Warren Township High School

Warren Township High School

Infobox Education in the United States
name= Warren Township High School

imagesize= 220px
motto= Expect Success, Exceed Dreams
streetaddress= Almond Campus:
34090 Almond Road
O'Plaine Campus:
500 N. O'Plaine Road
city= Gurnee
state= Illinois
zipcode= 60031
url= [http://www.wths.net/ www.wths.net]
district= Warren Township High School District 121
principal= O'Plaine Campus:
Dr. Jeff Brierton
Almond Campus:
Dr. Doug Domeracki
viceprincipal= O'Plaine Campus:
Chuck Maurer
Almond Campus:
Rob Parrot
staff= 260
fundingtype= Public
schooltype= High school
grades= 9-12
language= English
campus= Suburban
mascot= Blue Devil
teamname= Blue Devils
colors= Royal Blue, Old Gold
founded= 1917
enrollment= 3828

Warren Township High School, or Warren, is a public four-year high school located in Gurnee, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. The school is split across two campuses: the O'Plaine Road Campus for freshmen and sophomores and Almond Road Campus for juniors and seniors. It is part of Warren Township High School District 121.


Early History

The first high school in Warren Township was erected in 1917. The one-floor school first opened in the fall of 1918 with 57 pupils in attendance. Between the years 1920 and 1924, a Vocational Agriculture Building and Farm Shop (separate from the school) were constructed. In 1926, a second floor and gymnasium were added to the 1917 structure. Additions to this structure were also made in 1951, 1956, 1960, 1968, and 1974.

The school is indirectly named after Joseph Warren, a doctor and patriot soldier in the American Revolution. The settlers who founded Warren Township were from Warren, New York, also named for Joseph Warren.

=Recent History= The original building was destroyed by a major fire on December 20, 1984 just prior to the winter vacation. A Warren Township student set the fire just after a chorus concert. As a result, all students and staff moved to the Lake Forest West Campus. From January 1985 until June 1987, the Lake Forest Campus was the educational facility for all the students of Warren Township High School. Construction on a new facility began in May 1986 and was completed in mid-August 1987.

A referendum for an additional building was successful in the November 1995 election. Warren Township High School's Almond Road Campus subsequently opened in the fall of 1997 and is located on Almond Road behind the Township Center. This location houses the juniors and seniors, while the O'Plaine Road Campus houses the freshmen and sophomores. Warren Township High School hired a new superintendent, Dr. Philip Sobocinski, for the 2003-2004 school year. Dr. Sobocinski had a brief career as an NFL player [cite web|url=http://www.atlantafalcons.com/history/lineups.j|title=Dr. Sobocinski|accessdate=2006-11-28] and was known as a very successful high school football coach. Dr. Sobocinski also works in a professional capacity for School Exec Connect. The firm's website says that he has a number of other part-time jobs as well. [cite web | url =http://www.schoolexecconnect.com/wisconsin_members.html | title = School Exec Connect website| accessdate-2007-12-03]

In 2000, Warren won the coveted Blue Ribbon Award for excellence, presented by the U.S. Department of Education. [cite web | url = http://www.isbe.state.il.us/news/2000/may31-00.htm | title = Ten Illinois Schools Honored as Blue Ribbon Winners | publisher = ISBE Press Release | date=2000-05-31 | accessdate-2006-10-23] Warren was cited for excellent overall testing and successful programs targeting minority subgroups. Warren was one of only four Illinois high schools to win the Blue Ribbon in 2000. [cite web | url =http://www.isbe.net/research/htmls/brs.htm | title = ISBE Blue Ribbon List| accessdate-2007-12-03]

No Child Left Behind

According to Warren's 2007 Report Card, the school failed to meet the minimum requirements for adequate yearly progress for the fifth year in a row. [cite web|url=http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getSearchCriteria.aspx| title=ISBE eReport Card Public Site| accessdate=2007-11-24] The school remains on Academic Watch Status. 13.3% of the schools in Illinois are in this lowest academic category. [cite web|url=http://iirc.niu.edu/compare.aspx?tsource=find&tsource2=school&level=s&schoolID=340491210170001&year=2007| title=Interactive Illinois Report Card| accessdate=2007-11-24] Since the 2004-2005 Report Card, Warren has had the status of "Choice" under the federal No Child Left Behind law.cite web|url=http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getSearchCriteria.aspx|title=ISBE eReport Card Public Site|accessdate=2007-11-25] This was intended to allow parents to transfer their children to a school with passing scores.

Since the 2005-2006 Report Card, Warren has had the status of "Supplemental Educational Services" under the federal law. . This requires Warren to offer free outside tutoring to qualified students.

Schools that have failed to meet the minimum requirements of No Child Left Behind for five successive years are required to adopt a school re-organization plan and submit it to the state. If the school fails to meet the minimum requirements in the next Report Card, then the restructuring plan must be implemented.

Options for restructuring include::1. Reopening the school as a charter school.:2. Replacing staff members who are relevant to the school's inability to pass.:3. Entering into a contract with a private company to operate the school.:4. Implementing another fundamental restructuring plan. [cite web|url=http://www.isbe.net/nclb/pdfs/restructuring_guidance_0106.pdf|title=ISBE School Restructuring Guidance Document|accessdate=2007-11-25]

The administration received Warren's report card on September 7, 2008. Assistant Superintendent Bates in a memo of September 17, reported to the school board that Warren has again failed to meet the minimum standards of No Child Left Behind. A total of six tests were failed in four subgroups. Students with disabilities failed both reading and math. Hispanic students also failed both reading and math. Black students failed only in math. Economically disadvantaged students failed only in reading. Since the first of the tests required by No Child Left Behind in 2003, Warren has never passed. The school has failed for six years in a row. Superintendent Sobocinski took office in 2003.


