Oak Park and River Forest High School

Oak Park and River Forest High School
Oak Park and River Forest High School
(Those things that are best)[1]
201 N. Scoville Ave.
Oak Park, Illinois, 60302
Coordinates 41°53′25″N 87°47′20″W / 41.8903°N 87.7888°W / 41.8903; -87.7888
Type public secondary
Opened 1871 (1871)[2]
School district Oak Park and River Forest HS District 200
Superintendent Dr. Steven T. Isoye [3]
CEEB Code 143–245[4]
Principal Nathaniel Rouse[5]
Staff 436[6]
Grades 9–12
Gender coed
Enrollment 3,098[7]
Average class size 19.2[7]
Campus suburban
School Colour(s)      orange
Song "We're loyal to you Oak Park High"[8]
Athletics conference West Suburban Conference
Nickname Huskies[9]
Average ACT scores 23.5[7]
Publication Crest[10]
Newspaper 'Trapeze[10]
Yearbook 'Tabula[10]
Nobel laureates Ernest Hemingway
(1954, Literature)
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Oak Park and River Forest High School, or OPRF, is a public four-year high school located in Oak Park, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is the only school of Oak Park and River Forest District 200.

Founded in 1873, the current school building opened in 1907. A comprehensive college preparatory school, OPRF has had a long history of not only turning out alumni who have made contributions in a wide variety of fields, but have consistently been eminently notable in their fields. Perhaps the most notable is Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, whose writing career began at the school.

Throughout most of its history, the school has been a centerpiece of the Oak Park community, serving as host to a number of community events. Many of these events included lecturers and performances from many notable people from a variety of fields. Throughout the twentieth century, the school also was on the front lines of students rights issues ranging from fraternity/sorority membership in the early twentieth century, to the rights of homosexuals and African-Americans at the century's end.



The school's history in many ways parallels that of many American suburban high schools as it saw changes due to changes in demographics, changes due to the world wars, and changes due to financial difficulties. The school has been a waypoint for a number of notable individuals who have lectured or performed at the school. The school has also seen its share of challenges, ranging from student membership in secret societies to the issues of homosexuals, women, and African-Americans.


School crest

The school's crest is a shield divided into three sections.[11] The top left section depicts an acorn cradled in the leaves of an oak tree.[11] The bottom section consists of horizontal wavy lines, suggesting a flowing river, while the right section depicts a group of three trees which represents a park or forest (thus incorporating the town names "oak park and river forest").[11] The top left section is separated from the other two sections by a wide divider inscribed with the school's motto ΤΑ Γ'ΑΡΙΣΤΑ (Those things that are best), which conveys the hope that each student and teacher will strive for strong character and the best of their abilities.[11] The crest has been a symbol of the school since 1908.[11]

Scholarship Cup

In lieu of having a valedictorian, the high school presents the Scholarship Cup. The Scholarship Cup is an award presented to the graduating seniors who have the highest weighted GPA in their graduating class, after the seventh semester of enrollment (though transfer students remain eligible for the award, provided they have been in attendance for five semesters prior to the Cup being awarded.[12]


In 2008, OPRF had an average composite ACT score of 23.5, and graduated 94.3% of its senior class.[7] OPRF has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which with the ACT forms the assessment tools used by the state of Illinois to fulfill the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[7] While the school overall made AYP, one of the school's five student subgroups failed to achieve AYP in both reading and math.[7] One other student subgroup failed to meet AYP in reading, while another failed to meet AYP in mathematics.[7]

Students are required to earn 43 semester credits in order to graduate, with exceptions granted for students with certain IEPs.[13]

Subject Credits Notes
English (language/literature) 8
Mathematics 6 2 credits in algebra & 2 credits in geometry
Science 4 2 credits must be in a laboratory science
History 4 2 credits in world history & 2 credits in American history
World languages/cultures 1
Fine/Performing arts 1
Applied arts 1
Computer proficiency 1 students may fulfill this requirement through testing
Driver education 1
Consumer education 1 students may fulfill this requirement through testing
Health education 1
Physical education 7
Electives 7

Academic courses are offered in three levels: accelerated/honors, regular/college preparatory, and basic/transition.[14]

The following Advanced Placement courses are offered:

