Arlington High School “Cardinals” – Cook County

Arlington High School
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Arlington High School
Entrance – 1946 Photo

The History of Arlington High School

Arlington Heights (population 76,422) is located in northeastern Illinois in the northwest portion of Cook County. Arlington Heights is one of Chicago’s biggest suburbs and is called by the Wikipedia web site as Illinois’ biggest “village.” The city was incorporated in 1836 and at that time, was considered to be safely away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.

The late 1800’s saw such a population boom in Chicago that soon Arlington Heights became a suburb. Transportation made this easy. The Chicago Northwestern Railroad made its way from the downtown area to Arlington Heights. The area really swelled from the 1920’s on and Arlington Heights has evolved into one of Chicago’s most successful suburbs. The town is probably best known for the Arlington Race Track where horse racing fans have been entertained for many years. For more on the history of the city of Arlington Heights, please check out .

The photos on this page and the information for the school system in Arlington Heights were taken from an excellent web site which can be viewed at Web master Mark Bostrom has done an excellent job recording the history of his alma mater.

The year was 1922 when the residents of Arlington Heights and Arlington Township decided to build a new high school building for their growing area. A high school had been started back as far as 1907, holding classes in grade school buildings, then the district was formed in 1914. Construction on the new building was completed in 1923 and a total enrollment of 101 students began attending high school classes in the new building. A class of 10 students graduated in the first school year.

By 1928, an addition was added as the enrollment had swelled to 251 students, then in 1939, the enrollment had more than doubled (517) again and another addition was added to the building. Enrollment increased and building additions were made in 1946 (enrollment 669) and again in 1952 (enrollment 1,169). Major renovations were made to the school in 1956 and the official name of the school was changed to Arlington High School. Enrollment had swelled to 2,235 students. Review this timeline…from 101 students in 1922 to 2,235 students in 1956! The enrollment grew so large that District 214 had to build a separate Freshman Campus in Mount Prospect. However, the freshman campus lasted for only one year before that building became Prospect H.S.

Arlington High School flourished for the next 25 years including another renovation in 1980. In 1981, the local school board announced that two of its now eight high schools would be closed. In 1982, the board decided that Arlington High School would be one of the two; Forest View High School also located in Arlington Heights was the other school. The class of 1984 was the last to graduate from Arlington High. Students now attend one of three high schools in District 214; John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, or Rolling Meadows High School.

The school building was sold in 1984 to Christian Liberty Academy. The school is used in this capacity today as a K-12 facility.

To view portions of a film created about Arlington High School check out To obtain information on how to order a copy of the film for yourself, go to .

Arlington High School Quick Facts

First year classes were held:       1907

Year school district established:  1914

Year high school building built:    1922

Year high school closed:             1984

High school building today:          Christian Liberty Academy

School Nickname:                      the “Cardinals”

School Colors:                           Red & White

School Newspaper:                    The Cardinal

School Yearbook:                       Heights

School Fight Song:                    “Hail to Ol’ Arlington!” (written by J.D. Bryson)

Hail to Old Arlington,

Cheer for the Red and White,
Let’s play the Game to Win,

Stay Right in there and Fight, (u rah rah),
Our Cheers are all With You,

We’re with you all the Way,
So stay right in there boys,

And we will win today-ay-ay.

Hail to Old Arlington
Cheer for the Red and White
Let’s Play the Game to Win
Stay Right in There and Fight
U Rah! Rah!
We will Be Loyal too
And We’ll uphold Her Fame
Just Get Right in There Boys
Sure We Will
Win This Game

Arlington HS Class Ring Found:

“I am trying to find the owner of a High School class ring that I found at Bangs Lake in Wauconda. The ring is gold with a rectangular red stone. It has two white or opal colored diagonal stripes across the stone. In the center is a large letter A, with smaller letters H and S below it. It is dated 1958. On the inside of the band, Josten 10K is stamped. I was hoping this ring was a graduation class ring from the old Arlington High School and that you might be able to help me find it’s owner. Being that this will be the 50th Anniversary of the 1958 graduating class, I know the owner of this ring would be delighted to get it back, as well as I. Thank you.”

Jim Walsh

Arlington High School
The Cardinal Seal


The Arlington High School Cardinals have a lot to be proud of. During the school’s 62 year existence no less that 13 State Championships were won in five different sports! This does not include the many top ten State level finishes by the Cardinal athletic program as well as the numerous conference championships! Add to this the literally DOZENS of individual medals and awards won by the Arlington Cardinal athletes and you will see the resume’ for AHS is quite extensive. There are numerous accomplishments of the Arlington High School student athletes are listed below

The school was a member of the Pentangle Interscholastic Association between 1910-16 with schools such as Maywood Proviso, Maine Township, Barrington, and Palatine involved. Following Proviso’s departure in 1916, the league renamed itself the Quadrangle Interscholastic League, which it remained until 1924 when the school joined the Northwest Suburban Conference that fall.


Let’s start with one of the “biggies” at Arlington High School. The Arlington High School Lady Cardinals won a total of FIVE State Championships in girls badminton, all in consecutive years!!  In addition, one Cardinal team (the school’s final team) finished second and two others finished sixth. Six individuals brought home gold medals as a total of 27 medals were won by AHS Lady Cardinal badminton players. The teams and individuals are listed below.

1976-77     Team Finished As STATE CHAMPIONS!!

                 Individual Medalists

                 Janet Haberkorn       Doubles         State Champion!!

                 Karen Zobel              Doubles         State Champion!!

