Thornridge High School

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Thornridge High School
15000 Cottage Grove
Dolton, Illinois, 60419
United States
Coordinates 41°37′08″N 87°36′00″W / 41.6189°N 87.6001°W / 41.6189; -87.6001
Type Public high school
Opened 1960
School district Thornton Twp HS 205
Superintendent Dr. Stacey McJunkins [1]
Principal Mr. James M. Walton jr. [2]
Grades 912
Gender coed
Enrollment 2,006[3]
Average class size 18.7[4]
Campus type suburban
School colour(s)      Gray
     Navy blue
     Columbia blue[3]
Athletics conference Southwest Suburban Conference
Team name Falcons
Average ACT scores 17.1[5]
Newspaper Bagpipe
Yearbook Piper

Thornridge High School is a public high school located in Dolton, Illinois. It was built as part of Thornton Township High Schools District 205. It is sometimes confused with the similar sounding schools in the same district: Thornton Township High School and Thornwood High School.


Teams from Thornridge are nicknamed the "Falcons". The school colors are Columbia blue, grey, and navy blue. The school's teams compete as a member of the South Inter-Conference Association or SICA. These teams also compete in state championship series sponsored by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).

The school sponsors teams for both men and women in basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track & field. Men may also compete in baseball, football, swimming & diving, and wrestling. Women may compete in cheerleading, softball, and volleyball.[6]

The following athletic teams placed in the top four of their respective class in their respective sports in IHSA sponsored state championship series.[7]

  • basketball (boys): State Champions (1970–71, 71–72)
    The Thornridge Falcons Logo
  • cross country (boys): 3rd place (1978–79, 79–80)
  • cross country (girls): 3rd place (1983–84)
  • swimming & diving (boys): 4th place (1966–67, 67–68, 68–69); 3rd place (1969–70)
  • track & field (boys): 3rd place (1979–80)


Thornridge has had an extensive history of success in the performing arts and competitive public speaking. The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective state championship competitions sponsored by the IHSA.[7]

  • Debate: State Champions (1975–76); 2nd place (1972–73, 77–78)
  • Drama: State Champions (1971–72, 89–90, 2003–04, 04–05, 07–08); 2nd place (1969–70, 73–74, 75–76, 81–82, 84–85, 88–89, 2005–06); 3rd place (1976–77, 78–79, 82–83); 4th place (2001–02)
  • Group Interpretation: State Champions (1974–75, 93–94, 2002–03); 2nd place (1980–81, 97–98, 2000–01, 03–04); 4th place (1996–97, 99–2000)
  • Individual Events: State Champions (1967–68, 68–69, 69–70, 70–71); 3rd place (1984–85, 93–94); 4th place (1964–65, 80–81, 82–83, 89–90)
  • Speech (sweepstakes): State Champions (1967–68, 69–70); 2nd place (1970–71, 71–72), 4th place (1968–69)

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