NN Boys Soccer vs Maine EAst

Watch #LIVE: Soccer on 9/18, Football on 9/20

Niles North Viking Media is broadcasting two games this week. If you can’t be there to cheer on your Viking teams in person, click the links to watch #LIVE.

NN Boys Soccer vs Maine EAst

Boys Soccer on Thursday, September 19. They play Maine East. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Click on this link to watch. 






Vikings vs Buffalo Grove Bisons

Viking Football vs. the Buffalo Grove Bisons on Friday, September 20. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Click on this link to watch. 


2018 Wall of Honor Induction of Joel Kessler

2019 Wall of Honor Induction on Oct 4

2018 Wall of Honor Induction of Joel Kessler

Our congratulations to Ron Zagorski and Glenn Olson, the latest coaches to be added to the Niles North Coaches Wall of Honor. Coach Zagorski has been coaching athletes for more than 23 years at Niles North (Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach/Summer Baseball Coach/Varsity Football Statistician). Glenn Olson has served as Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach since 2009 and under his guidance, the Vikings achieved:  Sectional Champions (2011), Regional Champions (2011-2013, 2018), and Conference Champions (2011, 2013). He is a four-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) District 4 Coach of the Year and Niles North’s All-Time Winningest Basketball Coach (244-116).

All alumni, students and community members are invited to celebrate the induction of Coach Zagorski and Coach Olson to the Wall of Honor that will take place on Friday, October 4 at the Niles North vs. Maine West home football game.  At 6:40 p.m., Ron Zagorski and Glenn Olson and members of their families, Wall of Honor Committee members, and Former Recipients of the Wall of Honor will meet Niles North Athletic Director Brett Bildstein on the 50-yard line. The Induction will take place at 6:55 p.m. on the Main Field, Niles North High School, 9800 Lawler, Skokie.

Coaches Wall of Honor Inductee Ron Zagorski

“Ron Zagorski has been an integral part of Niles North baseball for over 20 years. This ranges from getting the water/snow off the fields, to daily field maintenance, to actually assisting some city teams with transportation to play at Niles North. He has impacted numerous Viking programs from feeder through high school. He is a member of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is also a role model for other coaches as he has helped coaches keep a proper perspective on what is important, personal development, not wins and losses.”

–       Coach Ed Toledo

Ron Zagorski

Nominated by:  Ed Toledo

  • Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach (1997-present)
  • Summer Baseball Coach (1995-present)
  • Varsity Football Statistician (1996-present)


  • Member of IHSBCA Hall of Fame
  • Baseball Coach at Schurz High School when they won multiple city championships as well as the IHSA Championship
  • Started Donna Zagorski Memorial Scholarship which is given annually to a deserving baseball player

Coaches Wall of Honor Inductee: Glenn Olson

“Glenn’s success is due largely to the fact that he is here every day and often into the night working with students. His dedication to working with our students is exceptional and not without personal sacrifice. Glenn is a positive role model for our students here at Niles North. Before Glenn, a 20-win season was an anomaly, now it is expected.” –  Coach Paul Swanson.

Glenn Olson

Nominated by:  Paul Swanson

  • Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach (2009-present)


  • Boys Sectional Champions (2011)
  • Boys Regional Champions (2011, 2012, 2013, 2018)
  • Boys Conference Champions (2011, 2013)
  • All-Time Winningest Basketball at Niles North 207-96 (244-116)
  • Won 20 or more games eight of the last nine years
  • Coached over 25 players who have continued their career at the collegiate level.

Lend Your Voice to Avoice4Peace


The United Nations General Assembly established September 21 as the International Day of Peace. Join the Niles West Choir in celebrating this day of non-violence and cease-fire with a world-wide peace concert in conjunction with www.avoice4peace.org. The mission is simple: promote peace with a concert featuring choirs from around the world.

Niles West Choirs are inviting parents, faculty and staff to learn the peace song “Ukuthula” and record it with the choirs. Anyone willing to sing for peace is welcome.

Choir Parents and Guardians rehearsal is 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 15 in the Band Room. Faculty and staff rehearsal is 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18 in the Choir Room. The Performance/Recording will take place from 3:10 to 3:45 on Friday, September 20 in the Niles West South Commons.

If you have questions, please contact Choir Director Matthew Begale at matbeg@d219.org.

