Neuqua Valley High School
|Neuqua Valley High School|
|2360 95th Street
Naperville, Illinois, 60564
|School type||Public Secondary|
|School district||Indian Prairie S.D. 204|
|Average class size||26|
|Athletics conference||Dupage Valley Conference|
|Mascot||Willie The Wildcat|
|Average ACT scores||25.2|
Neuqua Valley High School, or NVHS is a public four-year high school located near the corner of Illinois Route 59 and 95th Street in Naperville, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Neuqua Valley is the counterpart to Waubonsie Valley High School and the newly built Metea Valley High School, in Indian Prairie School District 204.
The campus consists of two locations: a "Birkett Freshman Center" building for Freshmen (Grade 9); a "Main campus" building (the original NVHS main building) for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (Grades 10-12)
The original NVHS campus building was opened in August 1997, and was built to house 3000 students.
The middle school conversion was done for the 2003-2004 academic year in an effort to alleviate overcrowding. The "Frontier Campus" allowed seniors to receive dual credit for classes from the College of DuPage. These students attended class in block sessions with no classes on Friday. It allowed for independence and freedom. Seniors from Waubonsie Valley High School also participated in the program. The Frontier Campus option was closed in 2012.
The lake behind the school is known as "Lake Birkett," in honor of the school's first principal, Kathryn Birkett, who also served as the district's Superintendent until 2014.
In 2013, US News ranked Neuqua Valley #563 in their annual list of the top American public high schools. However, Neuqua Valley has not met federal education standards under the No Child Left Behind law.
In November 2011, Neuqua Valley High School was ranked #11 in the "Top 50 High Schools in Chicagoland" by Chicago Tribune and the top ranked High School in Naperville, IL. The Main Campus, the original building, is divided into five wings, A-E. The A wing contains Neuqua's Fine and Applied Arts, as well as industrial and consumer education classrooms and facilities. The B wing contains History, English and Health classrooms. The C wing contains Science classrooms complete with lab equipment and also Television Production studios. The D wing contains Math, Computer Science, Foreign Language and Business Classrooms. The E wing contains the Cafeteria and Physical Education facilities and the staff room.
First-year classes are held in the Gold Campus building. Some classes for seniors were held in a special "Frontier Campus." This building was closed in 2012 and all seniors attend classes at the Main Campus.
Neuqua Valley has received recognition by the Grammy Association for its music program. The school was named a GRAMMY signature school in 1998, 1999, and 2001, a GRAMMY signature school Gold in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2009, and the National GRAMMY Signature school "Best in Nation" in 2005 and 2013. The Music Department homepage, has a list of other awards.
On the first day of the 2015-2016 school year, a student wore a Confederate flag, sparking a mass social media response. Yahoo! Canada published an article regarding the flag and its effect beyond Neuqua Valley High School. 
Neuqua Valley competes in the DuPage Valley Conference for athletics. The school is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), and competes in state tournaments that it sponsors.
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Young men also have teams sponsored in baseball, football, and wrestling. Women may compete in badminton, bowling, gymnastics, cheerleading, and softball.
While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school's athletic department also supports a competitive poms team, a dance team (orchesis), a rugby team, and a team which competes in and works with the Special Olympics. Outside of these teams, the school sponsors a lacrosse club, a sport recognized as an emerging sport by the IHSA. An extensive inter mural program is also available, competing in many sports including basketball, bowling, and even ping pong. Each fall, Neuqua also participates in a women's' powderpuff football tournament with Waubonsie, Metea, Naperville Central, Naperville North, and Benet Academy in Lisle. Neuqua is also home to a large multi-team Ultimate Frisbee club, which started in 2007. The varsity team placed 3rd in the nation in the 2012 season.
