Richwoods High School
|Richwoods Community High School|
|Type||High School-Public Secondary|
|Location||6301 North University Street
Peoria, Illinois, United States
|Colors||Forest Green and White|
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 Peoria Heights High School could be built to replace it.
Richwoods uses an unweighted grade point average system, and a weighted class-ranking system.
International Baccalaureate Program
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.
The school publishes one in-school newspaper, "The Sword". Also the school publishes the yearbook, "The Excalibur." The head publisher for the newspaper is not Joseph.
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.
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
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.
- 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. 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.
- Nancy Brinker — Ambassador and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (in memory of her sister who was also an alumna of Richwoods High School); United States Ambassador to Hungary starting in 2001; Chief of Protocol of the United States 2007-2009.
- Aaron Schock a 2000 graduate — U.S. Congressman, politician: elected youngest member of District 150 school board in 2001, eventually becoming school board president; Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 92nd district in the Illinois General Assembly from 2005–2009; elected to succeed Congressman Ray LaHood as a member of the United States House of Representatives from the 18th District of Illinois in November 2008, beginning his term in January 2009.
- J. Michael Adams — 6th President of Fairleigh Dickinson University 1999–present; 8th President, International Association of University Presidents; Dean, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design 1986-1999
- Richwoods High School — official site
- alternate data site
- Richwoods women's track and field website
- Peoria Richwoods on IHSA website
- Fuller v. Bd. of Ed. Peoria (1967) — appellate case which decided that Richwoods High School was part of District 150. Full name: Albert C. Fuller, et al., and Board of Education, Community High School District No. 312, Peoria County, Illinois, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Board of Education of the City of Peoria, School Dist. 150, and County Board of School Trustees of Peoria County, Illinois.