                 Lisa Pugsley             Doubles          2ND Place

                 Kris Richey               Doubles          2ND Place

                 Leslie Grabitz           Singles           4TH Place

1977-78     Team Finished As STATE CHAMPIONS!! 

                 Individual Medalists

                 Karen Zobel              Singles           3RD Place

                 Janet Ackerman        Doubles          3RD Place

                 Gina Weber              Doubles          3RD Place

                 Janet Haberkorn       Singles           5TH Place

1978-79     Team Finished As STATE CHAMPIONS!! 

Individual Medalists

                 Kim Bornman            Doubles           2ND Place

                 Judy Haberkorn         Doubles           2ND Place

                 Gena Weber              Doubles           3RD Place

                 Carol Wenzel            Doubles           3RD Place

                 Sandy Mueller           Singles            5TH Place

1979-80      Team Finished As STATE CHAMPIONS!!

Individual Medalists

                  Dona Weber             Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Carol Wensel            Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Sandy Mueller          Singles            3RD Place

                  Gena Weber             Singles            4TH Place

1980-81      Team Finished As STATE CHAMPIONS!!

                  Individual Medalists

                  Amy Rasmussen        Doubles          STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Carol Wenzel            Doubles          STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Dona Weber              Singles           2ND Place

1981-82      Team Finished SIXTH At State Meet

1982-83      Team Finished SIXTH At State Meet

                  Individual Medalists

                  Joan O’Sullivan         Doubles          4TH Place

                  Margaret Szymanski  Doubles          4TH Place

                  Julie Torrence           Singles           6TH Place

1983-84      Team Finished As STATE RUNNER-UP  –  Second Place

                  Individual Medalists

                  Julie Torrence           Singles           3RD Place

                  Joan O’Sullivan         Doubles          4TH Place

                  Julie Witkoff              Doubles          4TH Place



Before the Ladies start feeling too good about themselves, let’s take a look at what the boys’ gymnastics program accomplished. Get a drink and use the restroom, you will be sitting here awhile.

Only the seasons in which the gymnastics team placed at the State Meet are covered on the IHSA web site. The years are from the 1951-52 season to the 1980-81 season. During this 29 year period, Arlington High School Cardinal boys gymnastics team accomplished 19 top six finishes!!!!!  Included in this number were FIVE State Championships, three 2ND Place finishes, five 3RD Place finishes, and two 4TH Place finishes!!!!! If this isn’t enough to impress you, how about the 100+ individual medals won by AHS boys!!! The Cardinal accomplishments and hi-lites are listed below.

1952-53       Team Finished as STATE MEET RUNNER-UP – 2ND PLACE!

                   Individual Medalists

Don Bates               Horizontal Bars           2ND Place

                   Bob Catherwood     Horse                          3RD Place

                   Mike Werner           Trampoline                 3RD Place

                   Clay Bebber            Parallel Bars               4TH Place

                                                   Rings                          4TH Place

                   Don Helfers              Horizontal Bars          5TH Place

                   Ken Koeppen          Trampoline                 5TH Place

                   Fritz Snyder             Horse                          5Th Place

1953-54       Team Finished in THIRD PLACE at State Meet

                   Individual Medalists

                   Mike Werner            Trampoline                 STATE CHAMPION!!

1954-55       Team Finished as STATE CHAMPIONS!! 

                   Individual Medalists

                   John Koeppen          Horizontal Bars          STATE CHAMPION!! 

                                                    Rings                         STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                    Vault                          STATE CHAMPION!!

                   Dick Neiland             Rings                          STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                    Vault                           2ND Place

                   Rob Maierhofer        Trampoline                  2ND Place

                   Norb Flowers            Trampoline                 3RD Place 

                   Dick Kimbrough        Parallel Bars               3RD Place

                                                    Rings                           4TH Place

                   Tom Pendleton         Horse                           3RD Place

                   Fritz Snyder              Horse                           4TH Place

                   Dave Peterson          Trampoline                  5TH Place

1955-56       Team Finished as STATE MEET RUNNER-UP – 2ND PLACE!!

                   Individual Medalists

                   Bob Hawk                 Vault                            STATE CHAMPION!!

                   Dick Kimbrough        Horizontal Bars            3RD Place

                   John Koeppen          Parallel Bars                4TH Place

                   Dick Neiland             Rings                            4TH Place

                   Tom Pendleton         Horse                            4TH Place

                   Norb Flowers            Trampoline                   5TH Place

1956-57       Individual Medalist

                  Gary Moreland           Trampoline                  5TH Place

                                                     Tumbling                     5TH Place

1957-58      Team Finished THIRD in STATE MEET Competition!!

                  Individual Medalists

                  Gary Moreland            Tumbling                     STATE CHAMPION!!

                  ??     Robb                  Horizontal Bars            2ND Place

                                                     Vault                            3RD Place

                                                     All-Around                    5TH Place

                  ??     Carmon             Parallel Bars                 3RD Place

                  ??     Kelley                Horse                            4TH Place

                  Tom Seward              Rings                            4TH Place

                  ??     Wilson               All-Around                     4TH Place

1958-59      Team Finished as STATE CHAMPIONS!!! – Coach Gay Hughes   

                  Individual Medalsits

                  Tom Geocaris             Rings                             STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                     Horizontal Bars              2ND Place

                  Arnold Harvey             Parallel Bars                 STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Richard Wetzel           Horse                             2ND Place  

                  Gary Moreland            Tumbling                       2ND Place

                                                      Trampoline                   3RD Place

                  Mike Nelson                 Rings                            2ND Place

1959-60       Team Finished as STATE CHAMPIONS!! – Coach Gay Hughes

                   Individual Medalists

                   Gary Erwin                  Trampoline                  STATE CHAMPION!!

