Larkin High School

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Larkin High School
Larkin High Logo.png
1475 Larkin Avenue
Elgin, Illinois 60123
United States
Coordinates 42°01′55″N 88°18′49″W / 42.03204°N 88.31359°W / 42.03204; -88.31359Coordinates: 42°01′55″N 88°18′49″W / 42.03204°N 88.31359°W / 42.03204; -88.31359
School type Public secondary
Motto Together We Achieve... Together We Succeed
Established 1962
School district U46
Principal Mr. Crosen
Faculty 157
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,947 (2014-15)[1]
Number of students >2000
Average class size 17.1 [2]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue, White
Slogan "We Are Royals"
Athletics conference Upstate Eight Conference
Mascot Royal
Nickname Royals
Rival Elgin High School Maroons
Accreditation AdvancED[3]
Average ACT scores 18.2 [4]
Newspaper Royal Herald
Yearbook Cerulean
Feeder schools Abbott Middle School
Kimball Middle School
Alumni David Otunga

Larkin High School, also known as LHS, is a public four-year high school located in Elgin, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Elgin Area School District U46, which also includes Elgin High School, Bartlett High School, South Elgin High School, and Streamwood High School.


Larkin High School was built in 1962 on the former farm of Cyrus H. Larkin, after whom the school is named. Elgin citizens were divided on the naming of the new west side high school. Many voiced their opinion to the school board that naming it Elgin (West) HS would better rival the original Elgin HS located on the east side of the Fox River in the City of Elgin (thus Elgin East). The Larkin name ultimately prevailed.


Larkin has not made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Larkin is listed as "Academic Watch Status Year 5." In 2010, the graduation rate was 78.8%.[5]

Larkin is home to the district's Visual and Performing Arts Academy.[6]

Student demographics[edit]

In 2017, Larkin's students were 16.3% White, 9.2% Black, 67.4% Hispanic, 2.9% Asian, 0.8% Native American, and 3.4% multiracial.[7]

Additionally, 18.9% of students were deemed limited-English-proficient (LEP), and 74.6% of students were low income.[8]

The 2017 attendance rate was 87.2%. Total enrollment was 2,087. Average class size was 20 students.

School sports[edit]

Larkin High School is a member of the Upstate Eight Conference and has many athletic teams including:

  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track&Field
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Badminton
  • Cross Country
  • Cheerleading


Larkin offers nearly forty extracurricular activities, including academic, service, and performing arts. Larkin is home of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy. The Larkin High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) is a four-year program which offers specialized academic studies and activities in the areas of Art, Dance, Drama, and Vocal and Instrumental Music. With being a VPAA school, Larkin also has a theater tech club that runs the lighting and sound as well as set building for the shows in the auditorium. Other activities include HOSA.


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