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Encyclopedia > Highland Park High School (Highland Park, Illinois)
Highland Park High School
Motto Dream, Believe, Achieve
Established 1889
Type Public secondary
Principal John Scornavacco
Jim Swanson
Faculty 120
Students 1,860
Grades 9–12
Location 433 Vine Av.
Highland Park, Illinois USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue, White
Mascot Giants
Website www.dist113.org/hphs

Highland Park High School, or 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, which also includes Deerfield High School. Image File history File linksMetadata Hplogo2. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Educational institutions are often categorised along several dimensions. ... Highland Park is a city in the Morraine township of Lake County, Illinois, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... For other meanings of the word giant, see Giant (disambiguation) Giants are humanoid creatures of prodigious size and strength, a type of legendary monster that appear in the tales of many different races and cultures. ... Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education. ... Highland Park is a city in the Morraine township of Lake County, Illinois, United States. ... Historically, the North Shore referred to the area serviced by the now defunct Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, which ran along Lake Michigans western shore between Chicago and Milwaukee from 1896 until 1963. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Township High School District 113 is a school district in Illinois. ... Deerfield High School, or DHS, is a public four-year high school located in Deerfield, Illinois, a North Shore suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ...



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 renovated and 77,000 square feet added. The additions and renovations were designed by Legat Architects and executed by VACALA Construction, Inc.[1] Highland Park is the name of several places in the United States of America: Highland Park, Florida Highland Park, Illinois Highland Park, Michigan Highland Park, New Jersey Highland Park, Pennsylvania Highland Park, Texas Highland Park, Los Angeles, California Highland Park, New York, New York, a neighborhood in Brooklyn Highland Park... Deerfield High School, or DHS, is a public four-year high school located in Deerfield, Illinois, a North Shore suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ...

During the 1999-2000 school year, Fox Television crews "invaded" the high school after it was selected by documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler to be the setting for his new reality television series. His intent was to accurately portray the intricacies of the lives of a handful of typical high school students. Two crews covered up to eight students each. From August to June, they shot three weeks out of every month, wherever the "cast" led them. That included their homes, on dates, and to parties. Cutler recalls: The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... R.J. Cutler is a television- and film-maker. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...

There were plenty of situations where it was necessary to exercise our discretion as grown-ups and human beings, but our principal objective was to observe and tell the truth as much as possible. I think we did that...but you always develop a personal relationship with your subjects. You do try to keep on a certain side of the line.

When the cameras stopped rolling, R.J. and the production team had logged literally thousands of hours of tape. The end product was American High (Television), the critically acclaimed but poorly rated television that lasted only four episodes on the Fox Network. The show was subsequently picked up by PBS, and the remaining ten episodes were finally aired. Stars included former students Morgan Moss, Brad Krefman, Robby Nathan, Sarah Mages, Anna Santiago, Mike "Kiwi" Langford, Allie Komessar, Pablo Otavalo, Kaytee Bodle, Scott Hinden, and a variety of faculty members. The show went on to win an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Nonfiction Program. American High is a documentary television show about the lives of fourteen students at Highland Park High School, located in the city of Highland Park, Illinois. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... An Emmy Award. ...


In 2005, Highland Park had an average composite ACT score of 24.8, and graduated 94.2% of its senior class. The average class size is 18.6. Highland Park has made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.[2] This does not cite its references or sources. ... Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is a term defined by the No Child Left Behind Act. ... Signing ceremony at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio. ...

The school holds an excellent academic reputation, ranking 341st on Newsweek's list of the United States' 1000 best high schools in 2005 The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools.

Despite the geographically higher amount of non native-English speaking students, and a diverse student population of 80% white, 15% Hispanic, 3% Asian and 2% African American,[3] Highland Park maintains very high standardized test scores. Students of military parents from Fort Sheridan also have a presence on campus. Fort Sheridan, Illinois was a United States Army Post named after Civil War Cavalry General Philip Sheridan, to honor his many services to Chicago. ...


Highland Park competes in the Central Suburban League and Illinois High School Association. Its mascot is the Giant. The Central Suburban League is an IHSA recognized high school extra-curricular conference including the following schools, generally located in the North Shore (Chicago) area in Illinois. ... The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is one of 521 state high school associations in the United States, designed to regulate competition in interscholastic events at the high school level. ... Jack the Giant-Killer by Arthur Rackham The mythology and legends of many different cultures include mythological creatures of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. ...