                   Tom Geocaris              Rings                           STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                       Horizontal Bars            3RD Place

                   Richard Wetzel            Horse                           STATE CHAMPION!!

                   William Sayre             Tumbling                      STATE CHAMPION!!

                   Arnold Harvey             Parallel Bars                2ND Place

                                                      All-Around                    3RD Place

1960-61       Team Finished THIRD in STATE MEET Competition!

                   Individual Medalists    

Gary Erwin                  Trampoline                  STATE CHAMPION!!

                   William Sayre             Tumbling                     STATE CHAMPION!!

                   Richard Wetzel           Horse                           STATE CHAMPION!! 

                   Jerry Russell                Parallel Bars               3RD Place

1961-62        Team Finished FIFTH in STATE COMPETITION!!

                    District Champions

                    Individual Medalists

Ray Chrisman              Trampoline                 2ND Place

                    Jerry Russell                Parallel Bars              2ND Place

1962-63        Individual Medalists

                    Reid Olson                    Rings                         STATE CHAMPION!!

                    Gary Holveck                Trampoline                2ND Place

1963-64        Team Finished FOURTH in STATE COMPETITION!!

                    District Champions

                    Individual Medalists

                    Gary Holveck                Trampoline               STATE CHAMPION!!

                    Ron Harstad                  All-Around                 2ND Place

                                                         Parallel Bars             3RD Place



1964-65         Team Finished FIFTH in STATE MEET Competition

                     Individual Medalists

Gary Holveck               Trampoline               2ND Place

                     Tom Dunn                    Parallel Bars             3RD Place

                     Reid Olson                   Rings                         5TH Place

                     Bert Schmitt                 Horizontal Bars         5Th Place

1965-66         Team Finished THIRD in STATE MEET Competition

                     District Champions

                     Individual Medalists

                     James Johannesen      Horizontal Bars         2ND Place

                                                          Parallel Bars            4TH Place

                     Roy Rettburg                Rings                        3RD Place

                     Bert Schmitt                 Horizontal Bars         4TH Place

1966-67         Individual Medalist

                    Terry Haines                  Trampoline               5TH Place

1967-68         Team Finished as STATE CHAMPIONS!! – Coach Tom Walthouse

                     District Champions

Individual Medalists

                     Gary Drake                    Tumbling                  STATE CHAMPION!!

                     Terry Haines                  Trampoline               STATE CHAMPION!!

                     Jim Brousseau               Horizontal Bars         3RD Place

                     Wayne Crockett             All-Around                 3RD Place

                                                           Rings                         3RD Place

                     Rich Carlson                  Rings                         4TH Place

1968-69         Team Finished as STATE CHAMPIONS!! – Coach Tom Walthouse

                     Individual Medalists

                     Jim Brousseau               Horizontal Bars          STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                            All-Around                 4TH Place

                     Terry Haines                   Trampoline               STATE CHAMPION!!

                     Steve Von Ebers             Free Excercise          STATE CHAMPION!!

                     George Cresswell           Horizontal Bars          3RD Place

                     Gary Drake                     Free Excercise           3RD Place

                     Bob Gleichman               All-Around                 5TH Place

                     Nick Isaacs                      Free Excercise          5TH Place

1969-70         Team Finished SIXTH in STATE MEET Competition

                     Individual Medalist

                     Steve Von Ebers              Free Excercise          STATE CHAMPION!!

                     Mike Isaacs                      Free Excercise          4TH Place      

1970-71         Team Finished FOURTH in STATE MEET Competition

                     District Champions

                     Individual Medalists

Jeff McGuire                    Horse                         2ND Place

1971-72         Team Finished SECOND in STATE MEET Competition

                     District / Sectional Champions 

                     Individual Medalists 

                     Greg Combs                     Trampoline                STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                              Free Excercise           2ND Place

                     Franz Golbeck                  Horse                         3RD Place

                     Gary Braunsreuter            Rings                          4TH Place

                     Doug Law                         Horizontal Bars          4TH Place

1972-73         Individual Medalist – John Golbeck      Horse      5TH Place

1973-74         Individual Medalist – Chris Frems         Horse      5TH Place

1974-75         District Champions

                     Individual Medalist – Gordon Schmidt  Horse      4TH Place

1975-76         Individual Medalist – Tom Staley          Rings       4TH Place

1976-77         Individual Medalists

                    Tom Staley                    Rings                               STATE CHAMPION!!

                    Dave Eitemiller              Horse                               4TH Place

1980-81         Team Finished THIRD in STATE MEET Competition

                     Individual Medalists

                     Gary Griffin                   Horizontal Bars                2ND Place

                                                          Parallel Bars                    3RD Place

                                                          All-Around                        3RD Place

Incredible Job Arlington HIgh School Cardinal Gymnastics program!!


The Arlington High School Cardinals were a versatile bunch. The boys’ golf team had some excellent seasons in the late 1950’s. The team won the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in 1955-56 and followed that with consecutive finishes of 5th, 9th, and 3rd. The team also qualified for the state match in 1963 and 1971. The excellent history of the boys’ golf team according to the IHSA web site is listed below.

