Cary-Grove High School

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Cary Grove High School
Cary-Grove HS Logo.png
2208 Three Oaks Road
Cary, Illinois
United States
Type Public High School
Established 1961
Oversight Community High School District 155
Principal Jay Sargeant
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1881 (2008)
Color(s)      blue
Mascot Trojan

Cary-Grove High School is a high school in Cary, Illinois, USA; it is part of Community High School District 155. In 1995, it was the subject of much media attention after the Fox River Grove level crossing accident that killed seven students.[1] In 2006, on the anniversary of the accident, another Cary-Grove student, Justin Glassmyer, was killed at the same crossing.[2]

Cary-Grove opened in 1961. Originally, the school colors (purple and white) and the tune for the school song were borrowed from Northwestern University.[citation needed] In 1978, while the school colors remained purple and white, the sports, cheerleader and band uniforms became navy and white. The school song remained the Northwestern University school song. During the 1980s, the change to navy blue and white became official.

1995 Level Crossing Tragedy[edit]

Student life[edit]


As of 2013, Cary-Grove High School was determined to belong among the country's top schools according to The U.S. News & World Report. The rankings placed Cary-Grove at number 1,414 nationally and 50th in Illinois. The national ranking puts CG at least in the top 6.7% of the nation’s public high schools.[3]


The school's team mascot is the "Trojan."

The football team won the 2009 state title against Providence Catholic High School, as IHSA 6A Champions, and they finished second in 2004 and 2012.

The 2009 Women's Volleyball team won the state title. It was the first state title in the school's history.[4][5] In 2010, the Volleyball team was ranked Number 1 in the nation by various sources, but lost the state final game to Lyons Township High School snapping their 57 match win streak and ended their season at 41-1 overall.[6]

In 2011 the Volleyball team was runner up in the state, marking the third year in a row that the team made it to the state finals.[7]

In 2011 Carly Loeffel became the second individual and first female athlete to win a Track and Field championship in the high jump by jumping 5'8". The other individual champion was Brad Thornton in the 300m hurdles back in 2003. In 2012, also in track and field, Josh Freeman became the first person in school history, and in the history of the Fox Valley Conference, to win two individual state championships in the same year when he won the shot put and discus state titles. His shot put throw of 66'0" ranks 3rd all-time in Illinois state history.


As of 2012, 16 different groups and ensembles, including the A Cappella Singers, Swing Choir, Jazz Choir, Bel Canto Choir, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Drumline, Pep Band and Jazz Ensemble perform at the school. A new auditorium is under construction, allowing for more room backstage and a bigger stage.

District 155[edit]

Cary-Grove High School is a part of District 155. High School District 155 comprises Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake South High School, Prairie Ridge High School, Cary-Grove High School, and one alternate education campus. There are more than 7,000 students in grades 9 -12 from Bull Valley, Burton's Bridge, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Oakwood Hills, Prairie Grove, and Ridgefield. The district covers more than 67 square miles located northwest of Chicago.[8]

The students entering the district come from several public school feeder districts including Crystal Lake District 47, Cary Community Consolidated School District 26, Fox River Grove School District 3, and Prairie Grove School District 46. The graduating class of 2011 had a composite ACT score of 22.9 compared to the national composite of 21.1. The Chicago Sun-Times does an annual report ranking 638 high schools from across Illinois. For 2012, all four District 155 schools are in the top 21% of public high schools. This includes Cary-Grove (40th, 93.7%), Prairie Ridge (53rd, top 91.7%), Crystal Lake Central (108th, 83.1%), and Crystal Lake South (133rd, 79.2%).[8]

Notable alumni and former students[edit]


  1. ^ "Driver says light did not turn green - Oct. 27, 1995". CNN. 1995-10-27. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Friends mourn teen killed by train". Chicago Tribune. 2006-10-27. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  3. ^ "2013 Best High Schools Report". US News & World Report. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "The Inside Scoop: Tribune's top 20 football teams". 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  6. ^ MAUREEN LYNCH - "C-G loses 3-game title match, fails to repeat". Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Cary-Grove High School (Cary, IL) Volleyball Home". Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  8. ^ a b "District Overview on". District 155. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°13′17″N 88°14′30″W / 42.22139°N 88.24167°W / 42.22139; -88.24167