Ottawa Township High School

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Ottawa Township High School
Type Public
Established 1897
Principal Michael Cushing
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1562[1]

Ottawa Township High School, or Ottawa High School, is a high school located at 211 East Main Street in Ottawa, IL.


The school comprises three buildings, each with three stories. The main building is the first building seen upon approaching the school. It contains floors 100, 200, and 300 as well as the main offices, pool and the library. Its classes are mostly vocational (office / home economics)in nature but also has some English and Math. The Manual Arts Building is to the east of the main building and has floors 400, 500, and 600 as well as the cafeteria and Kingman Gymnasium. This building is devoted to the social sciences and manual arts as well as the special education program. The MacRae Shannon Building is named for a former principal and is the newest building. It is located behind the Main building and contains floors 700, 800, and 900. This building tends to house the majority of the Science, and Math classes as well as music and fine arts. The 900 and 300 floors contain the Freshman Academy, containing various classes, except for foreign language and fine arts.


The school's athletic teams, known as the Pirates, competed in the North Central Illinois Conference for decades. Beginning with the 2010–2011 school year, they are competing in the newly formed Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference.[2] Ottawa's Football team in 2012 was undefeated in their regular season, however the following year was a huge let down as they didn't even advance to the playoffs.

Music Program[edit]

Ottawa High Schools Music Program is the most winning Music Programs in the whole country[citation needed] as they have 19 Overall State Championships, 18 in a row as of May 2014. They have also set three new state records for high scores.

Building Trades Program[edit]

Ottawa High Schools Building Trades Program was eliminated when the school board decided to cut the program to help save money, with the district facing a 3.5 billion dollar deficit; however, school administrators were given a 5% raise at the exact same meeting.


  1. ^ "Interactive Illinois Report Card – Ottawa High School – About Students". Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Ottawa (Twp.)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 

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