Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47

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Logo of District 47.

Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47 is a school district containing elementary and middle schools. The district serves Crystal Lake, Lakewood, as well as parts of Lake in the Hills, Cary, Woodstock, Huntley, Bull Valley, and McHenry.[1]

District 47 has an area of 44 square miles, and has a student population of about 7,800 students from Pre-K through 8th grade, as well as about 1,100 staff and administrators.[1] The current Superintendent is Dr. Kathy Hinz.


Former logo of District 47.

The creation of District 47 took place during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[2]


In District 47, there are nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and one early childhood center.[1]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • North Elementary School, established 1954[2]
  • South Elementary School, established 1952[2]
  • West Elementary School, established 1963[2]
  • Husmann Elementary School, established 1949 (as Central Elementary School)[2]
  • Canterbury Elementary School, established 1971[2]
  • Coventry Elementary School, established 1967[2]
  • Woods Creek Elementary School, established 1997[2]
  • Indian Prairie Elementary School, established 1991[2]
  • Glacier Ridge Elementary School, established 2001[2]

Middle schools[edit]

Richard F. Bernotas Middle School[edit]

Bernotas was established in 1969.[2] Its first name was North Junior High, but in 2002, it was dedicated to Richard F. Bernotas.[2] There are about 1000 students in it. Bernotas's sports teams go under the "Bernotas Vikings". Their mascot is Thor, represented by a viking. The school colors are blue and gold. Unlike the three middle schools in the district, RFB has its own unique school song, and not a rewrite of lyrics.[citation needed]

Leon J. Lundahl Middle School[edit]

Lundahl Middle School was established in 1959 as South Junior High.[2]

In 1974, a new addition including a new gymnasium, learning center, locker room area, and science complex was opened.[2] Mr. Richard Carlstedt became principal in 1989. In 1990-91, a new north end classroom addition, cafeteria, locker room area, and second gymnasium were added to the Lundahl campus.[2] The school became an accredited middle school in the spring of 1995, and its name was officially changed to Lundahl Middle School Campus for the opening of the 1996-97 school year.[2]

Lundahl's colors are purple and gold, and they compete in athletics as the Lundahl Lions, female-oriented sports teams being referred to as the Lady Lions.

Hannah Beardsley School[edit]

Hannah Beardsley Middle School opened in 1996.[2] Its namesake, Hannah Beardsley, was the first school teacher in the Crystal Lake area.[2] The first principal of Hannah Beardsley Middle School was Ron Ludwig.

HBMS was opened to accommodate Crystal Lake's burgeoning population, which had been fueled mostly by an influx of middle-class families from Chicago during the 1990s.[citation needed] When it first opened, Beardsley was already close to capacity.[citation needed] Rising enrollment necessitated the construction of an additional wing of classrooms on the building's upper floor, which was completed in 2000.[2] Present enrollment is over 1100 students in grades 6 through 8. Beardsley's sports teams compete as the Beardsley Bears, and its school colors are Blue and Orange.


  1. ^ a b c "Mission Statement & Fast Facts". Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "History of District 47". Retrieved March 23, 2016.

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