Waukegan High School

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Waukegan High School
2325 Brookside Avenue


United States
Coordinates 34°10′09″N73°14′33″E / 34.1693°N 73.2425°E / 34.1693; 73.2425 (Brookside)
42°21′31″N87°50′39″W / 42.35855°N 87.844148°W / 42.35855; -87.844148 (Washington)
School typePublic
School district Waukegan Community Unit School District 60
SuperintendentTheresa Plascencia
PrincipalTimothy Bryner
Teaching staff215.00 FTE
Number of students4,562 (2015–16) [1]
Average class size20.4 [2]
School color(s)purple
SongThe Purple, Green And Gold
Fight song The Purple, Green And Gold
Athletics conference North Suburban Conference
Nickname Bulldogs
Team nameWaukegan Bulldogs
Accreditation AdvancED [3]
NewspaperThe Dog Times

Waukegan High School, or WHS, is a public four-year high school located in Waukegan, Illinois, USA, a city to the north of Chicago, Illinois. It is part of Waukegan Community Unit School District 60. Students attend classes at the Washington Campus (EAST Campus), located at 1011 Washington Street, and also at the Brookside Campus (WEST Campus), at 2325 Brookside Avenue.

Waukegan, Illinois City in Illinois

Waukegan is the largest city in and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. Part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, the city is located 35 miles north of Downtown Chicago and 21 miles from the border of Chicago’s North Side. As of the 2013 United States Census estimate, there is a population of 88,826, which makes it the ninth most populous city in Illinois. Waukegan is a predominately working-class community with a sizeable middle-class population.

Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 is in Waukegan, Illinois, and serves Waukegan, Park City, and parts of Beach Park. Total enrollment is approximately 16,000 in kindergarten through grade twelve. District 60 also provides pre-school and alternative education services.



WHS first opened its doors in 1870 in the, with the original building the aforementioned Washington Campus. From this point up to the construction of Brookside Campus, it was known as the Waukegan Township High School. Brookside Campus was built to accommodate the baby boomer generation after WWII and opened in 1974. [4] Brookside Campus originally held the Freshmen and Sophomore classes, while Washington Campus housed the Junior and Senior classes. Between the 1975–76 school year, and the 1989–90 school year, Waukegan High School split into two completely separate campuses. The East (Washington) campus is considered to be one and the same as the current and previous Waukegan High School. The West (Brookside) Campus was, during those years, a separate high school known as Waukegan West. After 1990, the two campuses combined, with Washington Campus becoming a 9th grade center, while Brookside Campus became a 10th-12th grade center. One small development of the two schools combining was the new mascot, a bulldog with an eye-patch. The eye-patch is an homage to Waukegan West's mascot: a raider.

Baby boomers are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X. The Baby Boom generation is most often defined as those individuals born between 1946 and 1964.

After the 2004 school year, a new program called "Houses" was created, with the goals of creating smaller learning environments for the student body, and allowing for those students to learn with like-minded people. All even number houses up to eight were located at Washington Campus, while all odd-numbered houses up to seven were located at Brookside Campus. Each house contained their own principal, dean, secretary, and several counselors. The program ended by the 2017-2018 school year, and instead a change was opted where Brookside Campus became a 9th-10th grade learning center, while Washington Campus became an 11th-12th grade learning center.

Today, it is one of the largest high schools in the United States. [5]


According to the Illinois School Report Card for 2018, the demographics are as follow: 79.2% Hispanic, 13% Black, 3.5% White, 1.6% Asian, 1.7% Two or More Races, 0.8% American Indian, and 0.2% Pacific Islander. [6]

The Illinois School Report Card is a measurement of school performance administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. Each public school district in Illinois, including special charter districts, must submit to parents, taxpayers, the Governor, the General Assembly and the State Board of Education a school report card assessing the performance of its schools and students. The report card is an index of school performance measured against statewide and local standards and provides information to make prior year comparisons and to set future year targets through the school improvement plan.


The Waukegan Bulldogs are members of the North Suburban Conference. They also compete as a part of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which sponsors the state tournaments for most of the sports and activities in the state.

North Suburban Conference (Illinois)

The North Suburban Conference (NSC) is an extra-curricular conference of eight high schools located in Lake County, Illinois, in the northern suburbs of Chicago. All of the schools are members of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).

Illinois High School Association School and sports organization that represents the high schools from the State of Illinois.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is a state high school association in the United States that regulates competition in most interscholastic sports and some interscholastic activities at the high school level. It is a charter member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The IHSA regulates 14 sports for boys, 15 sports for girls, and eight co-educational non-athletic activities. More than 760 public and private high schools in the state of Illinois are members of the IHSA. The Association's offices are in Bloomington, Illinois.

During the time when Waukegan High School was split into Waukegan East and Waukegan West High Schools, East retained the "Bulldog" nickname that had been in use, while the West school took the name "Raiders". When the schools merged again, the traditional Bulldog name was retained, however, a pirate's eye patch was added to depictions of the bulldog to honor the "Raiders" legacy of the West campus. [7]

Waukegan sponsors the following interscholastic athletic teams for men and women: basketball, cross country, track, swimming, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Women may compete in badminton, softball, cheerleading, and tennis.

While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams in pom poms for women,[ clarification needed ] and coed teams in drill team and rifle team. [8]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective state championship tournaments, sponsored by the IHSA: [9]

The 1982–83 baseball state title, the 1983–84 4th place finish in girls golf, and the 1989–90 3rd place finish in boys track & field were won by Waukegan West High School. The IHSA recognizes the current Waukegan High School as the caretaker of these victories. [9]

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