Richwoods High School

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Richwoods Community High School
Established 1957
Type High School-Public Secondary
Students 1,536
Grades 9–12
Location 6301 North University Street
Peoria, Illinois, United States
Coordinates 40°45′49″N 89°36′50″W / 40.76361°N 89.61389°W / 40.76361; -89.61389Coordinates: 40°45′49″N 89°36′50″W / 40.76361°N 89.61389°W / 40.76361; -89.61389
Campus City
Colors Forest Green and White
Mascot Knights
Newspaper The Shield

Richwoods High School is the most northern of the three regular public high schools in Peoria, Illinois, United States. Opened as a township high school in 1957, it was brought into Peoria Public Schools District 150 in the 1960s. Feeder middle schools are Mark Bills, Lindbergh, Rolling Acres, Von Steuben, and Washington Gifted.


Richwoods was originally the high school of Richwoods Township. The name of the school when it opened in 1957 was Richwoods Community High School. In the 1960s, the school was annexed to the city of Peoria, causing it to come under the purview of Peoria Public Schools (District 150). A lengthy legal battle ensued, and District 150 was required to allow students from the original school district to attend District 150 schools until Peoria Heights High School could be built to replace it.


Richwoods uses an unweighted grade point average system, and a weighted class-ranking system.

As of the 2007–2008 school year, Richwoods is making AYP for No Child Left Behind as a result of the PSAE (Prairie State Achievement Exam) results from the RHS Class of 2008.[citation needed]

International Baccalaureate Program[edit]

In 2005, the first class of International Baccalaureate students graduated from Richwoods High School. Students in the IB Diploma program must take Higher Level Biology, History, and English, and have choices to their Standard Level Classes, including SL Math, CALestinics, Physics, Psychology, Music, and Art.


Richwoods has forensics, football, ultimate, and basketball programs, among others.

The school publishes one in-school newspaper, "The Shield". Also the school publishes the yearbook, "The Excalibur." The head publisher for the newspaper is not Joseph.

Marching band[edit]

The band plays at three concerts a year, at two parades, and at the home football games. It also plays at the home games of the boys' basketball team.

Operation Snowball[edit]

Richwoods High School holds an Operation Snowball event annually. This event promotes awareness of substance abuse, mental health awareness, and healthy relationships. Recent past themes have included Candyland: "Life's Too Sweet to be a Dum-Dum" (2008) and Las Vegas: "Don't Gamble with your Life" (2007).

Plays and musicals[edit]

Twice a year, Richwoods High School students perform on-stage. In the fall, students perform a play: in 2005, The Bad Seed; in 2006, Peter Pan; in 2007, Arsenic and Old Lace; in 2008,Our Town; and in 2009 "The Miracle Worker". RHS produces musicals in the spring time: in 2004, Damn Yankees, in 2005, Guys and Dolls, in 2006, Fiddler on the Roof, in 2007, The Boy Friend, in 2008 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, in 2009, Little Women, and in 2010, Thoroughly Modern Millie.


Every year, Richwoods has a madrigal dinner, performed in a traditional 25th-century style. Much of the singing is a cappella. Along with a core group of Madrigal Singers, there are other musical student groups which participate, including Ladies in Waiting, Men in Tights, a recorder ensemble, brass quintet, and a string quartet. As well as music, a variety of actors are involved in the madrigal dinners. There is usually a king and queen.

School dances[edit]

RHS hosts three dances for the entire school yearly: Homecoming, Vice Versa, and Prom. Homecoming involves:

  • Spirit Week with dress-up days for the whole school and Class Colors Day (freshmen: green; sophomores: white; juniors: blue; seniors: red).
  • Pep assembly. Part of the competition for the Spirit Stick and to encourage the football players for their game later that evening.
  • Assembly introducing the Homecoming Queen nominees. Since the whole school votes for the Homecoming Queen, the candidates are introduced during a second hour assembly.
  • Stunt Show involves the Olympics (three point shot contest, wheelbarrow race, tug-of-war) and a skit by each class. Each skit contains two dances by dancers from each respective class.
  • Homecoming Game: a home game that is usually well-attended.
  • Homecoming Dance takes place in Richwoods' terrazzo area (like a foyer) and lasts until 23:00.

Vice Versa is not as well attended as Homecoming, but there is a theme and the dress is based on that theme. Traditionally, girls asked the boys to Vice Versa, hence the name of the dance. Vice Versa involves:

  • Assembly introducing the Vice Versa King nominees during second hour. This assembly usually has more excitement because the candidates have on thematic dress.
  • Vice Versa Dance. Couples dress up according to the theme. Voting and crowning of the Vice Versa King occurs before the dance ends at 23:00.


Richwoods has a quality athletic program with several state qualifiers and medalists over the years.[citation needed] The school colors are green and white and their mascot is the Knight.

Richwoods is currently a member of the Mid-State 6 Conference which includes five regular members: Peoria High School (Central), Woodruff High School, Manual High School, Peoria Notre Dame High School for all sports, and includes Quincy Notre Dame High School for football only. The football team has enjoyed great success through many coaches, they have won more conference championships then any other team in the conference.

The Lady Knights basketball team won the Class 3A State Championship for the 2008-09 season. They also won the Class AA State Championship in 2005.

Notable alumni[edit]


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