Naperville North High School
Naperville North is a high-rated public school in Naperville, IL. There are 2,700 students in grades 9 to 12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. State test scores are reasonable, with 66% of students proving at least proficient in math and reading. The school is also diverse, meaning students will be exposed to people of varying cultures and economic backgrounds.
Naperville North was built in 1970. The campus was 152,347 square feet then, but additions have been made over the years, increasing its size to 449,665 square feet. Interestingly enough, the school was the only one in its district to have a swimming pool until 1992. Before then, other schools would bus their students to the school to participate in any swimming programs they were interested in.
There have been numerous renovations over the history of the school. For example, both the stadium and pool have been renovated to make them more valuable resources for students and community members. The library was also recently changed into a Learning Commons area which offers broader utility to students and faculty.
The composite ACT score for Naperville North was 25.4 in 2008. In addition to this strong performance, the entirety of the senior class graduated that year. Similar trends have continued in recent years, with Naperville North even being ranked in the top 1500 American public high schools list reported by Newsweek. In 2018, the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, even recognized the school as one of 349 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This program acknowledges exemplary public and non-public schools annually.
Naperville North is a DuPage Valley Conference school. They are also a member of the Illinois High School Association, which governs interscholastic sports in Illinois. Their mascot is the Husky, Buster.
There are several different sports activities available for Naperville North students, including:
- Cross country
Other activities are available at Naperville North as well. Some of these include marching band, drama, the math team, and robotics. The robotics and math teams are especially successful programs that have competed and won accolades in local tournaments.
There is also a debate club chapter that is run through DECA. This chapter has had many successful events as well, and they have trained some state and national winners.
Interestingly enough, esports clubs are also available in North Naperville. They play games, including Rocket League, Overwatch, and League of Legends. In recent times, this club has become one of the largest in the school.