Fenton High School (Illinois)

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Fenton High School
Fenton High School (Illinois) (emblem).png
Fenton High School Logo
1000 W. Green Street
Bensenville, Illinois 60106
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1917, 1927 (Bensenville Community High School), 1955 (Fenton Community High School)
School district Fenton HS District #100
Superintendent Kathie Pierce[1]
Principal James Ongtengco[1]
Teaching staff 101[2]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,517[3]
Average class size 17.9[4]
Campus Suburban
Campus size Approx. 1500 Students
School colour(s)      Orange
     Royal Blue[5]
Athletics conference Metro Suburban Conference
Nickname Bison[5]
Average ACT scores 20.0[4]
Publication Kaleidoscope[6]
Newspaper Signal[7]
Yearbook Highlights[8]

Fenton High School, or FHS, is a public four-year high school located in Bensenville, Illinois, located on the western border of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is the sole school in Community High School District 100.


High school education started in Bensenville as a two-year, then three-year high school serving the Bensenville area from 1917-1924 as part of Bensenville Elementary School District 2. In 1925 Community High School District 100 was founded with a four-year program serving both Bensenville and Wood Dale. 1927 Bensenville Community High School was built. By 1951, the enrollment grew far beyond the building's capacity and a referendum was passed allowing the board to build a new building. Opened in September 1955, the school was named Fenton Community High School after Frederick C. Fenton, the district's first superintendent.[9]


In 2007, Fenton had an average composite ACT score of 20.0, and graduated 87.3% of its senior class. The average class size is 17.9. Fenton has not made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which with the ACT, acts as the test in Illinois to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The school has not met the overall AYP in reading, as did three subgroups. One subgroup failed to meet AYP in mathematics.[4]

The school awards credit on a semester basis, with students being required to earn 45 semester credits for graduation. Starting with the class of 2012, graduation requires 8 semesters of English, 7 semesters of physical education, 6 semesters in social studies and math, and four in science. Two credits are required in fine and applied arts (which includes foreign languages). One semester is required in health and information processing.[10]

The school offers 19 Advanced Placement courses: Studio Art, French Language, German Language, Spanish Language, Computer Science, Statistics, Calculus (AB & BC), Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, U.S. History, World History, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics.[11]

In English, there is a year–long course termed "AP American Literature", which is designed to prepare students for the AP English Language test. There are two single semester courses titled "AP American Writers" and "AP Seminar in English" which jointly prepare students for the AP English Literature test.[12]

AP Computer Science A is also offered.[13]

All students are required to complete 25 hours of community service for graduation.[14]


Fenton competes in the Metro Suburban Conference and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which sponsors the state championship series for most sports in Illinois. Its mascot is the Bison.

The school offers interscholastic sports for men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, gymnastics, soccer. swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Men may also compete in baseball, football, golf, and wrestling. Women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, and softball. While not recognized by the IHSA, the school also sponsors a competitive dance team (called Dance Force) for women.[15]

The following teams have won their respective IHSA state championship tournaments:[16]

  • Bowling (Girls): 1984-85, 1987–88, 1988–89
  • Wrestling: 1972-73


The school offers 19 clubs and activities for students. One of the more distinctive clubs is Image Makers, a club devoted to experimental artwork, much of which is used to decorate the school.[17]

The theater group meets as a class, in addition to being an activity. Small performances are given in October, with the year's work culminating in a spring musical in May of each year.[18]

In 2009, the Scholastic Bowl team, also known as the Academic Team,[19] hosted the NAQT State Tournament for the first time.[20]

The following non-athletic activities won their respective IHSA sponsored state competitions:[16]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fenton HS District #100 Administrators; accessed 16 June 2009
  2. ^ Staff Directory for Fenton HS; accessed 16 June 2009
  3. ^ 2008-09 Fenton school enrollment @ihsa.org
  4. ^ a b c 2007 Illinois School Report Card for Fenton HS; accessed 16 June 2009
  5. ^ a b Information for Fenton HS; ihsa.org; accessed 16 June 2009
  6. ^ Kaleidoscope homepage; accessed 16 June 2009
  7. ^ Signal homepage; accessed 16 June 2009
  8. ^ Highlights homepage; accessed 16 June 2009
  9. ^ School History; accessed 13 August 2008
  10. ^ Graduation requirements, p. 3; accessed 14 August 2008
  11. ^ Curriculum guide, p. 15; accessed 14 August 2008
  12. ^ Curriculum guide, p. 36; accessed 14 August 2008
  13. ^ Curriculum guide, p. 49; accessed 14 August 2008
  14. ^ Community service requirements for graduation; accessed 14 August 2008
  15. ^ Fenton HS interscholastic athletic teams
  16. ^ a b IHSA record page for Fenton HS
  17. ^ Image Makers description
  18. ^ Theater program
  19. ^ "Academic Team | Fenton High School". www.fenton100.org. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  20. ^ Fenton Academic Team homepage; accessed 16 June 2009
  21. ^ "Colin A. Brady - Class of 1987". Fenton Community High School. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  22. ^ "Colin Brady Filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  23. ^ "Daren Dochterman - Class of 1985". Fenton Community High School. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  24. ^ "Daren Dochterman filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  25. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1989-1990,' Biographical Sketch of Gene L. Hoffman, pg. 83
  26. ^ "Fenton alum to play for Nigeria in Olympics". Daily Herald. July 20, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Monica Pedersen - Class of 1988". Fenton Community High School. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  28. ^ Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire (2011-09-14). "Tool belt unlocked HGTV career for Wood Dale native". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  29. ^ "James Spivey - Class of 1978". Fenton Community High School. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  30. ^ Dr. Audrey Wagner's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ AAGPL records page @aagpl.org; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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