York Community High School
|York Community High School|
|355 W. St. Charles Rd
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
|School district||Elmhurst Community Unit 205|
|Average class size||21.4|
|School colour(s)||kelly green
|Slogan||This Is York|
|Fight song||Hail To York High|
|Athletics conference||West Suburban Conference|
|Average ACT scores||24.2|
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. 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.
Prior to 1918, Elmhurst operated a combined high school and grammar school, which was destroyed by fire in December 1917.
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. 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. One of York's three student subgroups failed to meet expectations in reading. 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.
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. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, and softball. 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.
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. He retired in 2016 because of problems with mobility and movement from his home to practice.
- Ken Hudson Campbell is an actor (Armageddon, Herman's Head).
- Lee A. Daniels was an Illinois State Representative (1975–2006), who served as Speaker of the State House (1995–97).
- George J. Eade was a United States Air Force four-star general.
- Robert Goldsborough (1955), murder mystery novelist.
- Ron Guenther is a former athletic director for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Dan Konopka of the band OK Go went to York in the 1990s. Graduated in 1993
- Garth Lagerwey, a former professional soccer player who is currently an executive with Real Salt Lake.
- Timothy P. Marshall (1974), civil engineer and meteorologist, tornado expert, pioneering storm chaser
- Betty Okino is an actress and former gymnast. She was a member of the bronze medal-winning gymnastics team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
- Ken Paulson is the president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum, Newseum and Diversity Institute; he is the former editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today and USATODAY.com.
- Gary Rydstrom is a multi-Academy Award winning sound mixer, sound effects editor, and director. His work in sound includes films such as Backdraft, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Jurassic Park.
- Donald Sage was an All-American cross country and track runner for Stanford University.
- Ian Michael Smith is an American actor, known for his starring role in Simon Birch. Graduated in 2005.
- Tim Stratton was a tight end at Purdue University and was the inaugural winner of the John Mackey Award (2000), presented annually to Division 1A's best tight end.
- Trace Gaynor, member of a cappella group The Filharmonic, has been featured on The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect 2, and has appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden three times.
- The Orwells, composed of 2012 graduates Matt O'Keefe, Henry Brinner, Grant Brinner, Dominic Corso, and Mario Cuomo, are an alternative band based out of Chicago. They have performed on Letterman twice.
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