Highland Park High School (Highland Park, Illinois)

Highland Park High School (HPHS) is a public four-year high school located in Highland Park, Illinois, a North Shore suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Township High School District 113. From 1900-1904, the school was known as Deerfield High School. The high school served both Deerfield (renamed Moraine in 1998) and Shields townships from 1904 until 1936 and was Deerfield-Shields High School. The building of Lake Forest High School in 1936 provided a school to serve Shields Township students. This led to the return of the name Highland Park High School. A new, separate Deerfield High School opened 20 years later to serve the growing population

Highland Park High School
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433 Vine Avenue


Coordinates42°11′36″N 87°48′06″W / 42.19343°N 87.80158°W / 42.19343; -87.80158Coordinates: 42°11′36″N 87°48′06″W / 42.19343°N 87.80158°W / 42.19343; -87.80158
School districtTownship High School District 113
SuperintendentBruce Law
CEEB code142275
PrincipalDeborah Finn
Teaching staff145.05 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,994 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.75[1]
Campus sizelarge
School colour(s)     Blue
Athletics conferenceCentral Suburban League
Team nameGiants
YearbookLittle Giant
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For a period of approximately fourteen years following Highland Park High School's establishment in 1886, classes were held in the rooms over the Brand Brothers paint shop in downtown Highland Park. It has occupied the present site on Vine Avenue since 1900. Over the course of time, however, several additions have been constructed. In 2000, HPHS and its sister school, Deerfield High School underwent a two-year, $75 million renovation and expansion project. HPHS received several new additions and renovations with 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) renovated and 77,000 square feet (7,200 m2) added. The additions and renovations were designed by Legat Architects and executed by VACALA Construction, Inc.[11]


In 2013, Highland Park had an average composite ACT score of 25.2, and graduated 90.5% of its senior class. Highland Park has not made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.[12]

Highland Park High School has non native-English speaking students and a student population of 80% white, 15% Hispanic, 3% Asian and 2% African American.[13]

Student life


School Sports logo

Highland Park competes in the Central Suburban League and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) which governs most of the sports and competitive activities in the state. Its mascot is the Giants.

The school sponsors interscholastic sports teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, wrestling and water polo. Young men may also compete in baseball, golf, football, and Scholastic wrestling. Women may compete in softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams for men and women in lacrosse in addition to an ice hockey team for men. Highland Park also sponsors a joint fencing team with Deerfield High School for men and women.[14]

The following teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament:[15]

  • Cross country (Boys): State Champions (1961–62)
  • Golf (Boys): State Champions (1939–40, 1947–48, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1958–59)
  • Tennis (Boys): State Champions (1972–73)


Highland Park offers 64 clubs, activities, and intramurals for students.[16] Among these activities are chapters or affiliates of several nationally notable organizations: Amnesty International, Congressional Debate, DECA, FIRST Tech Challenge, Key Club, and Model UN.[17]

The repertoire of the drama department includes two plays and one musical each year in addition to an all original student musical called STUNTS, which is entirely directed, choreographed, produced by students, and a "Short Play" festival, directed entirely by students. Past performances include renditions of Metamorphoses, Cats, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Laramie Project, Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, and Evita. During the 2005–2006 and 2011–2012 school years, the play On Stars Not Falling (written by one of Highland Park's acting teachers) was selected to be performed at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.

Focus on the Arts is a biennial event that brings artists to Highland Park High School to share their passion with its students. Over three days, world-renowned artists come to the high school to showcase their talents and encourage students to explore the arts themselves. The mediums of music, visual arts, dance, creative writing, media and theater are represented. Presentations on sports media, improvisation theater, and creative writing are particularly popular. Students at Highland Park High School program their own schedule so they attend activities they wish to attend. Three regularly scheduled academic classes occur for each day that is missed for Focus events. Focus is funded from a variety of resources including but not limited to grants, private donations, and allowances. All events are free to the students, faculty, staff, and the community at large.[citation needed]

In 2005, Focus celebrated its 20th biennial. In celebration, the Highland Park High School Chorus and Orchestra collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to perform opera choruses for the opening night celebration, which was conducted by Duain Wolfe, Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.[citation needed]

The following competitive teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament:[15]

  • Drama: State Champions (1977–78)
  • Group Interpretation: State Champions (1979–80)

The following clubs have scored championships in non-IHSA sanctioned events:

  • Congressional Debate: 1st Place Harvard National Congress (2006, 2009)[18]
  • Wind Symphony: Gold Medal Young Prague International Music Festival (2012)[19]


Since 1994, students at HPHS annually mobilize to support a charity during February.[20] This month-long event is known as "Charity Drive" and is orchestrated by the Charity Drive Committee, one of the subdivisions of the school-wide political Student Senate.[21] Students choose the charity in a school vote.[22] The school regularly raises six-figure amounts and is courted by charities.[21] As of 2016 students have raised more than $3 million dollars.[20]

Notable people

Academia and letters

The arts






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