Peoria High School (Peoria, Illinois)
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Peoria High School is a public high school in Peoria, Illinois. Peoria High School was established in 1856 and is the oldest continually operating high school west of the Allegheny Mountains. Not true. Evansville Central is the oldest high school west of the Alleghenies. Peoria High is located at 1615 N. North Street and moved to this location in 1916. Peoria High School is commonly referred to as "Central" to distinguish it from Richwoods and Manual, and it is centrally located in Peoria.(as of 2010 only 2 other high schools one was closed) high schools in Peoria Public Schools District 150; Peoria is the only city in the tri-county area with multiple high schools.
The school had a 150th all-school reunion and celebration in June 2006 at the Peoria Civic Center.
I.H.S.A. Speech Team Champions 1978.
Peoria High is a member of the Big Twelve League in athletics, and the school mascot is the Lions. The school mascot was the Maroons until the late 1940s when it was changed. The school colors are maroon, black, and white. Peoria High won the Illinois High School Association AA Boys state basketball championship in 1908, and 1977. Peoria High won consecutive state titles in 2003 and 2004 under the direction of long-time coach Chuck Buescher. Peoria High won the 2016 Class 5A football championship with a 62-48 win over the Vernon Hill Cougars. Their longtime rivals are the Peoria Manual Rams. The Peoria High boys basketball team won the 2012 Class 3A state title at the Peoria Civic Center.
The student council of Peoria High School is a part of the Hopewell District of the Illinois Association of Student Councils. They take part in (as well as host) a multitude of events for student councils throughout the state.
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