Schaumburg High School
|Schaumburg High School|
1100 W. Schaumburg Rd.
|School type||Public secondary|
|Opened||September 17th 1970|
|School district||Twp. H.S. District 211|
|Superintendent||Dr. Daniel Cates|
|Average class size||21|
|School color(s)||Cardinal red |
|Slogan||"We are SHS"|
|Fight song||Saxon Victory Song|
|Athletics conference||Mid-Suburban League|
Schaumburg High School, also known as SHS, is a public four-year high school located in Schaumburg, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, United States. The school is part of Township High School District 211, which also includes William Fremd High School, Hoffman Estates High School, Palatine High School, and James B. Conant High School.
Schaumburg High School opened on September 17, 1970, located 31 miles northwest of downtown Chicago near Woodfield. It is accredited by the North Central Association and has earned full recognition status by the State Superintendent of Schools in the State of Illinois.
In 1993 the United States Department of Education recognized Schaumburg High School as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 1996 SHS was recognized by Redbook magazine as one of "America's Best Schools." In 1999 they were one of 96 high schools nationwide recognized as an outstanding high school by U.S. News & World Report.
In late 2008, SHS underwent a massive reconstruction product in which 13 new classrooms, a new grand foyer, busport, administration center, three new science labs, and handicap accessibility were added to the high school. This was a part of the larger District 211 construction projects on Conant, Hoffman Estates, and Schaumburg High schools.
Schaumburg High School was ranked 486 in the nation during the year 2012 by Newsweek's Best High Schools. In 2015, SHS had an average composite ACT score of 22.1, and graduated 96.5% of its senior class.
Athletics and activities
Schaumburg currently has 47 clubs & activities and 24 athletic organizations. They are a member of the Mid-Suburban League. SHS is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic sports and activities in the state. Its mascot is Siegie Saxon and they are known as the Saxons.
Schaumburg sponsors interscholastic athletic teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Young men may compete in baseball, football, wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, bowling, and softball. The school also sponsors teams for young men and women in lacrosse, though this sport is not sponsored by the IHSA.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective state tournament or meet.
- Baseball: 2nd place (1988–89); State Champions (1996–97); 7th place (2005–06)
- Basketball (boys): 4th place (1998–99); State Champions (2000–01)
- Bowling (girls): 3rd place (1973–74, 1982–83, 2006–07, 2017-18); 2nd place (1972–73, 2007–08); State Champions (2003–04)
- Cross Country (boys): 4th place (1980–81, 1995–96); 3rd place (1992–93, 1998–99, 2006–07); 2nd place (1981–82, 1991–92, 1999–2000); State Champions (1985–86, 1987–88, 1988–89)
- Cross Country (girls): 4th place (1984–85, 2002–03); 2nd place (1986–87, 1991–92); State Champions (1982–83, 1999–2000, 2010–11)
- Debate (Congressional): State Champions (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Debate (Lincoln-Douglas): State Champions (2012), 2nd Place (2014, 2015)
- Debate (Public Forum): State Champions (2014), 2nd Place (2013)
- Field Hockey (girls): State Champions (1977–78) -- discontinued by the IHSA
- Football: 2nd place (1999–2000)
- Gymnastics (girls): 3rd place (2010–11)
- Ice Hockey (boys) : State Runner Up (1987)
- Soccer (girls): 4th place (1988–89, 1991–92); 3rd place (1990–91); State Champions (1992–93)
- Poms: 1st place (2008)(2011)
- Flags: 1st place in lyrical flag, tall flag, and State Grand Champions (2009–10), 1st place in lyrical flag, 3rd in tall flag, and State Grand Champions (2010–11)
- Business Professionals of America: State Champion in Interview Skills and third place for Extemporaneous Speaking – Shawna Jansen (2004–2005). State finalists in four events by AJ Patel, Yash Tulsiani, Taylor Viti, and Matt Karijolic (2013–2014).
- Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code and author of Brave Not Perfect, graduated SHS in 1993.
- Alexandra Billings is the first transgender woman to play a transgender character on television.
- Susan Downey (née Levin) is a film producer; she was 1991 valedictorian at SHS and is married to actor Robert Downey, Jr.
- Nadia Geller (née MacNider) is an interior designer, known for television shows such as While You Were Out, Trading Spaces, and Home Made Simple.
- Paul Justin was an NFL quarterback (1995–2001) who played for Arizona State University.
- Kurt Kittner was an NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons (2002–03) who played for the University of Illinois.
- Hamid Mehreioskouei was a former professional footballer for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club
- Erin Merryn is a sexual-abuse education activist and lobbyist for Erin's Law, now passed in 26 states and pending in 17.
- Markos Moulitsas is founder and primary author of the Daily Kos political blog.
- Jess Loren is an entrepreneur, international speaker, and author of "Pinterest for Business".
- Dr. Christopher J. Schneider is an award-winning professor of sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University, known for research and publications on social media and crime.
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