1955-56       STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!  –   Coach Curtis Larsen

                   Individual Medalists

                   Robert McDonald      5TH Place

                   Mike Spinello            6TH Place

1956-57       Team Finished FIFTH at STATE MEET!

                   District Champions

1957-58       Team Finished NINTH at STATE MEET!

                   District Champions

                   Individual Medalist –   Ed Moehling             2ND Place

1958-59       Team Finished THIRD at STATE MEET!

                   Individual Medalist – Alan Kruse                  8TH Place

1959-60       Individual Medalist – Alan Kruse                  2ND Place

1962-63       District Champions

1970-71       District Champions


Keeping with our “STATE CHAMPIONS FIRST” theme, it is time to add the Arlington Cardinal harriers to the mix. The Arlington High School Boys Cross Country team added a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP to the school’s trophy case in the 1967-68 season!! The team also finished number 8 in 1959 and 1969 as well as qualifying for the State Meet in 1978. The teams and the individual medalists are listed below.

1958-59    Team Qualified for State Meet – PLACED EIGHTH!

1962-63    Individual Medalist – John  Brunner – 4TH Place

1967-68    Team Qualified for State Meet – STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!  –  Coach Bruce Samoore

Individual Medalists

                Dave Dieters         4TH Place

                Scott Butler           9TH Place

1968-69    Team Qualified for State Meet – PLACED EIGHTH!

                Individual Medalist – Scott Butler        14TH Place

1968-69    Individual Medalist – Scott Butler        13Th Place

1977-78    Team Qualified for State Meet (Did not place)



Boys Tennis at Arlington High School did more than hold its own. Let’s try 14 top ten State Meet finishes and a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!! Add in 29 individual state medals won and I think we can safely say there was a “love” for the game by the Cardinal boys team. The years and individual athletes mentioned on the IHSA web site ( are listed below.

1957-58      Team Finished SIXTH at the STATE MEET

                  Individual Medalists

                  Thurston Brown       Doubles           3RD Place

                  Keith Butterfield      Doubles           3RD Place

1958-59      Team Finished FOURTH at the STATE MEET

                  Individual Medalists

                  Jim Erickson            Doubles           2ND Place

                  Bob Inman               Doubles           2ND Place

1962-63      Team Finished SECOND at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

Individual Medalists

Chuck Close             Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Russ Walters            Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

1963-64      TEAM FINISHED AS STATE CHAMPIONS!!! Coach Kenneth Schaller

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  Mirrel Kephart          Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Jeff Peek                  Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Greg Inman              Doubles           2ND Place

                  Bob VonBoeckman   Doubles           2ND Place

                  Jim  Jakubiec           Singles            5TH Place

1964-65      Team Finished THIRD at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  Greg Inman               Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

                  Bob VonBoeckman   Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

1965-66      Team won District Championship

1966-67      Team Finished THIRD at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  Jim Esser                   Doubles           2ND Place

                  Bill VonBoeckman     Doubles           2ND Place

1967-68      Team Finished THIRD at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalist

                  Bill VonBoeckman     Singles            5TH Place

1968-69      Team Finished EIGHTH at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions – no individual medalsits

1969-70      Team won District Championship

1970-71      Team won District Championship

1971-72      Team Finished FOURTH at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  John Merkel               Siingles           5TH Place

                  John Paczkowski       Doubles           5TH Place

                  Don Rodig                  Doubles           5TH Place

1972-73      Team Finished THIRD at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  Jim Merkel                 Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

                  John Paczkowski       Doubles           STATE CHAMPION!!

1973-74      Team Finished FOURTH at the STATE MEET

                  Individual Medalist

                  John Paczkowski       Singles             6TH Place

1974-75      Team Finshed FOURTH at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  Paul Wei                    Doubles            5TH Place

                  John Yeazel               Doubles            5TH Place

1975-76      Team Finished THIRD at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  Pete Burkhardt            Doubles           3RD Place

                  John Wallner              Doubles            3RD Place

                  Paul Wei                     Singles             4TH Place

1976-77      Team Finished THIRD at the STATE MEET

                  District Champions

                  Individual Medalists

                  Mike Doering              Doubles             3RD Place

                  Bob Pionke                 Doubles             3RD Place

                  Paul Wei                     Singles              3RD Place

Arlington High School
Grace Gymnasium

Let’s change gears for a moment, but remember, STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS first!  Well, the Arlington High School Cardinals have two more to their credit. The IHSA offers several team and individual competitions in Speech, Acting, and Debate. Arlington High was a multi-talented school with several great departments and programs. The Speech Individual Team and the Debate Team both won STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. In addition, there were several top ten state finishes and several individual medalists.

Debate Team

The Debate Team as stated above won one state championship. It also earned three additional top-five finishes. The team’s accomplishments are listed below.

1957-58     Team Finished FOURTH in STATE Competition

                 Sectional Champions


1961-62     Team Won a Sectional Championship

1964-65     Team Finished FOURTH in STATE Competition

1968-69     Team Finished THIRD in STATE Competition

Speech Individual Competition

The Cardinals won a STATE CHAMPIONSHIIP in this event as well. The top finishes and many individual medals are listed below.

