Glenbard East High School

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Glenbard East High School
1014 S. Main St.


United States
Coordinates41°51′58″N 88°01′18″W / 41.8662°N 88.0216°W / 41.8662; -88.0216
School typepublic secondary
School districtGlenbard District 87
SuperintendentDavid Larsen[1]
PrincipalShahe Bagdasarian [2]
Enrollment2,245 (2016–17)[3]
Average class size24.3[4]
School colour(s)     red
Fight songRams Fight
Athletics conferenceUpstate Eight Conference
NewspaperThe Echo[6]

Glenbard East High School, or GBE, is a public four-year high school located in Lombard, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, in the United States. It is part of Glenbard Township High School District 87. The school is known for its prominence in the areas of arts and music, and has been recognized as a GRAMMY signature school three times. East draws around 2,300 students from Lombard, and portions of Glendale Heights, Addison, and Bloomingdale.


Glenbard East High School opened in September 1959 with a student body of 525 students and 28 staff members. In the week prior to the school's opening, a tornado or microburst hit the school, causing significant damage. The east wall of the Tower section of the building was sucked out and fell through the roof of the then-unnamed auditorium. The classroom wing was unaffected, but the start of school was postponed for two weeks. When choosing team names during the first semester the school was open, the "Tornadoes" was one of three final choices; the other two were the "Apaches" and the winner, the "RAMS"—shown in caps as an acronym for Right Attitude Means Success. Given the school's location in "the Lilac Village," proposed school colors of lilac (purple, really) and white were not selected; instead the student body chose red, black and white. The first principal was William Rider.

The approximate enrollment for the 2008/2009 school year was 2700 students and 180 staff members.

Prior to the opening of Glenbard East in 1959, Lombard students in High School District No. 87 attended Glenbard West High School (then Glenbard High School) in Glen Ellyn. In Glenbard East's first year, school activities and sports were contained in the Glenbard West yearbook, the Pinnacle, in a special section. The first Glenbard East yearbook was the 1961 edition, and named the Aries. The yearbook staff, Aries, works year-round to produce the Glenbard East High School yearbook.

In its first few years, Glenbard East competed in the Interim Conference, comprising mostly newly built suburban schools. Other schools in the conference were Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Niles West High School in Skokie, Morton West High School in Berwyn, among others.

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in October 2009, with a display of memorabilia and special recognition to athletes of 50 years during a halftime celebration during a home football game October 2.

In 2011, The Washington Post named Glenbard East one of the top public high schools in Illinois.

Male athletics[edit]

Glenbard East competes in the Upstate Eight Conference (UEC). Glenbard East is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic sports and competitive activities in Illinois. The teams are stylized as the Rams.

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament or meet:[7]

  • Baseball (boys):[8]

State Finals 2nd place (1976–77) Regionals (1977–78; 2001–02) Sectionals (2002–03) Regionals (2004–2005) Regionals (2018)

  • Cross Country (boys):

State Finals 4th place (1964–65) State Finals 3rd place (1965–66) State Qualifiers (1969–70; 1988–89)

  • Football:

State Qualifiers (1999–2000)

  • Gymnastics (boys):

District (1971–72) State Qualifiers (1984–85; 1985–86) State Finals 2nd place (1986–87; 1987–88; State Qualifiers (1988–89) State Finals (1989–90)

  • Tennis (boys):

District (1969–70; 1971–72; 1977–78)

  • Volleyball (boys):

Regionals (2004–05) State Finals 3rd place (2005–06) Regionals (2006–07) State Qualifiers (2007–08) Regionals (2008–09; 2010–11; 2011–12)

  • Track & Field (boys):

District (1965–66; 1968–69; 1970–71; 1971–72; 1974–75; 1976–77)

  • Basketball (boys):

State Qualifiers (1963-1964) Regionals (1964–65; 1968–69; 1970–71; 1975–76; 1977–78; 1978–79; 1987–88; 1989–90; 2004–05; 2005–06; 2006–07; 2009–10) State Finals 3rd place (2010–11) Regionals (2012–13)

  • Golf (boys):

State Qualifiers (1962–63; 1971–72; 1976–77) Regionals (1988–89)

  • Soccer (boys):

Regionals (2006–07)

  • Wrestling:

Regionals (2009–10)

In addition, while a member of the Des Plaines Valley Conference prior to the establishment of State football playoffs, the 1965 football team went undefeated and won the conference championship. That same team boasted a 28–1–4 record for its four years at GE.

Female athletics[edit]

In 2017, Kolie Allen won the Girls Tennis State Championship.

  • Competitive Cheerleading:

State Qualifiers (2005–06; 2006–07; 2007–08; 2008–09; 2014–15; 2017–18)

State Finalists (2014–15 -10th) (2017–18 -9th) [9]

  • Badminton (girls):

Sectionals (1982–83; 2005–06; 2007–08; 2008–09; 2009–10; 2010–11; 2011–12; 2012–13)

  • Basketball (girls):
  • Bowling (girls):

State Qualifiers (2010–11; 2011–12; 2012–13)

  • Cross Country (girls)

State Qualifiers (1999–2000; 2001–02)

  • Soccer (girls):
  • Softball (girls):

Regionals (1989–90; 2002–03) Tennis (girls): Sectionals (1992–93)

  • Volleyball (girls):

Regionals (1982–83; 1986–87; 1988–89; 1989–90) State Qualifiers (1990–91) Regionals (1991–92; 1992–93; 1995–96) Sectionals (1996–97) Regionals (2003–04; 2008–09; 2014–15)

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ "Glenbard East High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Class of 2008 school report card; accessed 22 June 2009
  5. ^ a b School info for GEHS;; accessed 22 June 2009
  6. ^ a b c Activities Directory for GEHS; accessed 22 June 2009
  7. ^ Season Summaries for GEHS;; accessed 22 June 2009
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  9. ^ "TourneyWire Cheer and Dance". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
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  12. ^ Famous Alumni of District 87;; accessed 22 June 2009
  13. ^ From the Author: Mary Doria Russell; Random House Publishers; accessed 22 June 2009
  14. ^ Bargreen, Melinda; A spinster awhirl in international intrigue in "Dreamers of the Day"; 14 March 2008; Seattle Times; accessed 22 June 2009
  15. ^ Official biography of Daniel M. Tani; Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; NASA; accessed 22 June 2009
  16. ^ Borrelli, Christopher. "Novelist Timothy Zahn is the man who saved 'Star Wars,' according to fans". Retrieved 30 March 2018.

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