North High School (Downers Grove, Illinois)

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Downers Grove North High School
Downers Grove North High School crest
4436 Main Street


United States
Coordinates41°48′20″N 88°00′44″W / 41.8055°N 88.0122°W / 41.8055; -88.0122Coordinates: 41°48′20″N 88°00′44″W / 41.8055°N 88.0122°W / 41.8055; -88.0122
School typePublic
MottoRespectful, Responsible, and Engaged. We are DGN.
School districtCommunity HS Dist. 99
SuperintendentHank Thiele[1]
PrincipalCourtney DeMent[2]
Staff145.70 (FTE)[3]
Enrollment2,186 (2021-2022)
Average class size21[4]
Student to teacher ratio14.82[3]
Campus size1 building
Colour(s)  purple
SloganPositively North
SongAlma Mater
Fight songAlma Mater
Athletics conferenceWest Suburban Conference
radio stationWDGC[6]
cable TV stationchannel 29[6]

Downers Grove North High School (Simply often known as DGN) is a public English medium co-educational high school situated in the city of Downers Grove in the Illinois state of the United States. The school was established in 1928.

About Downers Grove North[edit]

Downers Grove North High School, or DGN, and locally referred to as "Downers North" or "North", is a public four-year high school located near the corner of Main Street and Ogden Avenue and located at the intersection of Main Street and Grant Street in Downers Grove, Illinois, a wealthy, western suburb of Chicago, in the United States. The original entrance is on Forest Street and the Athletic Entrance is located off Prince Street. It is part of Community High School District 99, which also includes Downers Grove South High School. The North campus draws students from Downers Grove (north of 55th St.), and small sections of Woodridge, Oak Brook, Lisle and Westmont.


The original building (then called Downers Grove High School) was finished in 1928, with additions made in 1935, 1952, 1976, 1999–2000, 2011-2013, and 2019-2021. In 1964, the school's student body was split in half, one portion attending North, the other attending the newly built Downers Grove South.

The auditorium is named after Clarence Johnson, who served as principal of the school for 35 years from 1932 to 1967, and DGN's outdoor stadium is named after Dick Carstens, who coached football from 1955 to 1985.[7]

The Green Room of the theatre is named after George B. Pappas, former English teacher, department head, and pep rally leader known for his positive spirit. Pappas died May 4, 1999.[8]


Downers Grove North's class of 2015 had an average composite ACT score of 24.0, 3 points above the state average.[4] 94% of the senior class graduated.[4] Downers Grove North made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, which with the ACT comprises the state assessments used to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Because the school had previously not made AYP, the school is still on academic watch. 45% of students are enrolled in honors or at least one AP course.[9]

For years 2008, 2009, and 2010, North High was named among the top 6% of high schools in the nation, according to Newsweek magazine’s annual ranking of high schools.


Downers Grove North competes in the West Suburban Conference. The school is a full member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic sports and competitive activities in Illinois. The schools teams are stylized as the Trojans.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, and softball.[10] The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championships tournament or meet.[11]

  • Badminton: 4th place (1996—97); 3rd place (1999—2000, 2004—05, 2006—2007, 2009—10); 2nd place (2000—01, 2001—02); State Champions (2002—03, 2003—04, 2005—06)
  • Cross country (boys): 4th place (1986—87); 3rd place (1949—50, 2000—01, 2021—22); 2nd place (2013–14, 2016—17); State Champions (2017—18)
  • Cross country (girls): 4th place (1979—80, 1987—88); 3rd place (1982—83); 2nd place (1983—84, 1984—85, 1988—89); State Champions (1980—81)
  • Football: Quarterfinals (1999-2000, 2012-2013, 2013–2014) semifinals (1991—92, 1998—99, 2003—04); 2nd place (1990—91); State Champions (2004—05)
  • Golf (boys): 4th place (1951—52, 1959—60)
  • Gymnastics (boys): 4th place (1995—96)
  • Swimming & Diving (girls): 4th place (2010—11); 2nd place (2013—14, 2014—15)
  • Volleyball (boys): 2nd place (1993—94)
  • Volleyball (girls): 4th place (1984—85, 1988—89) 2nd place (2018–19)
  • Athenas (girls dance team) : 1st place (2009–2010)


The student newspaper, The Omega, which is published monthly, has been ranked in the top ten in the 9- to 12-page broadsheet category by the NSPA.[12] The school literary magazine, the Northwind, is published annually. In 2012, its Speech Team placed second at the IHSA state competition.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Superintendent's Welcome - ASC". Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "DGN Administration". Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Comm H S Dist 99 - North HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "COMM H S DIST 99 - NORTH H S - School Snapshot".
  5. ^ a b "IHSA Downers Grove (North)". Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e Activities directory for DGNHS; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 21 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Dick Carstens, High School Football Coach". Chicago Tribune.
  8. ^ "Downers North Teacher George Pappas". tribunedigital-chicagotribune.
  9. ^ Class of 2008 school report card; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 24 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Downers Grove North HS Home Page". July 22, 2012. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "IHSA".
  12. ^ "NSPA Winners (2012)". National Scholastic Press Association. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  13. ^ "SpeechWire Tournament Services - Forensics Tournament Software - Speech, Debate, Congress".
  14. ^ Murphy, Flynn; Thoughts of home; Professional musician named Alumni of Excellence at North; 15 December 2005; The Sun; accessed 15 July 2009[dead link]
  15. ^ a b c d DGNHS Alumni Award of Excellence; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 21 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Bell, Taylor (October 6, 2009). "Downers Grove North Trojans". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  17. ^ "David Edwards (offensive lineman)".
  18. ^ a b "Fourth of July Festivities"; 2 July 2007; Downers Grove Reporter; "Downers Grove North High School alumni Olympic gold medalist and USA hockey team captain Cammi Granato and professional wrestler Lanny Poffo will be there."; accessed July 15, 2009
  19. ^ Helfgot, Mike (June 18, 2010). "2010 Chicago Tribune baseball All-State first team: Downers Grove North's Eric Jagielo - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  20. ^ "Those Who Remember Lindahl: 'He Kind of Gave Us All the Creeps'". January 14, 2020.
  21. ^ "North Seniors Win Scholarships, Awards". June 3, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2017.

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