Zion-Benton Township High School

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Zion-Benton Township High School
3901 21st Street
Zion, Illinois 60099
United States
Coordinates 42°27′22″N 87°52′06″W / 42.4561°N 87.8682°W / 42.4561; -87.8682Coordinates: 42°27′22″N 87°52′06″W / 42.4561°N 87.8682°W / 42.4561; -87.8682
Type Public secondary
Motto Respect and Responsibility
Established 1939
Principal Chris Pawelczyk
Faculty 132
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2800
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Maroon
Nickname Fighting Zee-Bees
Newspaper The Stinger
Yearbook Nor'Easter
Website New Tech website

Zion-Benton Township High School, or ZBTHS, is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Kenosha Road and 21st Street in Zion, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Zion-Benton Township High School District 126. The school mascot/symbol is the Fighting Zee-Bee which was adapted from the Navy SeaBee's of World War II. In 2008 the district opened a partner school at the former ZBTHS Pierce campus called New Tech High at Zion-Benton East, a 4-year high school associated with the New Tech Network of Napa, California. New Tech is located at the division of Bethesda Avenue and 23rd Street in Zion. ZBTHS is fed by three major middle schools, including North Prairie Junior High of Winthrop Harbor, IL, Beach Park Middle School of Beach Park, IL and Zion Central Middle School of Zion, IL. ZBTHS is one of the most diverse high schools in the state of Illinois. The district is 39.5% Caucasian, 30.7% African American, 23.3% Hispanic, 2.6% Asian and Pacific Islander, and .3% Native American, providing a diverse learning environment.


Zion-Benton offers an extensive list of academic courses, including many physical education courses, business courses, Driver's Ed, Mathematics, Science, English, History, NJROTC, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, and foreign languages (Spanish, French, and German). On top of regular course, Zion offers the following AP courses: Calculus, Government, US History, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, French, Spanish, English language, English literature, Statistics, and Psychology.


Zion-Benton, along with New Tech in a combined athletic program, competes in the North Suburban Conference and Illinois High School Association. Having a consistently strong basketball team, the Zion-Benton Zee-Bees Boys Basketball team became the IHSA Class 4A State Runners-up in the 2007-08 season. Also the ZB Majorettes have won 18 straight Illinois State championships, and have placed nationally several times.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Billy McKinney - Played in the NBA from 1978 to 1986 and has served in various management roles for some NBA teams.


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