Winter Sports are Coming!

Winter Sports are Coming!  Tryouts are starting the week of October 23rd and continue through November for our Winter Athletic Teams.
Not sure what sports you might like to try? Be sure to check out the Athletic Information page
to find a sport you are interested in.  We hope you will join us for a sport this Winter season!

D219 Focus on Your Future: Student Career Resource Fair @ West

Niles West is excited to host our D219 Focus on Your Future: Career Resource Fair, so mark this date on your calendar, and if you have an after school job then ask your supervisor to please adjust your schedule so that you can attend. Additionally, students can have a professional headshot taken, so if interested, dress accordingly for this photoshoot. This is open to ALL STUDENTS, not just Niles West Students.

West Alumni, Rashard Mendenhall Jersey Retirement 9/22/23!


Niles West Alum, University of Illinois Football Hall of Famer, & Super Bowl Champion to Be Honored on Friday, September 22, 2023

For more information:

April Stallworth, D219 Executive Director of Communications & Partnerships

Phone:                 (847) 626-3958

Email:                  [email protected]

District Website:

Skokie, IL – Rashard Mendenhall, returns to his roots at Niles West High School for a special ceremony in his honor where he will be recognized for his high school, college, and professional football accomplishments. Mendenhall will also have his  Number “5” Niles West Jersey retired, the first one in the football program’s history. This ceremony will take place one week after he will be entered into the University of Illinois – Illini Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

It was at Niles West that Mendenhall started his career as a football, basketball, and track athlete. Rashard excelled on the football field as a running back averaging 9.1 yards per carry, rushing for 1,453 yards on 160 attempts and 14 touchdowns during his senior year. He went on to attend the University of Illinois and was named the 2007 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. In 2008, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Rashard as a first-round pick. During his rookie season, he led his team to a Superbowl victory against the Arizona Cardinals. He also played for the Steelers in the 2010 Super Bowl vs. the Green Bay Packers. Rashard retired from football while on the Arizona Cardinals team. Upon his retirement from the NFL, Rashard became a writer and story editor for the HBO sports comedy, Ballers. In 2015, he was inducted into the Niles West Athletic Hall of Fame.

“The Niles West Athletic Department is proud to welcome home our decorated alum, Rashard Mendenhall! Throughout his time at West, Rashard was a tremendous multi-sport student-athlete and member of our school community. He continues to astound us with each and every new accomplishment he has achieved since his graduation from Niles West. Rashard’s hard work on and off the field continues to make his Niles West Family proud. We cannot wait to honor and celebrate him as he is truly an inspiration to us all”, said Dr. Dana Krilich, Niles West Athletic Director.

The afternoon ceremony will be held on Friday, September 22nd, 2023, 2:20 pm CT, at the Niles West High School Gymnasium, 5701 W Oakton Street, Skokie, IL. The event will be attended by district staff, students, administration, Mendenhall’s family members, and previous coaches. Due to it occurring during school time, this event is by invitation only.

Rashard will also be recognized at the Varsity Football game that evening vs. Niles North. Varsity kick-off is at 7:30 PM and the game is open to the public. Admission will be charged.

Members of the press who plan to attend should contact April Stallworth, D219 Executive Director of Communications & Partnerships, at [email protected] or 847-626-3958.

North Students Awarded by the College Board

Congratulations to our Vikings! Eight students at your Niles North High School have been awarded National Recognition from the College Board.These students earned this academic honor because of their GPA of 3.5 or higher and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and/or AP Exams. They can now list this honor on applications to stand out to colleges.

We encourage you all to congratulate and celebrate these awardees by sharing this academic accomplishment with your community. You can use the College Board celebration PowerPoint during award ceremonies. We’ve also created a communications toolkit with customizable press release templates, sample social media posts, social media graphics, and sample newsletter content.

Awardees (as of August 17) at Niles North High School are listed below:

• Corban Hood: NAARA
• Daniel Escobedo: NHRA
• Elijah Hempen: NHRA
• Giselle Slagg: NAARA
• Jonathan Hrisca: NHRA
• Joseph Boca: NHRA
• Julian Donegan: NAARA
• Robert Divelbess: NAARA

Award Key:
National African American Recognition Award (NAARA)
National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA)
National Rural and Small Town Award (NRSTA)
National Indigenous Award (NIA)

Come Out and See Our FALL SPORTS Teams!

Hello D219,

Welcome back students, families, and staff. The 2023-24 school year is here and our student athletes have already started working hard to prepare for their seasons. Please try to come out and support our fall sport participants this season as much as you can. You can click the links below to find out more information about your favorite District 219 sports programs:

Niles North

Niles West

Our Niles West Wolves take on our Niles North Vikings in our Crosstown Football Game at Niles West High School on Friday, 9/22. (Frosh-Soph @ 5:00pm ; Varsity @ 7:30pm)

Here are some notable varsity home openers to look out for:

Niles North:

  • Boys’ Soccer – Thursday, 8/24 vs. Prosser @ 7:00pm
  • Girls’ Tennis – Tuesday, 8/22 vs. Elk Grove @ 4:30pm
  • Girls’ Volleyball – Thursday, 8/24 vs. Lane Tech @ 6:00pm 
  • Boys’ Football – Friday, 9/1 vs. Leyden @ 7:00pm
  • Boys’ Golf – Monday, 8/29 vs. Northridge Prep @ 3:45pm
  • Girls’ Swimming & Diving – Friday 10/6 vs. Maine East @ 5:00pm
  • Girls’ Cross Country – Saturday, 8/26 vs. Niles West @ 8:30am
  • Boys’ Cross Country – Saturday, 8/26 vs. Niles West @ 8:30am

Niles West:

  • Girls’ Golf – Thursday, 8/24 vs. Regina @ 4:04pm
  • Girls’ Tennis – Thursday, 8/17 vs. Prospect @ 4:30pm
  • Girls’ Volleyball – Wednesday, 8/23 vs. Loyola Academy  @ 6:00pm
  • Boys’ Soccer – Thursday, 8/24 vs. Waukegan  @ 7:00pm
  • Boys’ Golf – Tuesday, 9/12 vs. Carmel @ 4:20pm
  • Girls’ Swimming & Diving – Saturday, 9/2 vs. Niles North @ 8:00am
  • Girls’ Cross Country – Saturday, 8/26 vs. Niles North @ 8:30 am
  • Boys’ Cross Country – Saturday, 8/26 vs. Niles North @ 8:30 am
  • Boys’ Football – Friday, 8/25 vs. Thorntons @ 7:30pm