Percentages less than 1% are shown as <1%. Other percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

chool Overview

The overall view of the school through the Illinois Interactive Report Card. [cite web|url=http://iirc.niu.edu/School.aspx?source=School%20Profile&schoolID=340491210170001&year=2006&level=S
title=Interactive Illinois Report Card | accessdate=2006-11-28

Local School Districts' Test Results

This is the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the state goals in the average of all tests in 2006-2007. The grade school districts are between 9% and 13% above the state average. The high school district is 12% below the state average. [cite web|url=http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getSearchCriteria.aspx| title=ISBE eReport Card Public Site| accessdate=2007-11-28]

Local School Districts' State Academic Status

Warren is the only local district on reduced status. The school was on Academic Early Warning Status for two years and is now in its second year of Academic Watch Status.

Lake County H.S. Districts' Instructional Expenditure per Pupil

This demonstrates that there is only one high school district in Lake County which spends less on instructional cost per student than Warren. [cite web|url=http://iirc.niu.edu/compare.aspx?tsource=find&tsource2=district&level=d&districtID=340491210&year=2007
title=Interactive Illinois Report Card -- Data search| accessdate=2007-11-30

Average Class Size

Warren's class sizes are above the state average.


*SSC (Stupid Students Club)
*Academic Team (Scholastic Bowl)
*Astronomy Club
*Art Club
*FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
*French Club
*German Club
*International Club
*Knitting Club
*MECS (Mother Earth's Concerned Students)
*Tech Team
*Ski Club
*Spanish Club
*Speech Team
*Student Council
*"Scratch Paper" (Student Newspaper)
*Students of Service (SOS)
*Winter Guard
*CEC (Counsel for Exceptional Children)


The Warren Township High School band program involves over 350 students. Ensembles include seven (with the new Concert Band II Almond added for the 08-09 school year) curricular concert bands, four curricular jazz bands, two marching bands, chamber ensembles, jazz combos and pep band.

Jazz Bands

Throughout the year, four curricular jazz bands are offered: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab II Almond, Jazz Lab III O'Plaine, and Jazz Lab IV O'Plaine. The Jazz Ensemble has performed at the 1995 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 1996 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, and the 2000 Monterey Jazz Festival. All four jazz bands received superior ratings at the 2008 Northshore Jazz Festival. In addition, Jazz Lab III O'Plaine received two perfect scores at the 2008 IHSA Organizational Contest. Jazz Ensemble has placed in the top three of their class at Jazz in the Meadows for over ten years, often performing in the Grand Finale Concert.

Athletic Bands

During the fall, all students participate in one of two marching bands. The Marching Show Band is made up of Concert Bands I, II and III. The Show Band performs at community parades, and performs a complete field show at every home football game. The Marching Blue Devils Competition Band is made up of Symphonic Band I and II members, with some select members from Concert Band I. The Marching Blue Devils have earned top honors at marching festivals throughout Illinois and finished in the top ten at the State of Illinois Marching Band Championships in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Concert Bands

When marching season ends, the students are assigned to one of seven curricular concert bands: Symphonic Band I, Symphonic Band II, Concert Band I Almond, Concert Band I O'Plaine, Concert Band II O'Plaine, Concert Band II Almond, and Concert Band III. The concert band program is the core of the Warren Township High School Bands. In recent years, Symphonic Band II and Concert Band I O'Plaine have performed at the IHSA Organizational Contest and received superior ratings. Symphonic Band I is the premier ensemble at Warren Township High School. Symphonic Band I has given performances at the IMEA All-State Conference in 2000, the Bands of America National Concert Band in 1998 and 2003, and has been accepted to the University of Illinois Superstate Festival over fifteen times, most recently in 2008. Symphonic Band I has also been invited to perform at the 2009 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference.

Winter Guard

The Warren Winter Guard has been on a roll, a seven-year one for that matter. The Winter Guard placed first in the 6-minute Flag Show category at the 2007 Team Dance & Flag Illinois state finals in Peoria, making it seven State Championships in a row. The Warren Blue Devil Winter Guard has begun taking their show on a larger road this year, becoming a force in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit, competing against winter guards from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa this season. The team completed their season on March 3rd, going undefeated in their class. [ [http://www.wthsbands.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=159965&module_id=12718 Warren Band Boosters ] ]

For more information on successes of any club or activity, check out the Warren website at http://www.wths.net .


Warren's Blue Devils compete in the North Suburban Conference.
*Cross Country

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses began in the 2006-2007 school year with approximately 100 freshman students. This program offers engineering courses to high school students. During the 2007-2008 school year, it was realized that two classes in this course was switched. Therefore, it caused many Sophomores to be placed in the Freshman classes.


:"Additional notable staff and alumni of Warren can be found at [http://wths.net wths.net]
*LaVerne Dixon, Class of 1927, Judge
*William G. Stratton, Class of 1930, Governor
*John R. Clem, Class of 1956, Author, Internationally recognized professor of physics at Iowa State University
*Richard A. Welton, Class of 1960, Chairman of Welton's Food Mart, Mayor of Gurnee
*Valerie Boettle-Ceckowski, Class of 1977, Judge
*Kevin Anderson, Class of 1978, actor


External links

* [http://www.wths.net/images/forms/rc/rc07.pdf/ Warren Report Card]
* [http://www.wths.net/ Official Website]
* [http://www.pltw.org/ Project Lead the Way]

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