Central Suburban League

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The Central Suburban League is an IHSA-recognized high school extracurricular conference comprising 12 public schools located in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Comprising 12 relatively large high schools, it is among the larger high school conferences (by student population) in Illinois.[1]

Schools[edit]

School Town Team Name Colors IHSA Classes 2/3/4 Reference
Deerfield High School Deerfield Warriors           AA/3A/4A [2]
Evanston Township High School Evanston Wildkits           AA/3A/4A [3]
Glenbrook North High School Northbrook Spartans           AA/3A/4A [4]
Glenbrook South High School Glenview Titans           AA/3A/4A [5]
Highland Park High School Highland Park Giants           AA/3A/4A [6]
Maine East High School Park Ridge Demons           AA/3A/4A [7]
Maine South High School Park Ridge Hawks                AA/3A/4A [8]
Maine West High School Des Plaines Warriors                AA/3A/4A [9]
New Trier High School Winnetka Trevians           AA/3A/4A [10]
Niles North High School Skokie Vikings           AA/3A/4A [11]
Niles West High School Skokie Wolves           AA/3A/4A [12]
Vernon Hills High School Vernon Hills Cougars           AA/2A/3A [13]

Former schools[edit]

  • Niles East High School: Opened in 1938, the school was Niles High School until 1959 when Niles West opened. The school closed in 1980.
  • Maine North High School: Opened in 1970, the building closed in 1981.
  • New Trier West High School: New Trier was split into a west and east campus in 1967. Between 1967 and 1981 the west campus was a normal high school of its own. In 1981, due to a decline in the school's population, the west campus was turned into a freshman only campus(1981-1985). The west campus closed in 1985. Once again in 2001, District 203 decided to open it as a freshman campus, it still operates, except the two schools united.
  • Waukegan West High School: Between 1975 and 1990, Waukegan split into a west and east campus. Starting in 1990, the west campus folded into the east campus.
  • Waukegan High School: Waukegan, members of the CSL between 1975 and 2016, left the conference after 41 seasons to join the revamped North Suburban Conference. Waukegan competed in the CSL South while in the conference. [14]

Divisional alignment[edit]

While the divisions' names are geographic, their makeup is not based on a school's location. The North Division includes the schools with the smaller enrollments while the South Division includes the schools with the larger enrollments. Every two years the member school's official enrollment is used to determine division alignment.

North Division South Division
Deerfield Evanston
Glenbrook North Glenbrook South
Highland Park Maine South
Maine East New Trier
Maine West Niles West
Vernon Hills Niles North

Not all activities and sports make use of the division alignment. In chess, teams compete as a part of the North Suburban Chess League which comprises schools from many conferences. Scholastic Bowl plays as a single twelve team league.

Niles North moved to the CSL South for the 2016-'17 season after former South Division school Waukegan was replaced with Vernon Hills. Vernon Hills, which had the smallest enrollment in the conference at that point, was placed in the North Division.

History[edit]

The CSL traces its history back to the founding of the Suburban League in 1913, of which Evanston and New Trier were both founding members. The league had somewhat fluid membership over several decades. As the population of suburban Chicago grew (and the number of high schools with it) schools began leaving to join newer conferences such as the West Suburban Conference (started 1922), the Northwest Suburban (started in 1925, which later became the North Suburban Conference and Mid-Suburban League), and the South Suburban League (started in 1950). With more schools leaving (and newer suburban schools joining more geographically logical conferences), the Central Suburban League was founded in 1965, the last major conference to be carved from the old Suburban League. The last remaining bastion of the Suburban League started joining these other leagues, and finally folded after the 1973–1974 school year.

As of the end of the 2007–08 school year, the past and present schools of the CSL have won 233 state titles in various IHSA sports and activities. They have finished in second place 261 times. Nearly half of these (105 state titles and 113 state runners-up) have been won by New Trier (or the two schools it was split into for a time, New Trier East and New Trier West). Evanston adds 47 state titles and 49 runner-up prizes. The league has remained stable (except for divisional realignment) since Niles North returned to the league in 1991.[15]

Timeline[edit]

  • 1965 – CSL is formed by Deerfield, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, Maine South, Niles North, and Niles West.
  • 1967 – Maine West joins the league, as does the newly opened New Trier West.
  • 1971 – Maine North joins.
  • 1972 – Highland Park and Niles East both join from the Suburban League. Maine East joins from the West Suburban Conference. This is the first year there are two divisions in the conference.
  • 1974 – Maine North moves out of conference.
  • 1975 – With the Suburban League now folded, Evanston, New Trier East, Waukegan East, and Waukegan West join.
  • 1979 – Niles North leaves the league.
  • 1980 – Niles East closes.
  • 1981 – New Trier East and West consolidate into New Trier Township High School.
  • 1990 – Waukegan East and West consolidate into Waukegan High School.
  • 1991 – Niles North rejoins the league.[15]
  • 2016 – Waukegan leaves the conference; Vernon Hills joins in their place.

Notable athletes in the league (since 1965)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2008–09 official school enrollments
  2. ^ "Deerfield". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Evanston (Twp.)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Northbrook (Glenbrook North)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Glenview (Glenbrook South)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Highland Park". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Park Ridge (Maine East)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Park Ridge (Maine South)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Des Plaines (Maine West)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Winnetka (New Trier)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Skokie (Niles North)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Skokie (Niles West)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Vernon Hills". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Waukegan's joining North Suburban Conference". Lake County News-Sun. 
  15. ^ a b History of Illinois athletic conferences
  16. ^ Baseball Reference.com's entry on Dave Bergman being drafted from Maine South
  17. ^ Maine South newspaper article on Dave Butz
  18. ^ Chicago Sun Times article listing Dave Butz as Maine South alum
  19. ^ bio & stats for Tony Cogan; baseballcube.com; accessed 22 May 2009
  20. ^ Chicago Sun Times article listing Conner as a Niles West alum
  21. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com's enrty on Jim Hart from Niles West High School
  22. ^ Associated Press (December 27, 1996). "Dan Fouts' Nephew makes most of his chance to QB Utah". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  23. ^ a b c Akouris, Tina (September 3, 2008), "Deerfield", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved January 31, 2010 
  24. ^ Reynolds, Dave (October 18, 2010). "Where Are They Now? Jim Lindeman". Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL, USA). Retrieved July 12, 2011. Lindeman, a shortstop-third baseman, was in Dewey Kalmer's second recruiting class at Bradley in 1980, plucked from Maine West in suburban Chicago. 
  25. ^ Indiana University Olympians with Loukas listing Deerfield HS
  26. ^ Diver Christina Loukas ready for Olympics July 13, 2008 @chicagotribune.com
  27. ^ IHSA Girls Swimming & Diving record page
  28. ^ Baseball-reference.com's entry for George Kontos from Niles West High School
  29. ^ local paper reporting about Rashard Mendenhall
  30. ^ nfl.com profile of Aaron Moorehead listing Deerfield HS
  31. ^ The Year in Sports; 1 January 2009; Park Ridge Herald-Advocate; accessed 12 May 2009[dead link]
  32. ^ stats & bio for Adam Rosales; The Baseball Cube.com; accessed 12 May 2009 Archived May 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  33. ^ [1]
  34. ^ Duke Basketball profile of Scheyer listing GBN as his high school
  35. ^ a b Tucker, Steve; Maine South: A past stocked with surprises; 30 January 2008; Chicago Sun-Times; accessed 12 May 2009

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