High School District 214 Turns 100!

Thank you to all who celebrated this milestone with us.

Over the course of the 2014 Centennial observance, students, alumni, staff members, and community allies 

  • attended an open house at the former Arlington High School
  • collected more than 120,000 food items for local pantries through a District-wide Centennial food drive
  • celebrated a century of excellence in academics, arts and athletics at a three-day Centennial Celebration that included an evening of arts performances, an all-day Centennial Classic basketball event, a Board of Education meeting that honored former administrators and trustees, and an interactive, walk-through historical display.

To view photos from the Centennial Celebration, which was held in February, visit our album on Flickr.
To view the Centennial video celebrating a century of academic excellence, click here.
For a 30-second look at the historical display, click here.
To hear what Arlington High School alumni had to say at the open house, view this video collection of memories.
The dedication, innovation and support of generations of staff, retirees, students, alumni, parents, community members and partners helped make High School District 214 what it is today. This year in particular, we thank you!


History of High School District 214

Since its inception, District 214 has been making history. In 1914, the establishment of District 214 was a controversial proposition. At the time, the Supreme Court had not yet validated the Women’s Suffrage Act, and consequently men and women’s ballots were kept separate. More men voted against the proposition, but the women’s vote helped pass the measure by 16 votes. There were 17 blank ballots, and the opposition claimed the proposition lost by one vote. Subsequently, the Supreme Court validated the election, the Women’s Suffrage Act and the creation of High School District 214.

Since then, District 214 has grown from a single school to six comprehensive high schools and three alternative programs, encouraging innovation in the classroom and empowering teachers to become instructional leaders while helping students learn collaboratively, think critically and reach their full potential. The District is nationally recognized, and staff works every day to create instructional models that are scalable and replicable across the country.

This year in particular, we celebrate our students and alumni for their continued achievement. We recognize our staff for their continued dedication. And we thank our parents, business partners and community members for their continued support of District 214.

To read more about the history of District 214, click here.


Centennial Partners

Thank you to our generous sponsors and partners, who helped make our celebration possible.
Arlington Heights Community Band
Buffalo Grove High School Culinary Students
Central Continental Bakery
Christian Liberty Academy
Daily Herald Media Group
Grande Jake’s
Harry’s of Arlington
Panera Bread
Rolling Meadows High School Culinary Students
Sylvia’s Flowers
Windy City Linen