Orion High School

Orion High School
Orion High School
Picture of Orion High School's mascot, The Charger
Orion High School Chargers
1103 13th St.
Orion, Illinois, Henry County, 61273
Coordinates 41°21′12″N 90°21′58″W / 41.353361°N 90.366020°W / 41.353361; -90.366020Coordinates: 41°21′12″N 90°21′58″W / 41.353361°N 90.366020°W / 41.353361; -90.366020
Type Comprehensive Public High School
School district Orion Community Unit School District 223
Principal Mr. Nathan DeBaille[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 342
Campus type Rural, fringe
Color(s)           Scarlet, Black
Athletics conference West Central
Mascot The Charger
PSAE Average 66%
Yearbook Charger
Feeder schools Orion Middle School

Orion High School, or OHS, is a public four-year high school located at 1103 13th St. in Orion, Illinois, a village in Western Township of Henry County, Illinois, in the Midwestern United States. OHS is part of Orion Community Unit School District 223, which also includes Orion Middle School, and C. R. Hanna Elementary School.[2] The campus is 11 miles south of Moline, Illinois and serves a mixed village and rural residential community. The school is the only high school in the village of Orion, a bedroom community of the Quad Cities and part of the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL metropolitan statistical area.[3]



Orion High School made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, a state test that is part of the No Child Left Behind Act. In 2009, 66% of students tested met or exceeded state standards. The school's average high school graduation rate between 2000-2009 was 94%.[4][5]

Orion High School ranked 3rd of 16 in Prairie State Achievement Examination scores compared to all public high schools in the surrounding Henry County, Rock Island County, and Mercer County, Illinois communities over a 3 year period from 2007-2009. Only Annawan High School and Geneseo High School scored better. Orion High School is 1 of 7 high schools in this group to make Adequate Yearly Progress as part of the No Child Left Behind Act.[4]

The district's teaching faculty is 72 teachers, averaging 18.4 years of experience, and of whom 57% hold an advanced degree. The average district class size is 20.0, with a student to faculty ratio is 15.4. The [district's] instructional expenditure per student is $5,042. Orion High School enrollment decreased from 376 to 342 (9%) in the period of 2000 to 2009.[4]

The Orion Community Unit School District 223 was selected as one of 61 school districts in Illinois to be named a "Bright A+" Award Recipient for 2006. The award was based on those school districts with the highest academic performance in the state of Illinois, and designates the district as among the top 5% of all Illinois.[2]

Athletics and Activities

Orion High School competes in the West Central Conference and is a member school in the Illinois High School Association. Its mascot is the Charger, symbolized by an armored knight and horse carrying a shield and jousting lance. The school offers 15 varsity sports for men and women and has no state championships on record in team athletics.[6]

Traditionally strong programs include Boy's Wrestling, Boy's Football, Girl's Softball, Girl's Volleyball, and Boy's Basketball. Boys wrestling coach Bob Mitton retired in 2006 with a 28 year career meet record of 287-188-3 (.604), and 7 state tournament qualifications, the 4th most of any coach in Illinois Class A history. (Complete data not available prior to 1978, as well as 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2004-2005). The boy's football program has posted a record of 78-45 (.634) and qualified for the state tournament on 8 occasions (.667) since 1998. The girl's volleyball program has won its regional (or district) 18 times (.514) since state tournament play began in 1975.[6]

The Orion FFA Chapter has continuously been named a top FFA chapter in the state. For the past eight years they have been a 2 or 3 STAR chapter through the National FFA Organization. In 2009, they had two state CDE championships in the Agricultural Issues Forum and the Agricultural Communications contest.[citation needed]

In 2010, Orion student Annette Putnam won Illinois' state Poetry Out Loud title.[7] As the state representative at the national recitation finals in Washington, DC she placed in the top 9.[8]


Consolidation Talks

In 2007, representatives from Orion Community Unit School District 223 met with representatives of neighboring Cambridge and Sherrard, Illinois school districts on separate occasions to discuss merger possibilities and consolidation study reports.[9]

Based on the report's recommendations, if merger were to occur with Cambridge, the existing Orion High School building would be used as a high school for the new district. If merger were to occur with Sherrard, Orion High School students would attend the current Sherrard Junior and Senior High School building, and the current Orion High School building would become the middle school for Orion and Sherrard.[9]

A survey of students, parents, and teachers in all districts was also conducted with regard to Orion and Sherrard. Overall, 63% of both district's respondents were against consolidation. Surveys were more favorable of an Orion-Cambridge consolidation than an Orion-Sherrard consolidation. Frequently quoted oppositions to the Orion-Sherrard consolidation included Orion's debt, the already large size of the Sherrard district, and the incompatibility of school cultures due to a historic interconference athletics rivalry.[10]

In 2009, district superindent David Deets commented that the consolidation topic remained on the district's radar because of the economic challenges districts face. No formal conversations have been scheduled with any of the region's districts regarding consolidation. Before reorganization talks can even begin, a feasibility studies must be completed, and then a Committee of 10 would have to be formed to prepare a consolidation proposal. A public vote is required to authorize any proposal deemed acceptable by the districts involved. Deets acknowledged the process is long, there is much information to process, and that there are many other issues on the radar.[11] While Orion's population and economy remains relatively stable due to a proximity to the Quad Cities no comment was made regarding the community's efforts to address new housing starts, business improvement districts, marketing campaigns, or other indicators that address the district's overall population, or the ratio to school age population.


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