Niles West High School

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Niles West High School
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5701 W. Oakton St.
Skokie, Illinois 60077
United States
Coordinates 42°01′28″N 87°46′20″W / 42.0244°N 87.7723°W / 42.0244; -87.7723Coordinates: 42°01′28″N 87°46′20″W / 42.0244°N 87.7723°W / 42.0244; -87.7723
School type public, comprehensive secondary
Opened 1959
School district Niles Twp. HS District 219
NCES District ID 1728530[1]
Superintendent Dr. Nanciann Gatta[2]
NCES School ID 172853002988[1]
Principal Jason Ness[3]
Teaching staff 178.37 (FTE)[1]
Grades 9-12[1]
Gender coed[1]
Enrollment 2,698[1] (2011–2012)
Student to teacher ratio 14.13:1[1]
Campus type suburban[1]
Color(s)      red
Athletics conference Central Suburban League[4]
Team name Wolves[4]
Newspaper Niles West News
Yearbook Spectrum

Niles West High School, or NWHS, is a public four-year high school located in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in the United States. It is part of Niles Township Community High School District 219, which also includes Niles North High School, and Niles East High School.[5] Its school teams were originally the Indians, but this was later changed in 2001 to the Wolves. Its feeder middle schools are Lincoln Junior High School (located in Skokie), Fairview South School (located in Skokie), Lincoln Hall Middle School (located in Lincolnwood), Culver Middle School (located in Niles), and Park View School (located in Morton Grove).


Niles West High School sits on over an acre of land. The school opened in 1959.

In 1996, the Niles Township Federation of Teachers went on a strike for two weeks over negotiations with administrators. During that time numerous students staged a walkout and pledged their allegiance to Niles West. Strikes have also happened in 1979 and 1985 with similar results.


In 2007, Niles West had an average composite ACT score of 22.3, and graduated 93.4% of its senior class.[6] The average class size is 19.2.[6] In 2012, Newsweek ranked Niles West on its list of the Top 1000 Public Schools in the nation.

Student life[edit]


The "West Word" student newspaper has been awarded first place for seven years running, with special merit twice, by the American Scholastic Press Association Newspaper contest.[7] Starting in the 2010–2011 school year, the print newspaper was retired, renamed "Niles West News", and moved online.

Fine Arts[edit]

In April 2007, Niles West, together with Niles North, received the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award for excellence in arts education.[8]

In summer 2010, the Niles West High School Theatre Department performed at the 2010 American High School Theatre Festival in Scotland.[9]


Niles West competes in the Central Suburban League and Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Teams are stylized as the Wolves.

Until the end of the 1999–2000 school year, the sports teams were known as Niles West Indians, a name which was changed to the Wolves so as not to offend Native Americans.[10]

Niles West sponsors interscholastic athletic teams for men and women in basketball, cheerleading cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, Water polo, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Women can also compete on the wrestling team. Women may compete in softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors a Poms team for women.[11]

The baseball team has won two IHSA state championships (1971–72 and 74–75).[12] The girls' basketball team won the IHSA state championship in 1978-79.[12]

Niles West Men's gymnastics also won the IHSA state championship for men's gymnastics in 2016.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Niles West High School". Statistical analysis. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). October 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Your Superintendent @ Work". Curriculum vitae. Niles Township High School District 219. 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Principal's Page". Niles West High School. 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Skokie (Niles West)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 27 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Topic Galleries -". Chicago Tribune. 
  6. ^ a b Class of 2007 school report card Archived April 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "American Scholastic Press Association". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Kennedy Center: Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Niles West High School's Team Name To Be Wolves". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Niles West Athletic Department; accessed 11 April 2009
  12. ^ a b "Skokie (Niles West) Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 3 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Showing how far they've come, Niles West gymnasts capture state title". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 

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