William Fremd High School
|William Fremd High School|
1000 S. Quentin Road
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Township H.S. 211|
|Average class size||22.7|
|School colour(s)||Forest Green |
|Fight song||"Viking Fight Song"|
|Athletics conference||Mid-Suburban League|
|Newspaper||The Viking Logue|
William Fremd High School, or Fremd (formerly known as Palatine High School South), is a public four-year high school located in Palatine, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Township High School District 211, which also includes James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates High School, Palatine High School, and Schaumburg High School. The school is known for its academic excellence, and its athletic, drama, visual arts, and music programs have won state championships in recent years. Academically, Fremd High School has also been recognized by Newsweek as one of "America's Best High Schools" and by U.S. News & World Report as one of 99 outstanding high schools in the United States with the average AP test taker taking 4.2 exams. Fremd serves Palatine that is southwest of the UP NW Line railroad tracks, north Hoffman Estates, west Rolling Meadows, north Schaumburg, east South Barrington and southeast Inverness. Feeder schools include Plum Grove Junior High, Carl Sandburg Junior High, Walter Sundling Junior High and Margaret Mead Junior High. Feeder elementary schools are Pleasant Hill, Paddock, Hunting Ridge, Central Road, Willow Bend, Thomas Jefferson, Marion Jordan, Fairview, and Frank C. Whiteley.
Fremd opened in 1963 as Palatine High School South. The school was later named after William Fremd who had been a member of the high school board of education for over 30 years and had served on school boards in the area for a consecutive period of more than 45 years. Fremd donated the land for the school. In the first yearbook the school was said to 'blend and stretch into the cornfields'. The school was the second high school to be built in Palatine, Illinois after Palatine High School. Palatine South and then Fremd originally served as the school for all Palatine freshman and sophomores while Palatine High School was the school for juniors and seniors. This plan was only in effect for three years before Fremd was expanded to serve as a 4 year high school. In the fall of 1966 the first junior class entered, and they became the first Fremd graduating class in 1968. Then Junior Cathy Klep designed the Viking logo, based on the Minnesota Vikings logo. Junior, Colleen McGrath designed the school crest, incorporating the Viking logo and modeled after her family crest. A school motto was adopted in 1995 after a contest for students. Sophomore Jessica Frank won the contest. In 2001, construction began to create a new science wing. The courtyard which stood in the center of the school was demolished. After two years of year-round construction, the new science wing was built along with a heating and ventilation facility on the roof of the building.
Today, Fremd is one of the largest high schools in the region, with over 2900 students including 589 students in the 2004 graduating class and 727 students in 2006. However, the school is also noted for its high operating costs. In 2005, the school had the highest average salary for teachers in the state of Illinois and currently stands at $93,806.
Fremd has seen several construction projects in the last few years, such as new bleachers in the main gymnasium, new tiling and additional classrooms. Recently, the music department finished major construction including a whole new rehearsal room, and the addition of bigger practice rooms with more advanced sound-proof walls as well as storage space. In the newest addition to the school, a synthetic turf football field was added. In 2015, it was announced that a new pool would be added to Fremd, and in 2016, the pool was opened to the school.
On November 2, 2015, the New York Times reported that the federal government determined that Fremd's administration violated anti-discrimination laws because "it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions." The New York Times added that the student in question "identifies as female but was born male."
In 2005, Fremd had an average composite ACT score of 25.1, and graduated 99.9% of its senior class. The average class size is 24.7. Fremd has made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.
In 1987, Fremd was named among the top in the nation in the United States Department of Education's National Secondary School Recognition Program. Fremd High School has also been recognized by Newsweek as one of "America's Best High Schools" and by U.S. News & World Report as one of 99 outstanding high schools in the United States. In 2006, Fremd was recognized as the 302nd best high school in the nation by Newsweek, with an average of 1.3 AP tests taken per graduating senior.
Fremd competes in the Mid-Suburban League (west division), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) which governs most interscholastic sports and competitive activities in the state. Its mascot is the Viking.
Fremd sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while women may compete in badminton, bowling, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors separate teams for young men and women in lacrosse. Hockey is also a club sport for men.
The following teams have won their respective IHSA state tournament or meet:
- Badminton: 2006–07, 2008–09
- Cross Country (boys): 1969–70
- Gymnastics (girls): 1984–85, 1985–1986, 1986–87, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08
- Hockey: 1990–1991, 1991–1992, 1992–1993. They went 73-1-1 from 1989 to 1993.
