Downers Grove North High School
, or DGN
, and locally referred to as "North," is a public four year high school
located near the corner of Main Street and Ogden Avenue
in Downers Grove, Illinois
, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois
, in the United States
. It is part of Community High School District 99
, which also includes Downers Grove South High School
. The North campus draws students from Downers Grove (north of 55th St.),and small sections of Woodridge, Oak Brook, and Westmont.
The original building (then called Downers Grove High School) was finished in 1928, with additions made in 1935, 1952, 1976, and 1999-2000. In 1964, the school's student body was split in half, one portion attending North, the other attending the newly built Downers Grove South.
The auditorium is named after Clarence Johnson, who served as Principal of the school for 35-years from 1932 to 1967, and DGN's outdoor stadium is named after their former longtime football coach Dick Carstens.
DGS ACT Scores
|| 22.1 |
|| 22.3 |
|| 22.4 |
|| 23.6 |
|| 23.1 |
Downers Grove North's class of 2007 had an average composite ACT score of 23.1, 2.3 points above the state average, and graduated 96% of its senior class. Downers Grove North has not made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievements Examination, a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The teaching staff consists of 96 teachers, of which 73% hold an advanced degree. The average class size at North is 26.0.
- Applied Arts- Loukia Mastrodimos
- English- Linda Augustyn
- Fine Arts- Brayer Teague
- Health, PE, Drivers Ed- Emily Mollet
- Mathematics- Jon Heldmann
- Science- Katie Baal
- Social Studies- Gary Mitchell
- Special Services- Scott Wuggazer
- World Languages- Stacey Villanueva
Downers Grove North competes in the West Suburban Silver Division of the West Suburban Conference. Its mascot is the Trojans. DGN has won several championships in Girls' Badminton and in 2004 won the Class 8A Football Championship.
The student newspaper
, which is published monthly, boasts an exceptional staff and has been ranked 7th in the nation by NSPA
. The school literary magazine
, the Northwind
, is published annually.
- Muriel Anderson, 1983, Accomplished Guitarist
- Andrea Evans, 1978, TV Actress, "One Life to Live" and "Passions"
- Cammi Granato, 1989, former Olympic hockey player, current NBC hockey reporter
- Tony Granato, 1982, former professional hockey player
- Tomlinson Holman, 1963, creator of the THX Sound System and its companions the Theater Alignment Program, Home THX, and the THX Digital Mastering program.
- Rustom Jehangir, 2007, Trombonist, member of Alicia Keys' backing band at the 2008 Grammy awards
- Sherrill Milnes, 1953, professional opera singer
- Keith Mochel, 2003, bassist of The Fold
- Lanny Poffo, 1973, professional wrestler, known under the stage name "The Genius"
- Randall Poffo, 1971, professional wrestler, known under the stage name "'Macho Man' Randy Savage"
- Denise Richards, Movie Actress (attended DGN freshman year only)