1953-54     Individual Medalist  –  Violet Jeffery      Serious   3RD Place  

1955-56     Individual Medalist  –  Jan Davenport    Serious   3RD Place


Individual Medalists

                 John Mroz              Verse                            2ND Place

                 Linda Clemens       Original Comedy          3RD Place

                 Jan Davenport        Serious                         3RD Place

1957-58     Individual Medalsits

                John Peterson         Extemporary                4TH Place

                Linda Clemens        Original Comedy          5TH Place

1958-59     Individual Medalists

                Jean Conroy             Original Oratory           4TH Place

                Mary Kay Tamulis     Serious                        5TH Place

1959-60    Team Finished SECOND in STATE Competition

                Individual Medalist      

                Tom Bergstrom         Comedy                       3RD Place

                Tom Bergstrom         Oratory Declamation    3RD Place

1963-64    Team Finished NINTH in STATE Competition

                Districy / Sectional Champions

                Individual Medalist

                Donald DePollo         Original Comedy         STATE CHAMPIONS!!

1966-67    Individual Medalist 

                Glenn Mitchell            Original Oratory          5TH Place

1967-68    Team Finished FIFTH in STATE Competition

                Individual Medalists  

                Glenn Mitchell           Original Oratory           2ND Place

                Coug Daughtry           Original Comedy         4TH Place

1968-69     Individual Medalist  –  Craig Howard     Original Oration  2ND Place

1969-70     Individual Medalist  –  Barbara Pamp    Serious                 2ND Place

1970-71     Individual Medalist  –  March Tindall      Verse                   3RD Place

Speech Sweepstakes Team

The Speech Sweepstakes competition found the Cardinals earning four top ten finishes. These accomplishments are listed below.

1955-56     District Champions

1956-57     Team Finished THIRD in STATE Competition

1957-58     Sectional Champions

1958-59     Team Finished SECOND in STATE Competition

1959-60     Team Finished SEVENTH in STATE Competition

1968-69     Team Finished FOURTH in STATE Competition 



The history of the girls’ gymnastics program at Arlington High is one that probably repeated itself all over the state as girls athletics were sanctioned by the IHSA in the early 1970s’. The following information was supplied by former gymnast Beth (Kleinsmith) Anderson.

“The school year was 1972-73 when a young coach by the name of JoAnna Murdoch began her career at Arlington High. Coach Murdoch was hired as the girls’ gymnastics coach and later would coach the girls’ swimming team as well. The first few years the gymnatics programs at AHS and in the area in general were not very strong. It was obvious, however, that the movement to make the sport competitive was quite sincere. By the 1974-75 season, gymnastics programs were taken VERY seriously. Gymnastics academies were were opening up throughout the area and girls were taking advantage of the this to improve their skills. Being such a new venue, the IHSA at the time frowned upon this with a feeling of the academies being called “teaching schools,” and an improper source of learning. This rule lasted only a short time before being changed.

“The 1974-75 school year brought about one other significant change. Schools were allowed to set up “optional routines.” Until this year, coaches were given the routine their athletes had to follow, so each athlete on each team had to perform the same routine for each event. In 1974-75, coaches were allowed to create routines for their athletes to perform.

“From the 1972-73 through the 1975-76 school years, only conference level competition was enjoyed by the gymnastics programs. Arlington High was very successful in the MSL conference. It was in the 1975-76 school year this was changed to include regular State Meet Competition with Districts, Sectionals, and State Finals.

“The Lady Cardinals had some nice success in gymnastics. Their best seasons and individual medalists are listed below. Coach Murdoch should be acknowledged for her hard work and dedication to the school and its gymnastics program, truly one of the coaching pioneers of the sport.”

1975-76     Team Won Conference Championship                            Coach JoAnna Murdoch   

1976-77     Team Finished EIGHTH in STATE MEET Competition      Coach JoAnna Murdoch  

                 Individual Medalist

                 Donna Wasielewski         Balance Beam     4TH Place

                                                         Floor Exercises    5Th Place

1977-78      Individual Medalist                                                         Coach JoAnna Murdoch

                 Donna Wasielewski         Balance Beam     4Th Place

1978-79     Team Finished EIGHTH in STATE MEET Competition      Coach JoAnna Murdoch

                 Individual Medalist

                 Jill Wollenburg                All Around           3RD Place

                                                         Floor Exercise     5TH Place

                                                         Vault                    5Th Place

1981-82     Individual Medalists                                                         Coach JoAnna Murdoch

Mary Joe Burke                Balance Beam     2ND Place

                Jill Wollenburg                 Vault                   6TH Place

1982-83     Individual Medalist                                                           Coach JoAnna Murdoch

                Mary Joe Burke                Balance Beam     5Th Place

                                                         Floor Exercise     6Th Place


The girls’ tennis team also earned some state-wide success with top-ten finishes in five different seasons. Included was their best in school history, 4TH Place, in the school’s last year of existence. The team’s best seasons and individual medalists are listed below.

1972-73    Individual Medalists

               Mary Baines              Doubles           5TH Place

               Diane DeWitt             Doubles           5TH Place

               Clare Gates               Singles            5TH Place

1973-74   Team Finished NINTH in STATE MEET Competition

               District Champions

               Individual Medalists

               Diane DeWitt             Doubles          5TH Place

               Amy Redeen              Doubles          5TH Place

1974-75   District Champions

1975-76   District Champions

1976-77   Team Finished FIFTH in STATE MEET Competition

               District Champions (no individual medalists)

1977-78   Team Finished FIFTH in STATE MEET Competition

               Distrrict Champions (no individual medalists)

1978-79   District Champions

1980-81   Team Finished EIGHTH in STATE MEET Competition

               District Champions

               Individual Medalists

               Nancy Ericson               Doubles                  4TH Place

               Leslie Shoemaker         Doubles                  4TH Place

1981-82   Team Finished FIFTH in STATE MEET Competition

               District Champions

               Individual Medalists

               Leslie Shoemaker          Doubles                 3RD Place

               Julie Torrence                Doubles                 3RD Place

1983-84   Team Finished FOURTH in STATE MEET Competition

               Sectional Champions

               Individual Medalists

               Leslie Shoemaker           Doubles                STATE CHAMPION!!