Course Notes Course Notes
Economics one class covering Microeconomics & Macroeconomics[15] English Language and Composition [16]
Art History [17] English Literature and Composition [16]
Studio Art [17] Music Theory [17]
American History [18] Government [18]
European History [18] Psychology [18]
Statistics [19] Calculus separate courses in AB & BC[19]
Computer Science AB[19] Environmental Science [20]
Chemistry [20] Biology [20]
Physics C[20] French [21]
Italian [21] Spanish [21]

Certain advanced, industrial, and consumer education courses are eligible for either dual or articulated credit through Triton College.[22]

In the study of world languages, students may choose from French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.[21] Except for Mandarin, there are chapters of each language's national honor society at the school for students with a high level of achievement in that language.[12]

Over the summer, there are opportunities for elective credit courses that involve extensive travel and field work. Among these courses are working with health care professionals, and business, as well as field geology and field biology in tropical, marine, and arctic environments.[23]

The top 5% of the junior class and top 15% of the senior class are eligible to join the Cum Laude Society.[12]

OPRF has been listed six times on Newsweek's top 1500 American public schools, as measured by the Challenge Index.[24] In 2009, the school was ranked #549.[24] In previous years, the school was ranked #554 (2003), #590 (2005), #501 (2006), #688 (2007), and #379 (2008).[24]

On 31 October 1907, the school's orchestra was founded. While more common today, Oak Park was one of the first schools to offer credit toward graduation based on student performance in the orchestra.[25][26]

Within OPRFHS,the OPRF School of Business was created in 2003. Many students successfully transition to excellent university business schools such as Indiana University, Oklahoma University, and Princeton University. Current members of the OPRF School of Business include: Pete Hostrawser, Douglas Belpedio, Brian Davis, Nancy Bardo, Rob Potts, Jessica Howell, and Derrick Purvis.

Student life

The arts

The school sponsors a number of organizations related to studying or performing in the arts.

Among the school's music and song groups are a gospel choir, two jazz bands, a jazz combo, a marching band & color guard, and a pep band.[10] The school also has 3 choirs during the school day, a Treble Choir, Chorale, and A Capella Choir which is considered the highest level. The school also has 3 small audition-only groups that are student run and include 5–6 members each. These are Take 5(boys only), Six Chicks(girls only), and No Strings(girls only). There are also 4 medium sized groups that are school sponsored, a Madrigals group and 3 Brown Bag(Jazz Choirs) groups.[10] It also has a concert band, symphonic band, wind symphony, wind ensemble, two concert orchestras, and a symphony orchestra.

The school supports a dance team in addition to a drill team and an orchesis group.[10]

The school supports a total of eleven stage productions each year including four in the "Little Theatre," four in the black box "Studio 200" space, a summer and winter musical and a one act festival.[10] In support of these, the school not only sponsors a stage crew group for students, but a theatrical makeup group as well as a props group which locates for purchase, repairs, and maintains props for the various productions.[10] Student performers who excel in their performance may be inducted into the school's chapter of the International Thespian Society.[10] The Studio 200 group supports students interested in gaining experience in all aspects of theatrical production from acting and directing to publicity and the technical arts.[10]

Among the plastic arts the school supports an overarching arts club in addition to a photography club and wheel throwing club which emphasizes pottery.[10]

In the realm of public speaking, the school has both a debate and a forensics team which competes in the individual events state series sponsored by the IHSA.[10]

The school's high-definition television studio hosts numerous productions, including the award-winning weekly newsmagazine show Newscene Live, airing throughout the metro area on Comcast Cable.[citation needed]

Activities and clubs

OPRF offers over 60 clubs and activities ranging from athletic and artistic to competitive academic, cultural, and social awareness (an entire list can be found here).

Among the clubs which are affiliates or chapters of notable national organizations are: ASPIRA, Best Buddies, Business Professionals of America, Cum Laude Society, and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).[10]

There is an intramural program which sponsors both competitive round robin and free play competitions in basketball, badminton, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, and flag football.[27]

The following non-athletic teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state competition or tournament:[28]

  • Chess: 1984–85
  • Debate: 1982–83, 83–84


OPRF competes in the West Suburban Conference. The school is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most sports and competitive activities. The school's teams are stylized as the Huskies.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in: basketball cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo.[29] Young men may compete in baseball, golf, football, and wrestling, while women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, gymnastics, and softball.[29] While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams for young men and women in lacrosse, in addition to a field hockey and drill team for young women.[29] While not sponsored by the school, there is an ice hockey team affiliated with the school.[30]

