Newark Community High School

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Newark Community High School[1] is a public high school serving students from LaSalle, Kendall, and Grundy counties in Illinois. It is located in the town of Newark, in Kendall County. In the 2008-2009 school year, there was an enrolment of 186 students in grades 9-12.[2] Newark's motto is "Learning Drives Success", and the school prides itself on diversity, technology, and good sportsmanship.

Special programs[edit]

Newark has a wide variety of special programs for students. These include Video Conferencing with real world experts,[3] Capitol Forum at the state capitol,[4] Civic and Personal Development, Podcasting, Learn And Serve Project, and many others.[5] A unique graduation requirement is the need for each student to keep a four-year electronic portfolio of personal reflections, where the student critiques their performance and suggests methods of personal improvement.


Newark sport teams include baseball, softball, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, soccer, golf and cheerleading. They are a member of the Illinois "Little Ten" Athletic Conference.[6] The team name is the "Newark Norsemen" ("Lady Norsemen" for girls' teams), a reference to the predominantly Norwegian original area settlers, and team colors are royal blue and white.[7] In 2011, the Newark Norsemen boys' basketball team won the 1A State Championship, setting or tying 6 IHSA records in the final game and finishing the season with a 33-1 record.[8] The team was proudly welcomed home from their victory by Newark residents, who staged a huge procession through the town of about 900, followed by a reception at the high school.[9] In 2008, the Newark Lady Norsemen girls' basketball team advanced to the Illinois State finals, and many Newark residents made the trip to Redbird Arena in Normal, IL to watch them play. The Lady Norsemen captured second in state,[10] an event which the entire town celebrated with an impromptu "Welcome Home!" parade and congratulatory reception.[11] 2008 also saw the boys' basketball team as LTC Co-Champions[12]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

FFA: The Newark FFA Club has been recognized as one of Illinois' leading chapters, having ranked second in the state in nine out of the last ten years.[13] In 2008, they received national ranking and were selected as a 2-star winner in the national FFA Awards program.[14] Some of the distinctive FFA activities at Newark include "Drive Your Tractor To School" day and the FFA Petting Zoo, which is held during FFA Week in February.

Other organizations: Newark has many other extracurricular events and organizations, including Choir, Band, Drama Club, National Honor Society, Earth Club, Kill Club, and Academic Teams.[15]


  1. ^ [1] Newark High School homepage
  2. ^ [2] Public School review data
  3. ^ [3] Forming Business Partnerships Through the Use of Digital Tools by Stuart Warpinski
  4. ^ [4] Springfield, Here We Come! by Tecya Peterson
  5. ^ [5] Special Programs at Newark
  6. ^ [6] Illinois High School Association
  7. ^ [7] IHSA Website: Newark
  8. ^ [8] Ottawa Times, 3/15/11
  9. ^ [9] Ottawa Times, 3/13/11
  10. ^ [10]"Sharing Our Story" article
  11. ^ [11]"Goin' To State In '08" Photo Gallery
  12. ^ [12] Newark Norsemen athletic page
  13. ^ [13] Article: Despite New State Alignments, Newark FFA Chapter Remains One Of Illinois' Top Chapters
  14. ^ [14] Article: FFA Chapter receives National Recogniztion
  15. ^ [15] List of Newark High organizations

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