Waubonsie Valley High School

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Waubonsie Valley High School
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2590 Ogden Avenue


United States
Coordinates 41°44′18″N88°15′06″W / 41.73839°N 88.25164°W / 41.73839; -88.25164 Coordinates: 41°44′18″N88°15′06″W / 41.73839°N 88.25164°W / 41.73839; -88.25164
Other nameWVHS
Type Public high school
MottoExcellence in Every Endeavor
Established1975 (1975)
School district Indian Prairie School District 204
NCES School ID 174169004173 [1]
PrincipalJason Stipp [2]
Teaching staff153.48 (on an FTE basis) [1]
Enrollment2,572 (2016-2017) [1]
Student to teacher ratio16.76 [1]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)Green and Gold         
Fight song "We are the Warriors" [3]
Athletics conference DuPage Valley Conference
MascotChief Waubonsie
Nickname Warriors
NewspaperThe Voice

Waubonsie Valley High School (WVHS) is a public high school in Aurora, Illinois, United States. It was established in 1975 and is part of the Indian Prairie School District 204.

State schools, called public schools in North America and many other countries, are generally primary or secondary schools mandated for or offered to all children without charge, funded in whole or in part by taxation.

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Aurora, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, is a city in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located primarily in DuPage and Kane counties, it is an outer suburb of Chicago and the second most populous city in the state, and the 115th most populous city in the country. The population was 197,899 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to have increased to 200,965 by 2017.



Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204 (a unit district K-12) was formed in the fall of 1972. [4] In December 1972 a referendum was passed to build and equip a high school at a projected cost of $8.2 million. A separate issue also passed to add a swimming pool. Construction on Waubonsie Valley High School began in the spring of 1973. [4]

In September 1975, Waubonsie Valley opened its doors for its first school year. 293 Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors attended the new high school. [4] In addition, 7th and 8th graders were housed in the building (using the name Granger Junior High) until Hill Junior High (now Hill Middle School) opened in the Fall of 1981. Construction delays prevented students from using the gym until May 1976 and the pool until October 1976. [4]

The school was designed as an open campus, with very few walls to separate classes. This quickly gave way to temporary room dividers and eventually, more permanent walls. Major construction projects over the years added three classroom wings, a field house and an auditorium, leaving just a few clues as to the original design of the building. The school was considered futuristic with a swimming pool, greenhouse, and planetarium. [5]

Music program

The Waubonsie Valley music program has received a Grammy Award six times in total. WVHS was named a Grammy Association's Signature School in 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011 through the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2007 and 2011, WVHS was one of two schools in the nation to receive the honor of the Grammy Association's Signature GOLD School. [6]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

The choir program offers seven choirs and several extracurricular ensembles, including three show choirs. [7] The top level mixed show choir was ranked 1st for 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by the National Show Choir Ranking System. [8]

Notable alumni

Notable staff

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