By school policy, athletes must maintain a "C" average (2.0 GPA) in order to compete and practice.[27] If in any week, an athlete has any cumulative grade in any course that is not a minimum of a "C", that student is required to attend an academic support program for a minimum of 150 minutes the following week.[27] Any athlete finishing two consecutive quarters of study with a failing grade, or a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 are ineligible for athletic participation.[27]

The following teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:[28]

In the school's early history, there were semi-annual "field days" in which students competed for various prizes (medals, cups, sporting equipment, cakes) in events such as the hammer throw, three-legged race, sack race, and obstacle course.[31] In the absence of regularly scheduled interscholastic meets, the Cook County High School Athletic Union hosted an annual field day which would involve top athletes from the county schools.[32]

From 1900–13, Oak Park was a member of the Cook County League. In 1913, the schools outside of Chicago were expelled, and formed the Suburban League, which would eventually splinter off into several smaller leagues, one of which was the West Suburban Conference.[33]

Before such things were made illegal by the IHSA, Oak Park, on at least one occasion, played games against college teams, such as a baseball game on 4 April 1900 when Oak Park lost to Northwestern University (then known as the Purple), 1–27.[34]

In 1927, the school constructed a 219 ft x 128 ft (67 m x 39 m) fieldhouse at a cost of $750,000. The fieldhouse contained four inside gymnasiums, two swimming pools, an indoor track, and seating for 1,000 people. The facility not only helped Oak Park to build a champion track program, but also helped other area schools promote indoor track and field as a sport.[35]

Through the end of the 2008–09 school year, the boys track & field program holds state records for state championships, top 3 finishes, and top ten finishes.[36] Starting in 1930, the school hosted the "Oak Park Relays", a track & field competition that grew into the largest in the Midwest, with nearly 1,500 athletes from 63 school competing in 1960.[37][38] In 1963, the field was 1,340 athletes from 77 schools, and was now the largest high school indoor track meet in the United States.[39][40] By 1964, the field rose to over 1,900 athletes from 95 schools.[41] Despite the school's successes in track & field, the school did not have an outdoor track, and by 1998, the indoor cinder track was no longer in competitive condition.[42] The school entered into a partnership with Fenwick High School and Concordia University to construct a new outdoor track on the campus of the university.[42]

The OPRF lacrosse program is one of the three oldest high school programs in the state of Illinois.[43]

While water polo would not be sponsored by the IHSA until 2002, Oak Park High School sponsored a team at least as early 1901, playing a match against the Armour Institute (later renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology).[44]

In 1905, in the wake of a student being killed in a football game, Oak Park's (and several other schools') school board voted to cancel the remainder of the season, and ban football from the school.[45][46][47] In 1907, football was restored in Cook County, however Oak Park refused to rejoin the league.[48] Instead, Oak Park competed as an independent team.[49]

From 1904–06, Oak Park's girls basketball team was the state champion among the roughly 300 girls teams in the state.[50] In 1907, the Illinois State High School Athletic Association (previous name of the IHSA), banned all girls from participating in the game because "roughness is not foreign to the game, and that the exercise in public is immodest and not altogether ladylike." [50] Oak Park was thus denied a fourth state title.

OPRF was, with DePaul University, one of two sites for men's and women basketball games during the 1959 Pan American Games.[51]

In 1961, the pool at OPRF was used for the annual Canadian-American Invitational Swim meet. Among those competing at the school were Tom Stock, Ted Stickles, and Joan Spillane.[52]

