Rich East High School

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Rich East High School
300 Sauk Trail
Park Forest, Illinois 60466
United States
Coordinates 41°28′51″N 87°41′26″W / 41.4809°N 87.6905°W / 41.4809; -87.6905
School type public secondary
Motto Leadership, Scholarship, Sportsmanship
Opened 1952
School district Rich Township HS #227
Superintendent Mr. Ronald Patton[1]
Principal Mr. Mark Kramer[2]
Staff 265[3]
Grades 912
Gender coed
Enrollment 1,000[3]
Average class size 13.5[3]
Color(s)      green
Athletics conference South Suburban Conference
Team name Rockets[4]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5]
Average ACT scores 17.8[3]
Newspaper The Reveiller
Yearbook Lagoon

Rich East High School or REHS is a public four-year high school located in Park Forest, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago in the United States. Rich East's campus serves the cities of Park Forest, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Chicago Heights and Richton Park. It is a part of Rich Township District 227, which also includes Rich South High School and Rich Central High School.


Rich East High school was the first of its district to open in 1952, but was originally called Rich Township High school. This was the school's name until the construction of Rich Central High School in 1961 and Rich South High School in 1972, which now make up the three schools of district 227. Rich East was originally held in the Faith United Protestant Church until Park Forest gave them the open land to build the school. The land was only open and given to them for free by the villagers of Park Forest because it was mostly composed of clay, which is not suitable to build upon.[dubious ][citation needed]

Many old students remember that for many years, cement had to be pumped underneath the school's main gym so that it would not sink.
The Media Center, in the front of the building was also built on unstable ground and after several days of rain, water would rise up into the carpet, making it difficult to breathe. The head librarian would scramble to save books.

There is a lagoon on the campus. In nice weather, students would sit around it during lunch times. In the winter, if it froze enough, the surface would be smoothed and people would ice skate on it. The school yearbook was named "The Lagoon" after it.

Rich East High School was originally predominately white with some African Americans. Teachers were also very strict about boys and girls showing affection in school; if a boy and a girl were holding hands, some teachers would simply tell them to stop and others would pull their hands apart.

In the 1970s, the school newspaper, The Reveillier, won numerous journalism awards for the quality of its writing. Some in the school administration and on the school board tried unsuccessfully to censor and put other limits on the paper, but those efforts were largely unsuccessful.[6][7]
Another notable fact about Rich East was that it had a working, student-run radio station in the '70s, very progressive for high schools at the time.


The activities included at Rich East are band, computer arts, chorus, dance, photography, ceramics/sculpture, drawing/painting, theater/drama, newspaper, yearbook, debate, science and technology and student council/government. They also hold academic contests. Parents from Rich East are also expected to participate. They are welcome to join the school in receiving newsletters, attending parent-teacher conferences, participating in parent groups such as the PTA and social gatherings and events, going on field trips, organizing social events and fundraising for the school.

Student Resources[edit]

Students with learning disabilities have the option of being in a self-contained room with other students with learning disabilities or they can be completely included in the general education classroom. Students who are English-learners also have two options. They may group together in one self-contained class all day, or they can be pulled out of the classroom as a group for only part of the day. Other student resources are the school nurses, guidance counselors, peer counselors, psychologists, tutors, the media center and the technology center.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff[edit]


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  2. ^ "Rich East Administration". directory. Rich East High School. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Illinois School Report Card" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Park Forest (Rich East)". directory. Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 19 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Institution Summary for Rich East High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune, "Communications Gap Plagues School Board, March 26, 1970, p.5, section 1B
  7. ^ "Interview with Ken Lingner". Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Durando, Stu (28 August 2009). "Close to home meant a lot to Illini lineman". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, MO, USA. Retrieved 17 October 2009. The undersized offensive lineman was lightly regarded out of Rich East High, a two-star recruit who didn't project as a Big Ten offensive guard. 
  9. ^ "52 Jon Asamoah". statistics & biographical sketch. University of Illinois Department of Athletics. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Tom Berenger". biographic sketch & filmography. New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Deitsch, Richard (2 December 2002). "Q + a [tom berenger]". Sports Illustrated. 97 (22). Retrieved 17 October 2009. Q: You played tight end at Rich East High in Park Forest, Ill. Could you ever have survived Bryant's Junction camp? 
  12. ^ Trost, Joe (18 December 2000). "Hodges' Rich tradition Former NBA player back at alma mater to share experience". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 17 October 2009. Rich East coach Bill Yarborough remembers it like yesterday when former Bulls guard Craig Hodges spoke ... "He came back in 1991 ..." said Yarborough about the 1978 graduate of Rich East. 
  13. ^ "Craig Hodges". statistics & biographic information. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  14. ^ Bell, Taylor (9 September 1994). "GRIDIRON GREATS". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 17 October 2009. L Larry McCarren, Rich East 1968 
  15. ^ "Park Forest honors builders, artists, first families". SouthtownStar. Chicago, IL, USA. 20 July 2008. One week from Wednesday, Park Forest will connect some generational dots as they pay homage to three - Philip Klutznick, Nathan Manilow and Carroll Sweet Sr. - who dreamed, planned and built the village along with two - Dawn Upshaw and Art Hodes - who contributed heavily to the world's culture ... Dawn Upshaw, a Rich East High School graduate 
  16. ^ Macey, Alan (28 August 2009). "'Turf War' trophy on the line for H-F, Marian". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 17 August 2009. Coaching the receivers will be Ryan Yarborough, a former Rich East and New York Jets star. 
  17. ^ "Ryan Yarborough". biography & statistics. New York Jets. 1995. Archived from the original on November 23, 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2009. earned all-area and all-conference honors as a senior at Rich East High School in his hometown of Park Forest, IL. 
  18. ^ Crowe, Jerry (23 March 1989). "NCAA Basketball Tournament - Michigan Coach Steve Fisher Isn't a Rookie, He's Now 2-0". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2009. Yes, (I was a head coach) on the high school level ... "It doesn't matter if you're at Rich East High School (in Park Forest, Ill., where he started), or coaching in a CYO rec league, where my 10-year-old plays, or coaching at the University of Michigan." 
  19. ^ Pille, Bob (29 March 1989). "Fisher, not Michigan, taking Cinderella role". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 17 October 2009. Michigan's Steve Fisher had two victories and Smith's autograph. "I got it on my program at a clinic in Chicago when I was a high school coach (at Rich East)," says Fisher. 
  20. ^ Berkowitz, Steve (20 December 1989). "Fisher and Michigan Continue to Make for a Perfect Match". Washington Post. Washington, DC, USA. Retrieved 17 October 2009. "He's still the same Steve Fisher that he was before," senior guard Rumeal Robinson said. The same Steve Fisher who coached for eight years at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. ... "I'm not doing anything different now than I did when I was at Rich East," Fisher said. 
  21. ^ Jenkins, Chris (7 March 2001). "Hard times, hot market propel keepsake sales". USA Today. Retrieved 17 October 2009. Hodges, who helps coach the basketball team at Rich East High School in suburban Chicago, won't talk about the dispute. 

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