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Encyclopedia > Joliet Central High School
Joliet Central Campus, Jefferson St Exit
Joliet Central Campus, Jefferson St Exit

Joliet Central High School is located at 201 E. Jefferson St, in Joliet, Illinois, USA. Built in 1901, the original building is noted for its marble floors and staircases and its castle-like limestone exterior architecture. The building has been added on to 5 times since it was built in 1901 and it served as the original home to Joliet Junior College. The school's balconied auditorium is the largest indoor auditorium in Joliet, including that of the downtown Rialto Square Theatre, and its large gymnasium is capable of holding over 2500 people during yearly graduation ceremonies. Central is part of Joliet Township High Schools, along with Joliet West and Joliet East (now defunct). Image File history File links JTHS.jpg Summary Joliet Township Hish School (Central Campus) June 2005. ... Image File history File links JTHS.jpg Summary Joliet Township Hish School (Central Campus) June 2005. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... Joliet Junior College (JCC) is billed as one of the oldest community colleges in the country, having begun in 1901. ... The Rialto Square Theatre is a Theater in the Chicagoland city of Joliet, IL. It was a movie theater at one time, but it now houses mainly plays and stand up comedy. ... Joliet West High School, along with Joliet Central, makes up the Joliet Township High School district in Joliet, Illinois. ...



The school itself is four stories tall, two city blocks long, and includes four separate buildings. The campus underwent a moderate expansion during 2005 when the old shop building was knocked down and a new building was erected in its place. A catwalk now connects the main building to the T&I building and allows students to cross unencumbered during inclement weather. The facilities also include a daycare center (on the ground floor of the Little Theater building), a planetarium, 6 tennis courts, a soccer field, 4 baseball fields, 1/16 mile indoor track, and a 1/4 mile track across the street to the east.

Steelman at the 1933-4 World Fair in Chicago

There is an historical display on the second floor near the South Entrance that is maintained by the Joliet Central Historical Society. Many archived items are kept in a vault, but the display includes the original Steelman sculpture and conceptual models of it from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. The Steelman was sculpted by Louise Lentz Woodruff and is positioned with its hands behind a male and female, symbolizing technology advancing man. It is surrounded by the original relief panels representing the basic sciences: astronomy, mathematics, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, medicine, and geology. It has long been considered good luck to rub the right knee of the male before any test or sporting events, therefore, the knee has been worn away and reconstituted over the years. The Man of Steel File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Man of Steel File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A 1933 Century of Progress worlds fair poster The Century of Progress International Exposition was a Worlds Fair held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933-1934 to celebrate Chicagos centennial. ...

In 1994, Central and West combined athletic teams due to a lack of funding. The Steelman became the mascot of both schools. Joliet Township was a member of the IHSA SICA West conference and its arch-rivals for the past 10 years have been Joliet Catholic Academy and Providence Catholic High School. In 2005 however, Joliet Township became a part of the Southwest Suburban Conference, or SSC. Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Joliet Catholic Academy is a coed Catholic High School located in Joliet, Illinois. ... Providence Catholic High School is located in New Lenox, Illinois. ...


There are now three levels of study at Central (in order of conceptual difficulty): Honors, A-level, and Regular.

  • The Honors curriculum is concentrated for students who grasp concepts more readily. The difficulty is reflected in the AP level classes and the pace at which materials are taught. The grade weighting of 1.4 attempts to reflect the challenges with which Honors students are presented.
  • A-level classes concentrate on above-average students, but are taught at a slightly slower pace than the honors curriculum to allow more time on each subject. The grade weight for these courses is 1.2.
  • Regular level classes are weighted 1.0 and spend still more time on material and provide more homework to students to help them understand difficult concepts.

The student grade point average is based on a 4.0 scale and weighted grades are awarded for higher curriculum classes, with 5.6 being the highest GPA obtainable by an honors student. The student with the highest GPA in recent history is Crystal Lovell, class of 1996, who graduated as valedictorian with a 5.51 GPA[1]. Central separates freshmen from the rest of the student body by primarily locating their classes in a localized area within the main building and giving them an earlier start. This provides an environment that is more supportive of new students and allows more freedom and time to find classrooms in a building of this size.

Notable alumni

Jesse Lee Barfield (born October 29, 1959 in Joliet, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1981-89) and New York Yankees (1989-92). ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Kathryn Hays as Kim Hughes Kathryn Hays (born July 26, 1933) is an American actress. ... Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (born January 4, 1933, Anderson, Idaho) is an American author best known for her childrens-novel trilogy Shiloh (a 1992 Newberry Medal winner), Shiloh Season and Saving Shiloh, all made into movies. ... Robert David Sanders Novak (born February 26, 1931) is a conservative American political commentator. ... Category: ... Audrey Totter Audrey Totter (born December 20, 1918 in Joliet, Illinois) is an American actress. ... Larry Parks (December 13, 1914 - April 13, 1975) was an American actor who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism. ... Katherine Dunham in 1956 Katherine Mary Dunham (22 June 1909 – 21 May 2006) was an African-American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator and activist who was trained as an anthropologist. ... Edwin Way Teale (1899–1980) was an American naturalist, photographer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. ...

External links

  • Joliet Central homepage


  1. ^ Joliet Herald News, Archives, Annual Local Graduates Section, May 1996

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