John Hersey High School

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John Hersey High School
John Hersey High School is located in Chicago metropolitan area
John Hersey High School
John Hersey High School
John Hersey High School is located in Illinois
John Hersey High School
John Hersey High School
John Hersey High School is located in the United States
John Hersey High School
John Hersey High School
1900 East Thomas Street


United States
Coordinates42°06′14″N 87°57′34″W / 42.10389°N 87.95944°W / 42.10389; -87.95944Coordinates: 42°06′14″N 87°57′34″W / 42.10389°N 87.95944°W / 42.10389; -87.95944[1]
School typePublic high school
School districtTwp. H.S. District 214
SuperintendentDr. David Schuler[2]
DeanJenna Korakakis and Matt Norris
PrincipalGordon Sisson[3]
Enrollment1,896 (2015-16)[5]
Average class size17.7[6]
School colour(s)     orange,      Brown, and      white[7]
Athletics conferenceMid-Suburban League
NewspaperThe Correspondent[8]
YearbookThe Endeavor[9]

John Hersey High School (also referred to as Hersey or JHHS) is a four-year public high school located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago in the United States. It has its students from Arlington Heights and also enrolls students from Prospect Heights, Mount Prospect and a small fraction of Des Plaines. Named after writer John Hersey, it is part of Township High School District 214, which also includes Buffalo Grove High School, Elk Grove High School, Prospect High School, Rolling Meadows High School, and Wheeling High School.

Feeder schools[edit]

Middle schools whose graduates usually attend Hersey include Thomas Middle School, MacArthur Middle School and River Trails Middle School. JHHS also receives students from several private schools such as St. James, St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic School, St. Emily Catholic School, St. Paul, St. Peter Lutheran and St. John Brebeuf Catholic School.[citation needed]


John Hersey High School was opened in the fall of 1968 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, in order to support the growing population of High School District 214. These towns include Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights and Wheeling. John Hersey High School's colors are orange, brown, and white, and the mascot is the husky. John Hersey High School is known as one of the few schools in the state that specifically caters to students with special needs. The hard-of-hearing population at JHHS is one of the largest in the area and well noted. Hersey also welcomed the CLS (Career and Life Skills) program, formerly housed at Wheeling High School, to its school in 2006. JHHS built a new fine arts and fitness section in June 2009.

The Hersey Band's excellence was recognized through placement on the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Roll of Honor of Historic High School Concert Bands. Hersey Bands were founded by band director Don Caneva. During Caneva's ten-year reign at Hersey, his bands brought home over 100 first-place awards.[10][11][12]

A few scenes from the 2010 remake A Nightmare on Elm Street were filmed at Hersey in the first week of May 2009.[13]


In 2012, the average ACT score at Hersey for the graduating class was 25.2. [14] Hersey has made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, a state test that comprises a part of the No Child Left Behind Act.[15]

According to U.S. News & World Report, Hersey is one of the top 30 schools in Illinois for the 2007/08 school year. U.S. News also states that 48.6% of 12th graders participate in AP classes.[16]

Also according to U.S. News & World Report, Hersey was ranked as the 10th top ranked high school in Illinois in 2012. In 2012 Hersey also held the national ranking of #304.[17]

According to U.S. News & World Report, Hersey was ranked as the 9th top ranked high school in Illinois and 274th in nation in 2014. [17]


John Hersey High School won 1st place in the 2007 National Deaf Academic Bowl competition. In 2007, the Hersey Huskie Rugby Club went to the Tier II State Championship, but lost to the Morton Mustangs.

The Hersey Marching Huskies won the University of Illinois' field competition in 2006 and won the best overall award, the Governor's Trophy in 2009.[18]

In 2016, the Hersey Marching Huskies swept class 4A at the Illinois State Marching Championships and ended up placing 7th overall.

The Hersey Symphonic Band was also named the 2017 Honor Band at the 2017 Illinois SuperState competition held annually at the University of Illinois.


Hersey High School competes in the Mid-Suburban League (MSL) East Division. JHHS is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic athletic and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams from Hersey are stylized as the Huskies. Hersey also keeps records and trophies won by Arlington High School and Forest View High School.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams from both young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Young men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, dance, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school's athletic department also supervises athletes involved in the Special Olympics.[19]

The following teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament or meet:[20]

  • Archery (girls): 1978–79—no longer sponsored by the IHSA
  • Football: 1987–88
  • Summer Baseball: 1984
  • Gymnastics (boys): 1973–74, 1983–84
  • Gymnastics (girls): 1983–84
  • Wrestling: 1970–71, 1971–72

John Hersey High School, also co–hosts the Illinois High School Association State Tennis Tournaments for boys and girls.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff alumni[edit]

  • Don Caneva, prestigious third generation band director/conductor/music editor/festival founder. Founder of the renowned Hersey Bands program. The Hersey Band's excellence was recognized on the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Roll of Honor of Historic High School Concert Bands.[26][27][28][29][30]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: John Hersey High School
  2. ^ District 214 Superintendent's homepage; accessed 15 June 2009 Archived 10 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ JHHS Administrative Directory; accessed 10 October 2012
  4. ^ FAculty Directory for JHHS; accessed 18 June 2009
  5. ^ Retrieved January 24, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Class of 2008 school report card; accessed 18 June 2009
  7. ^ a b School info for JHHS;; accessed 18 June 2009
  8. ^ The Correspondent website; accessed 22 April 2017
  9. ^ The Endeavor website; accessed 18 June 2009
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Don Ernest Caneva, U-T San Diego Newspaper". September 8, 2008.
  12. ^ Eileen Daday, "Ex-Hersey band director remembered", Daily Herald Newspaper, Suburban Chicago IL, August 11, 2008, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Zalusky, Steve; Freddie's coming to Elk Grove Hersey high schools; 27 April 2009; Daily Herald; accessed 28 April 2009
  14. ^ District 214 Hersey Page
  15. ^ Illinois School Report Card
  16. ^ US News & World Report 2008 Highschool Rankings
  17. ^ a b
  18. ^
  19. ^ Athletic Department for JHHS; accessed 18 June 2009
  20. ^ Season summaries for JHHS;; accessed 18 June 2009
  21. ^ Dave Corzine Basketball-Reference profile; accessed 18 June 2009
  22. ^ [Hersey graduate Gregory answers call to run Dayton basketball team; 24 April 2003; Arlington Heights Post; accessed 18 June 2009]
  23. ^ Kim, Steve (23 October 2009). "Spar Pacquiao? No, Henry". Retrieved 25 October 2009. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, where he attended John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. He migrated to Houston in 2003 to embark on his boxing career.
  24. ^ ahn, Lucinda; Tale of the Tape; December 2008; Chicago Magazine; p. 2; accessed 18 June 2009
  25. ^ Zap2it (24 January 2011), "Matlin a blast from the past on 'CSI'", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL, USA), retrieved 27 July 2011, Matlin, an Oscar winner, has an extensive background in both TV and film as well as strong local ties. She grew up in Morton Grove, graduated from Hersey High School in Arlington Heights and attended Harper College in Palatine.
  26. ^ Delta Records Sample.
  27. ^ The Historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands 1920–2007
  28. ^ Gonzalez, Blanca (September 16, 2008). "Don Caneva; third-generation band director had music in his blood". U-T San Diego. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  29. ^ Daday, Eileen O. (August 11, 2008). "Ex-Hersey band director remembered". Daily Herald. Suburban Chicago IL. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  30. ^ "Obituaries, "Don Ernest Caneva"". U-T San Diego. September 8, 2008. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.

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