- Soccer (boys): 1984–85, 1997–98
- Swimming & Diving (boys): 1993–94, 1994–95
The twelve state titles in girls gymnastics is a state record. The girls gymnastics team also holds state records for appearances at the state meet, top three team finishes, sectional titles, and regional titles.
Fremd sponsors 65 clubs and activities ranging from cultural and artistic to academic and technology. Among the activities which are chapters or affiliates of more nationally notable groups are: BPA, Chess, Robotics, FCCLA, Model UN, Modern music masters, National Honor Society, PAVE, Vikettes (Colorguard), and National Science Bowl.
The following activities have won their respective IHSA sponsored competition:
- Chess : 1969–2013
- Debate* : 2005–2006 LD, 2012–2013 LD
- Drama: 1969–70
- Group Interpretation: 2014–15
- Journalism: 2007–08
- Scholastic Bowl: 2005–06
- In the 2011–2012 season Fremd placed second for PF debate
The Fremd Vikettes have also recently won state titles in Team Dance Illinois, earning a 1st Place State Championship in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Second Place State Titles in 2013 and 2014 for their flag/colorguard performances. Each year, William Fremd High School hosts Writers Week, which has brought more than 200 writers to the Fremd campus since 1995 to share their work and philosophy on the writing process. Distinguished guest presenters have included Billy Collins, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman; journalists Rick Bragg, Dana Kozlov, Burt Constable, and Eric Zorn; novelists Jane Hamilton, Raymond Benson, Rosellen Brown, Harry Mark Petrakis, and Frederik Pohl; poets Nikki Giovanni, Naomi Shihab Nye, and poetry slam creator Marc Smith; screenwriters Bill Kelly and Craig J. Nevius; and sportswriters Dan Roan and Mike Imrem. Presenters also include selected Fremd students and faculty.
- Born of Osiris is a progressive deathcore band whose members Cameron Losch, Ronnie Canizaro, Joe Buras, David Da Rocha, Lee McKinney, and Matt Pantelis met at and attended Fremd. Their third LP, Tomorrow We Die Alive, peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 chart.
- Eric Bradley is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
- brandUn DeShay is a rapper and record producer, has produced for former Young Money artist Curren$y, Billboard cover artist Mac Miller and former member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.
- Leslie Erganian is an artist and television correspondent for the Hallmark Channel.
- Jasen Fisher is a former child actor who co-starred in Parenthood, The Witches, and Hook.
- Chris Fleming is an international TV host and paranormal investigator on Dead Famous: Ghostly Encounters, which aired 2004–2007 on The Biography Channel; also co-hosted episodes of A&E Network Psychic Kids 2009–2010 and appeared on such shows as Larry King, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, The Haunted, and Paranormal Challenge.
- Ryan Hartman currently plays for NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, and previously played for the Chicago Blackhawks.
- Todd Hundley, two-time All-Star Major League Baseball catcher (1990–2003), playing most of his career with the New York Mets; briefly held single-season home run record for catchers; graduated Class of 1987.
- Robert Lorenz is an Academy Award-nominated movie producer and assistant director known for his collaborations with Clint Eastwood (Letters from Iwo Jima, Mystic River, Space Cowboys, Changeling, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino).
- Kris Myers is a drummer for the rock/jam band Umphrey's McGee.
- Ted Nugent is a musician and pro-gun activist.(graduated from St. Viator)
- Chris Perez played professional football in the NFL and Canadian Football League.
- Mark Robinson is a drummer and business owner; notable acts include the Jonas Brothers, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban; owner of Storyboard Records, an independent record label out of Atlanta.
- Jim Schwantz is a former NFL linebacker (1992, 1994–98), primarily with the Dallas Cowboys, winning a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXX; in 2009, he was elected mayor of Palatine; graduated Class of 1988.
- Mallory Snyder is an actress/model who was featured on The Real World 13.
- Mari-Rae Sopper was a gymnastics coach and Judge Advocate General's Corps who was a victim of the September 11 attacks as a passenger on hijacked American Airlines Flight 77.
- Mike Tauchman is an outfielder for the Colorado Rockies. Graduated class of 2009.
- Scott Tolzien is a quarterback for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts; led Wisconsin Badgers to 2010 Big Ten Conference co-championship and Rose Bowl; graduated Class of 2006.
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