Notable alumni

Letters and journalism

Fine and performing arts




Notable staff


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  45. ^ "BOY KILLED AT FOOTBALL: Vernon Wise, 17 Years Old, Fatally Hurt in Game. EXPIRES TWO HOURS LATER. Victim the Favorite of Oak Park High School "Second." Four Crippled Early in Game Favorite in School and Village. Savage Playing from the Start. Doctor's Efforts Are Futtle. Team Likely to Be Disbanded. Lineup of the Team. Six Other Football". Chicago Daily Tribune. 4 November 1905. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=299&did=409925321&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1249527981&clientId=68442. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  46. ^ "FATALITY DOOMS FOOTBALL GAMES: Mass meeting of Oak Park High School Students and Faculty Will Abolish the Sport. EDUCATION BOARD TO ACT. Principals Condemn Brutality on the Gridiron and Would Substitute Less Perilons Pastime. Inquest Over Football Victim. Plea by Heartbroken Father. Whole Village Is Aroused. Substitute Games Proposed. Supt. Cooley to Investigate. Mayor Dunne Urges Discipline. Capt. Pruner to Be Arraigned. Opposed to Brutal Sports. Minister Favors Calling Halt. Denounced by Local Paper". Chicago Daily Tribune. 5 November 1905. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=301&did=409926321&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1249528450&clientId=68442. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
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  58. ^ a b c d e McCarey, Deb (9 December 2008). "Stage left, right & center – At age 40, OPRF’s three theater stages are still going strong". Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest. http://wednesdayjournalonline.com/print.asp?ArticleID=13165&SectionID=4&SubSectionID=4. Retrieved 30 July 2009. "Movie and stage veteran Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio first acted on the Little Theater stage at OPRF; Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, performed in plays and wrote original comedy skits for the speech team. Television actress Felicity LaFortune, irreverent comedienne Kathy Griffin, and Comedy Central Reno 911's Tom Lennon, started their careers here, as did prima ballerina Helene Alexopoulos who leapt from OPRF to the New York City Ballet." 
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  60. ^ "Mason Gamble". Mason Gamble. http://www.mason-gamble.com/. Retrieved 19 August 2009. "After attending Oak Park River Forest High School, where he was a member of the football team and captain of the track team as a state-qualifying pole-vaulter, he became a National Merit Scholar Finalist" 
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  67. ^ Peterson, Carolyn (June 2007). "Chad Trujillo: Trailblazing in the Outer Solar System". Hilo, HI: Gemini Focus – Newsletter of the Gemini Observatory. pp. 52–54. http://www.gemini.edu/files/pio/newsletters/34-200706_gemini_focus.pdf. Retrieved 30 July 2009. "Chad has given talks at Sonoma State University in California, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Hawai'i, as well as at Oak Park River Forest High school (which he attended) ..." 
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  71. ^ "NBA Draft 2011: New York Knicks draft Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert with No. 17 pick in first round". New York Daily News. 2011. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2011/06/23/2011-06-23_nba_draft_2011_new_york_knicks_draft_georgia_techs_iman_shumpert_with_no_17_pick.html. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  72. ^ Tagge, George (17 January 1960). "Otto Kerner: He Steps on No One's Toes: Candidate for Governor Is Confident". Chicago Tribune. pp. 5. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=190&did=566807042&SrchMode=1&sid=2&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1250222651&clientId=68442. Retrieved 14 August 2009. "Kerner attended Oak Park High school, got his A. B. degree at Brown university ..." 
  73. ^ Clark, William (5 February 1961). "Believes McDonald Drive In Future Lies in Shift to Chain: Drive-In Franchise Firm Discusses Shift to Chain". Chicago Tribune. pp. A9 & 11. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=26&did=680406392&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1250303830&clientId=68442. Retrieved 15 August 2009. "Kroc, who left Oak Park High school to enlist, underage, in World War I as an ambulance driver ..." 
  74. ^ Koziol, Ronald; Rowley, Storer (6 April 1980). "$22 million FALN terror case bail set :$22 million bond for 11 FALN terror suspects". Chicago Tribune. pp. 1. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=289&did=624156312&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1250574718&clientId=68442. Retrieved 18 August 2009. "Torres, an Oak Park-River Forest High School graduate and son of a Congregational minister, has been in hiding since a November 1978 raid on his Chicago apartment, then dubbed a "virtual bomb factory"." 
  75. ^ "OAK PARK HAS A WAR HERO ON MEMPHIS BELLE: Bill Winchell Is Gunner on Famous Plane". Chicago Daily Tribune. 20 June 1943. pp. W4. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=427&did=475209412&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1250051196&clientId=6844. Retrieved 12 August 2009. "His sister, Mary, hopes he will return in time for her graduation this week from Oak Park-River Forest High School, his alma mater too." 
  76. ^ Walter, Eckersall (7 October 1925). "Thistlethwaite Rose from Obscurity to Coach at N. U.". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. 30. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=186&did=449532602&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1249938893&clientId=68442. Retrieved 10 August 2009. "In 1913, when Robert Zuppke left Oak Park High school to take over the coaching of football teams at Illinois, Thistlethwaite was engaged by officials of the suburban school. Glenn remained at Oak Park from 1913 to 1922." 
  77. ^ "Wood, Oak Park Coach, Gets Olympic Soccer Post". Chicago Daily Tribune. 10 April 1952. pp. D2. http://www.nileslibrary.org:2065/pqdweb?index=298&did=499661132&SrchMode=1&sid=4&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1250177768&clientId=68442. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
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