1959 to 2001
Niles West High School
2001 to Present
Niles West High School opened in fall of 1958, and has a student population of over 2,500 per year.
In 1991 Niles West received the U.S. Excellence in Education award. The school was praised for teacher involvement, excellent student achievement scores on college entrance exams, parent involvement, a model curriculum and a wide range of class offerings. Niles West continues to improve on all these characteristics each year.
Niles Township High School District 219 was recognized as the number one arts education program in the nation in 2007 by the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education and the National School Boards Association.
Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner (W'76) and long time Niles West gymnastics coach John Burkel officially opened the Niles West state-of-the-art Athletic Training Center on September 2, 2011.
Each year, Niles West recognizes a past graduate for accomplishment in his/her field and contribution to society. Award for this year's recipient will be presented at the Niles West Accolades Ceremony on May 17, 2018 at 7 p.m.
This selection is made based on the following criteria:
- Achievement in his/her field
- Contribution to society
- Association with Niles West
- Candidate must be a Niles West graduate
- Candidate must have attended a District 219 School for at least 3 years and must have graduated from Niles West
- Appreciation/Influence of Niles West on accomplishments
The Niles West Class of 2015, as a class gift, has dedicated a wall in honor of West graduates who have gone on to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Our goal is to commemorate past, present, and future graduates for their service. We also hope it will serve as a reminder to current students to be appreciative of those who protect our country. If you know of alumni who have served in any branch of the military, active or reserves, please complete the Wall of Honor form. Thank you!
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