West Leyden High School

West Leyden High School

name = West Leyden High School
established = 1959
type = Public High School
principal = Mr. Wilford Wagner
assistant principal = Dr. Tatiana Bonuma
dean= Mary Jean Sremaniak
dean= Tim Ruettiger
city = Northlake
state = Illinois
country = USA
enrollment = 1800
grades = 9–12
mascot = Eagles
colors = Blue and Gold
newspaper = The Lancer
website = [http://www.leyden212.org/ leyden212.org]

West Leyden High School is a high school in Northlake, Illinois. First opened for enrollment in 1959, the athletic mascot of West Leyden High School was originally the Knights until 1981. At this time, the East and West Leyden High School athletic programs merged together to create an athletic team currently known as the Eagles.

Together with East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois, it comprises Leyden High School District 212 of the suburban communities in Franklin Park, Northlake, Rosemont, Schiller Park, River Grove, Melrose Park and unincorporated Leyden Township.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Leyden students have the opportunity to participate in various student organizations, both faculty and student led. Students compete both within the West Suburban Conference in Chicago, Illinois and the Illinois High School Association. Various after school activities are available for students, such as Students Against Destructive Decisions, Business Professionals of America, Future Educators of America, as well as others. Honorary Societies are also available for students per recommendation, such as The National Honor Society and The National Society of High School Scholars.

Fine Arts

The Leyden Fine Arts program is composed of music, art and theatrical performance. Various music groups, ranging from choral groups to instrumental orchestras, have excelled in multiple regional, state and national competitions. Choral participants have consistently been top performers in the Illinois Music Educator Association, IMEA, competitions, both in the Jazz and Classical divisions. The Leyden Chamber Singers annually perform in the Madrigal Dinner, singing pieces from the . The Marching Band has also travelled to various locations throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania, Florida, among other locations. Student performers have also been participants of the Illinois High School Theater Association, IHSTA, annual TheaterFest. Students throughout the state compete for roles in the annual performance of a classical musical or drama production. The Speech and Performance Team is also a competitive group which has been developed throughout the years.


Students compete within the West Suburban Conference as well as Illinois High School Association. Multiple athletic teams have been very competitive within the league. Leyden offers various sports:

*Cross Country
*American football

Notable Alumni

*Tom Dore - play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls - attended West Leyden, moved and graduated from East Leyden.

*Frankie Sullivan - Lead guitarist in the band Survivor

*( Mike Meehan ) - Comedian/Author

University Relations

Recent graduates have enrolled at:

*Bradley University
*Depaul University
*Dominican University
*Duke University
*Eastern Illinois University
*Harvard University
*Illinois State University
*Illinois Wesleyan University
*Indiana University
*Northwestern University
*Loyola University
*North Central College
*Northern Illinois University
*Monmouth College
*Millikin University
*Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
*Stanford University
*University of Chicago
*University of Illinois
** at Chicago
** at Urbana-Champaign
*University of Iowa
*University of Notre Dame
*University of Pennsylvania
*Washington University in St. Louis
*Western Illinois University

External links

* [http://www.leyden212.org/ Leyden High School district website]

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