York Community High School

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York Community High School
355 W. St. Charles Rd
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
United States
Coordinates 41°53′33″N 87°57′12″W / 41.8924°N 87.9532°W / 41.8924; -87.9532
Type public secondary
Opened 1918
School district Elmhurst Community Unit 205
Superintendent David Moyer[1]
Principal Erin DeLuga[2]
Staff 295[3]
Grades 9-12
Gender coed
Enrollment 2,682[4]
Average class size 21.4[4]
Campus suburban
School colour(s)      kelly green
Slogan This Is York
Fight song Hail To York High
Athletics conference West Suburban Conference
Mascot Duke
Nickname Dukes[5]
Average ACT scores 24.2[6]
Newspaper York Hi[7]
Yearbook Y's Tales[8]
Main entrance to York Community High School in Elmhurst, IL

York Community High School is a public secondary school in Elmhurst, Illinois, United States. It is a part of the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Most of the students reside in Elmhurst; however, the district also draws a small number of students from Addison, Bensenville, and Oak Brook.[9][10] York is the only high school in the district, which as a unit school district, also includes an early childhood center, eight elementary schools, and three middle schools.[9]


Prior to 1918, Elmhurst operated a combined high school and grammar school, which was destroyed by fire in December 1917.[11]

York was established in 1918. The building saw many additions from 1950 through 1990, including a third floor, a four classroom fourth floor, swimming pool, and additional facilities. After 2001, the city of Elmhurst passed a referendum to rebuild the school. Construction started soon after and the new building—opened in 2002—has separate academic, service, student commons and athletics areas (including a new fieldhouse).


In 2008, York had an average composite ACT score of 22.8 and graduated 94.4% of its senior class.[4] York has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, which with the ACT, are used as the assessment tools to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[4] One of York's three student subgroups failed to meet expectations in reading.[4] In 2011, Newsweek ranked York Community High School 257 out of 500 in its annual list of America's Best High Schools. Overall, according to the US News High School rankings, York Community High School is not ranked for 2015.[12]


York Dukes Athletic Logo

York High School competes in the West Suburban Conference. The school is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most sports and competitive activities in Illinois.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo.[13] Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, and softball.[13] While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams for young men and women in lacrosse, and a poms team for young women. Also while not sponsored by the IHSA, York has a men's hockey team.[13]

York Community High School's athletic program was ranked 17th overall in the nation by ESPN RISE's FAB 50 list.[14]

York Community High School's men's cross country team has won 28 state championships under coach Joe Newton: 1962, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978AA, 1980AA, 1981AA, 1982AA, 1983AA, 1984AA, 1986AA, 1989AA, 1990AA, 1991AA, 1992AA, 1993AA, 1994AA, 1999AA, 2000AA, 2002AA, 2003AA, 2004AA, 2005AA, 2006AA, 2010-3A, and 2012-3A.[15] He retired in 2016 because of problems with mobility and movement from his home to practice.[16]

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  • Joe Newton was the boys cross country coach from 1959 to 2016. He was also the boys track & field coach, having coached state championship teams in both sports. He is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHS) Hall of Fame.[20] He was also an assistant marathon coach at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, being the only high school coach to be invited a spot on the Olympic coaching staff. He retired in fall of 2016.

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