Thornton Fractional North High School
|Thornton Fractional North High School|
"Hardworking, Caring, Responsible, & Respectful."
|755 Pulaski Road
Calumet City, Illinois, 60409
|School type||public secondary|
|Opened||1936 (present building)|
|School district||Thornton Fractional HS 215|
|Superintendent||Dr. Creg E. Williams|
|Principal||Mr. Dwayne Evans|
|Average class size||21.6|
|Campus size||3 Acres|
|Athletics conference||South Suburban Conference|
|Average ACT scores||18.0|
The fully accredited school serves Calumet City & Burnham. T.F. North also serves over 1,700 students in grades 9-12. The school's boundaries are the City of Chicago on the North, Torrence Avenue on the West, the Indiana state line on the East, & the Little Calumet River to the South.
On December 20, 1933, the original school structure was destroyed by fire. February 7, 1936 marked the opening of current building, which was built at the same location: 755 Pulaski Rd. Calumet City, IL.
Due to growth in the Calumet City-Lansing area, Thornton Fractional South High School was opened in 1959. The original high school that first opened in 1926 was renamed Thornton Fractional North High School. In 1963 & 1964, expansions to the 1936 building were completed.
In 2010, T.F. North had an average composite ACT score of 18.0, an average class size of 21.6 Students, a 20.5 Student to Teacher Ratio, & graduated 92.8% of its Senior class. T.F. North has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, a state test used in Illinois to fulfill the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Overall, the school has not exceeded minimum expectations in reading, mathematics & science. It has far exceeded graduation expectations.
T.F. North competes in the South Suburban Conference & is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the body which governs most sports & competitive activities in the state. All T.F. North Athletic Teams are known as the Meteors.
T.F. North offers many extra-curricular activities. Some of these have won Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships in the past, such as the Drama Club.
Other activities & clubs include: Adventure Club, Auto Collision, Auto Mechanics, Chess, Concert Band, Creative Arts Magazine, Cultural Diversity, Foreign Language Club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Integrated Cooperative Education (ICE), J.I.L.G., Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Marching Band, Mathletes, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Peer Mediators, Pep Club, S.A.D.D., Speech Team, Radio/TV Productions (Meteor Productions), Visual Arts, & Yearbook.
- Mike Tomczak, Former NFL Quarterback for the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, & Pittsburgh Steelers. He is a Super Bowl winning Quarterback for the 1985 Chicago Bears season & currently a sportscaster in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Coached at TFN by Ron Tomczak & partner Jerry Munda. Class of 1981.
- John Jurkovic, Former NFL Defensive Lineman for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, & Cleveland Browns. Currently an ESPN Radio 1000 afternoon drive host in Chicago, Illinois. Class of 1985.
- Mirko Jurkovic, All-American football player
- Mary Matalin, Well Known Political Commentator & former campaign aide to Senator Fred Thompson & President George H.W. Bush. Class of 1971.
T.F. North known for its rivalry with Thornton Fractional South High School. Both battle every year for supremacy of the "Fractional Line" that separates the two schools in Calumet City & Lansing. It has been called the high school version of the Chicago Cubs (North Side) & Chicago White Sox (South Side) Rivalry.
- "Staff". directory. Thornton Fractional HS District 215. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- "Mr. Dwayne Evans - Principal". T. F. North HS. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- "Staff Directory". Directory. Thornton Fractional North High School. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- "Illinois School Report Card". Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
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- "Clubs & Activities". Thornton Fractional North High School. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
- "High School Spotlight". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
- Hamnik, Al (11 September 2010), "Cal City's Tomczak won't ever forget 'miracle' ride", Northwest Indiana Times, retrieved 11 May 2011, "They had accepted Tomczak, the rookie, and occasionally he was allowed to play among them. "It was a miracle ride for me," the T.F. North grad and former Ohio State star said."
- Myslenski, Skip; Kay, Linda (17 September 1986), "Planning ahead: Mike Tomczak reached inside the breast...", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 11 May 2011, "Both Jo Ann and Ron Tomczak, who coached Mike at Thornton Fractional North, dashed the theory that their son had a case of the jitters Sunday."
- "John Jurkovic". Football Database.com. 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. "High School: Thornton Fractional North (Calumet City, IL)"
- Foltman, Bob (3 May 2001), "WMVP shuffles afternoon lineup: Low ratings cost Simonson-Canellis", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 11 May 2011, "Jurkovic, who played with the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars before retiring in 1999, was voted the NFL's funniest player in a Sport Magazine poll in 1998. He is a Calumet City native and a graduate of Thornton Fractional North High School."
- "Steve Wojciechowski". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 11 May 2011. "High School: Thornton Fractional North High School (Calumet City, Illinois)"
- "Mary Matalin". Notable Personalities Born, Raised, or Became Famous in Lake, Porter Counties Indiana and Surrounding Illinois Communities. LakeNet. Retrieved 11 May 2011. "She graduated from T.F. North High School in Calumet City and was elected homecoming queen in her junior year, 1970."
- Williams, Marjorie (2008), Reputation: portraits in power, New York, NY, USA: PublicAffairs (Perseus Books), ISBN 978-1-58648-679-2, "(p 134) ...growing up, almost all the kids in the neighborhood were boys, so Mary was a tomboy. At T.F. North High School in Calumet City, she was both the pretty, "good" girl -- homecoming queen and pom pom girl -- and also the family rebel ..."