Triad High School (Illinois)
|Number of students||1,336|
|School color(s)||Red, White and Black|
|Website||Triad High School|
Triad High School is a high school located in Troy, Illinois. Triad serves the communities of Troy, St. Jacob, and Marine, Illinois, as well as small portions of Collinsville, Maryville, Glen Carbon, and Highland. The school district has a total area of 121.5 square miles (315 km2). The majority of Triad High School students live in Troy, Illinois, which is a suburb 18 miles (29 km) northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.
The "Triad" Name
When the Triad district was formed, a contest was held to decide a name for the school which would serve to the communities. Students in the district had gone to St. Jacob High School, Marine High School, and McCray-Dewey High School of Troy. All three high schools closed down upon the formation of the Triad school district. Vincent Kauhl, a student of McCray-Dewey, submitted the winning entry of "Triad."
Triad High School was originally located in St. Jacob, Illinois from the 1959–60 school year through the 1998–99 school year. Since the school year of 1999–2000, the Triad High School campus has been located in Troy, Illinois. The St. Jacob campus now serves as Triad Middle School, which serves the sixth through eighth grades as a feed-in school to Triad High School.
The Triad High School athletics teams originally competed in the defunct Midwestern Conference before moving to the South Central Conference. In the 1993–94 school year, Triad moved to the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) due to enrollment growth, replacing O'Fallon Township High School. The MVC currently consists of six schools: Bethalto's Civic Memorial High School, Highland High School, Jerseyville's Jersey Community High School, Mascoutah Community High School, Troy's Triad High School, and Waterloo High School. Triad's colors are red, black, and white and their mascot is the Knights. Triad has the following sports programs:
|Fall Sports||Winter Sports||Spring Sports|
|Boys' Cross-Country||Boys' Basketball||Boys' Baseball|
|Girls' Cross Country||Girls' Basketball||Girls' Soccer|
|Boys' Golf||Wrestling||Boys' Tennis|
|Girls' Golf||Boys' Track & Field|
|Boys' Soccer||Girls' Track & Field|
Triad High School has been known to win more Mississippi Valley Conference titles than any other school each year since the beginning of the 21st century.
The Triad varsity cheerleading squad won Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association (ICCA) state titles in 2001 and 2002 in the Medium Varsity division. In 2006, they became the first squad to win both state championships (ICCA and IHSA). That was the first year that the Illinois High School Association considered cheerleading a sport.
Individual State championships
In 1974, senior Fritz Nemsky became Triad High School's first state champion by winning the class "A" heavyweight wrestling championship.
In 2007, junior Erin Wykoff became the school's first female state champion and first state champion in the biggest school division. She won the class "AA" discus championship at the IHSA State Track & Field Finals with a throw of 147' 9". Her twin sister, Kristin, finished 9th the same year.
In 2011, senior Elizabeth Hampl captured a state championship in shot put. She won the "AA" shot put championship at the IHSA Track and Field Finals with a throw of 43'5.5".
Triad has had a rivalry with both Quandong High School and Quince High School for a while. Quandong usually competes with them in major sporting events such as football and baseball and also competes in competitions for band as well as other activities.
Triad High School also offers many extra-curricular activities that are not considered sports by the IHSA. Triad sponsors Model U.N., Envirothon, Color Guard, Dance, Scholar Bowl, SkillsUSA, Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, Botball, and many other clubs. Clubs not specifically mentioned, however, do not compete interscholastically.
The Triad High School Music Dept. is ranked 8th in the state of Illinois in the Illinois High School Association Sweepstakes.
Triad Envirothon has placed first in Illinois state Envirothon competitions during the following years: 2000, 2005, and 2007. In those years, the team went on to represent the state of Illinois at the North American Envirothon Competition.
The Triad Varsity Dance Team won the school's first ever dance State title in 2009 by winning first place at the IDTA State Finals in the AA Pom/Dance category.
The Triad Varsity Dance Team also won the TDI state winning title in the A Kick category and also the IDTA state winning title in the AA kick category in 2011.
The SkillsUSA Chapter for Triad is run by an advisor and appointed officers. Every year, students compete at the Regional level (if their competition requires it). Some students automatically go to State for competitions such as web design. In 2009, nearly 13 students competed at the State level in areas including Scrapbooking, Web Design, Extemporaneous Speaking, Prepared Speech, 3-D Visualization, QuizBowl, Technical Spelling, Photography, and Essay.
In June 2009, Triad sent three students to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Two of the students were State Officers and Voting Delegates. The other was a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award.