John Hersey High School
|John Hersey High School|
|1900 E. Thomas St.
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Twp. H.S. District 214|
|Superintendent||Dr. David Schuler|
|Dean||Thomas Scotese and Matt Norris|
|Average class size||17.7|
|Athletics conference||Mid-Suburban League|
John Hersey High School, (Hersey or JHHS), is a four-year public high school located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois in the United States, it has its students from Arlington Heights and also takes some students from Prospect Heights, Mount Prospect and a small part 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.
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 Ligouri, St. Emily, St. Paul, St. Peter Lutheran and St. John Brebeuf.
John Hersey High School was opened in the fall of 1968 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, to support the growing population in the regional towns within what was then known as High School District 214. These towns included 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.
In 2012, the average ACT score at Hersey for the graduating class was 25.2.  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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
Hersey HS 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 following teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament or meet:
- 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
- Dave Corzine, former NBA player (1978–91) with the Chicago Bulls.
- Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube
- Brian Gregory, head men's basketball coach for Georgia Tech.
- Omar D Henry, professional boxer with Top Rank Boxing.
- Amy Jacobson, news reporter for WLS-AM Chicago.
- Jeff Joniak, Radio broadcaster, Chicago Bears and WBBM (AM)
- Marlee Matlin, Academy Award winning television and film actress (Children of a Lesser God).
- Tom Nelson, NFL safety (2009–2014) played on four teams including the Chicago Bears.
- Milton Chen, researcher for Children's Television Workshop. Senior Fellow and executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation; founding director of the KQED Center for Education; director of education at Sesame Street Workshop. Author.
- Jim Michaels, Golden Globe Nominee & NAACP Image Award winning television producer (Supernatural) (Everybody Hates Chris) (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) (Reasonable Doubts) (Midnight Caller)
Notable staff alumni
- 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.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: John Hersey High School
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- Zalusky, Steve; Freddie's coming to Elk Grove Hersey high schools; 27 April 2009; Daily Herald; accessed 28 April 2009
- District 214 Hersey Page
- Illinois School Report Card
- US News & World Report 2008 Highschool Rankings
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- Season summaries for JHHS; ihsa.org; accessed 18 June 2009
- Dave Corzine Basketball-Reference profile; accessed 18 June 2009
- [Hersey graduate Gregory answers call to run Dayton basketball team; 24 April 2003; Arlington Heights Post; accessed 18 June 2009]
- Kim, Steve (23 October 2009). "Spar Pacquiao? No, Henry". MaxBoxing.com. 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.
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- 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.
- Maciaszek, Marty (5 September 2009). "Hersey star Tom Nelson beats odds, makes Bengals". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, IL, USA. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
- Delta Records Sample.
- The Historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands 1920–2007
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- "Obituaries, "Don Ernest Caneva"". U-T San Diego. September 8, 2008. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.