Illinois Valley Central High School

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Illinois Valley Central High School
Ivc hs logo.gif
Address
1300 West Sycamore Street
Chillicothe, Illinois, Peoria County 61523
United States
Coordinates 40°54′46″N 89°30′11″W / 40.91286°N 89.5030°W / 40.91286; -89.5030Coordinates: 40°54′46″N 89°30′11″W / 40.91286°N 89.5030°W / 40.91286; -89.5030
Information
Type Comprehensive Public High School
School district Illinois Valley Central Community Unit School District 321
Principal Kenton Bergman
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 671
Campus type City
Color(s)           Maroon, grey
Athletics conference Corn Belt
Nickname Grey Ghosts
Website

Illinois Valley Central High School (also known as Chillicothe IVC, IVCHS, or simply IVC) is a public four-year high school located at 1300 West Sycamore Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, a city in Peoria County, Illinois, in the Midwestern United States. IVCHS serves the communities of Chillicothe, Dunlap (small portion), Edelstein, Mossville, Peoria (small portion), and Rome.[1][2] The campus is located 15 miles northeast of Peoria, Illinois, and serves a mixed city, village, and rural residential community.

Athletics[edit]

Illinois Valley Central High School competes in the Corn Belt Conference and is a member school in the Illinois High School Association. In the 2017–2018 school year, IVCHS will join the new Illini Prairie Conference following the merger of the Corn Belt Conference and Okaw Valley Conference.[3]

In the IHSA, IVC has appeared in the IHSA Final Four on four occasions, most recently in 2010.[4] IVC's first appearance in the IHSA Final Four was in the 2006 Class A Boys' Basketball State Championship where the Ghosts fell to Seneca HS 44–47.[5][6][7] Later that year in May, IVCHS arrived back in the final four this time playing for the Class 1A state title in boys' baseball. This time IVC top Trenton (Wesclin) 8–3 for IVC's first and only State title to date. IVC returned to the final four in 2008 for the Class AA Boys' Baseball state championship against Stanford (Olympia) HS where IVC fell to Olympia finishing 2nd.[8] IVC's most recent appearance in the IHSA Final Four was in Boys' Baseball, however IVC fell to Harrisburg 1–7 in the semifinal before finishing 3rd against Elmhurst (IC Catholic) 6–4.

IVCHS coops with nearby Dunlap High School for some athletics (boys' and girls' swimming and diving).[1][9][10]

Their mascot is the Grey Ghosts, with school colors of maroon and grey. Different theories exist regarding the origin of the mascot name, which up until 1940 was the Maroons. The Grey Ghost was inducted into the ESPN nickname hall of fame in 1987.[11]

Activities[edit]

IVC has a wide range of activities to offer including a large fine arts department. IVC's music department offers marching band, a concert band, a wind ensemble, and three jazz bands. The music department also offers different levels of choral music including Chorale and various ensembles.

The IVC Marching Grey Ghosts have accumulated 14 state titles since 1990, most recently in 2014 at the State of Illinois Marching Invitational.[12] The Marching Grey Ghosts have participated in numerous national performances including the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Citrus Bowl Parade, and the 2007 National Memorial Day Parade.

History[edit]

Illinois Valley Central High School was formed out of the consolidation of Chillicothe High School in 1976. Chillicothe High School used to be in what is now the elementary and junior high school. In 1977, they constructed a new school which sits on the corner of Bradley Ave and Sycamore St. in Chillicothe. Surrounding communities may have also possessed high schools at some time which were consolidated into the current IVCHS.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IHSA Illinois Valley Central High School". IHSA. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Illinois Valley Central High School". Illinois Valley Central High School and Illinois Valley Central CUSD. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Corn Belt Conference merger approved, Illini Prairie Conference created". Chillicothe Times. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  4. ^ IHSA. "Records & History | Boys Baseball | IHSA Sports & Activities". www.ihsa.org. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  5. ^ IHSA. "Records & History". www.ihsa.org. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  6. ^ IHSA. "Records & History". www.ihsa.org. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  7. ^ "A shot at glory: IVC caps 2006 run with heartbreaking loss to Seneca". Journal Star. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  8. ^ IHSA. "Records & History | Boys Baseball | IHSA Sports & Activities". www.ihsa.org. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  9. ^ a b "IHSA Illinois Valley Central High School Season Summaries". IHSA. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "IHSA Coop Teams". IHSA. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "IVC Mascot". IVC High School and IVC CUSD. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Illinois Marching Online". ilmarching.com. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 

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