The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA State Championship:
- Badminton: State Champions (2014–15)
- Baseball: 3rd place (2007–08); State Champions (2006–07)
- Woman's Basketball: 3rd place (2001–02); 2nd place (2000–01)
- Cheerleading (Large All Girls): 4th place (2011–12); 3rd place (2014–15); 2nd place (2013–14)
- Cross Country (boys): 4th place (2003–04, 08–09); 3rd place (2010–11, 11–12); State Champions (2007–08, 09–10)
- Dance Team: 4th place (2012–13); State Champions (2014–15, 15-16)
- Golf (girls): 4th place (2001–02, 02–03); 2nd place (2000–01)
- Football (boys) : Conference Champions; Lost in State Semi-Finals (2012–13)
- Hockey: State Champions (2002–03)
- Speech: 2nd place (2013–14)
- Soccer (boys): 4th place (2008–09); 2nd place (2007–08); State Champions (2003–04)
- Soccer (girls): State Champions (2004–05); 2nd place (2014-15)
- Swimming & Diving (boys): 4th place (2005–06); 3rd place (2006–07); 2nd place (2008–09, 09–10); State Champions (2007–08);
- Swimming & Diving (girls): 3rd place (2002–03, 12-13); 2nd place (2005–06)
- Track & Field (boys): 2nd place (2008–09); 3rd place (2009–10); 2nd place (2014–15)
- Volleyball (boys): 3rd place (2006–07, 07–08)
- Water Polo (girls): 3rd place (2002–03)
The boys cross-country team has placed within the top 15 in the state race in Peoria every year since 2001. In 2007, the boys cross country team won the Nike Team Nationals. The team ran under the name Naperville XC Club to avoid violating IHSA season limitation by-laws. They placed 12th in 2009 and 2010.
The boys track team has displayed increasing success since the late 2000s including a back to back state championship 4x400 relay in 2008-09 and 2009–10; a feat rarely done in IHSA track and field.
The Marching Band performs at all of the home football games at half time and playing pep songs to rally the crowd during the game. Also the Marching Wildcats march at the Labor Day parade and the Memorial Day parade in Downtown Naperville. The Marching Wildcats have placed 3rd at the Illinois Marching Band Championships two years in a row.
- 2010 show "James Bond" arranged by Greg Schwaegler. The band is under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Lauff with help from Mr. John Timmins, Mrs. Mary Emily Binder, Mr. Mark Duker, Mrs. Rachel Luhn, Mr. Charles Staley, Miss Melissa Schwolow, and Mr. Bill Jastrow. As of 2015, Mrs. Mary Emily Binder is in charge of the Neuqua Valley Marching Wildcats, as Mr. Jonathan Lauff has taken the position of department chair after Mr. Charles Staley's retirement.
The school's athletic facilities include: One 8-Lane 25 yard indoor swimming pool that is 13 feet deep at the start and 9 feet deep at the turn, with a side diving well with two boards, and a small 3-Lane 20 yard wading/warm-up pool. The Blue Campus has three gymnasiums: two of these have three full-sized basketball courts each, and one is used for gymnastics. The Gold Campus has 2 Gymnasiums, 1 weight room, and 1 rock climbing wall (given as a Senior class gift in 2003). There is also a fully equipped weight room, a wrestling room, a football field enclosed by a 400-meter recycled rubber running track and a soccer stadium. The school also has more than 10 sound rooms.
The school sponsors numerous extracurricular clubs and organizations ranging from arts and academic to cultural and special interest. While an entire list can be found here, the following are the most notable in terms of being chapters of a larger national movement:
- Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)
- Business Professionals of America (BPA)
- Best Buddies
- Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
- Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Model United Nations
- Operation Snowball
- Vocational Industrial Clubs of America/Skills USA (VICA)
- YMCA Youth and Government
- Science Olympiad
- Individual events (speech)
- Brittany Bock - NWSL defender for Houston Dash and the United States Women's National Soccer Team
- Chris Derrick - Distance runner
- Evan Lysacek - 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist in Figure Skating
- Babatunde Oshinowo - NFL defensive tackle-Carolina Panthers
- Danielle Panabaker - actress "Yours, Mine, and Ours," "Sky High", "Friday the 13th" and "Mr. Brooks"
- Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton - WNBA forward for the Los Angeles Sparks
- Bryan Gaul - Defender for the LA Galaxy. Part of the 2012 MLS Cup winning team.
- Ian Krol - Relief Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
- Kevin Cordes - American Record Holder in the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes
- District 204 Administration; accessed 5 February 2015
- List of District 20 schools and administrators; accessed 20 April 2009
- 2013-2014 Illinois School Report Card; accessed 5 February 2015
- 2011 Illinois School Report Card; accessed 4 November 2011
- "Neuqua Valley High School". U.S.News & World Report LP. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Neuqua Valley High School Athletic Department; accessed 20 April 2009
- IHSA Season Summaries for Neuqua Valley HS; accessed 20 April 2009
- Nike NTN results-2007; accessed 20 April 2009