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Community High School (West Chicago)

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West Chicago Community High School
Original entrance to the Community High School building
Original entrance to the Community High School building
326 Joliet St.


United States
Coordinates41°52′46″N 88°12′23″W / 41.8794°N 88.2063°W / 41.8794; -88.2063
School typepublic secondary
School districtCommunity HS Dist. 94
SuperintendentDr. Doug Domeracki[1]
PrincipalDr. Moses Cheng[2]
Enrollment1,930 (2014-15)[7]
Average class size25.89[3]
Colour(s)  navy blue
Fight songWe're West Chicago, Brave and Bold[4]
Athletics conferenceUpstate Eight Conference beginning 2013-2014 year
PublicationMind's Eye[6]
NewspaperWildcat Chronicle[6]

Community High School, also known as West Chicago Community High School, WCCHS, or simply WE-GO, is a public four-year high school located in West Chicago, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is the sole school in the Community High School District 94.


From 1904-1926, the old junior high school (since torn down and now the present location of the West Chicago Fire Department) and various buildings in the city of West Chicago were used as high school classrooms. On December 28, 1924, the citizens voted to construct a high school at the present site.

The opening date of the new high school was September 23, 1926. The 21st annual commencement (the first at the new high school) was held on June 11, 1927. The graduating class consisted of 27 students (20 girls and 7 boys).

In 1954, Community High School experienced its first addition to the building. That addition is the area that now includes the cafeteria, small gym, and some classroom facilities. In 1964 another major addition was approved by the Board of Education. This area includes the Bishop Gymnasium and all of the new classroom facilities in the northern part of the building. In 1978 additions were added to the north and south ends of the building providing a swimming pool, fieldhouse, greenhouses, library, commons, and administrative offices. In the summer of 1998 ground was broken for the addition of twenty-eight classrooms, a fitness center and dance studio, and the construction of a new sports stadium. The new classrooms, fitness center and dance studio are located on the west side of the building. In addition to new construction, the building referendum passed in 1997 included monies for the installation of new heating, ventilation, plumbing, and air conditioning systems for the remaining parts of the building.

The referendum allocated 1.8 million dollars for technology. Technology has been integrated into all classrooms in the school. The high school now has 12 fully equipped computer labs, an Online College and Career Center,a Yearbook Production Lab, and laptop computers.


In 2008, West Chicago had an average composite ACT score of 20.4 and graduated 96.1% of its senior class. West Chicago has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, which with the ACT comprise the assessment tools used in Illinois to fulfill the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Four of the school's five student subgroups did not meet minimum expectations in reading, while three did not meet minimum expectations in mathematics.[8]


As of the 2013-14 school year, West Chicago will compete in the Upstate Eight Conference (UEC or U8C) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most interscholastic sports and competitive activities in Illinois.[9][10] West Chicago formerly competed in the DuPage Valley Conference (DVC), where it was one of the smallest schools. The change in conference was motivated to move to a conference of schools closer in enrollment.

West Chicago's teams are stylized as the Wildcats.

The Athletic Department sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, cross country, cheerleading, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball and, wrestling. Young men may also compete in baseball, and football, while young women may compete in badminton, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors a lacrosse team for young men.[11]

The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:[12]

  • Soccer (boys): State Champions (2019–2020)
  • Football: State Champions (1974–75)
  • Swimming & Diving (girls): 3rd place (1991–92)
  • Volleyball (boys): 4th place (2000–01)
  • Wrestling: 4th place (1976–77)


West Chicago offers over 40 clubs and activities for students, ranging from academic and vocational, to cultural and leadership (the entire list of which can be found here). Among the clubs which are chapters or affiliates of more national notable organizations are: Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, National Honor Society, SADD, and SkillsUSA.[13]

The West Chicago Theatre program (Wego Drama) was invited to perform an original children's show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2016. They will also return to Fringe in the summer of 2020.

The following activities have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament:[12]

  • Chess: 3rd place (1996–97); 2nd place (1994–95); State Champions (1995–96)
  • Music: State Champions (1986–87) Music Director Ron Benner

The following are Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association national awards that the members of the Wildcat Chronicle staff have won.[14]

  • Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association’s Write-off Competition, San Antonio, TX, 2012
    • Excellent Rating for Feature Writing, Liz Ramos
    • Excellent Rating for Commentary, Giuliana LaMantia
  • JEA/NSPA San Diego, CA, 2014
    • Honorable Mention for Sports Writing, Katelyn Foehner
    • Honorable Mention for Feature Writing, Alexandra Garibay
  • JEA/NSPA Seattle, WA, Spring 2017
    • Superior Rating for Photography, Theresa Carriveau[15][16]
      • Carriveau's award winning photo from this competition was also featured on cover of the JEA Communication: Journalism Education Today magazine.[17]

Notable alumni


  1. ^
  2. ^ Administrative Directory for WCCHS; accessed 23 June 2009 Archived 9 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b School Report Card 2012; accessed 1 March 2013 Archived 4 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ WCCHS fight song; accessed 23 June 2009 Archived 5 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b School info for WCCHS;;  accessed 23 June 2009
  6. ^ a b c Board Briefs; 4 September 2008; vol 8, issue 1; accessed 23 June 2009 Archived 15 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Community High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Class of 2008 school report card;  Information begins on p. 8 of this report; accessed 23 June 2009 Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Upstate Eight invites three DVC schools accessed 1 March 2013
  10. ^ [1][permanent dead link] Press Release: Upstate Eight Conference Affiliation accessed 1 March 2013
  11. ^ Athletic Department at WCCHS' accessed 23 June 2009
  12. ^ a b Season Summaries for WCCHS;; accessed 23 June 2009
  13. ^ Activities List for WCCHS; accessed 23 June 2009 Archived 7 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Awards – Wildcat Chronicle". Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  15. ^ Wissemes, Emily. "High school photographer wins national superior rating at JEA/NSPA convention". Wildcat Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  16. ^ "Student Photographer Earns Top Honors at National Competition" Check |url= value (help). http. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  17. ^ "Fall 2017 semiannual report - Journalism Education Association". Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  18. ^ Scott Dierking stats & bio;; accessed 23 June 2009 Archived 17 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Profile of Harris W. Fawell; Biographical Directory of the United States Congress;; accessed 23 June 2009
  20. ^ Remarks of Congressman Allen, on "The Late Chauncey W. Reed"; The Congressional Record - proceeding of the House of Representatives; 10 February 1956; p. 2184; accessed 23 June 2009
  21. ^ Alexis Quezada high school newspaper] at [[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights
  22. ^
  23. ^ News from Community High School District 94 - September 30, 2016; accessed 3 November 2016

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