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Niles North High School
9800 N. Lawler Ave.
Skokie, Illinois, 60077
United States
Coordinates 42°03′35″N 87°45′15″W / 42.0597°N 87.7542°W / 42.0597; -87.7542
Opened 1964
School district Niles Twp. HS District 219
Superintendent Dr. Nanciann Gatta[1]
Principal Mr. Robert Freeman[2]
Staff 328[3]
Grades 9–12
Gender coed
Enrollment 2,187[4]
Average class size 16.8[4]
Campus suburban
School Colour(s)      purple
Athletics conference Central Suburban League
Nickname Vikings
Average ACT scores 22.5[4]
Newspaper North Star
Yearbook SAGA

Niles North High School, or NNHS, is a public four-year high school located in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Niles Township Community High School District 219, which also includes Niles West High School. It is also home to several Special Education programs, including the Anchor, Bridges, & SAILS programs.

The school property is located between the Edens Expressway on its west, and the Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Mall across the street to the east.

The school was used for some scenes in the 1984 movie Sixteen Candles (along with Niles East High School).[5]

The school appeared on WGN Channel 9 news in 2004 when some senior students listed this school on eBay as a prank. The prank was also reported on the front page of the June 9, 2004 issue of the Chicago Tribune.[6]

Niles North has hosted the Suburban Regional History Fair for seven years.



In 1996, the Niles Township Federation of Teachers went on a strike for two weeks over negotiations with administrators. Strikes have also happened in 1973, 1979 and 1985.


In 2007, Niles North had an average composite ACT score of 22.5. In 2007, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the school graduated 93% of its senior class. The average class size is 16.8.[7] Niles North has not made Adequate Yearly Progress on the Prairie State Achievement Examination(PSAE), a state test part of the No Child Left Behind Act.[8] A campaign, "Head North" has been started near the end of 2006 that is intended to improve the school's ACT score before the PSAE testing along with other resource such as test-taking workshops to assisting sophomores who have struggled on the pre-ACT examination called the PLAN test.


Niles North is home to the Chicago High School Classic senior all-star game.

Niles North competes in the Central Suburban League and Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Its mascot is the Viking. Recently the legality of the Viking mascot and its depiction on school grounds and articles came under dispute due to the image's extreme similarity to that of the NFL team Minnesota Vikings. The logo was subsequently changed.

The school sponsors interscholastic athletic teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Men may also compete in baseball, football, golf, and wrestling. Women may compete in cheerleading and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors a competitive dance team for women (the Vikettes).[9]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament:[10]

  • Gymnastics (boys): 3rd place (1976–77, 85–86); 2nd place (1981–82)
  • Volleyball (boys): 3rd place (1994–95)

Extra-curricular awards and recognition

The Niles North Chess Team has had a strong tradition of accomplishment. At the IHSA State Championship, the team has finished fourth twice (1993–94, 2007–08); third twice (2006–07, 08–09); second three years in a row (1999–2000, 2000–01, 01–02); and has won two state championships (2005–06, 09-10).[10]

The Debate team has achieved finishes of fourth (1971–72) and third (1972–73) at the IHSA State Championship.[10]

For the fifth year in a row, the student newspaper, The North Star, won the "International First Place award from Quill and Scroll" (for the 2005-2006 school year).[11]

Niles North High School was named "National History Day Illinois School of the Year" at the annual Illinois History Expo held May 3, 2006, in Springfield. In 2007, Niles North sent their representatives to compete in the National History Day Competition in Washington D.C. Competing in the Senior Group Documentary category, the winning group created a film about Musician's Union President James C. Petrillo.[12]

Niles North DECA Chapter has qualified for International competition for over 25 consectutive years.[citation needed]

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recently chose District 219 for the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association award.[13]

In 2007, Niles North won an "Outstanding High School Environmental Club" Award from the Illinois Recycling Association. [14]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ District 219 Administration; accessed 12 April 2009
  2. ^ Niles North HS administration; accessed 21 April 2009
  3. ^ List of Niles North HS staff; accessed 21 april 2009
  4. ^ a b c 2007 Illinois SChool Report Card for Niles North HS; accessed 21 April 2009
  5. ^ [1]Web page titled "Filming locations for Sixteen Candles (1984)" at the Internet Movie DataBase Web site. See also the information cited under Sixteen Candles.
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune, June 9, 2004. Page 1.
  7. ^ Illinois School Report Card
  8. ^ Illinois School Report Card
  9. ^ Niles North HS Athletic Department; listing of athletic teams; accessed 21 April 2009
  10. ^ a b c IHSA Season Summaries for Niles North HS; accessed 21 April 2009
  11. ^ [2]"North Star Wins International First Place Award", news release at Niles North High School Web site, accessed February 19, 2007
  12. ^ [3]"Niles North Wins School of the Year at History Expo", news release at Niles North High School Web site, accessed February 19, 2007History Students Win First at State, Qualify for Nationals
  13. ^ [4]"The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Announce Recipient of the 2007 Award", the official press released linked from the school's website, accessed April 18, 2007. (PDF File)
  14. ^ 2007 Outstanding High School Environmental Club - Niles Township Schools
  15. ^ Brent Novolesky bio & stats

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