Central Suburban League
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.
|School||Town||Team Name||Colors||IHSA Classes 2/3/4||Reference|
|Deerfield High School||Deerfield||Warriors||AA/3A/4A|||
|Evanston Township High School||Evanston||Wildkits||AA/3A/4A|||
|Glenbrook North High School||Northbrook||Spartans||AA/3A/4A|||
|Glenbrook South High School||Glenview||Titans||AA/3A/4A|||
|Highland Park High School||Highland Park||Giants||AA/3A/4A|||
|Maine East High School||Park Ridge||Demons||AA/3A/4A|||
|Maine South High School||Park Ridge||Hawks||AA/3A/4A|||
|Maine West High School||Des Plaines||Warriors||AA/3A/4A|||
|New Trier High School||Winnetka||Trevians||AA/3A/4A|||
|Niles North High School||Skokie||Vikings||AA/3A/4A|||
|Niles West High School||Skokie||Wolves||AA/3A/4A|||
|Vernon Hills High School||Vernon Hills||Cougars||AA/2A/3A|||
- 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. 
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|
|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.
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.
- 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.
- 2016 – Waukegan leaves the conference; Vernon Hills joins in their place.
Notable athletes in the league (since 1965)
- Dave Bergman (Maine South) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers.
- Dave Butz (Maine South) was an NFL defensive lineman (1973–88) and member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. He was a starter for the Washington Redskins championship teams in Super Bowls XVII & XXII
- Chris Collins (Glenbrook North) was a Duke basketball player and is currently the head men's basketball coach at Northwestern University.
- Tony Cogan (Highland Park) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
- Bart Conner (Niles West) was an Olympic gold medal winning gymnast at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
- Jim Hart (Niles West) was a NFL quarterback (1966-1984) for the football St. Louis Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals) and Washington Redskins.
- Bryan Jurewicz (Deerfield) was a star defensive lineman for the Wisconsin Badgers NCAA football team, and set a record in 1996 for most deflected passes .
- Lindsay Knapp (Deerfield) was an NFL lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs & Green Bay Packers (Super Bowl XXXI champions).
- Jason Kipnis (Glenbrook North), second baseman for the Cleveland Indians
- Jim Lindeman (Maine West) is a former Major League Baseball player (1986–93).
- Christina Loukas (Deerfield) is a 2008 and 2012 US Olympic team member in diving. She was the first female diver in Illinois to score over 500 points in state competition, and won multiple Big Ten championships.
- George Kontos (Niles West) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
- Rashard Mendenhall (Niles West) was a NFL running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XLIII champion) and Arizona Cardinals.
- Pat Misch (Glenbrook North) was a MLB pitcher from 2007-11 for the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. He spent the 2016 playing in Japan.
- Aaron Moorehead (Deerfield) is an NFL wide receiver and member of the Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts.
- Doug Rader (Glenbrook North) was a MLB player (1967-77) for three teams and a MLB manager for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and California Angels.
- Adam Rosales (Maine South) is a major league baseball third baseman who plays for the Oakland Athletics.
- Scott Sanderson (Glenbrook North) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who won 163 games and pitched for seven teams over 19 seasons from 1978 to 1996, including the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. 
- Jon Scheyer (Glenbrook North), All American captain of Duke University national champion basketball team, and current Duke assistant coach.
- Jim Walewander (Maine South) was a Major League Baseball player, playing most of his career for the Detroit Tigers.
- Joe Zdeb (Maine South) was a Major League Baseball outfielder (1978–79), playing his entire career for the Kansas City Royals.
- 2008–09 official school enrollments
- "Deerfield". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Evanston (Twp.)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Northbrook (Glenbrook North)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Glenview (Glenbrook South)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Highland Park". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Park Ridge (Maine East)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Park Ridge (Maine South)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Des Plaines (Maine West)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Winnetka (New Trier)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Skokie (Niles North)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Skokie (Niles West)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Vernon Hills". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "Waukegan's joining North Suburban Conference". Lake County News-Sun.
- History of Illinois athletic conferences
- Baseball Reference.com's entry on Dave Bergman being drafted from Maine South
- Maine South newspaper article on Dave Butz
- Chicago Sun Times article listing Dave Butz as Maine South alum
- bio & stats for Tony Cogan; baseballcube.com; accessed 22 May 2009
- Chicago Sun Times article listing Conner as a Niles West alum
- Pro-Football-Reference.com's enrty on Jim Hart from Niles West High School
- Associated Press (December 27, 1996). "Dan Fouts' Nephew makes most of his chance to QB Utah". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
- Akouris, Tina (September 3, 2008), "Deerfield", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved January 31, 2010
- 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.
- Indiana University Olympians with Loukas listing Deerfield HS
- Diver Christina Loukas ready for Olympics July 13, 2008 @chicagotribune.com
- IHSA Girls Swimming & Diving record page
- Baseball-reference.com's entry for George Kontos from Niles West High School
- local paper reporting about Rashard Mendenhall
- nfl.com profile of Aaron Moorehead listing Deerfield HS
- The Year in Sports; 1 January 2009; Park Ridge Herald-Advocate; accessed 12 May 2009[dead link]
- stats & bio for Adam Rosales; The Baseball Cube.com; accessed 12 May 2009 Archived May 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Duke Basketball profile of Scheyer listing GBN as his high school
- Tucker, Steve; Maine South: A past stocked with surprises; 30 January 2008; Chicago Sun-Times; accessed 12 May 2009