Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Dedicated to Excellence
|999 Kedzie Ave.
Flossmoor, Illinois, 60422
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Homewood-Flossmoor Community HS 233|
|Superintendent||Dr. Von Mansfield|
|Principal||Dr. Ryan Pitcock|
|Average class size||19.5|
|Fight song||Fight On, You Vikings, Fight!|
|Athletics conference||Southwest Suburban Conference|
|Average ACT scores||21.5|
|Radio||WHFH (88.5 FM)|
Homewood-Flossmoor High School (H-F) is a public high school in Flossmoor, Illinois, in the Chicago metropolitan area. The majority of HF students live in Flossmoor and nearby Homewood, but the school also serves areas of Olympia Fields, Chicago Heights, Glenwood, and Hazel Crest serving school districts 153, 161 and 167.
The campus consists of a North and South building. The South building contains a number of sub-buildings each assigned a letter, and includes the school's radio station (WHFH), television station VTV, science labs, a swimming pool, a music building and an auditorium.
Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School site opened in 1959 with enrollment at 1,170 students. There were 51 classrooms, which included ten English classes, ten Social Science, eight Science, six Mathematics, five Foreign Language, three Physical Education, one Homemaking, three Industrial Arts, two Art, and three Music classes. A cafeteria, library and administrative area were also included.
In 1989, football coach John Wrenn proposed District 233 adopt a mandatory drug-testing policy similar to one at two Lafayette, Indiana high schools, where a recent landmark court case decision allowed the creation of such programs. H-F became the first high school in Illinois to require mandatory random drug testing for its student athletes.
In addition to being named a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education three times, the school has received Department of Education Technology Award twice. In 1995, the school's technology plan was named one of the five best in the nation.
In 2005, H-F encountered controversy over a campaign to promote homosexual acceptance led by three students. Campaigners encouraged students to buy colorful shirts that read "Gay? Fine by me." In response, a local church distributed black T-Shirts with text that read "Crimes committed against God," which included a list of perceived offenses against Christian students. The opposing campaigns gained national attention.
In 2008, H-F had an average composite ACT score of 21.5 and graduated 89.9% of its senior class. H-F has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, the test used in the state of Illinois to fulfill mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. While the school overall has achieved AYP, one student subgroup has not met AYP in reading.
The following activities placed in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship competition:
- Chess: 4th place (1980–81); 3rd place (1978–79)
- Debate: 4th place (1965–66, 70–71); 2nd place (1974–75); State Champions (1973–74)
- Drama: 4th place (1977–78, 2006–07, 2009–10); 3rd place (1989–90, 94–95, 2005–06); 2nd place (1968–69, 70–71, 78–79, 79–80, 95–96, 96–97); State Champions (1966–67, 72–73, 73–74, 74–75, 75–76, 76–77, 80–81, 81–82, 82–83, 83–84, 85–86, 87–88, 97–98, 98–99, 99–2000, 00–01, 01–02)
- Group Interpretation: 4th place (1975–76, 78–79, 81–82, 93–94, 2003–04, 05–06); 3rd place (1976–77); 2nd place (1998–99, 2007–08,2010-11); State Champions (1995–96, 99–2000, 06–07)
- Individual Events: 4th place (1966–67, 78–79, 85–86, 96–97); 3rd place (1973–74, 76–77, 77–78, 79–80, 86–87), 2nd place (1970–71, 72–73); State Champions (1967–68, 74–75, 80–81, 83–84)
- Speech: 2nd place (1966–67); State Champions (1967–68, 68–69, 70–71)
H-F holds the Illinois record for state titles and top three finishes in Drama.
H-F competes in the Southwest Suburban Conference (SWSC) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the organization which governs most sports and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams are stylized as the Vikings.
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, lacrosse, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors an ice hockey team for young men as well as field hockey and poms teams for young women.