               Julie Torrence                 Doubles                STATE CHAMPION!!


Who needs a court to succeed? It seems the Arlington Cardinal athletes were comfortable in EVERY venue they entered. Swimming was no exception. The Lady Cardinal swim team had no less than FIVE top ten State Meet finishes!! This included 23 individual medals. The accomplishments of the swim team program are listed below.

1975-76      Individual Medalists

                 Sue Cripe                100 Free Style         2ND Place

                                                 200 Free Style         3RD Place

                 Kelly Holland           Diving                     5Th Place

1976-77     Team Finished NINTH at STATE MEET Competition

                 District Champions

                 Individual Medalists

                 Sue Cripe                100 Free Style         3RD Place

                                                  50 Free Style          5TH Place

                 Relay Team            400  Free Style         4TH Place

                    Kelly Holland          Diving                      3RD Place

1977-78     Team Finished FOURTH in STATE MEET Competition

                 Individual Medalists

                 Relay                      200 Medley               STATE CHAMPIONS!!

                 Sue Cripe               100 Free Style           2ND Place

                                                200 Free Style           4TH Place

                 Chris Takata           100 Back Stroke        3RD Place 

1978-79     Team Finished FOURTH in STATE MEET Competition

                 District Champions

                 Individual Medalists

                 Relay                      200 Medly Relay        3RD Place

                 Chris Takata           200 Intermediate        4TH Place

                                                100 Breast Stroke       5TH Place

                 Jane Schram          100 Back Stroke         5TH Place

                 Kim Bornam            Diving                        5TH Place

1981-82     Team Finished SIXTH in STATE MEET Competition

                 District Champions

                 Individual Medalists

                 Lori Spirek              100 Back Stroke         4TH Place

                 Barbara England     100 Free Style            5TH Place

                 Relay                       200 Medly Relay        6TH Place

1982-83     Team Finished FIFTH in STATE MEET Competition

                 Individual Medalists

                 Barbara England       50 Free Style            3RD Place

                                                 100 Free Style            6TH Place

                 Lisa Doherty             500 Free Style           4TH Place

                 Relay                        400 Free Style           4Th Place


You ready for five more top ten finishes in State meet competition? That is what the Arlington High School Cardinal boy thinclads accomplished! The program was especially strong in the 1950’s, which is when the five successful seasons occurred. The track program also won two District titles in the late 1960’s.

In addition, the school won five conference titles during a period between 1926-1937 in the Northwest Suburban Conference. Unfortunately, coaches’ names of these teams are not available. Included below are the many individual medals won at the state track meet.

1926        Northwest Suburban Conference Champions

1928        Northwest Suburban Conference Champions

1934        Northwest Suburban Conference Champions

1935        Northwest Suburban Conference Champions

                Individual Medalist – Norbert Rohlwing   880 Yard Run   STATE CHAMPION!!

1937        Northwest Suburban Conference Champions

1950        Individual Medalist – Gordon Busse         Long jump       3RD Place

                                                                               220 Yard Dash  4TH Place

1953       Team Finished SIXTH in STATE MEET Competition

                Individual Medalist

                Dick Winterbauer          Shot Put            STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                      Discus               2ND Place

1954       Team Finished SEVENTH in STATE MEET Competition

                Individual Medalist

                Dick Winterbauer           Shot Put           STATE CHAMPION!!

                                                       Discus              3RD Place

1955        Individual Medalist – William Palmer    High Jump  STATE CHAMPION!!

1956        Individual Medalists – William Palmer  High Jump  2ND Place

                                                  Dennis Striegel   Shot Put     3RD Place

1957          Team Finished SIXTH in STATE MEET Competition

                Individual Medalists

                William Palmer               High Jump          STATE CHAMPION!!

                *Palmer set the new Illinois State High Jump Record by breaking the oldest

State Track & Field record on the books, up to that time (a 24 year old record!).

                Stanley Norman              Long Jump          3RD Place

                Robert Mors                    440 Yard Dash      5TH Place

1958       Team Finished THIRD in STATE MEET Competition

                Individual Medalists

                Robert Mors                    440 Yard Dash      STATE CHAMPION!!

                Robert Lockwood           180 Yard Hurdles  2ND Place

                                                       120 Yard Hurdles  3RD Place

                Jack Weber                     Shot Put               5TH Place

1959       Individual Medalists – Rich Bader     220 Yard Dash      3RD Place

                                                  Ed Whitelaw  120 Yard Hurdles  3RD Place 

1960       Team Finished FOURTH in STATE MEET Competition

                Individual Medalists

                Mike Dundy                     440 Yard Dash       2ND Place

                Chuck Phelan                 880 Yard Run         2ND Place

                Relay Team                    1 Mile Relay          5TH Place

1964       Individual Medalist – Bill Truax         Discus                  2ND Place

1968       Team Won District Championship

                Individual Medalists

                Tom Chandler                 Discus                   3RD Place

                Dave Steele                    120 Yard Hurdles   4TH Place
Dave Dieters                    880 Yard Run        5TH Place

                Gary Fagerson                Pole Vault             5TH Place

1969      Team Won District Championship (no state medalists)

1984      Individual Medalist – Tom Cutlip       Shot Put               8TH Place


The wrestling program at Arlington High also succeeded on a State-wide level. The team of 1954-55 managed a 5th Place finish at the State Meet. The program also won a District and Sectional title. A total of 19 individual medals were also won at the state meet. These successes of the Cardinal grapplers are listed below.

