Argo Community High School
|Argo Community High School|
7239 W. 63rd Street
|School district||Argo Community High School District 217|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jill Kingsfield|
|Dean||Vince Loizzo, Denise Ghaowi, and Nicole Wasko|
|Principal||Dr. Christopher Covino|
|Average class size||21.2|
|School color(s)||Maroon |
|Athletics conference||South Suburban Conference|
Argo Community High School (formally part of the Lyons Township High Schools) is a public four-year high school located in Summit, Illinois. The district draws students from the communities of Summit, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Justice, Willow Springs, and a portion of Hickory Hills. The school was named for the area surrounding the large corn processing plant located near the school, which manufactured Argo corn starch and is currently owned by Ingredion. In 2014 and 2016, Argo was awarded a Bronze Medal by U.S. News & World Report for outstanding academic performance, the only school in the South Suburban Conference to receive such recognition.
The school competes as a member of the South Suburban Conference. It also competes in state championship series sponsored by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Argo sponsors interscholastic teams for men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. There are men's teams in baseball and football. Women may compete in badminton and softball.
- Bob Bercich, a former NFL safety for the Dallas Cowboys.
- Bill Damaschke, an animator and producer who was formerly an executive at DreamWorks.
- Kyle Hill, a former professional basketball player in Europe. He was the second-round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2001 NBA draft.
- Johnny Karras, a halfback for the Illinois team that won the 1952 Rose Bowl. He was the second-round choice of the Chicago Cardinals in the 1952 NFL draft.
- Ted Kluszewski, a Major League Baseball first baseman (1947–61) who played most of his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He hit three home runs for the Chicago White Sox in the 1959 World Series.
- Sheldon Mallory, a former MLB player for the Oakland Athletics.
- Dick Portillo (class of 1957), a restaurateur and founder of the Portillo Restaurant Group, the most notable business of which is Portillo's.
- Todd Rogers (class of 1982), the video game industry's first paid professional video game player.
- Mamie Till, the fourth black graduate of Argo and mother of Emmett Till, whose murder served as a catalyst in the Civil Rights Movement.
- Saul White, a professional basketball player who currently travels the world entertaining fans as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
- Mike York (class of 1982), a former MLB player for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Indians.
- Class of 2008 school report card
- Chicago Sun-Times
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- Hertzel, Bob; Argo grad defeats big-league problem; 15 September 1990; Chicago Tribune; accessed 28 March 2009