Downers Grove South High School

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Downers Grove South High School, or DGS, and locally referred to as "South", is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Dunham Road and 63rd Street in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Its principal is Edward Schwartz. It is part of Community High School District 99, which also includes Downers Grove North High School. The South campus draws students from Downers Grove (south of 55th St.), the majority of Woodridge, half of Darien (west of Cass Ave.), and small sections of Bolingbrook and Westmont.

Downers Grove South High School
1436 Norfolk Street


Coordinates41°46′15″N 88°01′15″W / 41.7708°N 88.0207°W / 41.7708; -88.0207Coordinates: 41°46′15″N 88°01′15″W / 41.7708°N 88.0207°W / 41.7708; -88.0207
School typePublic
School districtCommunity HS Dist. 99
SuperintendentHenry Thiele[1]
PrincipalEdward H. Schwartz[2]
Staff184.32 (FTE)[3]
Enrollment2,765 (2018-19)[3]
Average class size21.0[4]
Student to teacher ratio15.00[3]
Colour(s)  navy blue
  columbia blue[5]
Athletics conferenceWest Suburban Conference
Pony Express[6]
Radio stationWDGC (88.3 FM)[9]
Cable TV StationChannel 29[7]


The school opened its doors in 1964 and the student population at Downers Grove High School was split in two, half going to the original structure now named Downers Grove North, and half going to the new building. It has since undergone significant renovations to bring it up to date, including a $49.5 million voter referendum for the district in 2001. In the summer of 2008 the school embarked on a parking space expansion on campus, which had been plagued by delays. Despite several causes for postponement, parking lot adjustments were prepared in time to effectively start the 2008–09 school year.[10] On Friday, June 22, 2011 at around 8:30 pm, South High School received extensive damage to its outdoor sports areas during a two-minute EF1 tornado: fences around the tennis courts were flattened, portable toilets and rows of bleachers were flipped upside-down as well as some fallen branches across the school's football/soccer field.[11]


In 2008, Downers Grove South had an average composite ACT score of 22.0, 0.5 points above the state average.[4] DGS graduated 96.7% of its senior class.[4] Downers Grove South has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which with the ACT, are the assessment tools used to fulfill mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. While the school as a whole did make AYP, two of the six student subgroups failed to meet expectations in reading.


South 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 the state of Illinois. The school teams are stylized as the Mustangs.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, fishing, track & field, Ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. Young men may compete in baseball, football, Co-ed Varsity Cheerleading, and wrestling, while young women may also compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, and softball. The DGS Fillies (Varsity) and Pintos (JV) dance and pom teams perform at half time of men's home football and basketball games and compete at the Team Dance Illinois State Competition every year.[12]

The following teams have won in their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament or meet:[13]

  • Dance Team: State Champions (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Co-Ed Cheerleading: State Champions (2003–04), National Champions (2004–05)
  • Football: 8A State Champions (2001–02)
  • Soccer (boys): State Champions (2004–05)
  • Softball: State Champions (1992–93)
  • Volleyball (girls): State Champions (1996–97, 1999–2000, 2002–03)
  • Volleyball (boys): State Champions (2012–13)


Downers Grove South has won several state championship for its extracurricular activities in its history, including (as of 2008) three in performance in the round, two in chess, and three from the Fillies Pom and Dance Team. Its speech team has won 18 IHSA state championships, more than any other school.[14][15] In 1997 it became the only team to win the speech state championship four years in a row, and in 2009 the only school to win that same title 6 years in a row.[16] The radio station, WDGC – 88.3FM, is run by students during school hours, usually chosen as an elective. Their Marching Band won the 2019 University of Illinois Marching Band Championship.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "ASC Staff Directory". Community High School District 99. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ "DGS Administration". 2017 Community High School District 99. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Comm H S Dist 99 - South High Sch". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Class of 2008 school report card; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 24 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b School information for DGSHS;; accessed 15 July 2009
  6. ^ a b Curricular activities directory for DGSHS; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 26 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Directory of Clubs at DGSHS; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 26 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ History of District 99; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 21 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Competitive activities at DGSHS; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 26 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Confirmed: Tornadoes Hit Downers Grove, Mount Prospect « CBS Chicago
  12. ^ List of teams; DGSHS Athletic Department; accessed 15 July 2009 Archived 30 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Season summaries for DGSHS;; accessed 15 July 2009
  14. ^ IHSA Individual Events Team Champions and Runners-Up
  15. ^ IHSA Table of Titles
  16. ^ IHSA Individual Events Team Champions and Runners-Up
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 August 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Lauren Frost". IMDb. Retrieved 24 January 2013.

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