Waubonsie Valley High School

Coordinates: 41°44′18″N 88°15′06″W / 41.73839°N 88.25164°W / 41.73839; -88.25164
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Waubonsie Valley High School
2590 Ogden Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°44′18″N 88°15′06″W / 41.73839°N 88.25164°W / 41.73839; -88.25164
Other nameWVHS
TypePublic high school
MottoExcellence in Every Endeavor
Established1975 (1975)
School districtIndian Prairie School District 204
NCES School ID174169004173[1]
PrincipalJason Stipp[2]
Teaching staff170.76 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment2,563 (2022)
Student to teacher ratio15.19[1]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Green and Gold   
Fight song"We are the Warriors"[3]
Athletics conferenceDuPage Valley Conference
MascotChief Waubonsie
NewspaperThe Voice

Waubonsie Valley High School (WVHS) is a public four-year high school in Aurora, Illinois, United States. It was established in 1975 and it is one of 3 high schools in Indian Prairie School District 204, along with Neuqua Valley High School and Metea Valley High School.


Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204 (a unit district K-12) was formed in the fall of 1972.[4] In December 1972 a referendum was passed to build and equip a high school at a projected cost of $8.2 million. A separate issue also passed to add a swimming pool. Construction on Waubonsie Valley High School began in the spring of 1973.[4]

In September 1975, Waubonsie Valley opened its doors for its first school year. 293 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors attended the new high school.[4] In addition, 7th and 8th graders were housed in the building (using the name Granger Junior High) until Hill Junior High (now Hill Middle School) opened in the Fall of 1981. Construction delays prevented students from using the gym until May 1976 and the pool until October 1976.[4]

The school was designed as an open campus, with very few walls to separate classes. This quickly gave way to temporary room dividers and eventually, more permanent walls. Major construction projects over the years added three classroom wings, a field house and an auditorium, leaving just a few clues as to the original design of the building. The school was considered futuristic with a swimming pool, greenhouse, and planetarium.[5]


In 2021, 41.9% of the student body identified as White, 23.3% of the student body identified as Asian, 18.3% of the student body identified as Hispanic, 10.7% of the student body identified as Black, and 5.7% of the student body identified as another race.[6]

Music program[edit]

The Waubonsie Valley music program has received a Grammy Award six times in total. WVHS was named a Grammy Association's Signature School in 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011 through the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2007 and 2011, WVHS was one of two schools in the nation to receive the honor of the Grammy Association's Signature GOLD School.[7]

The choir program offers seven choirs and several extracurricular ensembles, including two show choirs.[8] The top level mixed show choir was ranked 1st for 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by the National Show Choir Ranking System.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff[edit]


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  2. ^ "WVHS :: Staff". ipsd.org. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Waubonsie Valley High School :: Home". ipsd.org. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "WVHS :: History & Fun Facts". ipsd.org. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Indian Prairie School District :: Home". ipsd.org. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Waubonsie Valley HS Report Card". Retrieved 2022-07-17.
  7. ^ Wilson, Marie (2016-04-25). "16 Grammys between 3 schools in Aurora and Naperville". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  8. ^ "Choir". Waubonsie Valley High School
    Music Department
    . Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "National Show Choir Rank System". National Show Choir Rank System. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  10. ^ "Michael Bowden - SoxProspects.com". soxprospects.com. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Fabien Bownes, WR at NFL.com". statistics and biographic data. nfl.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Fabien Bownes". statistics and biographic data. databasefootball.com. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  13. ^ "Fabien Bownes NFL Football Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com". statistics and biographic data. pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
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