|Hampshire High School|
1600 Big Timber Road
|School type||Public secondary|
|Established||1838 (first high school)|
2008 (current facility)
|Teaching staff||96.95 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.87|
|Hours in school day||7 hours, 13 minutes|
|Color(s)||Purple and White|
|Athletics conference||Fox Valley Conference|
|Rival||Burlington Central High School|
Hampshire High School (Illinois) (commonly referred to as Hampshire or HHS) is a public high school for students in grades 9 through 12 located in Hampshire, Illinois. Hampshire High School serves students from Hampshire and surrounding areas, including Gilberts, Pingree Grove, Carpentersville and Sleepy Hollow. The school is located at the northern edge of Hampshire.
Hampshire High School is part of Community Unit School District 300, or D300, and is the newest of three high schools serving the district. Feeder schools to Hampshire include Hampshire Middle School and Dundee Middle School. The school is a member of the Illinois High School Association, Fox Valley Conference.
During the mid-19th century, nine one-room schoolhouses were built in Hampshire Township. These schools served all grade levels until 1838 when a high school and grade school was built at State Street and Mill Street in downtown.
After the school burned down in 1851, it was rebuilt in the same location. The nine one-room schoolhouses served as grade schools into the 20th century.
In 1896 a square brick high school was constructed. Additions added to the capacity of the school and it remained Hampshire High School until a new building was constructed on South State Street. Stairs from the old high school can still be seen.
All Hampshire schools joined Carpentersville-based District 300 in 1948.
Planning for the combined Hampshire High School and Middle School began in 1950 and the school officially opened on Friday, September 5, 1952. That building was 32,098 square feet (2,982.0 m2). It opened with 105 high school students, 46 boys and 59 girls, as well as 58 middle school students, 32 boys and 26 girls. The main sports gym was not finished until January 1953. 1,000 people attended the first open house of the new gym. The first football field was added in 1964 when Ronald Ellett started the football program at Hampshire High School. In 1994 Coach Ron Ellett was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches' Hall of Fame. During his tenure Coach, Ron Ellett guided the Whippurs to four conference titles, two State Championships and a State Runner-Up. Ron Ellett was also the High School baseball coach and lead the baseball team to their first District Championship in 1977.
In 2008 the newest Hampshire High School building was built on 103 acres (0.42 km2) of former Tamms family farmland. The old school building became the middle school exclusively.
In 2016, a Freshman created a condiment named "Boisauce" which is a concoction of Soy Sauce and BBQ Sauce.
In 2017, the beverage "WHIP-PUR DEW" was created by the Christian Birtell Group's Pop On The Block.Which was made to celebrate Hampshire High School. The color was a light purple, due to the combination of Mountain Dew.S.A.(TM) and Grape Kool-Aid(TM)
The current Hampshire High School building was completed with construction in 2008, ready for the 2008-09 school year, although it was late. The building cost around $70 million and is the newest high school in District 300. A new high school was needed after exponential population growth. The tight-knit community of the old Hampshire High School will be missed, along with athletic contests housed within the old gym on "Pack the Place" game nights where the noise level within would compare proportionally with the old Chicago Stadium.
The new Hampshire High School contains 7,500,000 cubic feet (210,000 m3) under roof and includes 65 traditional classrooms, 11 musical rooms, 5 art rooms, 13 science labs, 3 business labs, 5 industrial arts rooms, 3 family and consumer science labs, 8,100 library books, 75 lunch tables, 2,500 seat competition gym, indoor track, 750 seat auditorium, 6 computer labs, 1,200 data drops, 76 miles (122 km) of network cable, 48 wireless access points, and 89 cameras.
Many of the classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards and every room has a projector, camera, and DVD/VHS player. When at full capacity HHS is expected to be able to accommodate around 2500 students. However, this maximum will come to fruition over many years due to the slowing of neighborhood building.
Many people notice that there is not a pool at Hampshire High School. Some reasons that made the decision so are that the already high building cost and the feeling of it as unnecessary. When a pool is added it will go on the east side by the locker rooms.
Auditorium - 750
Main Competition Gym - 2500
Field House - 1900
Commons - 900
Classrooms - About 35-45
Lecture Hall - 100
Hampshire High School is filled with surveillance cameras throughout the school grounds. This feature allows administrators to view nearly every inch of the building. There is also a police officer officially on duty at the school. Emergency buttons are placed within the halls and call buttons are in every classroom.
Hampshire High School utilizes period scheduling. Students attend nine classes a semester, two semesters a year. All District 300 high schools use the period format.
A school day goes as follows:
1st period (7:30-8:15)
2nd period (8:20-9:05)
3rd period (9:10-9:58)
4th period (10:03-10:48)
5th period (10:53-11:38)
6th period (11:43-12:28)
7th period (12:33-1:18)
8th period (1:23-2:08)
9th period (2:13-2:58)
Each of the nine classes are 45 minutes long with 5-minute* passing periods. The total school day lasts for seven hours and 23 minutes. One Friday a month the school day starts at the normal 7:30am start time, but ends at 12:45pm. Classes are shortened to thirty minutes and passing periods are five minutes.
(*results may vary, terms and conditions may apply.)
On the far west side of the building is the industrial arts wing. There one can find a Computer Aided Design (CAD) lab, electricity lab, wood lab, and a welding lab. The CAD lab features new widescreen computers with AutoDesk AutoCAD 2010 and Google SketchUp installed. The wood lab is home to a state-of-the-art SawStop table saw which is usually not found in schools due to the $10,000 price tag. In addition, there is about $7,000 worth of Bosch tools and a $30,000 ShopBot CNC machine. This is not the only wood lab, however, there is also one on the east side behind the auditorium. This shop, called the scene shop, is used to fabricate all of the sets required for school plays.
Conference: Fox Valley
Arena names: Gym and Field House
In 2010 and 2011, the HHS math team came in third place in the Big Northern Conference. Awards have included 1st-place finishes in the subjects of Geometry, Calculus, and Algebra.
The National Honor Society, or NHS, is a major part of HHS. For the 2010-11 school season more than 50 students were inducted into NHS. NHS consists of volunteer work and school improvement. Students in NHS must fulfill a 15-hour minimum of community service.