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Joliet Township High School


Joliet Township High School

Joliet Central High School
201 East Jefferson Street
Joliet, Illinois, 60432
Coordinates -88.0744|type:landmark_source:enwiki-googlemaplink name=


School type public secondary
Opened 1901
School district Joliet Twp. HS 204
Superintendent Dr. Paul Swanstrom[1]
Principal John Randich[2]
Grades 912
Gender coed
Enrollment 2,762[3]
Average class size 18.8[3]
Campus type urban
Color(s)      royal blue
Athletics conference Southwest Suburban Conference
Team name Steelmen/Steelwomen[4]
Average ACT scores 18.1[3]
Newspaper 'JTC Journal'
Joliet Township High School
Joliet Central High School
Location 201 E. Jefferson St., Joliet, Illinois

41°31′32″N 88°4′28″W / 41.52556°N 88.07444°W / 41.52556; -88.07444

Area 3.6 acres (1.5 ha)
Built 1901
Architectural style Other, collegiate Gothic
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 82002604[5]
Added to NRHP August 12, 1982

Joliet Central High School is a public secondary school located in Joliet, Illinois. Central is part of Joliet Township High Schools, along with Joliet West and Joliet East (now defunct). Before the opening of Joliet East and West, the school was called Joliet Township High School. In 1993, when Joliet Central and Joliet West combined many of their athletic and other competitive extracurricular programs, the combined program took the old "Joliet Township" name.

In 1982, the school building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was designed by Frank Shaver Allen.

The school's notable alumni have gone on to careers in fields from arts and letters to science and technology.


The school is four stories tall, two city blocks long, and includes four separate buildings. The campus underwent a moderate expansion during 2005 when the old shop building was knocked down and a new building was erected in its place. A catwalk connects the main building to the T&I building and allows students to cross unencumbered during inclement weather. The facilities include a daycare center (on the ground floor of the Little Theater building), a planetarium, six tennis courts, one soccer field, four baseball fields, a 1/16-mile indoor track and a 1/4-mile track across the street to the east.

There is an historical display on the second floor near the South Entrance that is maintained by the Joliet Central Historical Society. Many archived items are kept in a vault; the display includes the original Steelman sculpture and conceptual models of it from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. The Steelman was sculpted by Louise Lentz Woodruff and is positioned with its hands behind a male and female, symbolizing technology advancing humans. It is surrounded by the original relief panels representing the basic sciences: astronomy, mathematics, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, medicine, and geology. It has long been considered good luck to rub the right knee of the male before any test or sporting events; therefore, the knee has been worn away and reconstituted over the years.

After finishing a new parking lot in 2007, Central began constructing a Field House over the parking lot. In October 2008, the Field House was completed.


In sports, the district had combined teams between Joliet West and Joliet Central that was collectively known as Joliet Township." However, the schools separated and now have two athletics. The program is a member of the Southwest Suburban Conference (SWSC) and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). In this combined form the Steelmen/Steelwomen name which continues to be used by Joliet Central when it competes alone, is used for the combined teams. Joliet Central is the headquarters for the combined athletic program.

The athletic department sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.[6] Young men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, and softball.[6] While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school sponsors a poms team.[6]

The following teams finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament:[7]

  • Baseball: 2nd place (1974–75)
  • Basketball (boys): 4th place (1994–95); 3rd place (1969–70); State Champions (1936–37)
  • Golf (boys): 2nd place (1951–52)
  • Softball: State Champions (1999–2000)
  • Track & Field (boys): 4th place (1905–06, 14–15); 2nd place (1931–32); State Champions (1915–16)
  • Track & Field (girls): 4th place (1993–94)
  • Wrestling: 4th place (1946–47, 47–48); 2nd place (1985–86); State Champions (1984–85)
  • Football: State Champions (1961–62) ; (1962–63)

During the 2008–2009 school year, Central and West began to separate their football programs, causing the West mascot to become the Tiger again, leaving Central as the Steelmen. The split began with Joliet's freshmen football team dividing. By the 2010–2011 school year, Joliet Central and Joliet West will have their own football teams. All of the other sports have divided too.

Notable alumni


External links

  • Official website
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