Springfield High School (Illinois)
|Springfield High School|
101 South Lewis Street|
Springfield, Illinois 62704
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Springfield Public Schools District 186|
|Superintendent||Jenni Gill |
|Average class size||23 |
|Slogan||We Are Springfield|
|Athletics conference||Central State Eight|
|Average ACT scores||24.0|
Springfield High School (SHS) is a public secondary school located in Springfield, Illinois, United States. It is built on top of a graveyard, the oldest of the three high schools in Springfield Public Schools District 186 (the other two being Southeast High School and Lanphier High School). The school draws mainly from the west side of Springfield.
While the school opened in 1857, the current building was opened in 1916. A number of notable alumni have called the school home, with the writer Vachel Lindsay being the most associated with the town, which featured prominently in his writings.
Building history and architecture
Springfield High School opened on 4 September 1857 in a small building on Market Street, now known as Capitol Avenue. It was located in this building for only a single school year before it moved to the Academy Building on South 5th Street near Monroe until 1864. In 1865, a $65,000 school building was completed for the high school and was located on 4th and Madison Street. Due to congestion, Central High School was built in 1897, but was already overcrowded by 1915.
In 1915, plans were made to erect a new school in Forest Park. Once the site of a church and Hutchinson Cemetery, the church was gone, but there were still gravestones and remains that were moved to Oak Ridge Cemetery before construction could begin. The new school was completed in 1916.
In 2008, SHS had an average composite ACT score of 22.0, and graduated 91.0% of its senior class. Springfield High School has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which with the ACT, comprise the State of Illinois' assessment as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The school, overall, did not meet AYP in mathematics, and two student subgroups failed to meet AYP in both mathematics and reading.
29 student clubs are hosted at SHS, ranging from academic and foreign language to school spirit and philanthropic. Among the national organizations with chapters or affiliates at the school are Junior State of America, Best Buddies, and the National Honor Society.
Springfield High School competes in the Central State Eight Conference, and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic athletics and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams are stylized as the "Senators".
SHS sponsors interscholastic athletic teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, and track & field. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in cheerleading, softball, and volleyball.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments or meets:
- Baseball: 2nd place (1984–85) 2nd place (2015-16)
- Basketball (boys'): 4th place (1915–16); 3rd place (1966–67); 2nd place (1914–15, 1918–19, 1932–33); State Champions (1916–17, 1934–35, 1958–59)
- Basketball (girls'): 4th place (2008–09, 2011–12); 3rd place (2009–10, 2010–11)
- Cross Country (boys'): 4th place (2007–08, 2011–12, 2014–15); 3rd place (2009–10); 2nd place (2010–11)
- Cross Country (girls'): State Champions (2009–10); 3rd place (2010–11); 4th place (2011–12)
- Golf (boys'): 4th place (1952–53, 1953–54, 1986–87)
- Golf (girls'): 2nd place (1984–85, 1985–86)
- Soccer (boys'): State Champions (1997–98); 3rd place (2014–15)
- Softball: 3rd place (1991–92)
- Tennis (boys'): 4th place (1949–50)
- Track & Field (boys'): 4th place (1894–95, 1913–14, 1915–16, 1919–20, 1921–22); 3rd place (1892–93, 1918–19); 2nd place (1945–46, 1946–47)
- Track & Field (girls'): 4th place (2013–14); 3rd place (2010–11)
Springfield has three choir groups and one showhchoir (Seven and Senators, Scarlet Harmony, Mixed Chorus, and IN Session Showchoir). The 7& Senators are well-known around Central Illinois and other parts of the state. As a premier mixed vocal ensemble group, each of the choir groups have had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall, Busch Stadium, and for many state events. The "IN Session" showchoir is an extracurricular activity who rehearses two nights a week. IN Session showchoir is a choir that combine choral singing with dance. Started in 2011 by Kathy Elmore, IN Session performs around the city of Springfield and competes around the Midwest. Since 2011, IN Session showchoir has won numerous awards and has been rank by the Nation showchoir rank system. Seven and Senators, Scarlet Harmony, and Mixed Chorus are directed by Damien Kaplan. IN Session showchoir is directed by Steven L. Robinson. 
