Ridgewood High School (Illinois)

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Ridgewood High School
Rebels Logo.jpg
7500 West Montrose Avenue
, Illinois
Coordinates 41°57′39″N 87°48′53″W / 41.96091°N 87.81471°W / 41.96091; -87.81471Coordinates: 41°57′39″N 87°48′53″W / 41.96091°N 87.81471°W / 41.96091; -87.81471
Type Public secondary
Established 1960
Dean Gina Castellano
Principal Chris Uhle
Faculty 56
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 808
Campus Urban
Color(s) Kelly Green, White
Mascot Rebels
Newspaper The Rebellion
Yearbook The Imperial

Ridgewood High School, or RHS, is a public four-year high school located in Norridge, Illinois, an enclave suburb completely surrounded by Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Ridgewood Community High School District 234.

The school serves portions of Norridge, Harwood Heights and unincorporated Norwood Park Township.


Ridgewood High School received national attention in the 1960s following its opening, by TIME Magazine and the Ladies Home Journal selected it as one of "America’s Top Ten High Schools" in May 1968. Ridgewood's main rivals are Elmwood Park High School and Riverside-Brookfield High School.


Ridgewood competes in the Metro Suburban Conference and Illinois High School Association. Its mascot is the Rebel. Ridgewood has the following teams.

  • Men's Football
  • Men's Soccer
  • Men's Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Wrestling
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Women's Softball
  • Women's Soccer
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Cross Country
  • Cheerleading
  • Pom Pons

During the summer, Ridgewood offers a summer sport camp to different elementary school grades. The following sports and activities are offered.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field
  • Softball
  • Golf
  • Percussion
  • Full Band


As of the 2015-2016 school year the following activities are active. A brief description of their projects and responsibilities are listed below them.

  • Art Club
    • Competes in art competitions.
  • Band
    • Includes: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, School and Community Performances.
  • Chess Club
    • Learns chess and competes.
  • Choices
    • Organizes Snowball, Snowflake, Red Ribbon Day, Youth-In-Action, S.A.D.D.
  • DECA
    • Takes part in local, state, and national competitions.
  • Drama Club
    • Performs the Fall Play & Spring Play
  • FBLA
    • Takes part in local, state, and national competitions.
  • Future Educators Association
    • Teaches about how to become a future educator
  • Garden Club
    • Plants and distributes crops.
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
    • Promotes an environment of respect.
  • Glee Club
    • Performs School and Community performances.
  • Interact
    • High School version of Rotary.
  • International Club
    • Creates an understanding of diversity.
  • Italian National Honor Society
    • Inductions and Community Services.
  • Junior Athletic Trainers
    • Teaches the skills and protocols for athletic training.
  • Mathletes
    • Competes in math contests.
  • Multimedia Club
    • Radio and television stations.
  • National Honor Society
    • Inductions, Peer Tutoring, School and Community Projects.
  • The Rebellion
    • School Newspaper
  • Ridgewood Readers
    • Organizes the coffee house. Enhances and encourages the enjoyment of reading.
  • Science and Engineering Club
    • Competes in science and engineering contests.
  • Varsity R/Pep Club
    • Promotes school spirit.
  • Yearbook
    • Produces the yearbook.
  • Student Council
    • Freshmen Orientation
    • Homecoming Parade
    • Homecoming Assembly
    • Homecoming Night Rally
    • Homecoming 1/2 Time
    • Homecoming Dance
    • Homecoming Activities Week
    • Adopt-A-Kid
    • Blood Drives
    • Class Officer Election


On June 5, 2013, the completion of its $20 million sound abatement project, funded with federal grants from the FAA.

As of 2013, the student body makeup is 48 percent male and 52 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 22 percent. According to U.S. News.


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