Thornridge High School

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Thornridge High School
Thornridge High School
15000 Cottage Grove Avenue

South Suburbs

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Coordinates 41°37′08″N87°36′00″W / 41.6189°N 87.6001°W / 41.6189; -87.6001
School type Public
School district District 205
SuperintendentDr. Nathaniel Cunningham, Jr. [1]
DeanChristy Lewis
Erica McGhee
Mark Morgan
PrincipalJustin Moore [2]
Assistant PrincipalCarol Friedl
Teaching staff384
Grades 912
Gender Coed
   Grade 9 250
   Grade 10 237
   Grade 11 208
   Grade 12 193
Average class size21.5 [3]
Student to teacher ratio16:1
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)  Columbia Blue
  Navy Blue
Slogan"We are TR"
Athletics conference Southland Athletic Conference
MascotWing Ding the Mighty Falcon
Rival Thornton
Communities servedDolton, Harvey, South Holland, Phoenix, Burnham, Calumet City, and Markham
Feeder schoolsGeorge S. Patton School
Washington Jr. High School
Lincoln Jr. High School
Roosevelt Jr. High School
Dirksen Middle School

Thornridge High School is a public four-year high school located in Dolton, Illinois, a suburb about 20 miles south of Chicago. The school is part of Thornton Township High School District 205. Thornridge High School first opened to the public in 1960 after completing construction of the current building. It serves the cities/villages of Dolton, Harvey, South Holland, Phoenix, Burnham, Calumet City, and Markham.



As of 2024, total student attendance is 85%. [4] The graduation rate is 79.8%. [5] Thornridge was ranked a commendable school according to the US News & World Report. [6]


Thornridge consists of 96% African American, 3% Hispanic, 0.4% White. [7] The gender makeup is 47.5% male and 52.5% female. [8] 77% of students were eligible for the Free Lunch Program. [9]


Thornridge is known for its success in the performing arts and competitive public speaking. The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective state championship competitions sponsored by the IHSA. [10]


The Falcons compete in the Southland Athletic Conference (SAC) as well the state championship series sponsored by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) which governs most athletic and competitive activities in Illinois. School colors are Columbia Blue and Navy. Teams are called the "Falcons".

The Athletic Director is Sherry Jackson and the Assistant Athletic Director is Prince Lowe.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for both young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track & field. Young men compete in baseball, football, swimming and diving and wrestling. Young women compete in cheerleading, competitive dancing, softball, and volleyball. [11]

The following teams won or placed in the top four of their respective class in their respective sports in IHSA sponsored state championship series: [10]

Notable alumni

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