North Shore Country Day School
|North Shore Country Day School|
310 Green Bay Road|
Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois 60093-4094
Private country day school|
|Motto||Live and Serve|
c.1880 (Rugby School) |
|Founder||Perry Dunlap Smith|
|Head of school||Thomas J. Flemma|
Lower School: 185 students|
Middle School: 125 students
Upper School: 225 students
Total: 535 students (2016)
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|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 the Eight-Year Study: 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, Thomas J. Flemma became the ninth head of school in North Shore's history. Prior to being hired by North Shore, 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: 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)
- Richard Appel 1981 - Writer for The Simpsons, actor, producer
- Merle Chambers 1964 - Lawyer, business executive, philanthropist
- Joel de la Fuente 1987 - Actor in film, television and theater
- Roger Fisher 1939 - Editor of the Harvard Law Review, Harvard Law School professor
- Thomas F. Geraghty 1962 - Co-director of the Northwestern University Legal Clinic
- Jessica Harper 1967 - Actress, producer, singer, author
- John A. Howard 1939 - Founder of the Rockford Institute
- Bruce Jarchow 1966 - Film and TV actor
- John R. MacArthur 1974 - President of Harper's Magazine
- John Macy 1934 - Chairman of United States Civil Service Commission, recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Richard Marx 1981 - Adult contemporary singer, songwriter and record producer
- Dick Meyer 1976 - Journalist and producer, CBS News, BBC America and NPR
- Alex Moffat 2000 - Saturday Night Live cast member
- Francis Daniels Moore 1931 - former Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and member of the first surgical team to perform a human organ transplant
- Charles Hamilton Newman 1956 - Author, Northwestern University English professor
- James L. Oakes 1941 - Former Senior Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- John Ott 1927 - Creator of time-lapse photography
- Michael Reinsdorf 1985 - President of the Chicago Bulls
- Jereme Richmond 2010 - Former shooting guard for the Delaware 87ers
- Katherine Sanford 1933 - American cell biologist and developer of the first lab test for Alzheimer's disease
- John Baker Saunders 1972 - Founding member and bassist for grunge rock supergroup Mad Season
- Aaron Swartz 2004 - Computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist
- Jory Vinikour 1981 - Harpsichordist
- Stokely Webster 1930 - Impressionist
- Pete Wentz 1997 - Bassist, lyricist, and backup vocals for Fall Out Boy
- Rocky Wirtz 1971 - Owner of the Chicago Blackhawks
- Anne Young 1965 - Former Chief of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and current Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School
- Peyton Young 1962 - game theorist, Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and former President of the Game Theory Society
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- Joel de la Fuente
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