The school also offers a fencing team at a club level, which participates in the Great Lakes High School Conference every winter.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:
- Basketball (boys): 3rd place (1984–85); 2nd place (2003–04)
- Cross Country (boys): 2nd place (1985–86)
- Football: Semifinals (1986–87, 87–88, 92–93, 10-11); State Champions (1994–95)
- Golf (boys): 4th place (1968–69); 3rd place (1972–73, 92–93); 2nd place (1976–77); State Champions (1969–70)
- Golf (girls): 3rd place (1977–78, 87–88, 93–94, 94–95, 95–96, 99–2000); 2nd place (1976–77, 80–81, 82–83, 83–84, 88–89, 96–97, 2008–09); State Champions (1979–80, 81–82, 84–85, 85–86, 97–98, 2009–10)
- Gymnastics (boys): 4th place (1971–72); 3rd place (1984–85), 2nd place (1995–96); State Champions (1996–97)
- Swimming & Diving (girls): 4th place (1986–87)
- Tennis (boys): 4th place (1975–76, 86–87); 3rd place (1992–93); 2nd place (1988–89, 91–92)
- Tennis (girls): 4th place (1986–87); 3rd place (1990–91, 91–92, 94–95); 2nd place (1988–89); State Champions (1989–90)
- Track & Field (girls): 4th place (1990–91, 98–99); 3rd place (1999–2000, 04–05)
- Volleyball (boys): 4th place (1993–94); 3rd place (1991–92)
- Water Polo (girls): 4th place (2002–03); 3rd place (2004–05)
As of 2009, the girls golf team has finished in the top ten at the IHSA State Finals more than any team in state history; their six state titles is the second highest total in state history.
- Charles J. Shields was a counselor English teacher, and Chair of the English department (1979–97). He is the author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, the first biography written about author Harper Lee which reached #15 on the New York Times Non-fiction Bestseller List. He has written 20 other books, primarily biographies and histories.
- Christine Korsgaard (1970) is a moral philosopher at Harvard.
- Cathleen Crowell Webb (1979) falsely accused Gary Dotson of rape while she was a student at Homewood-Flossmoor. She later recanted, leading to a series of cases where Mr. Dotson became one of the first people exonerated of a crime, based on DNA evidence.
- Sophia Danenberg (1990) was the first black woman to climb Mount Everest.
- Borzou Daragahi is a journalist for the Los Angeles Times. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has covered events in Baghdad and Beirut.
- Casey Driessen is a bluegrass fiddler and singer.
- Wes Hamilton is a former NFL offensive lineman (1976–84), playing his entire career for the Minnesota Vikings.
- Nolan Harrison is a former NFL defensive lineman (1991–2000).
- Brittany Riley is a hammer thrower.
- Larry Rothschild (1971) was a pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs and is currently pitching coach for the New York Yankees.
- Shawnna is a rap artist.
- Chad Smith is the longtime and current drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, Smith moved after two years and graduated from Lahser High School in Michigan.
- Julian Wright is a professional basketball player who was a first round draft pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, last played in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors in 2011.
- Eric Hillman was a major-league and Japanese league pitcher.
- John Ely is the current right handed rookie for the Houston Astros.
- Freddie Barnes who holds the Division I (NCAA) record for most receptions in a single season (155).
- Rockie Fresh hip-hop artist currently signed to MMG
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- "T-shirts happen ; Homewood-Flossmoor students face off on gay-rights campaign". Chicago Tribune. 20 April 2005. p. 6.
- Skalka, Jennifer (19 April 2005). "High school teens face a gay T-shirt showdown". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. "As part of a daylong awareness campaign, he and as many as 225 other students could wear T-shirts to school that say: "gay? fine by me" ... But the T-shirt campaign, which made a quiet debut last year, is meeting opposition from some of the school's Christian students. In what will amount to a schoolyard battle of messages, a couple hundred other students are expected to wear shirts citing "crimes against God," namely "discrimination against ... my 10 Commandments, my prayers, my values, my faith, my God.""
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- Mannion, Annemarie (8 August 2006). "Ex-teacher learns lesson about Lee: Former Homewood-Flossmoor official details author's life in 'Mockingbird' biography". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. "Charles J. Shields, former chairman of the English Department at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, once asked teachers to consider dropping "To Kill A Mockingbird" from their curricula."
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- Bedore, Gary (10 April 2007). "Wright certain right time here: Former H-F star says he's leaving Kansas to pursue NBA career". Chicago Tribune. "Wright, a Homewood-Flossmoor product who averaged 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds his sophomore season at Kansas, first dreamed of playing in the NBA ..."
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