1951-52     Individual Medalist

                 Norbert Lechband        138 Lbs. Class          2ND Place  

1953-54     Individual Medalists

                 William Schaeffer       145 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

                 Vic Carlino                    95 Lbs Class           4TH Place

1954-55     Team Finished FIFTH in STATE MEET Competition

                 Individual Medalists

                 Ralph Carlino               103 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

                 Walter Mulso                145 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

                 John Heintz                  154 Lbs. Class          4TH Place

1955-56     Individual Medalist

                 Ralph Carlino               103 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

1955-57     Team Won Sectional Championship (no individual medalsits)

1957-58     Individual Medalist

                 Ralph Carlino               112 Lbs. Class          STATE CHAMPION!!

1959-60     Individual Medalist

                 George Shartle             120 Lbs. Class          4TH Place

1962-63     Individual Medalist

                 Hal Selleck                   180 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

1966-67     Team Won District Championship

                 Individual Medalists

                 Brad Somers                 165 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

                 Mike Jones                    180 Lbs. Class          6TH Place

1969-70     Individual Medalist

                 Don Stumpf                   155 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

1970-71     Individual Medalist

                 Frank Del Campo            98 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

1971-72     Individual Medalist

                 Pete Anderson              138 Lbs. Class           2ND Place

1976-77     Individual Medalist

                 Paul Preissing               105 Lbs. Class          5TH Place

                 Dan Weber                    119 Lbs. Class          3RD Place

1977-78     Indicidual Medalist

                 Paul Preissing               112 Lbs. Class          4TH Place

1978-79     Individual Medalist                 

                 Dave Shoemaker           167 Lbs. Class          STATE CHAMPION!!


Though no state team hardware was won by the Lady Cardinal tracksters, two of the Lady thinclads won individual medals at the State Track Meet.

1972-73     Peggy Klein                 880 Yard Run       5TH Place

1980-81     Tamara Donnellan       3200 Meter Run   7TH Place


The Arlington High School boys swim team brought home two top-ten finishes from the State Swim Meet. The team members also won 12 individual medals. The accomplishments of the boys swim team are listed below.

1955-56   Individual Medalists

               Tom Ocasek                 50 Yard Free Style      4TH Place

               Stanley Norman           50 Yard Free Style      6Th Place

                                                  100 Yard Free Style      6TH Place

1962-63   Individual Medalist

               Doug Rice                   400 Yard Free Style      6TH Place

1977-78   Team Won District Championship

               Individual Medalist

               Jim Burns                    500 Yard Fly                 6TH Place

1978-79   Team Finished TENTH in STATE MEET Competition

               Individual Medalists

               Mike Amtmann            Diving                           5TH Place

               Bob Barrett                  100 Yard Fly                 5TH Place

1979-80   Team Finished EIGHTH in STATE MEET Competition

               Individual Medalists

               Bob Barrett                  100 Yard Fly                 2ND Place

               Relay Team                 200 Yard Medly            4TH Place

               Scott Beutler                100 Yard Backstroke    5TH Place

1980-81   Individual Medalist

               Bob Barrett                  100 Yard Fly                 STATE CHAMPION!!

1981-82   Individual Medalist

               Jon Staley                    Diving                          5TH Place


The diamond men of Arlington High had one season where an IHSA title of sorts was won, The team of 1977 won the Regional Championship. Unfortunately, this is the only mention of the Arlington High School baseball program found on the IHSA web site. We are aware thru the research of our good friend and IHSA historian Robert Pruter that the school won three Northwest Suburban Conference titles between 1929 & 1934. The team record and coach’s name of the 1977 squad and other great teams are not known.

1929            Northwest Suburban Conference Champs

1930            Northwest Suburban Conference Champs

1934            Northwest Suburban Conference Champs

1977  15-11  Regional Champions                            Coach Fran Somers

The following was submitted by Bill Grabitz regarding the baseball Regional Championship Team:

Team members included: Chris Birkett, Mike Pfau, Frank Desimone, Marty Schell, Gary Kempton, John Mertens, Bill Grabitz, Chuck Gilman, Scott Hofeld, Dave Mayerck, Scott Kempton, Andy Hazucha, Dan Frase, Doug Harth, Mike Mayerck, Brian Sanders

***Team Record was 15-11 overall, 8-9 in Conference and 7-2 out of Conference

Beat St. Viator, Hershey, and Buffalo Grove to win the District Crown

Defeated Gordon Tech and Maine West for the Regional Crown


The Lady Cardinals held their own on the diamond as well. One team in particular nearly made it to the championship game of the State Tournament. The Lady Cardinals of 1983-84 (the school’s final year) made it to the Final Four before falling in the semi-final game. Their excellent record is listed below.

1983-84    27-3-1    Regional/Sectional Champions  Coach Mary Welpton

                                Team lost semi-final game

                                to Oak Lawn (Richards) 2 – 0


The Arlington High School Lady Cardinal bowling team won a District Championship in 1976-77 qualifying them for the State Meet!     

1976-77    District Champions

                Qualified for State Meet


The Lady Cardinal netters won a District Title as well. Team records and coach’s names of this other great Cardinal teams are not available.

