Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, Illinois)

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Adlai E. Stevenson High School
StevensonHS 1.jpg
1 Stevenson Drive
Lincolnshire, Illinois, Illinois
Coordinates 42°11′57″N 87°56′44″W / 42.1993°N 87.9455°W / 42.1993; -87.9455Coordinates: 42°11′57″N 87°56′44″W / 42.1993°N 87.9455°W / 42.1993; -87.9455
Type Public high school
Established 1965
School district Consolidated High School District 125
Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell[1]
Principal Troy Gobble[1]
Assistant principals Gwendolyn Zimmerman and Ken Latka[1]
Faculty 271.50 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,887 (2014-2015 School Year)[3]
Average class size 22 [4]
Student to teacher ratio 16.02 [2]
Campus Suburban, 76 acres
Color(s) Green and Gold          
Nickname Patriots
Newspaper The Statesman
Yearbook The Ambassador

Adlai E. Stevenson High School (AESHS), commonly called Stevenson High School (SHS), is a public four-year high school located in Lincolnshire, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago.

Students Served[edit]

The school serves students in the area's District 125 coming from Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Prairie View, portions of Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods and smaller portions of Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Lake Forest, Mettawa, Riverwoods, Bannockburn and Deerfield.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In Newsweek's 2009 Top 1500 high schools in the United States, which bases school rankings on a ratio of advanced Placement exams taken compared to the student population, Stevenson was ranked #151 in the nation. The school had been previously ranked #69 (2003), #86 (2005), #121 (2006), #170 (2007), and #154 (2008).[6] It was also recently discussed in a Chicago Tribune article how Stevenson offers more Advanced Placement classes than any other school in Illinois.

In 2010, Stevenson High School was awarded the National School of Distinction in Arts Education from the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.[7]


Adlai E. Stevenson High School opened in September 1965 amid turmoil and adversity. Prior to the opening of Stevenson, the students in the Stevenson area attended Ela-Vernon High School in Lake Zurich. Stevenson was planned to become a second school for the growing district, but the western side (Lake Zurich) of the district decided to go their own way and build their own district. This left Stevenson with an unfinished building, no board or administration and no faculty. When Stevenson opened to 467 students and 34 teachers in 1965, the building was not carpeted, the library was empty, most classrooms were without desks and athletic fields were non-existent, as most of the school furniture was shipped to Prairie View, Texas instead of Prairie View, Illinois.[8]

Stevenson has grown since its opening to become one of the largest high schools in the area. The school has undergone various additions over the years, the first being in 1970 where the school gym, auto shop, and pool were renovated. During the mid to late 1980s, a bi-level addition of classrooms was built along the side of the school as well as a new gym and a sky-bridge connecting the older part of the school to the new addition, which added a modern feel to the school. During the mid-1990s, a much larger addition, the size of another school, was built which included 1 classroom, a 50-meter swimming pool, a 1,186 seat Performing Arts Center and a field house. In 2000, the new building added another wing which included more classrooms, a student resource center, and a new commons area. In 2004, the main entrance to the school was completely rebuilt and transformed into another commons area. Other renovations that year included more fine arts areas. Around 2008, many of the athletic fields were expanded and the football field got new turf. Also, the original school auditorium was renovated. Then, in 2011, the school library and student resource center in the old building were renovated for the first time, resulting in a much larger library and even larger sitting area, as well as meeting rooms available to students, and stations for each subject open all day for students in the new learning center. Altogether, this was named the Information and Learning Center. During the summer of 2013, the photography studio was also renovated.[8]

In the 2005-06 school year, Stevenson had its highest enrollment of 4,573 students.[9] Since then, each school year has progressively seen a declining enrollment in the student body. But in the 2014-15 school year, Stevenson had its first enrollment increase since the peak in the 2005-06 school year.[citation needed]


The Stevenson Patriots compete in the North Suburban Conference.

Stevenson High School is a member of the IHSA, the athletic teams are stylized as the Patriots.

The following teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meets:[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Name of feeder school Name of feeder school's school district
Daniel Wright Junior High School[30] Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103
Aptakisic Junior High School[30][31] Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102
Twin Groves Middle School[30] Kildeer Consolidated School District 96
Woodlawn Middle School[30] Kildeer Consolidated School District 96
Fremont Middle School[30] Fremont School District 79
West Oak Middle School[30] Diamond Lake School District 76

Controversies and Incidents[edit]

Newspaper censorship[edit]

In November 2009, a dispute erupted between school officials and the student newspaper, The Statesman, regarding censorship of stories. The administration stopped publication of the November 20 issue, objecting to stories regarding drugs, teen pregnancy and shoplifting. When students wanted to leave the front page blank in protest of the censorship, the officials instead required the students to produce other stories approved by the administration.[32][33] The Stevenson public information officer released a statement November 20 stating the administration did not think anonymous sources discussing alleged illegal activity was fit for print.[34]

The Chicago Tribune, in a November 26 editorial, said the school was wrong to force students to produce administration-approved stories. "This isn't editing, it's censorship," wrote columnist Zak Stombor.[35] The Society of Professional Journalists' Freedom of Information chairman called the censorship "immoral, un-American, irresponsible and not fit for education."[36]

Following the censorship fiasco, 11 of 14 Statesman staffers — and all the paper's top editors — resigned from their positions at the start of the spring 2010 semester.[37]

Confiscation of student cellphones[edit]

In February 2012, school administration initiated an investigation into drug sales at the school, during which the cellphones of students suspected of drug sales were confiscated, and the text messages stored on the phones were read. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois described the incident as a "fishing expedition", while school officials stated they were "perfectly within our rights". In one instance a student was suspended five days and barred from participating in extracurricular activities because he refused to provide the password to his cellphone. The probe resulted in two arrests on misdemeanor drug charges.[38][39]


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  3. ^ "Enrollment History" (Press release). Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "About Stevenson High School". Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "District Information". Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ The Top of the Class-The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools; 8 June 2009;; accessed 12 July 2009
  7. ^ "Alliance for Arts Education Network". Kennedy Center. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
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  27. ^ McGill Tribune; "From Montreal to Washington: A McGill grad runs for Congress"; January 12, 2012
  28. ^ Daday, Eileen O. "On the road to the Olympics Local athlete sets her sights on the gold", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), September 2, 2006. Accessed November 6, 2007. "A mini-class in rhythmic gymnastics enthralled Buffalo Grove native Lisa Wang as early as third-grade with its graceful routines filled with ribbons and balls. It still does, though now the Stevenson High School senior is competing in the sport at its highest level."
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  31. ^ "District 102 Information". Aptakisic-Tripp Community Consolidated School District 102. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  32. ^ "Suburban high school's editors ordered to publish". Chicago Breaking News Center. 
  33. ^ "High school journalists ordered to print administration-approved newspaper". Student Press Law Center. 
  34. ^ "Students say school forced them to publish paper". WBBN Channel 2. Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  35. ^ Stambor, Zak (November 26, 2009). "Muzzling students". Chicago Tribune. 
  36. ^ "Illinois high school principal/censor needs civics lesson". FOI FYI blog. 
  37. ^ "Top editors resign from Stevenson High newspaper". Chicago Tribune. 
  38. ^ Stoffel, Michelle (February 9, 2012). "2 Juveniles Charged in Stevenson High School Drug Bust". Chicago Tribune. 
  39. ^ Keilman, John (February 2, 2012). "Stevenson Student Curtis Hill Details How he Was Searched in Drug Probe". Chicago Tribune. 

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