North Chicago Community High School
|North Chicago Community High School|
|1717 17th St.
North Chicago, Illinois, 60064
|School type||public, secondary|
|School district||North Chicago Community Unit School District 187|
|NCES District ID||1700110|
|NCES School ID||170011005370|
|Athletics conference||North Suburban|
|Team name||(Lady) Warhawks|
North Chicago Community High School, also known as North Chicago and NCCHS, is a public four-year high school located in North Chicago, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of North Chicago School District 187. Due to its proximity to the Naval Station Great Lakes, the school serves military families, resulting in a slightly higher than average mobility rate.
The North Chicago Community High School, commonly called NCCHS the school's attendees, was established in 1954. Before this facility was erected, high school students had to attend the Waukegan High School in the neighboring city of Waukegan, Illinois. The current North Chicago High School is a 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) facility with a 750-seat auditorium, library, fine arts facilities, 450-seat cafeteria, two gyms, and a chemistry lab built in 1997. The high school serves approximately 754 students in the North Chicago and Great Lakes area.
North Chicago High School has a rigorous academic setup with a number of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses available to students. There are vast opportunities for students to gain access to knowledge and skills, while also having access to three guidance counselors as well as a college counselor, and keep them on track for academic success. The school is also a member of the Lake Country High Schools Tech Campus at the College of Lake County (CLC), which offers career-based college level training to aspiring high school students, while also broadening their exposure to other students and internship opportunities in Lake County, Illinois. This program has been praised for its academic viability and because students have the opportunity to earn three credits (toward both high school and college) for one class during a two hour period during their school day.
Various colleges, such as Northwestern University and Robert Morris University make regular visits to North Chicago to attract college-bound students. The school is also home to the North Chicago branch of the I Have a Dream Foundation, which recruits a special group of high achieving students from the grade school level and moves on with them through high school, helping them to complete difficult school work, make important college decisions, and plan their future. The average class size is 14.6, with the number of enrolled students in 2010 was recorded at 916. Culture improvements include, implementation of a new student advisory board and volunteer service requirements for graduation.
North Chicago hosted a series of restructuring meetings, community members working together to implement effective positive changes. Recently there has been a turnover of principals and a tightening of school rules and policies as mandated by the District 187 Board of Education and the state of Illinois.
North Chicago competes in the North Suburban Conference and Illinois High School Association. Its mascot is the Warhawk. Various sports are open to participating students during the fall, spring, and winter sports seasons: 1) Fall- Boys football, boys and girls cross country, girls tennis, and boys volleyball and boys soccer; 2) Winter- Boys and girls basketball, girls bowling, and boys and girls wrestling; 3) Spring- Boys and girls track and field, girls soccer, girls volleyball, and boys tennis. There is a long-standing friendly rivalry between North Chicago High School and the neighboring city of Zion-Benton Township High School.
- National Honor Society
- Individual Events (Speech Team)
- Concert Band / Marching Band
- Scholastic Bowl
- Student Council
- Science Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Performing Arts
- Terry Link, Illinois State Senator.
- Tyrone Smith - Professional Long Jumper, 2008 Olympian
- Tiffany Brooks (designer) - HGTV Design Star Winner, Host of "Most Embarrassing Rooms in America
- Thaddeus Coleman, professional football player.
- Michael Turner, All-Pro NFL running back.
- Glen Kozlowski is the school's head football coach. He is a former NFL wide receiver (1987–92), having played his entire career for the Chicago Bears.
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- Link Staff (29 July 2009). "Senator Terry Link Bio". Biographic sketch. Illinois Senate Democrats. Retrieved 5 August 2011. "Link attended North Chicago High School and Stout State University."
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- Pompei, Dan (14 October 2009), "Michael Turner thinks he has turned corner: After slow start, Atlanta Falcons back ready for Chicago Bears", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 5 August 2011, "Turner might have found his mojo Sunday in San Francisco, however, just in time for a visit from his hometown Bears. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and had a 33-yard run. On Sunday, the North Chicago High School alum will try to maintain that performance level against the team he grew up rooting for."