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|Niles West High School|
5701 Oakton St
|School type||public, comprehensive secondary|
|School district||Niles Township High School District 219|
|NCES District ID||1728530|
|Superintendent||Dr. Steven Isoye|
|NCES School ID||172853002988|
|Principal||Dr. Karen Ritter|
|Teaching staff||171.70 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.60|
|Campus type||City: small|
|Athletics conference||Central Suburban League|
|Rival||Niles North High School|
|Newspaper||Niles West News|
Niles West High School, or NWHS, is a public four-year high school located in Skokie, Illinois, a north suburb of Chicago in the United States. It is part of Niles Township Community High School District 219, which also includes Niles North High School. Its school teams were originally the Indians, but this was later changed in 2001 to the Wolves. Its feeder middle schools are Lincoln Junior High School (located in Skokie), Fairview South School (located in Skokie), Lincoln Hall Middle School (located in Lincolnwood), Culver Middle School (located in Niles), and Park View School (located in Morton Grove).
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Niles West High School sits on over an acre of land. The school opened in 1959.
In 1996, the Niles Township Federation of Teachers went on a strike for two weeks over negotiations with administrators. During that time numerous students staged a walkout and pledged their allegiance to Niles West. Strikes have also happened in 1979 and 1985 with similar results.
On October 25, 2006, an NWHS student posted a threatening message in Wikipedia's article about the school. An administrator reported the event to the police, and later replaced the revision of the page with an older one, while permanently deleting the student's message from the page's history logs. Although police did not reveal his name, the student was revealed to be a freshman. The student was charged with a misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
In 2007, Niles West had an average composite ACT score of 22.3, and graduated 93.2% of its senior class. The average class size is 19.2. In 2012, Newsweek ranked Niles West on its list of the Top 1000 Public Schools in the nation.
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The "West Word" student newspaper has been awarded first place for seven years running, with special merit twice, by the American Scholastic Press Association Newspaper contest. Starting in the 2010–2011 school year, the print newspaper was retired, renamed "Niles West News", and moved online.
In April 2007, both Niles West and Niles North received the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award for excellence in arts education.
In summer 2010, the Niles West High School Theatre Department performed at the 2010 American High School Theatre Festival in Scotland.
Until the end of the 1999–2000 school year, the sports teams were known as Niles West Indians, a name which was changed to the Wolves so as not to offend Native Americans.
Niles West sponsors interscholastic athletic teams for men and women in basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, water polo, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Men may also compete in baseball and football. Women can also compete on the wrestling team and may compete in softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors a Poms team for women.
Niles West Men's gymnastics also won the IHSA state championship for men's gymnastics in 2016.
- Merrick Garland, jurist
- Rashard Mendenhall, football player
- Bart Conner, gymnast
- Jim Hart, football player
- Todd Sucherman, drummer
- Jewell Loyd, basketball player
- George Kontos, baseball player
- Gary Kremen, founder of Match.com
- George Kotsiopoulos, editor
- Azhar Usman, comedian
- George Papadopoulos, policy adviser
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