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Crystal Lake Central High School

Crystal Lake Central High School (formerly Crystal Lake Community High School)
45 W. Franklin Ave
Crystal Lake, Illinois
United States
Type Public secondary
Motto Today a reader, Tomorrow a leader.
Established 1924
Oversight Community High School District 155
Principal Steve Olson
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1574[1]
Color(s) Orange and Black
Mascot Tiger

Crystal Lake Central High School, often referred to as "Central" or "CLC," is the oldest of the three high schools in Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States.


  • History 1
  • Athletics 2
  • Clubs 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Crystal Lake Central High School opened its doors in 1924 as Crystal Lake Community High School. It was enlarged in 1928 with the first addition, with a second addition including the "Fieldhouse" completed in 1953. Another addition was completed to the west-end of the building in the 1964-1965 school year.[2] Prior to its creation, area high school students attend Union School beginning in 1884. Crystal Lake Community (and Union School before it) served students in grades 9-12 from Crystal Lake, Cary, and the surrounding areas of McHenry County. Students in the first graduating class at Crystal Lake Community (Class of 1924) began their school year at Union School and moved to the new high school building just one month before graduation. Prior to relocating, the school was part of the Union School campus located at what is now Husmann Elementary School. The school was renamed as Crystal Lake Central in 1978 when Crystal Lake South opened, reaching an approximate maximum student population of 2100 in 1978. With a student population of 1,591 for 2011-2012, Crystal Lake Central is presently the least populated of Community High School District 155's four high schools, as well as the oldest.[3]


Its mascot is the Tiger, with school colors orange and black.

The school captured its first individual state title in 1942, when Paul Behan won the state discus championship.[4] Since then, Central's student-athletes have won Illinois High School Association state titles in boys track and field, girls track and field, wrestling, girls tennis (mid 1970s), and girls cross country.

Notable team finishes at the Illinois state level include:[5]

  • Boys Baseball - 4th, 2008
  • Boys Cross Country - IHSA State Champions, 1995; 3rd, 2001.
  • Girls Cross Country - 2nd, 2008; 2nd, 2011
  • Girls Tennis - 2nd, 1976; 2nd, 1977
  • Girls Volleyball - 1st; 2007 (Class 3A IHSA State champions with an undefeated record of 42-0. Crystal Lake Central was ranked No. 6 on the top 100 teams in the nation by;[6] 4th, 2009
  • Wrestling - 3rd, 2009; 2nd, 2010; 2nd, 2011
  • Dance Team - Inaugural IHSA State Champions, 2013


  • Cheerleading
  • Chess Club
  • Color guard
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Exchange Program
  • French Club
  • French National Honor Society
  • Gay Straight Student Alliance
  • German Club
  • German National Honor Society
  • Improv
  • Intramural Sports
  • Jazz Band
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Madrigals
  • Mathletes
  • Mentors
  • National Honor Society
  • Poms (1998 AAA Pom State Champs)
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • Speech Team
  • Student Council
  • Student Newspaper
  • Thespians/Stage Crew
  • Tiger Leaders
  • Varsity Club
  • Video Game Club
  • WYSE
  • Yearbook "Tiger Tales"[7]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ [3]
  2. ^ School District 155 Student Handbook 1978 - 1979, Crystal Lake South High School.
  3. ^ "School Report Cards". Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Records & History". Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ "School Directory". IHSA. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  6. ^ Illinois well represented in national Top 100 by Jeff Bartl,, November 29, 2007
  7. ^ [4]
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  10. ^ Kunzer, Jamie (March 22, 2013). "CL native stars in ‘Saving Lincoln’".  
  11. ^ Thompson, Jack (October 31, 1988). "Crystal Lake Central`s Worries Just Beginning".  
  12. ^ "Marching to Her Own Drum". Mormon Women. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  13. ^ "Rob Elgas". NBC Chicago. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  14. ^ "Merit Semifinalists Announced". Chicago Tribune. September 15, 1994. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bob Kessler". WGN Radio. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  16. ^ Beck, Jim (2012). Touching Home. Dorrance Publishing. p. 166.  
  17. ^ Hanley, Reid (August 8, 1997). "Crystal Lake Golfer, 15, Enjoys His First Taste Of The Big Time". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
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External links

  • Official Crystal Lake Central Homepage
  • CLC Choirs
  • CLC Bands
  • Official Video History of District 155 and Crystal Lake Central

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