Carterville High School
|Carterville High School|
|306 Virginia Avenue
Carterville, Illinois, Williamson County 62918
|Motto||Come Learn With Us|
|School district||CUSD #5|
|Color(s)||Orange and Navy|
|Athletics conference||Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference|
Carterville High School is part of the Carterville Community Unit #5 School District in Illinois. It has an enrollment of approximately 550 students. The school is a member of Illinois High School Association as a Class 1A member of the River to River Conference Mississippi Division. Carterville's mascot is the Lion and the school colors are orange and navy blue. The high school has moved into a new facility for the 2011-2012 school year.
New High School
In August 2011, Carterville's students and teachers moved into the new high school building. The new 225,000 square foot school was built for $25 million. It features two gyms; a smaller multi-purpose gym with seating for 500 and big gym with seating capacity of 2,500. The new auditorium has seating for 750. Two stories of classrooms and laboratories complete the front academic wing. The Performing Arts wing, which includes the auditorium, houses new band and chorus rooms, as well as multiple practice and storage rooms. In the center of the building is the cafeteria.
Carterville high school is known statewide for posting some of the best ACT score results in all of Southern Illinois. As of 2013, Carterville ranked 35th out of all schools in Illinois, including private institutions, within the 69.34 percentile of students statewide, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Carterville currently has 15 Varsity and J.V. sports including Baseball, Bowling (Coed), Boys' and Girls' Basketball, Boys' and Girls' Track and Field, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Poms, Softball, Volleyball, and Wrestling. The boys' teams are called Lions, while the girls' teams are known as the Lady Lions. Although Carterville prides itself on its athletic teams, traditionally Carterville is a football town. Carterville has won 116 total Black Diamond Conference championships, including 19 in football, which is the most won by any school in the conference.
Carterville has been a long-time member of the Black Diamond Conference. Other Black Diamond schools include Johnston City, Christopher, Zeigler-Royalton, Sesser-Valier, Elverado, Hamilton County, Fairfield, Carmi-White County, Trico, Vienna, as well as a few other schools for particular sports. In 2010, Carterville moved to the River to River Conference's Mississippi Division featuring larger schools such as DuQuoin, Anna-Jonesboro, Pinckneyville, Nashville, and Sparta. This switch has been made due to Carterville's rapid increase in enrollment, along with their football domination within the B.D.C.
Beginning in 1995, Carterville has reached the Illinois High School Association football playoffs for 17 straight seasons. This span includes four quarterfinals appearances (2000, 2004, 2005, 2007) and one state title in 1996. Carterville boasts an overall record of 144-31 during that span.
In August 2008, Carterville unveiled a new outdoor athletic complex. The addition includes a football field with an artificial playing surface that sports a large "C" at midfield with orange endzones and also an all-weather 8-lane track, enabling the school to host track meets for the first time in many years. The fieldhouse is large enough that it holds locker-rooms for both home and visitor football teams, as well as a concession stand for visitors and team offices. The football field is an addition that includes baseball and softball fields.
It has been a long-time tradition during Carterville football games that "The Cannon" is shot off after every Lions' touchdown. "The Cannon" is an actual American Civil War cannon that is owned privately by a resident family of the town and is known as "Carterville Artillery Unit#1". The noise of the cannon is so loud that visiting fans are often taken aback by the boom, which can be heard throughout much of the town. "The Cannon" has become synonymous with the Carterville football tradition. Despite concerns of "The Cannon" being retired along with the old field, it has been taken out to the new complex and can still be heard following every Lions' score.
In softball, Carterville is known as a regional powerhouse having won multiple conference titles in the past decade. In 2008 the Lady Lions posted only two losses and ultimately won the Class 2A title. In 2016, they finished the season with a 32-3 record and brought home the 2A State Championship title.
Baseball is also known for its winning tradition having been conference and regional champs several times, including consecutive sectional berths in 2007 and 2008. In 2013, the Lions reached the regional championship but were ultimately defeated by the Murphysboro Red Devils, ending their season. The Lions had big wins earlier in the season, defeating Anna-Jonesboro, and Murphysboro in extra innings.
Carterville's band program has had recent success on the field. The Marching Lions went competitive shortly after 2000. Comprising approximately 75-90 musicians, the Marching Lions entertain during football games at the halftime show. Since 2001, the band has gotten several first-place trophies at regional competitions and even received third place in the state in 2005. The Marching Lions have taken several trips to perform on the national stage including Washington D.C; Memphis, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; and Orlando, FL.