Plano High School (Illinois)
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|Plano High School|
Strive for Excellence
|704 W. Abe St.
Plano, Illinois, 60545
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Plano Community School District #88|
|Principal||Eric M. Benson|
|Faculty||45.66 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||603 (as of 2010)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.21 |
Plano High School (commonly Plano, Plano High, or PHS) is a public secondary school in Plano, Illinois, USA, serving students in grades 9–12. The school is part of the Plano Community School District #88. It is also well known for being the worst school in the Interstate Eight academically according to recent reports by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times. This school also did not meet federal education standards with an average ACT score of 18.4 while the state average was 20.6. Finally the school only had 31.2 percent of students meeting the minimum requirement in the math category of the state standardized tests.
- 1 History
- 2 Plano-Sandwich Rivalry
- 3 Academics
- 4 Extracurricular activities
- 5 References
- 6 Further reading
- 7 External links
Plano High School
Due to high population growth rates in Plano, Plano High School an addition was built in 2007-2008 to alleviate overcrowding.
In the fall of 2010, principal William Johnson announced his retirement after serving as principal for 7 years. In the spring of 2010, it was announced that Eric M. Benson would take over the position.
Plano and Sandwich, which shares an eastern border with Plano and the High School sits only a few miles away from Plano's, has a somewhat contentious and entertaining rivalry between the two locations, with both schools having quite an animosity toward one another. The two are within the same conference, the Interstate Eight Conference, of which Sandwich and Plano were charter members. In 2007, when it was announced that the conference was due to enlarge from eight schools to twelve. The annual rivalry game, which generally occurred the Friday after Labor Day every year, was in jeopardy to the point that the game would possibly not be played at all due to the two schools being placed in separate divisions. The game was instead moved later in the schedule to not only accommodate the game, but to possibly curtail possible skirmishes at the DeKalb County Fair, which is held in Sandwich at exactly the same time of the year. The rivalry game has garnered names, such as the "War of the Line", and the "Battle of US 34" due to the location of US 34 passing through the communities and Sandwich's municipal limits coming into Kendall County, where Plano is also located.
Plano operates on an 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. schedule, which includes four period block scheduling with third period being divided up into four 30 minute lunch periods. At this time the district and school do not allow off campus lunch periods. Although there are only four periods, they operate on A & B days giving all students eight classes.
Plano High School teams currently competes in IHSA.
To see athletic schedules you may view Plano High School Sports Schedules
A mascot had been chosen: the Reaper. The football field was Originally located behind the current Plano Middle School at 804 S. Hale, which was previously Plano High School. With the construction of the new Plano High School, an accompanying stadium was built, and the former field was abandoned.
The Plano Varsity football team has gone to two IHSA state championships, as detailed below, and won both. Plano's two championships were played in 2006 and 2007 winning back to back state titles.
The Plano boys' basketball team hosts the Plano Christmas Classic basketball tournament yearly the week after Christmas.
The boys' soccer team returned in 2008 with new head coach Tom Dean, and now is run by Benjamin Sperry.
Band, music and choir
The Music Department is headed up by Band Director Susan Webb and the Plano Music Boosters.
Plano High School International Thespian Troupe #1535
The Plano High School Theatre is most commonly used by members of the International Thespian Troupe #1535 Such performances that have been performed consist of: Scuba Lessons, Something of a Stir, Rehearsal For Murder, Dracula's Boarding House, Zombie Family Picnic, The Princess and the Pea, See How They Run, Rabbit Hole, and,You Cant Take It With You. The next Performance to be taking the stage at the Gary Mitchell Theatre is the award winning play, Steel Magnolias. Being an all female cast, an all male improv show was set as an opening act to start the show. Different directors throughout the years have been, Patrick Stinson, one year, Mark Wayne, one year, and Heather Renkar, current year.
- GNIS entry for Plano Senior High School; USGS; October 6, 2003.
- Plano High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 19, 2011.
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