North Shore Country Day School
|North Shore Country Day School|
|310 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, Illinois, Cook County 60093-4094
|Type||Private country day school
|Motto||Live and Serve|
|Founded||c.1880 (Rugby School)
|Founder||Perry Dunlap Smith|
|Head of school||Dr. Thomas J. Flemma|
|Enrollment||Lower School: 185 students
Middle School: 125 students
Upper School: 225 students
Total: 535 students (2016)
|Student to teacher ratio||8 to 1|
|Campus size||16 acres (6.5 ha)|
|Color(s)||Purple and White |
|Fight song||"O'er the Fields"]|
|Rival||Francis W. Parker School, Latin School of Chicago, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools|
|Newspaper||Diller Street Journal|
North Shore Country Day School is a selective prep school in Winnetka, Illinois. It was founded in its current form as a coeducational school in 1919 during the Country Day School movement, though it followed the Rugby School for Boys (1893-1900) and Girton School for Girls (1900-1918). It consists of a lower school, a middle school, and an upper school.
In the 1893, Francis King Cook opened the Rugby School for Boys in the nearby village of Kenilworth. Within the next decade, due to the opening of the fee-free Joseph Sears School, Cook moved his school to the present site today in Winnetka. Shortly after, the school reimagined itself as the Girton School For Girls. The school built three more buildings on what was then known as the Garland Estate, but by 1918-19 the school began to encounter funding difficulties. A group of parents and alumni from the Girton School and local area came together in 1919 and chose Perry Dunlap Smith to found the North Shore Country Day School for girls and boys of all ages. With the popularity of the Country Day School movement, this was seen as the next logical step for the school. The school continues to have no class rankings and no academic awards. As it became clear the Country Day school would outlast its time as a traditional school, the founder and first headmaster Perry Dunlap Smith hired Chicago area architect Edwin H. Clark to redesign the school grounds.
The school was one of 27 schools selected from a group of 250 candidate schools in the U.S. chosen in 1933 for alternative admission standards for admission to 200 selective colleges. As a progressive country day school, there was to be an enriched core curriculum with independent study. The school sought to fit the curriculum to the students' needs, rather than to require a fixed course of instruction.
At the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, the school was one of 21 schools that publicly supported the Kennedy administration's policies of racial equality, stating that independent schools must offer the benefits of a quality education to all qualified students.
In July 2016, following the retirement of W. Thomas Doar III, Dr. Thomas J. Flemma became the ninth head of school in North Shore's history. Prior to being hired by North Shore, Dr. Flemma was the Associate Head of School and Dean of Faculty at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.
In 2017, the school was ranked the 3rd best private high school in the state of Illinois (of 119), and 57th best in the country (of 3,231) 
For the Class of 2016, the middle 50% ACT range was 29-33. The exam is marked out of 36.
After two years of research and development, the school introduced a new schedule for the 2015-16 academic year.
Physical education is required at all grade levels, and interscholastic competition is required of students in 6th to 11th grades. North Shore is a member of the Chicago Independent School League and competes against eight other secondary schools in the Chicago area.
As of 2016, the following sports were available:
- Cross Country (coeducational varsity)
- Field Hockey (girls: varsity, JV, middle school)
- Football (boys: varsity, JV, middle school)
- Golf (varsity and girls varsity)
- Soccer (boys: varsity, JV, middle school)
- Tennis (girls: varsity and JV)
- Volleyball (girls: varsity, JV, freshman/sophomore, middle school)
- Basketball (boys and girls: varsity, JV, freshman/sophomore, middle school)
- Track & Field (boys and girls: varsity)
- Baseball (boys: varsity, JV, middle school)
- Soccer (girls: varsity, JV, middle school)
- Tennis (boys: varsity, JV)
- Track & Field (coeducational varsity, middle school)
- Pete Wentz '97 - Bassist, lyricist, and backup vocals for Fall Out Boy
- Richard Marx '81 - Adult contemporary singer, songwriter and record producer; and 2007 Stanton Recipient
- Rocky Wirtz '71 - Owner of the Chicago Blackhawks
- Jessica Harper '67 - Actress, producer, singer, author
- Alex Moffat '00 - Saturday Night Live cast member
- Richard Appel '81 - Writer for The Simpsons, actor, producer
- Peyton Young '62 - game theorist, James Meade Professor of Economics at University of Oxford
- John R. MacArthur '74 - President of Harper's Magazine
- Dick Meyer '76 - Journalist and producer, CBS News, BBC America and NPR
- Bruce Jarchow '66 - Film and TV actor
- James L. Oakes '41 - Senior Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1992 to 2007
- John Macy '34 - Chairman of United States Civil Service Commission, recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Aaron Swartz '04 - Computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist
- Thomas F. Geraghty '62 - Co-director of the Northwestern University Legal Clinic
- John Ott '27 - Creator of time-lapse photography
- Roger Fisher '39 - Editor of the Harvard Law Review, Harvard Law School professor
- John Baker Saunders '72 - Founding member and bassist for grunge rock supergroup Mad Season
- Jory Vinikour '81 - Harpsichordist
- John A. Howard '39 - Founder of the Rockford Institute
- Anne Young '65 - Former Chief of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and current Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School
- Stokely Webster '30 - Impressionist
- Joel de la Fuente '87 - Actor in film, television and theater
- Charles Hamilton Newman '56 - Author, Northwestern University English professor
- Francis Daniels Moore '31 - former Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and member of the first surgical team to perform a human organ transplant
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- "'Progressives' Hail New Type School; Advocates of 'Unshackled' Preparation Say Students Met College Tests. Entered Without Credits Records of 332 Men, Women In 18 Institutions Are Offered for Comparison. Social Problems Emphasized." By Eunive Barnard. The New York Times. New York, N.Y.: August 1, 1937. pg. 77
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- Joel de la Fuente
- Charles Newman (author)
- North Shore Country Day School — official site