East Leyden High School

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East Leyden High School
East Leyden High School
3400 Rose St.


United States
Coordinates 41°56′29″N87°52′00″W / 41.9415°N 87.8668°W / 41.9415; -87.8668
School typePublic
MottoEducate Enrich Empower
School district Leyden H.S. Dist. 212
SuperintendentDr. Nick Polyak [1]
PrincipalDr. Dominic Manola [1]
Staff117.25 (FTE) [2]
Enrollment1,812 (2018–19) [2]
Average class size19.6 [3]
Student to teacher ratio15.45 [2]
Colour(s)  blue
  gold [4]
Athletics conference West Suburban Conference
Nickname Eagles [4]
NewspaperHiLites [5]
Website http://www.leyden212.org/

East Leyden High School is a secondary school located in Franklin Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) which educates grades 9-12.


Together with West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois, they serve the suburban communities in Franklin Park, Northlake, Rosemont, Schiller Park, River Grove, Melrose Park and unincorporated Leyden Township. Both are part Leyden High School District 212.


The original school was opened in 1911 as a one year school. It expanded to a three-year school two years later and it finally became a four-year high school in 1924, the year that the District began. The school was expanded many times until, in 1958, when a second campus was built in Northlake, known as West Leyden.

Due to a poor economy and less students being enrolled in the District, the two schools decided to combine athletic teams, starting in the 1981-82 school year. To this day, the schools still compete together as Leyden High School. [6]


East Leyden's class of 2008 had an average composite ACT score of 19.8, 0.7 points below the state average. [3] 86.1% of the senior class graduated. [3] East Leyden did not make Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, which with the ACT comprises the state assessments used to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Overall, the school did not achieve AYP in reading, and one student subgroup failed to meet expectations in reading and mathematics. [3]


West Leyden and East Leyden have competed as a combined athletic program since the 1981—82 school year. [7] The school competes in the West Suburban Conference. It is also a full member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most sports and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams are stylized as the "Eagles", with the IHSA referring to the combined program as "Franklin Park-Northlake (Leyden)".

The school sponsors interscholastic sports teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Young men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while women may compete in badminton, bowling, cheerleading, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the Athletic Department also oversees a dance team for young women. [8]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet: [9]

Notable alumni

Notable staff

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