The school has a marching band, which performs at home football games and at other local events, and two pep bands, which take turns playing at home basketball games. For the concert season there are three groups (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble). There are also two jazz bands and a flute choir, along with a clarinet choir.
PLATO (computer system)
The only remote PLATO III terminal was at Springfield High School. It was connected to the PLATO III system by a video connection and a separate dedicated line for keyboard data.
- Charles A. Bane (class of 1930) was a prominent jurist and civil rights activist. He was nominated by President Richard Nixon to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, but never confirmed.
- Thom Bishop (class of 1969) is an award winning songwriter, author, producer, playwright, and educator.
- J. Edward Day (class of 1932) was a lawyer and political appointee who served as Illinois State Insurance Commissioner before being appointed U.S. Postmaster General (1961–63) by President John F. Kennedy.
- Toy Dorgan (class of 1963) is a former speed skater who placed 14th in the 3,000 meter event at the 1968 Winter Olympics. She later took up cross country skiing, winning the Australian national championship five times.
- John Porter East (class of 1949) was a U.S. Senator from North Carolina (1981–86).
- Ruth Ellis was the oldest known open lesbian, and a LGBT rights activist. Her life was the subject of a documentary, Living With Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100. She formed the Ruth Ellis Center, a social service agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ teens and youth adults experiencing homelessness.
- Robert Fitzgerald (class of 1928) is known for translating many Greek texts into the English versions that many consider the standard. From 1984–85, he was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the equivalent of Poet Laureate of the United States.
- Richard Fortman (class of 1933) was a champion checkers player and authority on the game.
- Jerry Fry (class of 1974) is a former Major League Baseball player, briefly playing for the Montréal Expos in 1978.
- William Howarth (class of 1958) is a writer and professor at Princeton University. He studies the relationship between man and nature, especially as expressed in literature.
- Justin Knoedler (class of 1998) was a catcher for the San Francisco Giants (2004–06).
- Andrew Lam (class of 1994) author and retinal surgeon
- Vachel Lindsay (class of 1897) was a poet (The Golden Book of Springfield, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight).
- William H. Luers (class of 1947) is a career United States Foreign Service officer who served as United States Ambassador to Venezuela (1978–82) and Czechoslovakia (1983–86). He later served as president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- James S. Martin, Jr. (class of 1938) was the NASA Project Manager for the Viking program.
- Jared Palomar (class of 2002) is a bass player for the California-based band Augustana.
- Dave Robisch (class of 1967) played professional basketball in both the ABA and NBA (1971–84). His uniform number 40 is retired by the University of Kansas.
- Ducky Schofield is a former MLB player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers.
- Hiram Sherman was an actor, both on television, and on Broadway. He twice won a Tony Award (Two's Company, How Now Dow Jones).
- Warren Staley (class of 1960) was the CEO of Cargill, Inc.
- Edward Sternaman was a running back for the Chicago Bears. From 1920–32 he was the co-owner of the Bears with George Halas.
- Joey Sternaman was a professional football quarterback (1922–30), playing most of his career with the Chicago Bears.
- N. Ronald Thunman (class of 1949) served 35 years of active duty in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of vice-admiral. His work included Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare and Chief of Naval Education and Training. Thunman was the commander of the first-year class of John McCain.
- Bob Trumpy (class of 1963) is a former Pro Bowl tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals (1968–77). He is currently a broadcaster with the NFL on Westwood One.
- Harlington Wood, Jr. (class of 1938) was a jurist and lawyer who served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (1973–76) and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1976–2008). While working for the United States Department of Justice in 1973, he led negotiations that ended the Wounded Knee incident.
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