Richwoods High School
RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL, which was opened in 1957, is found on the north side of the city of Peoria in central Illinois. The school is located on a 74 acre campus. Richwoods with a diverse student body of approximately 1500 is the largest of the three Peoria School District 150 high schools. Richwoods has a long history of excellence in academics, athletics and in providing service to the community. The educational program is designed to meet the needs of the individual students by tailoring each pupil's course of study to optimize the attainment of the student's goals - be that college admission or entry into employment.
Included in offerings at Richwoods are an International Baccalaureate degree program, a television and communications studio, special education programs, technology prep, arts, and various school-business partnership programs such as work-study.
The college preparatory course of study offers a rigorous curriculum with college level courses in calculus, physics, biology and chemistry; five years of French and Spanish are offered, as well as four years of German; enriched courses with accompanying weighted grades are offered in all subject areas. Advanced Placement Examinations are available in mathematics, foreign languages, English, sciences and social studies. Traditionally, Richwoods students have scored significantly higher than state and national averages on all standardized tests.
The educational excellence of Richwoods students has been demonstrated by the production of:
Over 120 National Merit Finalists
Approximately 400 National Merit Commendations
In excess of 1600 Illinois State Scholars
80% of graduates attending colleges and universities.
In addition to the quality academics available, co-curricular programs provide the opportunity for the production of well rounded young adults. In addition to a broad base of athletic teams Richwoods offers Scholastic Bowl competition, Student Council, Key Club, Cheerleading and Royalettes, Speech, Plays and Musicals, Yearbook, Newspaper, Band, Chorus, Orchestra and many other clubs and groups.
Richwoods has produced state championships in either individual events or overall team in:
Facilities found on the tree surrounded 74 acre Richwoods campus
include a television studio, swimming pool, two gymnasiums with
spectator seating, computer and science laboratories, a 1,200 seat
auditorium, both lighted and unlighted baseball diamonds, two
softball diamonds, tennis courts, a cross country course, a soccer
field, two football fields including one in
6,000 seat stadium with an all weather track surrounding the field.
Richwoods High School strives to provide its students with the tools necessary to excel in life through the attainment of educational objectives, the development of social skills, and being a well rounded person.
The Richwoods Women's Track & Field Team began a long tradition of quality in its initial season of 1975 when the Knights were 6-1 in dual meets and were the District (now Sectional) Champions. Over their history the Knights have amassed a 237-57 record in their 38 year history through 2011, including a win streak of 57 consecutive dual meets over a period of 8 seasons (1998-2005). The program has produced 12 team conference championships, 10 sectional team championships, numerous individual conference and sectional champions and medalists and 38 state medal events including 8 top three individual event finishes - 3 third places, 3 second places and 2 state champions.
The program has benfitted greatly from its history of stability. In its 38 year existence, the Richwoods Women's Track Team has had only 4 head coaches - Cheryl Nelson (1975) whose record was 6-1, Joe Maier (1976-2005) winning 202 out of 252 meets, Rich Thole (2006-2008) whose record was unblemished at 19-0, and current head coach Shad Hickman whose 3 year record is 10-6.