East Leyden High School

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East Leyden High School
3400 Rose St.
Franklin Park, Illinois 60131
United States
Coordinates 41°56′29″N 87°52′01″W / 41.9415°N 87.867°W / 41.9415; -87.867
School type Public
Motto What's best for the kids
School district Leyden H.S. Dist. 212
Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak[1]
Principal Mr. Jason Markey[1]
Staff 148 (including District Staff from West)[2]
Grades 9–12
Gender co-ed
Enrollment 1,831[3]
Average class size 19.6[3]
Campus suburban
School colour(s)      blue
Athletics conference West Suburban Conference
Nickname Eagles[4]
Average ACT scores 19.8[3]
Newspaper HiLites[5]

East Leyden High School is a secondary school located in Franklin Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) which educates grades 9-12.

Together with West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois, they serve the suburban communities in Franklin Park, Northlake, Rosemont, Schiller Park, River Grove, Melrose Park and unincorporated Leyden Township. Both are part Leyden High School District 212.


East Leyden's class of 2008 had an average composite ACT score of 19.8, 0.7 points below the state average.[3] 86.1% of the senior class graduated.[3] East Leyden did not make 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. Overall, the school did not achieve AYP in reading, and one student subgroup failed to meet expectations in reading and mathematics.[3]


West Leyden and East Leyden have competed as a combined athletic program since the 1981—82 school year.[6] The school competes in the West Suburban Conference. It is also a full member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most sports and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams are stylized as the "Eagles", with the IHSA referring to the combined program as "Franklin Park-Northlake (Leyden)".

The school sponsors interscholastic sports teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Young men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while women may compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the Athletic Department also oversees a dance team for young women.[7]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:[8]

  • Cross Country (boys): 4th place (1951—52)
  • Football: State Champions (1977—78)
  • Golf (boys): 4th place (1954—55)
  • Gymnastics (boys): 4th place (1960—61)
  • Wrestling: 3rd place (1974—75, 76—77, 85—86); 2nd place (1967—68, 71—72, 84—85); State Champions (1959—60, 77—78)

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  1. ^ a b http://www.leyden212.org/admin/admin.htm Leyden HS District 212 Administration directory; accessed 12 May 2014
  2. ^ Leyden HS District 212 faculty directory; accessed 11 August 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f Class of 2008 school report card; accessed 16 July 2009
  4. ^ a b School information for Leyden HS; ihsa.org; accessed 16 July 2009
  5. ^ HiLites homepage; accessed 16 July 2009
  6. ^ About the District; District 212 has two high schools (East & West Leyden) and one combined athletic program. The athletic merger took place in 1981.; accessed 16 July 2009
  7. ^ Athletic Department at Leyden HS; accessed 16 July 2009
  8. ^ Season summaries for Leyden; ihsa.org; accessed 16 July 2009
  9. ^ Schmeltzer, John; Former PepsiCo Head Takes Over Sara Lee; 28 October 2005; Chicago Tribune; Now Barnes, who was voted most likely to succeed at East Leyden High School, will have to make sure she is the last one standing when Sara Lee completes its return to its food company roots.; accessed 16 July 2009
  10. ^ Biography of Jonathan Cain; jonathancain.com; accessed 16 July 2009
  11. ^ Olvera, Jennifer; Journey rocker honored at East Leyden High School; 12 May 2004; Elm Leaves; Loving his new locale, Cain went on to attend East Leyden High School in Franklin Park; accessed 16 July 2009
  12. ^ Henson, Steve; Beyond the Lunch Pail; 26 September 2006; Los Angeles Times; Colletti steered the car into the parking lot of East Leyden High and recalled a moment when the noise became so deafening he thought his head would burst. It was 1972 and he stood in his counselor's office, asking about college.; accessed 16 July 2009
  13. ^ Tom Dore biography; nba.com; accessed 16 July 2009
  14. ^ Project Management Challenge 2006 Biography" [1] Accessed 6 May 2009
  15. ^ Bell, Taylor; Gloray Days Illinois - Legends of Illinois High School Basketball; pp. 118—120; section titled: Glen Grunwald: East Leyden High SchoolSports publishing LLC; 2006
  16. ^ Bell, Taylor; East Leyden remembers Celts' Rodgers; 19 June 1988; Chicago Sun-Times; accessed 16 July 2009
  17. ^ Haugh, David; Bears’ so-so season won’t cost Lovie Smith his job — for ‘09 at least; 3 January 2009; Chicago Tribune; unemployed former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan’s jewelry collection includes a 1970 class ring from East Leyden High School in addition to two Super Bowl rings; accessed 16 July 2009
  18. ^ Craig Wilson stats & bio; thebaseballcube.com; accessed 16 July 2009
  19. ^ List of NFHS Hall of Fame by year; accessed 16 July 2009
  20. ^ Former Wrestler Charles Farina Dies At 75; 17 October 2003; press release, Purdue University Athletic Department; accessed 16 July 2009
  21. ^ Mendieta, Ana; Charles Farina, 75, East Leyden wrestling coach; 21 October 2003; Chicago Sun-Times; accessed 16 July 2009
  22. ^ Wrestling all-time records; ihsa.org; accessed 16 July 2009
  23. ^ Maciaszek, Marty; Goodman's floored by Leyden's court decision; 5 February 2009; Daily Herald; DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright is a former Goodman assistant; accessed 16 July 2009

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