2004), "No short cuts this time for local filmmaker.", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL, USA), retrieved 6 July 2011, "Former Arlington Heights resident Marc Selz, who filmed his debut feature, "Short Cut Road," in Long Grove ... Now, with the DVD out in stores, Selz, who attended Skokie's Niles North High School, has upped the stakes ..." 
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