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Oak Lawn Community High School, is a public four-year high school in Oak Lawn, Illinois, in the Chicago metropolitan area. The name "Spartans" and the colors Green and White were chosen by a committee in tribute to the Michigan State University Spartans, who won the Rose Bowl in 1954.
The school, as a part of Oak Lawn Community High School District 229, serves sections of Oak Lawn, Bridgeview, Chicago Ridge, and Hometown."District Boundaries." Oak Lawn Community High School District 229. Retrieved on January 18, 2017.


In 2009, OLCHS had an average composite ACT score of 20.2, and graduated 91.6% of its senior class. The school has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which is the state assessment used to fulfill mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Overall, the school failed to meet minimum standards in reading and mathematics, in addition to having two student subgroups fail to meet expectations in reading, and one subgroup fail to meet expectations in mathematics.

Athletics and clubs

Oak Lawn competes in the South Suburban Conference (SSC) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA); the organization which governs most sports and competitive activities for high schools in the state. Teams are stylized as the Spartans.
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, volleyball, and Theater. Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, golf, softball, and tennis. There is a coed bass fishing team. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors a poms team for young women.
The following teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:
  • Volleyball (Boys): State Champions(1993–94)
  • Theater (GI): State Champions (2003–04)
  • Theater (Drama): State Champions (2009–10)
  • Theater (Drama): State Runner Up (2010–11)
  • Theater (GI): State Champions (2010–11)
  • Theater (Drama): State Champions (2011–12)
  • Theater (Drama): State Champions (2012–13)
  • Theater (GI): State Champions (2013–14)
  • Speech: State Champions (2010)
  • Speech: State Runner Up (2012)
  • Theater (Drama): State Champions (2013–14)
  • Theater (Drama): State Champions (2014–15)
The Oak Lawn Community High School Spartans currently play their home games at Napleton Field, not far from the Oak Lawn Community High School. Napleton Field on 9500 Southwest Highway was named in honor of Ed Napleton.

Notable alumni

  • Benn Jordan is a composer and recording artist known as The Flashbulb
  • C. J. Kupec is a former forward/center who played for the University of Michigan and professionally in the NBA (1975–78); honored as one of "100 Legends" of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament.IHSA Announces 100 Legends of Boys Basketball Tournament; 12 April 2006; accessed 1 January 2009 C.J. Kupec stats & bio;; accessed 1 January 2009
  • Steve Kmak is an ex-bassist for the group, Disturbed
  • Rob Mackowiak is a Major League Baseball outfielder, currently playing for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Tim Purpura is the former general manager of the Houston Astros (2004–07).
  • Dave Wills is a sportscaster who has been the radio voice of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays since 2005.

Notable faculty

  • Edward Maloney, Illinois state senator (2003–2013).

  • Category:Oak Lawn, Illinois
    Category:Educational institutions established in 1952
    Category:Public high schools in Cook County, Illinois
    Category:1952 establishments in Illinois

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