Urbana High School (Illinois)
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|Urbana High School|
|1002 S. Race Street
Urbana, IL 61801
|School type||Public, high school|
|Average class size||17.7|
|Athletics conference||Big Twelve|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling|
|Team name||Tigers / Lady Tigers|
|Average ACT scores||21.8|
|Publication||Loophole - UHS Literary Magazine|
|Nobel laureates||Robert W. Holley, Edwin G. Krebs|
Urbana High School's current building was built in 1914. It was designed by architect Joseph Royer who also designed many other area buildings such as the Urbana Free Library and the Champaign County Court House. The architecture is of the Tudor style defined primarily by the towers over the main entrance and flattened point arches over the doors.
An addition was built in 1916 that included a gymnasium and swimming pool. Due to increasing enrollment, other additions were built in 1955 and in 1965.
In 1988, an enclosed athletic area was added and the old gymnasium/pool wing was converted into classrooms. The entire building was also renovated to meet safety codes. The Urbana Park District Indoor Aquatic Center was built in 2003, adjoining Urbana High School and bringing the building to its current state.
During the renovation in the late 80s, areas that had been sealed off during previous construction revealed graffiti dating back to around the 50s.
Beginning in 2011, the USD #116 began construction on several projects to update older facilities. The school demolished its football and soccer fields in the spring of 2011 and combined them into a new state-of-the-art football/soccer field, with artificial turf and several bleachers (Urbana Tigers Athletic Complex). The project cost an estimated 4.3 million dollars. Cobb Memorial Auditorium is also undergoing a complete renovation, which will attempt to restore and reincorporate historical features of its earlier design (estimated cost 4.6 million and will be finished by August 2012). Additional improvements to the facilities are being done and hope to be completed by the end of 2012.
- Architect Joseph Royer, an 1890s graduate, designed the 1914 section of the current UHS building, the Urbana Free Library, the Champaign County Court House, and many schools across Illinois and Iowa. Several of his buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Urbana Lincoln Hotel, the Illinois Traction Station, and several University of Illinois fraternity and sorority houses. The Joseph W. Royer Arts and Architecture District in Urbana recognizes his contributions.
- Biochemist Edwin G. Krebs, a 1936 graduate, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1992.
- Biochemist Robert W. Holley, a 1938 graduate, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968.
- Film critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert was a graduate of Urbana High School. During his senior year he was co-editor of the school newspaper, the Echo.
- War correspondent Alexander D. Shimkin, a 1962 graduate, was killed in Vietnam in 1972 while reporting for Newsweek. He is notable for his investigation of non-combatant deaths in Operation Speedy Express.
- Journalist and author Steven Hager, a 1969 graduate, wrote the book "Hip Hop" and the film Beat Street before becoming editor-in-chief of High Times.
- Deejay and author James Wilson, aka Chef Ra, was senior class president of 1969 and later became a reggae deejay for WEFT and a columnist for High Times.
- Comedian Mark Roberts, is a producer and writer for the TV series "Two and a Half Men".
- Author and essayist David Foster Wallace was a 1980 graduate of Urbana High School.
- Basketball player LaToya Bond, a 2002 graduate, plays for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.
- Soccer player Ella Masar, a 2004 graduate, has 3 caps for the US U-23 women's national soccer team, played in the USL W-League, and plays for the Chicago Red Stars.
- Famed rapper Ludacris spent a portion of his high school career at Urbana.
- Principal Trumpet Paul Merkelo of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is a 1986 graduate of Urbana High School.
- Former Miss America 2003 Erika Harold is a 1997 graduate of Urbana High School.
- Charles Carpenter (Lt. Col.): highly decorated Second World War artillery observation pilot nicknamed Bazooka Charlie; destroyed several German armored vehicles in his bazooka-equipped Piper L-4 Cub/Grasshopper light observation aircraft, christened Rosie the Rocketeer. In 1945, Carpenter became seriously ill, and he was eventually diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. Informed by army doctors that he had two years at most to live, Carpenter was honorably discharged from U.S. Army service in 1946. He returned to work as a history teacher at Urbana High School, where he worked until his death in 1966 at the age of 53. Lt. Col Carpenter is buried at Edgington Cemetery, in Illinois.
J.C. Caroline, former NFL player for the Chicago Bears, taught physical education at Urbana and was the head football coach for four seasons. ==See also== http://www.bigten.org/genrel/020410aaa.html Urbana High School - official website
- What's New in Aviation: Piper Cub Tank Buster, Popular Science, Vol. 146 No. 2 (February 1945) p. 84
- Carpenter, Leland F., Piper L-4J Grasshopper, Aviation Enthusiast Corner, retrieved 21 October 2011
- In Memoriam, Urbaha High School Class of 1962, retrieved 23 October 2011