Metea Valley High School

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Metea Valley High School
Metea.jpg
Address
1801 N. Eola Road
Aurora, Illinois 60502
United States
Coordinates N 41° 47'28.37" W 88° 14' 19.71"
Information
School type public secondary
Motto Live with integrity, Inspire passion for learning, Foster positive relationships, and Expect equity and excellence for all.
Opened 2009
School district Indian Prairie SD 204
Superintendent Karen Sullivan[1]
Principal Darrell Echols[2]
Grades 9–12
Gender co-ed
Enrollment 2,851[3]
Campus suburban
School color(s)      black
     gold[4]
Athletics conference DuPage Valley Conference
Mascot Marty the Mustang
Nickname Mustangs[4]
Average ACT scores 23.9 [3]
Newspaper The Stampede
Website

Metea Valley High School is a high school in Aurora, Illinois that opened in August, 2009 in DuPage County.[5] The school is one of four high schools operated by the Indian Prairie School District. The others in Aurora are: Waubonsie Valley High School and Indian Plains, while Neuqua Valley High School is in Naperville.

Preparations[edit]

Serving Indian Prairie School District 204, and opened for the 2009-2010 academic year for freshman and sophomore classes (grades nine and ten), Metea Valley cost $124.7 million to build, and can hold 3,000 students.[6] The school met its full enrollment of students for grades 9-12 during the 2011-2012 academic year. The school began its first Prairie State Achievement Exams (used as a standardized testing measure of academic achievement) during the 2010-2011 academic year, and per Illinois High School Association Policy, the school was not fully recognized for interscholastic sports until that same academic year.

The school's namesake, a chief of the Potawatomi tribe, was selected during 2006. The school's colors are black and gold (maintaining a tradition of '<color> and gold' in all three high schools) and the school's mascot is the 'Mustangs'. The colors were announced in February 2007, and the mascot selection in March 2007.[7] Both were chosen by those middle school students who began attending the school in 2009, as well as the current Neuqua and Waubonsie students in 2007.[8] The School joined the Upstate Eight Conference in the 2010-2011 school year.[9]

Academics[edit]

Metea Valley High School's first principal was Jim Schmid, former principal of Waubonsie Valley High School.[10] On January 8, 2014, Principal Schmid announced that Dr. Darrell Echols, Principal at Hill Middle School at the time, had been named the new Metea Valley High School Principal. Echols assumed his position July 1, 2014 following Mr. Schmid's retirement.[11]

During the 2013-2014 school year, Metea Valley was ranked as the 669th best high school in America and the 29th best in Illinois according to U.S. News & World Report.[12] Metea Valley was also ranked the 23rd most challenging high school in Illinois. This ranking is based on standardized test scores and percentage of students on subsidized lunch, among other factors.[13]

Construction[edit]

One of the companies contracted for the school's construction was Commercial Mechanical Inc (CMI) from Dunlap, Illinois. The school was designed by the Chicago office of DLR Group. The construction manager was Turner Construction Company.

Construction began on May 7, 2008. It began with an extensive earth moving operation. For months, as the landscape changed, there was no discernible structure, although one could see the flattened "footprint" where the building would be located and massive sewer pipes and basins dotting the land. Then, early in August 2008, steel structural beams started to rise up near the southwest corner of the property.

The musical hallway opened on January 4, 2010. The auditorium was completed in early February 2010.

The campus was ranked #20 in the "Most Amazing High School Campuses in the Nation" in 2014.[14]

Activities[edit]

The school sponsors numerous extracurricular clubs and organizations ranging from arts and academic to cultural and special interest. Listed here are the most notable in terms of being chapters of a larger national movement. An entire list can be found here.

Athletics[edit]

Varsity History[edit]

From the Fall of 2009 thru the Spring of 2015, the athletic teams participated in the Upstate Eight Conference. Starting in the Fall of 2015, Metea Valley will begin participating in the DuPage Valley Conference.

Athletic Boosters[edit]

The athletic teams from Metea Valley High School are supported by the Athletic Boosters Club which provides financial support to the athletic program by providing concussion screening for athletes, school wide heart screening, and continual improvement of the athletic facilities.

Team State Champions[edit]

2012 Lacrosse Combined State Champion - In 2012, Metea Valley students participated on a combined lacrosse team with Waubonsie Valley and won the IHSLA B-division State Championship against Grayslake North High School. 2014 Hockey Combined State Champion - In 2014, Metea Valley students participated on a combined hockey team with Waubonsie Valley students and won the Combined State Championship. 2014 Rugby Combined State Champion - In 2014, Metea Valley students participated on a combined Rugby team with Waubonsie Valley students and won the State Championship.

Teams[edit]

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Poms
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling
  • Ping-pong
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Music[edit]

Awards[edit]

In 2016 Metea Valley was presented with one of three GRAMMY Signature Gold Schools award. GRAMMY Signature School awards are given to high school music programs that are keeping music programs alive and well despite budgets and school politics.

Collage Concerts[edit]

The music department at Metea Valley hosts an annual concert in December named "Collage". The event comprises four repetitions of the same concert spread over two nights; however, soloists and small ensembles who play during transitions often differ between the concerts. Each concert ends with a finale featuring all music students from Metea Valley. In 2013, the Collage concerts featured a group of tuba and euphonium players going under the name "The Deep Brass Ensemble", that played Frosty the Snowman on sousaphones and euphoniums.

Marching Band[edit]

The Metea Valley Marching Mustangs is the school's marching band. They perform during halftime at all of the Metea Valley home football games. Their halftime show changes every year and have general themes such as "The Music of Styx", "BeatleMania" and "Stars and Stripes". The band every year goes on small trips in the Midwest region to competitions and band days at places such as University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, and in 2014, played in the Chicago Columbus Day Parade. The band also hosts an indoor concert each year to show off their halftime show while also featuring a cover band. In November 11, 2014 the Marching Mustangs will be holding a "Tribute to Veterans" concert along with some other groups from the music department.

The Marching Mustangs were one of many bands selected to perform at the 2013 Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida. The band is also traveling to Hawaii over the 2014 Thanksgiving week to perform at the Waikiki Holiday Parade and at Pearl Harbor. The band will be playing their show "Stars and Stripes" at this venue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ accessed 31 January 2010
  2. ^ Metea Valley Principal Announced; press release; 28 February 2008; Indian Prairie SD 204; accessed 20 June 2009
  3. ^ a b "School Profile" (PDF). Metea Valley High School. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b School info for MVHS; ihsa.org; accessed 20 June 2009
  5. ^ "Indian Prairie School District :: Home". ipsdweb.ipsd.org. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  6. ^ "District 204 challengers want backup for Metea", Sara Hooker, Chicago Daily Herald, March 16, 2007
  7. ^ "Metea Valley Colors and Mascot", Indian Prairie School District, February 7, 2007
  8. ^ Metea students to cheer for Mustangs, Britt Carson, The Naperville Sun, March 14, 2007
  9. ^ "Upstate 8". upstate8.8to18.com. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  10. ^ Jim Schmid Tapped as New School's 1st Principal, IPSD News Article, March 11, 2008.
  11. ^ Wilson, Marie. "Former actor, 22-year educator hired as Metea principal". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  12. ^ [1], U.S. News and World Report, 2014.
  13. ^ [2], Washington Post, 2014
  14. ^ "The 30 Most Amazing High School Campuses In The World". Retrieved 15 March 2015.