|Rich East High School|
300 Sauk Trail
|School type||public secondary|
|Motto||Leadership, Scholarship, Sportsmanship|
|School district||Rich Township HS #227|
|Superintendent||Dr. Johnnie Thomas |
|Principal||Dr. Albert Brass, Jr. |
|Average class size||13.5|
|Athletics conference||South Suburban Conference|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Rich East High School or REHS is a public four-year high school located in Park Forest, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago in the United States. Rich East's campus serves the cities of Park Forest, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Chicago Heights and Richton Park serving sections of school districts 162 and 163. Oscar W. Huth Middle School, Illinois Elementary School, Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM and Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts serves as feeder schools. It is a part of Rich Township District 227, which also includes Rich South High School and Rich Central High School. *As of Oct 16 the Board of education has decided to close the school.
Rich East High school was the first of its district to open in 1952, but was originally called Rich Township High school. This was the school's name until the construction of Rich Central High School in 1961 and Rich South High School in 1972, which now make up the three schools of district 227. Rich East was originally held in the Faith United Protestant Church until Park Forest gave them the open land to build the school. The land was only open and given to them for free by the villagers of Park Forest because it was mostly composed of clay, which is not suitable to build upon.[dubious ]
Many old students remember that for many years, cement had to be pumped underneath the school's main gym so that it would not sink.
The Media Center, in the front of the building was also built on unstable ground and after several days of rain, water would rise up into the carpet, making it difficult to breathe. The head librarian would scramble to save books.
There is a lagoon on the campus. In nice weather, students would sit around it during lunch times. In the winter, if it froze enough, the surface would be smoothed and people would ice skate on it. The school yearbook was named The Lagoon after it.
In the 1970s, the school newspaper, The Reveillier, won numerous journalism awards for the quality of its writing. Some in the school administration and on the school board tried unsuccessfully to censor and put other limits on the paper, but those efforts were largely unsuccessful.
Another notable fact about Rich East was that it had a working, student-run radio station in the 1970s, very progressive for high schools at the time.
On Oct. 15, 2019, Rich Township High School District 227 board members approved by a 4-3 vote a measure to consolidate the school district. In doing so, Rich East High School will shutter its doors in 2020. The two other township high schools, Rich Central and Rich South, will be retained. Board members cited declining enrollment numbers and aging facilities in need of millions in repairs as reasons for the move. 
The activities included at Rich East are band, computer arts, chorus, dance, photography, ceramics/sculpture, drawing/painting, theater/drama, yearbook, debate, science and technology and student council/government.
Students with learning disabilities have the option of being in a self-contained room with other students with learning disabilities or they can be completely included in the general education classroom. Students who are English-learners also have two options. They may group together in one self-contained class all day, or they can be pulled out of the classroom as a group for only part of the day. Other student resources are the school nurses, guidance counselors, peer counselors, psychologists, tutors, the media center and the technology center.
- Jon Asamoah (Class of 2006), is an offensive lineman in the NFL
- Tom Berenger (Class of 1967) is an Oscar–nominated actor, best known for his work in films (Platoon, Major League, The Big Chill)
- Craig Hodges is a former NBA guard (1982–92) and collegiate coach who won two NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls
- Larry McCarren is a former All-Pro NFL center (1973–84), playing his entire career with the Green Bay Packers; later radio sportscaster for the Packers
- Tony Lombardi (Class of 1980) is a former football player and coach
- Chuck Martin (Class of 1986) is head football coach at Miami (Ohio) University
- Tom Spahn is a composer, an Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee
- Steve Stanicek is a former MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies)
- Pete Stanicek is a former MLB player and brother of Steve Stanicek (Baltimore Orioles)
- Kim Thayil (Class of 1978) is a guitarist and founding member of the rock band Soundgarden
- Dawn Upshaw (Class of 1978) is a multi–Grammy Award winning soprano
- Tom Wieghaus is a former MLB player (Montreal Expos, Houston Astros)
- Hiro Yamamoto (Class of 1979) is a founding member of and original bassist for the rock band Soundgarden
- Ryan Yarborough (Class of 1989) is a former NFL wide receiver (1994–98)
- Walter Young is a wide receiver who played for Illinois and the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Steve Fisher, head basketball coach of the San Diego State University men's basketball team, was the school's head boys basketball coach (1971–79). He later coached at the college level, which included leading the University of Michigan to the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.
- Craig Hodges was an assistant basketball coach with the school.
- Gene Smithson, former Rich East coach, later became head men's basketball coach for Illinois State, where his record was 66-18, and for Wichita State, where his teams went 155-81.
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The undersized offensive lineman was lightly regarded out of Rich East High, a two-star recruit who didn't project as a Big Ten offensive guard.
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Q: You played tight end at Rich East High in Park Forest, Ill. Could you ever have survived Bryant's Junction camp?
- Trost, Joe (18 December 2000). "Hodges' Rich tradition Former NBA player back at alma mater to share experience". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
Rich East coach Bill Yarborough remembers it like yesterday when former Bulls guard Craig Hodges spoke ... "He came back in 1991 ..." said Yarborough about the 1978 graduate of Rich East.
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L Larry McCarren, Rich East 1968
- "Park Forest honors builders, artists, first families". SouthtownStar. Chicago, IL, USA. 20 July 2008.
One week from Wednesday, Park Forest will connect some generational dots as they pay homage to three - Philip Klutznick, Nathan Manilow and Carroll Sweet Sr. - who dreamed, planned and built the village along with two - Dawn Upshaw and Art Hodes - who contributed heavily to the world's culture ... Dawn Upshaw, a Rich East High School graduate
- Macey, Alan (28 August 2009). "'Turf War' trophy on the line for H-F, Marian". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
Coaching the receivers will be Ryan Yarborough, a former Rich East and New York Jets star.
- "Ryan Yarborough". biography & statistics. New York Jets. 1995. Archived from the original on November 23, 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
earned all-area and all-conference honors as a senior at Rich East High School in his hometown of Park Forest, IL.
- Crowe, Jerry (23 March 1989). "NCAA Basketball Tournament - Michigan Coach Steve Fisher Isn't a Rookie, He's Now 2-0". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
Yes, (I was a head coach) on the high school level ... "It doesn't matter if you're at Rich East High School (in Park Forest, Ill., where he started), or coaching in a CYO rec league, where my 10-year-old plays, or coaching at the University of Michigan."
- Pille, Bob (29 March 1989). "Fisher, not Michigan, taking Cinderella role". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
Michigan's Steve Fisher had two victories and Smith's autograph. "I got it on my program at a clinic in Chicago when I was a high school coach (at Rich East)," says Fisher.
- Berkowitz, Steve (20 December 1989). "Fisher and Michigan Continue to Make for a Perfect Match". Washington Post. Washington, DC, USA. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
"He's still the same Steve Fisher that he was before," senior guard Rumeal Robinson said. The same Steve Fisher who coached for eight years at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. ... "I'm not doing anything different now than I did when I was at Rich East," Fisher said.
- Jenkins, Chris (7 March 2001). "Hard times, hot market propel keepsake sales". USA Today. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
Hodges, who helps coach the basketball team at Rich East High School in suburban Chicago, won't talk about the dispute.