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Niles West Homecoming Events

Niles West Homecoming 2019 background slide

During Homecoming 2019, held on September 23 through 28, Niles West (Egg) will transform into a sophisticated wonderland, bringing all of the glitter and glamor of “The Great Gatsby,” making for a spirited and fun-filled week. Homecoming 2019 culminates with an exciting pep assembly with the Homecoming Royalty during the school day on Friday, September 27, followed by the Varsity Football Game at 7 p.m., with the Niles West Wolves playing the Maine South Hawks. The Homecoming Dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. All events will take place at the high school, 5701 West Oakton, Skokie.

Here is a breakdown of the week’s events:

Monday, September 23

PJ Spirit Day

Homeroom Door Decorating Contest

Tuesday, September 24

Sports Spirit Day

Powder Puff Football game at 3:30 p.m. in the Stadium

Niles West Girls Tennis vs. Maine South at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25

Hawaiian / Beach Spirit Day

Pie Eating Contest during lunch periods

Thursday, September 26

Flashback Spirit Day

Niles West Girls Tennis vs. Glenbrook North at 4:30 p.m.

Niles West Girls Volleyball vs. Glenbrook North at 6 p.m.

Friday, September 27

Niles West Colors Spirit Day

Homecoming Pep Assembly

Niles West Girls Swimming vs. Maine South at 5:30 p.m.

Niles West Girls Volleyball vs. Taft at 6 p.m.

Niles West Wolves Varsity Football vs. Maine South Hawks at 7 p.m.

The 2019 Niles West Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during the halftime activities:


Mr. Bruce Bolnick (‘65) – Gymnastics

Mr. Ed Bruksch (‘64) – Football, Basketball, Baseball

Ms. Shirley Cohen Katz (‘78) – Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Softball

Coach:  Mr. Steve Foerch – Gymnastics

Distinguished Service Award:  Ms. Arlene Mulder

Saturday, September 28

Novice Debate Scrimmage

Girls Tennis Quad at 9 a.m./11 a.m./1 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs. Montini at 10 a.m.

Boys Golf vs. Maine West at 4 p.m.

Homecoming Dance 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Sophomore College Night is September 17


D219 sophomores and their parents are invited to Sophomore College Information Night, held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 in the Niles North High School Auditorium, 9800 Lawler, Skokie.

There are numerous career pathways to choose from with varying post-high school educational requirements. Discovering who you are and what is important to you, exploring all of your options, and experiencing life as a current student will set you on the path that’s right for you. The night’s program features a college admissions representative who will focus on the process that will help students to achieve their post-high school goals.

Translation will be available in the following languages:  Spanish, Korean, Urdu, Assyrian, and Arabic.

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Four National Merit Semifinalists Announced

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Niles Township High School District 219 has four Semifinalists. They are: Owen Stephenson from Niles North and Daniel Cudzich, Irena Petryk and Henry Rousseau from Niles West. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

The next step in the process is narrowing down the pool of semifinalists to finalists. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the next level after submitting an application with information about academic and community activities, employment, awards and “demonstrated leadership abilities,” according to National Merit. Winners will be selected out of those finalists based on their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college. This year’s National Merit Scholars will be announced between April and July 2020.

Niles West, North – Among Best Public Schools in Chicago Magazine

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Niles West and Niles North High Schools have both been named among the 20 Best Public High Schools in suburban Cook County by Chicago Magazine. Niles West was ranked at #12 and Niles North at #15 in the September 2019 edition of the magazine. The magazine’s survey of the best public schools analyzes data from the Illinois State Board of Education for the 217-18 school year. Calculations were done by the research nonprofit RTI International, based on weighting instructions provided by Chicago.

Niles North Principal, Dr. James Edwards, “I am so grateful to work with such a dedicated staff, vibrant student population, supportive parents and guardians, and committed district leaders in D219.  I am also excited about continuing to strive for continuous improvement in academics and school climate and culture at Niles North as the new school year begins.”

Suburban High Schools rankings were based on the following categories:  Spending per pupil: 15%; SAT reading attainment percentage: 12.5%; SAT math attainment percentage: 12.5%; SAT reading attainment percentage, income-adjusted: 12.5%; SAT math attainment percentage, income-adjusted: 12.5%; Attendance: 15%; and Graduation rate: 20%.