Glenbrook North High School
Glenbrook North High School, or GBN, is a public four-year high school located in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Glenbrook High School District 225, which also includes Glenbrook South High School. Feeder junior high schools for GBN are Wood Oaks Junior High School, Stanley Field Middle School, Maple Middle School, and Northbrook Junior High School.
|Glenbrook North High School|
2300 Shermer Rd.
|School type||Public secondary|
|Motto||We Educate For Living|
|School district||Glenbrook High School District 225|
|Superintendent||Dr. Mike Riggle|
|Principal||Dr. John Finan|
|Average class size||21.5|
|School colour(s)||forest green |
|Athletics conference||Central Suburban League|
In 2018, Niche rated Glenbrook North High School as the 48th best public high school in the United States.
Glenbrook North High School opened its doors in the fall of 1953 as Glenbrook High School, and was renamed Glenbrook North in 1962 after the opening of Glenbrook South High School. The school serves the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Northbrook.
Glenbrook North has grown fourfold in the size of its student body since its founding. In 1979, the school opened the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, and in 1990, a fieldhouse was dedicated. In the spring of 1996, a three-year renovation and construction project involving the science facilities and the “A” wing was built. A second swimming pool was built in 2000 to accommodate the burgeoning growth in aquatics. A successful referendum in 2006 enabled the creation of the two-story classroom “F” wing, state of the art Fitness Center, complete renovation and additions to the Music Area, and a sun-filled main entrance, which were completed in 2009.
Throughout the years, Glenbrook North High School has received state and national recognition for its academic excellence. In the late 1950s, when Glenbrook was less than 10 years old, it was named one of the top 44 high schools in the country by a survey in a national magazine. In 1984, GBN was named one of only four high schools in the state of Illinois to receive the United States Office of Education Excellence in Education Award from President Ronald Reagan. In 2008, GBN was selected again for the nation’s top distinction as a Blue Ribbon School.
John Hughes filmsEdit
Glenbrook North alumnus John Hughes' 1985 film The Breakfast Club featured a group of kids from "Shermer, Illinois 60062." Shermerville was the original name of the town of Northbrook, where GBN is located, and 60062 is the town's zip code. The movie features the clash between what were known during the 1980s as the 'sporto' versus 'freak' cultures at GBN. Some interior scenes of The Breakfast Club were filmed inside Glenbrook North, and exterior shots of GBN were used in both The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
President Clinton visitEdit
On January 22, 1997, President Bill Clinton visited Glenbrook North to deliver a speech about education initiatives. President Clinton's speech was held in the school's fieldhouse and largely centered around mathematics and science. At the time, students in Northern Illinois were participating in a program called "First in the World." The program was to judge the level of knowledge in math and science against other schools around the world. Northern Illinois students scored 1st in the Science category and 3rd in the Mathematics category. Remarking about Glenbrook High School District 225, President Clinton said:
Can you imagine a school district or a set of school districts with more genuine local control than this one, with—more than these— more parental involvement, more committed teachers, more—you know, you've got local control. But you didn't use it as an excuse not to throw your hat in the ring. I think it's great that it came out this way. But if you had finished eighth and ninth, I would still be here to pat you on the back because you had the guts to do it.
Student hazing incidentEdit
In May 2003, Glenbrook North High School gained notoriety after an off-campus, non-school-sanctioned event involving students dressed in school colors turned into a major hazing incident that attracted national media attention. The event was a "Powder Puff" girls' football game between members of the junior and senior classes. The "game" took place on Sunday, May 4, 2003, in Chipilly Woods, part of the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Although the annual Powder Puff game had been held at the school's football stadium in earlier decades, there was no football at the 2003 event. During the event, about 20 junior class participants were covered in paint, urine, feces, and animal guts. Some were shot with paintball guns, others were kicked and beaten. At least five participants sustained injuries requiring medical attention.
Thirty-one students – twenty-eight females and three males – were suspended from school for 10 days. They were later expelled. Some of the expelled students and their parents filed a lawsuit to allow the expelled students to graduate. The plaintiffs and the school district reached an agreement where the expelled students would have their diplomas mailed to them but would not be able to participate in graduation ceremonies. Local law enforcement authorities investigated the hazing incident and filed charges against 15 students for assault and battery. Two mothers were charged with providing alcohol for the event. All were convicted and the sentences received were light, ranging from probation to community service.
A community-wide task force was established by the Northbrook Police Department Community Services Division after the hazing incident. Their final report stressed the needs for recognizing and preventing hazing incidents.
The academic school year at Glenbrook North High School consists of 37 weeks divided into two semesters. Glenbrook North has a block schedule with classes meeting on alternating days. Each school day consists of four blocks of 90 minutes each. The summer school program at Glenbrook North is six weeks in length.
In 2017, Glenbrook North High School's graduated 98.4% of its senior class, which had an average composite ACT score of 27.1, and 89.5% enrolled in college. The 2017 class included 21 National Merit Semifinalists. The student-to-teacher ratio is 11.54 to 1.
In 2018, Niche rated Glenbrook North High School as the 48th Best Public High School in the United States. In 2016, Business Insider ranked GBN 23rd on its list of public high schools with the best teachers in America.
Glenbrook Academy of International StudiesEdit
The Glenbrook Academy of International Studies is a nationally recognized four-year program with students from Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools. 30 freshmen are accepted into the Academy each year, with no opportunity of joining after that. Founded in 1981 to give gifted students a more unorthodox learning alternative, it integrates the teaching and learning of English, Social Studies, and World Languages. Each class learns one of a selection of four different foreign languages: Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese.
