Neuqua Valley High School

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Neuqua Valley High School
Neuqua Valley HS 1.jpg
Address
2360 95th Street
Naperville, Illinois 60564
United States
Coordinates 41°42′27″N 88°11′46″W / 41.70762°N 88.196011°W / 41.70762; -88.196011
Information
School type Public secondary
Opened 1997
School district Indian Prairie S.D. 204
Superintendent Karen Sullivan[1]
Principal Robert McBride[2]
Grades 9–12
Gender Coed
Enrollment 3885[3] (2014–15)
Average class size 27.7[3]
Campus Suburban
School color(s)      Blue
     Gold
Athletics conference Dupage Valley Conference
Mascot Willie the Wildcat
Nickname Wildcats
Average ACT scores 26.1
Publication The Essence
Newspaper The Echo
Yearbook Neshnabec
Website

Neuqua Valley High School (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 Metea Valley High School, in Indian Prairie School District 204.

History[edit]

The campus consists of two locations. The Birkett Freshman Center building houses freshmen. The Main Campus, the original building, houses sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The original Neuqua Valley 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, also the namesake of the Fresman Campus building, in honor of her service as district superintendent until 2014.

Neuqua Valley was designed by the architecture firm ATS&R.[4]

Academics[edit]

In 2011, Neuqua Valley had an average composite ACT score of 25.2, and graduated 99.1% of its senior class.[5]

In 2013, US News ranked Neuqua Valley 563rd in their annual list of the top American public high schools.[6] However, Neuqua Valley has not met federal education standards under the No Child Left Behind law.[7]

In November 2011, Neuqua Valley High School was ranked 11th in the "Top 50 High Schools in Chicagoland" by the Chicago Tribune and was the top ranked high school in Naperville, Illinois.[8]

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, Special Education (SPED) and Business classrooms. The E wing contains the cafeteria and Physical Education facilities and the staff room.

First-year classes are held in the Brikett Freshman Campus building. Some classes for seniors were once held in a special "Frontier Campus". This building was closed in 2012, and all seniors now attend classes at the Main Campus.

Honors[edit]

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[9] has a list of other awards.

Controversy[edit]

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.[10]

Athletics[edit]

Neuqua Valley competes in the DuPage Valley Conference for athletics.[11] 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 and diving, tennis, track and 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.[12]

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.[12] Outside of these teams, the school sponsors a lacrosse club, a sport recognized as an emerging sport by the IHSA.[13] An extensive intramural program is available, competing in many sports including basketball, bowling, and even ping pong. Each fall, Neuqua participates in a women's powderpuff football tournament with Waubonsie, Metea, Naperville Central, Naperville North, and Benet Academy in Lisle. Neuqua is home to a large multi-team ultimate frisbee club, which started in 2007. The varsity team placed third in the nation in the 2012 season.[14]

The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA State Championship:[15]

  • Badminton: State Champions (2014–15, 2015–16); 2nd place (2016–17)
  • Baseball: 3rd place (2007–08); State Champions (2006–07)
  • Women'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, 2008–09); 3rd place (2010–11, 2011–12); State Champions (2007–08, 2009–10, 2016–17)
  • Dance team: 4th place (2012–13); State Champions (2014–15, 2015–16)
  • Football (boys') : Conference Champions; Lost in State Semi-Finals (2012–13)
  • Golf (girls'): 4th place (2001–02, 2002–03); 2nd place (2000–01)
  • Hockey: State Champions (2002–03)
  • Science Olympiad: 4th place (2016-2017)
  • Soccer (boys'): 4th place (2008–09); 2nd place (2007–08); State Champions (2003–04)
  • Soccer (girls'): State Champions (2004–05); 2nd place (2014–15)
  • Speech: 2nd place (2013–14)
  • Swimming and diving (boys'): 4th place (2005–06); 3rd place (2006–07); 2nd place (2008–09, 2009–10); State Champions (2007–08);
  • Swimming and diving (girls'): 3rd place (2002–03, 2012–13); 2nd place (2005–06)
  • Track and field (boys'): 2nd place (2008–09); 3rd place (2009–10); 2nd place (2014–15)
  • Volleyball (boys'): 3rd place (2006–07, 2007–08)
  • 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.[16] They placed 12th in 2009 and 2010, and were fifth in the nation in 2016.[17]

The boys' track team has displayed increasing success since the late 2000s, including a back-to-back state championship 4×400 relay in 2008-09 and 2009–10, a feat rarely achieved in IHSA track and field.

Marching band[edit]

The marching band performs at all of the home football games at halftime and plays pep songs to rally the crowd during the game. The NVHS dance team dances along to the pep songs at halftime after the band's main performance. The Marching Wildcats march at the Labor Day parade and the Memorial Day parade in Downtown Naperville. The Marching Wildcats placed third at the Illinois Marching Band Championships two years in a row.

Facilities[edit]

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,[18] with a side diving well with two boards, and a small 3-lane 20-yard wading/warm-up pool. The Main Campus has three gymnasiums. Two of these have three full-sized basketball courts each, and one is used for gymnastics. The Birkett Freshman Center has two gymnasiums, a weight room, and a 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.

Activities[edit]

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 at nvhs.ipsd.org,[19] the following are the most notable in terms of being chapters of a larger national movement:

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IPSD 204: Administrative Offices". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "IPSD 204: Schools At-A-Glance". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b 2014-2015 Illinois School Report Card; accessed 3 April 2018
  4. ^ http://schooldesigns.com/Project-Details.aspx?Project_ID=134
  5. ^ "Neuqua Valley High School -- Chicago Tribune 2014 Illinois School Report Cards". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Neuqua Valley High School". U.S.News & World Report LP. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Neuqua Valley High School -- Chicago Tribune 2014 Illinois School Report Cards". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ http://schools.chicagotribune.com/lists/best-overall-psae
  9. ^ Music Department homepage
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Illinois high school football, Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley, Metea Valley move to the DuPage Valley makes sense, writes Mike Helfgot in his high school football blog for Chicago Tribune". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "NVHS :: Online Registration". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ IHSA. "Boys Lacrosse - IHSA Sports & Activities". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  14. ^ "NV Ultimate Frisbee Club - Neuqua Valley High School Frisbee Club". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Page Not Found". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  16. ^ "NikeCrossNationals.com - Nike Cross Nationals Official Site - NXN - Results - 2007 NTN Boys 5k Run CC Championship". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  17. ^ http://nxn.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?do=title&title_id=187&event_id=13
  18. ^ http://www.teamunify.com/ishsc/__eventform__/47342_47240_First%20splash%2009.doc
  19. ^ here
  20. ^ Hegarty, Erin (9/27/17). "New 'SNL' cast member attended Naperville schools". Chicago Tribune.  Check date values in: |date= (help)