One of the best all-time athletes in the history of Highland Park High School is Jimmy Marco


Highland Park High School takes great pride in its fine arts department. The repertoire of the drama department includes two plays and one musical each year in addition to an all original student musical called Stunts and festival of "one-acts" directed entirely by students. Past performances include renditions of Metamorphoses, Cats, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Laramie Project, Les Misèrables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beauty and the Beast. During the 2005-2006 school year, the play On Stars Not Falling - written by Scott Shallenbarger, one of Highland Park's acting teachers - was selected to be performed at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. Disambiguation: This article is about the poem Metamorphoses written by the poet Ovid. ... Cats may refer to: Felines, members of the animal family Felidae The domesticated animal, cat The musical, yeah right, I bet that this was really dumb. ... The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic play and adventure novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the French Revolution. ... The Laramie Project is a play written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. ... Portrait of Cosette by Emile Bayard, from the original edition of Les Misérables (1862) Les Misérables (trans. ... Fiddler on the Roof is a well-known Broadway musical that first opened on September 22, 1964, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and libretto by Joseph Stein. ... Illustration by Warwick Goble Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale (type 425AD -- search for a lost husband -- in the Aarne-Thompson classification). ...

Focus on the Arts is a biannual 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. Focus occurs on odd-numbered years. Several high schools are know as Highland Park High School including: Highland Park High School, California in Los Angeles, California Highland Park High School, Illinois in Highland Park, Illinois Highland Park High School, Kansas in Topeka, Kansas Highland Park High School, New Jersey in Highland Park, New Jersey Highland Park...

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. The opening night celebration, which took place April 17, 2005, drew over 1,000 people. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, based in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the leading orchestras in the world. ...

Each year students at HPHS mobilize to support a charity that they vote to support for all of February. This monthlong 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. In 2006, HPHS students presented a check of $162,000 to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. This donation was one of if not the largest amounts of money students have raised.

Notable alumni

Most of the notable alumni listed below are profiled on the HPHS Distinguished Alumni page.


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  • Lauren Tom— (Class of 1977) — Voice actress known for her work on Futurama and King of the Hill[4]
  • Jeff Perry— (Class of 1973) — Television, film and theater actor. Best known for his role in Nash Bridges as well as appearances in Lost, The West Wing, and Grey's Anatomy.
  • Christina Ramberg— (Class of 1964) — Painter who is influential in the history of Chicago art. He paintings are known for their flatness, unmodulated surfaces, and stylized figuration.

Journalism Lauren Tom Lauren Tom (born August 4, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress and voice actress. ... Futurama is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen for the Fox Network. ... King of the Hill is a satirical American animated television series created by Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butt-head) and Greg Daniels for the FOX Network. ... Jeffrey Davis Perry is a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 5th Barnstable District. ...

  • Eric Enberg—(Class of 1959)—investigative journalist, CBS correspondent
  • Stephen Glass—(Class of 1990)—former reporter at The New Republic who has become notorious for his journalistic fraud, actor Hayden Christensen portrayed him in his fall from grace in the 2003 film Shattered Glass
  • Brian Ross—(Class of 1966)—investigative journalist, ABC chief investigative correspondent — Peabody Award (1974), the Columbia Award (three times), Sigma Delta Chi Award, Robert F. Kennedy Award (1979), National Emmy Award (twice), Overseas Press Club of America Award(s), National Headliner Awards, Peabody Award(s), George W. Polk National Television Reporting Award.

Academia CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... A screenshot of the webpage that Glass had created to try to prove his claim that Jukt Micronics existed. ... For other uses, see the disambiguation section. ... Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981) is a Golden Globe-nominated Canadian actor. ... Shattered Glass is an English language 2003 film about the fast rise and steep fall of Stephen Glasss journalistic career at the The New Republic magazine during the mid-1990s when his serial journalistic fraud was exposed. ... Brian Ross is a racer in the ARCA circuit. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...

Public Service Jeremy Siegel Jeremy Siegel (born November 14, 1945) is a finance professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is a business school at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. The school was founded by Joseph Wharton, who also was one of the founders of Swarthmore College (founded in 1864), in 1881 as the first collegiate business school in the United States. ... This article is about the private university in Philadelphia. ... Graham B. Spanier, discussing Napster on October 18, 2003, in his university-provided residence, the Schreyer House Graham B. Spanier is president of The Pennsylvania State University that has 22 campus locations in Pennsylvania, succeeding Joab Thomas with his inaugural address on January 15, 1995. ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ...

  • Karen Nussbaum—(Class of 1968)—political activist, director of Women's Bureau [4] of the US Department of Labor
  • David Crane— (Class of 1968)—former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Currently a Law Professor at Syracuse University.

The United States Department of Labor is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, and some economic statistics. ... David Crane is a successful video game designer and programmer. ...


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  2. ^ Illinois School Report Card
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  4. ^ http://www.tv.com/lauren-tom/person/1707/summary.html

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