Lincoln-Way North High School

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Lincoln-Way North High School
19900 South Harlem Avenue
, Illinois
Type High School
Motto It's Good To Be Gold
Established 2008 (9-12)
Closed 2016
School district Lincoln-Way 210
Principal Dr. Mark Cohen
Faculty 133
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1972
Campus Suburban, 90 Acres
Color(s) Vegas Gold and Black
Athletics South Suburban Conference
Mascot Phoenix

Lincoln-Way North High School, or LWN, was a public four-year high school located approximately one mile south of Interstate 80 at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road in Frankfort, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, in the United States. LWN was part of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which also includes Lincoln-Way East High School, Lincoln-Way Central High School, and Lincoln-Way West High School.

Lincoln-Way North drew students from Tinley Park, Illinois, Frankfort, Illinois, Mokena, Illinois, and Frankfort Square, Illinois. Summit Hill School District 161 was the only feeder district for Lincoln-Way North High School.[1] The school closed in June 2016 due to a school board vote.


Lincoln-Way North opened in 2008 after voters approved a $225 million building bond referendum to build two new high schools and update the two existing schools. Lincoln-Way West opened the following year and was designed similarly to North.[2]

LWN had been consistently been ranked among America's Best High Schools by both Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report and the high school had a 99 percent graduation rate with 80 percent of graduates attending post-secondary education.[3]

On Thursday, August 13, 2015 the Lincoln-Way District 210 school board voted 5-2 to close Lincoln-Way North upon the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year. The school closure is part of a cost reduction initiative that was established by the board with the goal of removing District 210 from the Illinois State Board of Education Financial Watch List. The school district has been struggling financially due to declining enrollment and funding,[4] as well as gross mismanagement of the districts finances.[5] These factors have contributed to the current investigation of the district by the SEC[6] and the Federal Department of Justice.[7] In 2006, when the district voted to double the number of schools in the district from two buildings to four buildings by constructing North and West, projections showed continued rapid growth within district boundaries for years to come. However, the economic downturn led to a decrease in the district's total property value from more than $4 billion to $3.5 billion and a drop in enrollment and state aid.[8]

All students who live within North's boundaries will instead attend Lincoln-Way East beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Lincoln-Way East will consist of students from Summit Hill District 161 and Frankfort 157C.[9]


The music department consisted of three bands: the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. The department also maintained a choir, and an orchestra. Each of these musical groups performed regularly in the school's state-of-the-art performing arts center.

In addition, Lincoln-Way North was home to the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, the IPO decided to make the brand-new Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center its new home after residing at Governors State University for many years.[10]

The Lincoln-Way North Marching Band, called the Marching Phoenix, consists of about 100 members. The Lincoln-Way North Marching Phoenix won the 4A Marching Band State Championship in 2009-10, 2010-11 2011-12, 2012-2013.[11] Additionally, the marching band took first place in the 2015 Northern Illinois University Band Invitational and placed 5th overall at the 2015 Illinois State Marching Band Championships.[12]


Lincoln-Way North Community High School had a variety of sports for both boys and girls. Boys gymnastics was awarded the state champion trophy. North won the Summer State Baseball Championship in 2015.


  1. ^ "School Profile". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lincoln-Way SD 210 faces tough choices". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Friday Flyover". ABC 7 Chicago. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lincoln-Way SD 210 faces tough choices". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Lincoln-Way's misuse of bond funds propped up district's finances". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  6. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "SEC opens investigation into Lincoln-Way bonds, financial reports: subpoena". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  7. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Feds investigating Lincoln-Way, issue grand jury subpoena". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  8. ^ "Lincoln-Way SD 210 faces tough choices". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lincoln-Way Board of Education Votes to Close North". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "History IPO". IPO. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Lincoln Way North". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Friday Flyover". ABC 7 Chicago. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 

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