Waukegan High School, or WHS, is a public four-year high school located in Waukegan, Illinois, USA, a city to the north of Chicago, Illinois. It is part of Waukegan Community Unit School District 60. Students attend classes at the Washington Campus (EAST Campus), located at 1011 Washington Street, and also at the Brookside Campus (WEST Campus), at 2325 Brookside Avenue. WHS first opened its doors in 1870 in the east campus. West campus was built to accommodate the baby boomer generation after WWII and originally held the Freshmen and Sophomore classes, while East Campus housed the Junior and Senior classes. West Campus is known today as Brookside Campus. Between the 1975–76 school year, and the 1989–90 school year, Waukegan High School split into two completely separate campuses. The East (Washington) campus is considered to be one and the same as the current and previous Waukegan High School. The West (Brookside) Campus was, during those years, a separate high school known as Waukegan West.

Waukegan High School
2325 Brookside Avenue


United States
Coordinates34°10′09″N 73°14′33″E / 34.1693°N 73.2425°E / 34.1693; 73.2425 (Brookside)
42°21′31″N 87°50′39″W / 42.35855°N 87.844148°W / 42.35855; -87.844148 (Washington)
School typePublic
School districtWaukegan Community Unit School District 60
SuperintendentTheresa Plascencia
PrincipalTimothy Bryner
Teaching staff215.00 FTE
Number of students4,562 (2015–16)[1]
Average class size20.4[2]
School color(s)purple
SongThe Purple, Green And Gold
Fight songThe Purple, Green And Gold
Athletics conferenceNorth Suburban Conference
Team nameWaukegan Bulldogs
NewspaperThe Dog Times



The Waukegan Bulldogs are members of the North Suburban Conference. They also compete as a part of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which sponsors the state tournaments for most of the sports and activities in the state.

During the time when Waukegan High School was split into Waukegan East and Waukegan West High Schools, East retained the "Bulldog" nickname that had been in use, while the West school took the name "Raiders". When the schools merged again, the traditional Bulldog name was retained, however, a pirate's eye patch was added to depictions of the bulldog to honor the "Raiders" legacy of the West campus.[4]

Waukegan sponsors the following interscholastic athletic teams for men and women: basketball, cross country, track, swimming, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Men may compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Women may compete in badminton, softball, cheerleading, and tennis.

While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams in pom poms for women,[clarification needed] and coed teams in drill team and rifle team.[5]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective state championship tournaments, sponsored by the IHSA:[6]

  • Baseball: 2nd place (1959–60); State Champions (1970–71, 1982–83)
  • Basketball (boys): 4th place (1958–59); 2nd place (2008–09); 3rd place (2009–10)
  • Cross Country (boys): 3rd place (1993–94)
  • Golf (boys): 4th place (1939–40); 3rd place (1957–58); 2nd place (1953–54, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1969–70)
  • Golf (girls): 4th place (1976–77, 1977–78, 1983–84); 3rd place (1992–93); 2nd place (1981–82); State Champions (1975–76, 1980–81, 1991–92)
  • Track & Field (boys): 4th place (1926–27); 3rd place (1982–83, 1989–90); 2nd place (1953–54); State Champions (1979–80)
  • Track & Field (girls): 3rd place (1994–95); 2nd place (1995–96)
  • Wrestling: 4th place (1953–54, 1960–61, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2000–01); 3rd place (1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1981–82); 2nd place (1950–51, 1951–52, 1961–62, 1990–91); State Champions (1957–58, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66)

The 1982–83 baseball state title, the 1983–84 4th place finish in girls golf, and the 1989–90 3rd place finish in boys track & field were won by Waukegan West High School. The IHSA recognizes the current Waukegan High School as the caretaker of these victories.[6]

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