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Coordinates: 42°20′09″N 88°17′27″W 42.3357071, -88.290832


McHenry West High School

  • Address: 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road, McHenry, Illinois, United States of America 60050
  • Phone:
    • (815) 385-7077
    • (815) 363-8651 (fax)
  • Website: [1]
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The first official high school in McHenry, now known as East Campus, was established in 1924. In 1947, it was expanded for the first time to accommodate the growing student body. 10 years later, there would be another addition to the school. Five years later, two more proposals were presented to add more to the existing high school to facilitate the growth but were denied. Only eight years after the last addition to East, a proposal to build and equip an entirely new high school at a cost of $3.2 million was proposed. It too was denied until it was represented and passed 5 months later but at a cost of only $3.1 million. The new school had the ability to hold 1,000 students. Construction was completed and the first class, which consisted of just under 300 students, was the class of 1969. The new high school, or West Campus, was to consist of the Seniors and Juniors while the old high school, East, would house the Freshman and Sophomore students. West was able to handle the number of students for almost 3 decades but in the mid-1990s ran short of room and added the first set of mobiles. In the late 1990s, student population growth would again become a problem prompting the addition of the second set of mobiles. Later in 2000, the number of students had risen higher and forced the school to expand. Construction began in 2000 and was finished in 2003 with the additions of the new gym, cafeteria, and staircases. [1]

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