Rock Island High School
|Rock Island High School|
|Rock Island, Illinois
|Motto||Excellence Every Day|
|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
|Number of students||1601 (per 2010-2011)|
|Campus type||High School|
|Athletics conference||Western Big 6|
|Website||Rock Island High School|
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.
- 1 Administration
- 2 Technology
- 3 Academic Programs
- 4 Activities
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
- Mr. Eric Moore Principal
- Mrs. Michelle Lillis, Assistant Principal
- Mrs. Karla Thies, Assistant Principal
- Mr. Jadiem Wilson, Students A-L
- Mrs. Katie Hartzler, Students M-Z
- Mr. Michael Hawley, Freshman Academy Coordinator
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.
The high school has a strong academic program, with multiple honors and AP classes available.
Honors and AP Classes
- 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
- Marching Band
- Jazz Band
- Concert Band
- Symphonic Band
- Concert Choir
- Symphonic Choir
- Chamber Choir
- Graphic Design
- Career Center Training (at United Township High School)
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.
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
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
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.
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- Brian W. McRae (1975) Six time Emmy Award winning Lighting Designer. Credits include... "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson, "Days of Our Lives", and "Guiding Light".
- Marcus Ward Lyon, Jr. (1893): zoologist, bacteriologist, and pathologist; president of the American Society of Mammalogists (1931–1933)
- Charles Carpenter (Lt. Col.): highly decorated Second World War artillery observation pilot nicknamed Bazooka Charlie; destroyed several German armored vehicles in his bazooka-equipped Piper L-4 Cub/Grasshopper light observation aircraft, christened Rosie the Rocketeer.
- Joel D. Collier (1949) is a former head coach for the Buffalo Bills and defensive coordinator, most notably with the Denver Broncos.
- Steve Decker - former MLB catcher. Manager of the Connecticut Defenders (AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants-Eastern League)
- Susann McDonald (1953) is a classical harpist and professor of music. In 1989, she founded the USA International Harp Competition.
- Pete Mickeal (1996) is a professional basketball player, currently playing for Regal FC Barcelona.
- Don Nelson is a former professional basketball player and coach. His 1335 victories as a head coach is the all-time record for a head coach in NBA history.
- Gary Payton (1966) is a former astronaut who flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery as a part of mission STS-51-C.
- Chasson Randle, college basketball player for Stanford University.
- Mark Schwiebert (1968) is the former mayor of Rock Island (1989–2009).
- Jonathan Tweet class valedictorian in 1983, game designer, author of Grandmother Fish, blogger
- Austin Wheatley (1995) is a former professional football player who briefly played for the New Orleans Saints in 2000.
- Sara Von Gillern - Starred on the FOX show, So You Think You Can Dance.
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Many others had successful careers in college and the NFL, including ... Joe Collier (Rock Island, 1949)
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Mickeal was an all-state player at Rock Island, a national junior college player of the year during the second of two national championship seasons at Indian Hills and an honorable mention all-American after a standout senior season at Cincinnati in 2000.
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played high-school basketball at Rock Island HS ...
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When Don Nelson was starring on the basketball court for three seasons at Rock Island High School from 1955 to '58 ... They certainly never imagined that Nelson someday would win more games in the NBA than anyone who came before him.
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High School: Rock Island in Rock Island, Illinois
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Don Nelson has been surprising the so-called experts throughout his playing and coaching career. After his senior year in high school at Rock Island, Ill., no major basketball powers beat a path to his door.
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Graduated from high school in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1966
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After graduating from Rock Island High School in 1966, and spending a year at Bradley University, Mr. Payton entered the U.S. Air Force Academy ...
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Mark was born in Moline, Illinois to Lloyd A. and Olive E. Schwiebert. He attended Rock Island public schools, graduating from Rock Island High School in 1968.
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High School: Rock Island HS