Rock Island High School

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Rock Island High School
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Rock Island, Illinois
United States
Coordinates 41°29′13″N 90°34′39″W / 41.486937°N 90.577544°W / 41.486937; -90.577544Coordinates: 41°29′13″N 90°34′39″W / 41.486937°N 90.577544°W / 41.486937; -90.577544
Type Public
Motto Excellence Every Day
Established 1936
School district Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41
Dean Mr. Jadiem Wilson (A-L)
Mrs. Katie Hartzler (M-Z)
Mr. Michael Hawley (9th gr.)
Principal Mr. Eric Moore,

Mrs. Michelle Lillis, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Karla Thies, Assistant Principal
Faculty 160
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1601 (per 2010-2011)
Campus type High School
Color(s)           Crimson, Gold
Athletics conference Western Big 6
Mascot Rocks

Rock Island High School, also known as "Rocky", is a public four-year high school located in Rock Island, Illinois, United States. Rocky is within the Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41, and the school colors are crimson and gold.




  • Mr. Jadiem Wilson, Students A-L
  • Mrs. Katie Hartzler, Students M-Z
  • Mr. Michael Hawley, Freshman Academy Coordinator

Other Administrators[edit]


The library contains two computer labs, powered by Apple iMac computers. Each teacher has an Apple MacBook laptops, and Promethean boards are found throughout the building. In addition, seven different computer labs are available, powered by both Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows. Also many teachers are being supplied with iPads to use for educational purposes.

Academic Programs[edit]

The high school has a strong academic program, with multiple honors and AP classes available.

Honors and AP Classes[edit]

  • Honors English 9-11
  • AP College English
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Physics
  • Honors Biology II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • AP Calculus I
  • AP Statistics
  • AP American History
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology

Music Programs[edit]

  • Marching Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Symphonic Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Orchestra

Foreign Language[edit]

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Elective Programs[edit]


Rock Island High School participates in the Illinois High School Association and is a member of the Western Big 6 Conference. Rock Island High School seeks to provide an array of activities to engage each student in finding their true passion.


The Rock Island Swim Team won its first Sectional Championship in more than 20 years this March. The Rocks won the IHSA 3A Boys' Basketball championship on March 19, 2011. They defeated the Centralia Orphans by a score of 50-40 in double overtime. The Rock Island Girls' Track team also grooms multiple state qualifiers and has won numerous contests.

The Rocks have also won the IHSA Speech sectional for 11 years in a row, which has qualified them for the Illinois State Championship in speech, a contest that has no class divisions. The Speech Team has been recognized as one of the key players in the State Tournament for more than 20 years.

In Music[edit]

The band was named an Illinois All-State Honor Band in 2013 by the Illinois Music Education Association. Under the direction of Peter Carlin, the Pride of Rock Island Marching Band has ranked among the best in the state and represented themselves as the premier marching band of the Quad Cities. The program consistently produces more ILMEA All-State musicians than any other in the immediate region.

Of the three choirs, the Chamber Singers are recognized throughout the Quad Cities for their Christmas tour. Further, the Chamber Singers are requested at many charitable events. Under the direction of Scott Voigt, the program constantly produces high numbers of ILMEA District 2 choir members, as well as All-State singers.

Rock Island Public Schools Stadium and Almquist Field[edit]

Rock Island High School has an on-campus stadium, the Rock Island Public Schools Stadium, with a seating capacity of nearly 16,000. Within the stadium, Almquist Field is surfaced with an AstroTurf artificial turf.

The Rock Island High School Auditorium[edit]

The beating heart of Rock Island High School is its theatre. The community is privileged to have a 1930s Art Deco Auditorium. The lower seating capacity is 1000 persons. The upper capacity is 500 persons. The proscenium measures 50 feet. Needed Rigging Improvements were just the beginning of a project to revitalize this diamond in the rough. In time with community initiatives the theater will again be the state-of-the-art venue it once was.

Notable alumni[edit]


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