Thornton Fractional North High School

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Thornton Fractional North High School
Thornton Fractional North High School
755 Pulaski Road


United States
Coordinates 41°36′53″N87°32′43″W / 41.6146°N 87.5452°W / 41.6146; -87.5452
Former nameThornton Fractional Township High School
School type Public Secondary
Motto"Hardworking, Caring, Responsible, and Respectful."
School district Thornton Fractional HS 215
SuperintendentRena Whitten and John Robinzine, acting co-superintendents
CEEB code 140475 [1]
PrincipalBrian Rucinski [2]
Faculty142 [3]
Teaching staff207
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment1,259 (2020-21) [4]
   Grade 9 339 students
   Grade 10 301 students
   Grade 11 316 students
   Grade 12 303 students
Average class size21.5 [5]
Campus size3 Acres
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)  Purple
  Gold [6]
Athletics conference South Suburban Conference [6]
Nickname Meteors [6]
Rival Thornton Fractional South High School
Accreditation Illinois State Board of Education
NewspaperThorntonian [7]
YearbookChronoscope [7]
Communities served Calumet City
Feeder schoolsBurnham Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Schrum Mem. Middle School
Wentworth Jr. High School

Thornton Fractional North High School (T.F. North, TF North, TFN; formerly Thornton Fractional Township High School) is a Public Secondary school in Calumet City, Illinois. It first opened its doors in March 1926. [8]


The school serves Calumet City and Burnham. T.F. North also serves over 1,700 students in grades 9–12. The school's boundaries are the City of Chicago on the North, Torrence Avenue on the West, the Indiana state line on the East, and the Little Calumet River to the South. [8]


Due to growth in the Calumet City–Lansing area, Thornton Fractional South High School was opened in 1959. The original high school that first opened in 1926 was renamed Thornton Fractional North High School. In 1963 and 1964, expansions to the 1936 building were completed. [8]


In 2010, T.F. North had an average composite ACT score of 18.0, an average class size of 21.6 Students, a 20.5 Student to Teacher Ratio, and graduated 92.8% of its Senior class. [5] T.F. North has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, a state test used in Illinois to fulfill the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. [5] Overall, the school has not exceeded minimum expectations in reading, mathematics, and science. [5] It has far exceeded graduation expectations with an 87% graduation rate. [5]


The Athletics Director is Mr. DeVale Stubbs.

T.F. North competes in the South Suburban Conference and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the body which governs most sports and competitive activities in the state. Teams are stylized as the Meteors. School colors are Purple and Gold.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance team, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.


T.F. North offers various extracurricular activities. Some of these have won Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships in the past, such as the Drama Club.

Other activities and clubs include: Adventure Club, Auto Collision, Auto Mechanics, Chess, Concert Band, Creative Arts Magazine, Cultural Diversity, Foreign Language Club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Integrated Cooperative Education (ICE), J.I.L.G., Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Marching Band, Mathletes, National Honor Society (NHS), Newspaper, Peer Mediators, Pep Club, S.A.D.D., Speech Team, Radio/TV Productions (Meteor Productions), Visual Arts, and Yearbook. [9]

The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective state championship competitions sponsored by the IHSA: [10]

Notable alumni

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