Glenbrook North offers more than 75 extracurricular activities including clubs, honorary societies, music organizations, sports related activities, student publications, trips, and performances.
The Glenbrook North High School debate team is among the best in the history of the United States, and was ranked the top debate school of the 20th century based on performance in the National Speech and Debate Association. The school has won numerous state and national championships in Policy Debate, as well as state championships in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate. It is the only high school debate program in the country to have ever won the debate's "Triple Crown," sweeping the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament, the Tournament of Champions, and the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament in 2004.
Since 1974, Glenbrook North has won at least one national championship in debate in fourteen individual years. GBN has won an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state championship in 18 of the 35 years since 1982, and has placed as runner up in three of those years.
Glenbrook North is among the top performers in Illinois DECA. As of 2014, Glenbrook North DECA has sent over 30 members to DECA's International Career Development Conference. Glenbrook North has a total of over 150 DECA members. The school has received numerous awards at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), placing 1st in 2012 and 3rd in 2014. A team of students from GBN also won an international championship in Sports and Entertainment Marketing in Nashville in 2016. Most recently, a team and another solo student won 1st in the International Career Development Conference, in Advertising Campaign and Food Marketing, respectively..
Glenbrook North students organize an annual food drive, collecting canned goods to benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry. In 2009, the school joined with Glenbrook South High School to organize Foodstock, a benefit concert featuring Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump. Students from both schools came together to break the Guinness World Record for the largest can stack, building a structure where 59,084 cans were stacked in the shape of two hands holding a can.
Glenbrook North is a member of the Central Suburban League. The school is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which sponsors most of the major sport and activity state tournaments in Illinois. William Lutz Stadium, which is the home of the Glenbrook North's football, lacrosse, track & field and soccer teams, is named in honor of William Lutz, the school's first athletic director.
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for boys and girls in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, lacrosse, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Boys may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Girls may compete in badminton, cheerleading, and softball.
In 2005, the school became the first large-enrollment high school in Illinois to have won a state championship in each of football, basketball and baseball. The following GBN teams have won IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments in the listed years:
- Baseball: 1966, 1974
- Basketball (boys): 2005
- Football: 1974
- Hockey: 1984, 1985, 2007, 2008, 2015
- Soccer (boys): 1983
- Swimming & Diving (girls): 1978
- Tennis (boys): 1981, 1999, 2006
- Volleyball (boys): 1993
On December 28, 2005, Glenbrook North's basketball program gained national media attention when Jon Scheyer scored 21 points in the final 75 seconds of a comeback attempt against Proviso West. Scheyer fell one point short of the Glenbrook North basketball record for most points in a game, scoring 52 points. The record is held by current Northwestern men's basketball head coach Chris Collins, who scored 53 in a game as a student at Glenbrook North. Glenbrook North's boys basketball team won the 2005 state championship, led by Scheyer, an eventual McDonald's All-American and two-time NCAA national champion player and coach at Duke. The Spartans were coached by Dave Weber, brother of Bruce Weber, current Kansas State men's basketball head coach. Glenbrook North finished the 2004-2005 season with a record of 32-2.
Glenbrook North Hockey, a club team, won back to back state titles in 1984 and 1985, the first varsity hockey team in Illinois to do so, and then again in 2007 and 2008. In 2011, 2013, and 2014, the team returned to the title game but lost to the New Trier Trevians. In 2015, Glenbrook North Hockey defeated Benet Academy in the state title game in overtime, 3-2. The Spartans hockey program has won five Illinois state championships.
In 2013, senior Brian Ohr won the Class 3A boys golf individual state championship. He shot a 141 between the two rounds. Ohr beat teammate Nick Hardy, who finished third in the tournament. Hardy was the more prominent of the two having led the U.S. Amateur earlier that year. Ohr currently golfs at Miami University while Hardy golfs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a freshman at Illinois in 2014-2015, Hardy won a share of the Big Ten Championship.
The Glenbrook North boys tennis program is considered to be a consistent powerhouse program in the state. It frequently produces state champion-caliber teams, having won three state titles in program history. Glenbrook North's boys tennis program is one of just two in IHSA history to win three state titles with three different coaches. In 1980 and 1981, Dan Weiss won the singles state championship for Glenbrook North. His brother Robby Weiss then won the singles state championship in 1982. Robby Weiss went on to play college tennis at Pepperdine University, where he won the NCAA singles national title. He then played on the ATP Tour as a professional for seven years. In 2002, Ryan Heller won a singles state championship for Glenbrook North. Heller played college tennis at the University of Michigan.
In 2015, seniors Miguel Perez and David Zakhodin completed an undefeated regular season as doubles partners for the boys tennis team. Perez and Zakhodin finished the regular season at 26-0, with wins over each of the top doubles teams in the state, including Deerfield, Highland Park, Stevenson, Lake Forest twice, New Trier and three-time defending state champion Hinsdale Central. Perez and Zakhodin's regular season included a tournament win at the prestigious Hersey Pitchford Invitational. Glenbrook North's No. 1 doubles team had just two matches last a full three sets. On May 30, 2015, Perez and Zakhodin advanced to the IHSA state championship against Deerfield a team they beat during the regular season and in the sectional championship. Perez and Zakhodin were 36-0 together before losing in the state championship. Perez (40-1 as a senior) and Zakhodin (37-1 as a senior) are the winningest players in program history with 128 and 129 career wins, respectively. At the conclusion of the 2015 state tournament, Zakhodin was awarded the IHSA Tom Pitchford Sportsmanship Award, voted on by coaches around the state.
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