York Community High School
|York Community High School|
355 W. St. Charles Road
|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|
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, three middle schools, and a transition center.
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. In 2000, the voters of District 205 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 2017, York had an average composite ACT score of 24.5 and graduated 95.5% of its senior class. In 2017, 54% of the senior class had taken at least one Advanced Placement exam during high school, and of those who took an exam in 2017, 91% passed at least one of their exams. 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 2017 High School rankings, York Community High School is ranked 687 of all public high schools in the United States and ranked 18 of all high schools in the state of Illinois.
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. Rob Wagner is the current athletic director at York High School.
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, cheerleading, and water polo. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, bowling, dance, 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. Currently, the team's head coach is Charlie Kern.
York Community High School offers a variety of performing arts programs. Its music program includes a full orchestra, three individual orchestras, three full bands, and three concert choirs. Students have the opportunity to join music groups such as Jazz Band, acapella singing groups, and percussion ensembles. Musicians have the opportunity to compete annually in the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) competition; students are chosen to go first to a District level concert, and if chosen they can also continue to go to ILMEA State, held in Peoria, Illinois. York also has a theater department that puts on three productions a year. The drama department went to the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards (IHSMTA) in 2017 for their production of "West Side Story" and received the award of Best Production in the state. s The dance programs at York include the Advanced Dance Class and the York Dance Company. Many clubs surround art as well, through painting, photography, drawing, or other forms of art.
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