1974-75    District Champions


The autumn air found the school abuzz with anticipation for the Friday Night Lights

soon to come. Sports writer and AHS alum Bob Frisk (class of 1954) was able to supply a very detailed account of each football season the Cardinals competed in. Included are the overall records and conference records of the best of these seasons.

1928-29   4-1-2    Conference Runner-up (4-1-1)    Coach Jack Grose

1932-33   6-1-1    Conference Runner-up (5-1-1)    Coach Jack Grose

1933-34   7-1       Conference Runner-up (5-1)       Coach Jack Grose

1934-35   7-1       Conference Champions (6-0)     Coach Jack Grose

1936-37   7-1-1    Conference Runner-up (4-1-1)    Coach Jack Grose

1937-38   4-2       Conference 3rd Place (4-1)        Coach Jack Grose

1938-39   7-0-1    Conference Co-Champs (5-0-1)   Coach Jack Grose

1939-40   4-1-2    Conference 3rd Place (3-1-2)      Coach Jack Grose

1942-43   4-2       Conference 3rd Place (4-2)        Coach Jack Grose

1944-45   6-1-1    Conference 3rd Place (4-1-1)      Coach Armond Seidler

1946-47   4-3-1    Conference 4th Place (3-3-1)      Coach Larry Priddy

1947-48   6-1-1    Conference Runner-up (5-1-1)    Coach Curtis Larsen

1948-49   6-2       Conference Champions (2-0)      Coach Curtis Larsen

1955-56   4-3-1    Conference Runner-up (4-2-1)     Coach Bus Ormsbee

1957-58   5-2-1    Conference 3rd Place (4-2-1)       Coach Bus Ormsbee

1958-59   5-3       Conference 3rd Place (4-3)         Coach Bus Ormsbee

1959-60   6-2       Conference 3rd Place (5-2)         Coach Bus Ormsbee

1965-66   5-3       Conference 4th Place (4-3)         Coach Al Allen

1966-67   7-0-1    Conference Co-Champs (5-0-1)    Coach Al Allen

1967-68   6-2       Conference Co-Champs (6-1)       Coach Bob Walther

1968-69   9-0       Conference Champions (7-0)       Coach Bob Walther

1970-71   8-0       Conference Champions (7-0)       Coach Bob Walther

1971-72   5-2-1    Conference Runner-up (3-2-1)      Coach Bob Walther

1972-73   5-3       Conference 4th Place (4-3)          Coach Bob Walther

1973-74   5-3       Conference 4th Place (4-3)          Coach Chuck Haines

1974-75   5-3       Conference 3rd Place (4-3)          Coach Chuck Haines

1975-76   7-2       Conference Runner-up (3-2)         Coach Chuck Haines

1976-77   5-4       Conference Runner-up (3-2)         Coach Chuck Haines

1979-80   6-3       Conference Co-Champs (5-1)       Coach Chuck Haines

1981-82   6-3       Conference Runner-up (4-2)         Coach Chuck Haines

1983-84   5-4       Conference 6th Place (2-4)           Coach Chuck Haines   

School’s Final Season


The boys of Arlington High could shoot the rock, too! In fact, the program was taking flight just as the school was about to close. The Cardinals made it to the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 in consecutive season in the early 1980’s. The boys also won a total of 10 Regional titles, two Sectional titles, and one trip to the State Finals.  Team records and Conference finish were again supplied by Bob Frisk. The better records and team finishes are listed below.

1930-31               Conference Co-Champs

1945-46               Conference Champions

1948-49    19- 8                                                        Coach Gene Bell

1949-50                                                                   Coach Gene Bell

1954-55     6-18   Regional Champions                    Coach Howard Lester

1955-56     7-17   Regional Champions                    Coach Howard Lester

1956-57   12-  9   Conference 5th Place (7-7)           Coach Howard Lester

1958-59   14-  9   Conference 3rd Place (8-6)           Coach Frank Bohac              

1959-60   13-12   Regional Champions                    Coach Frank Bohac

1961-62   16-  9   Conference 4th Place (8-6)           Coach Norm Patberg

1962-63    12-10  Conference 5th Place (7-7)           Coach Norm Patberg 

1964-65    15-10  Regional Champions                    Coach Ted Wissen

                            Conference 3rd Place (9-5)                

1965-66    17-  7  Conference Runner-up (9-5)         Coach Ted Wissen

1966-67    20-  4  Conference Champions (11-1)      Coach Ted Wissen

1968-69    18-  6  Regional Champions                   Coach George Zigman

                            Conference Runner-up (12-2)

1969-70    18-  7  Conference Champions (13-1)      Coach George Zigman

1970-71    19-  6  Regional Champions                   Coach George Zigman

                            Conference 3rd Place (5-3)                  

1971-72    15-  7  Conference Runner-up (6-2)         Coach George Zigman

1972-73    16-  7  Conference Co-Champs (9-1)        Coach George Zigman

1973-74    20-  6  Conference Champions (9-1)        Coach George Zigman

1974-75    20-  5  Regional Champions                    Coach George Zigman

                            Conference Champions (10-0)

1976-77    21-  8  Regional Champions                    Coach George Zigman

                            Conference Runner-up (6-4)

1977-78    15-10  Conference 3rd Place (7-5)            Coach George Zigman 

1978-79    22-  6  Regional Champions                     Coach George Zigman

                            Conference 3rd Place (8-4)

1981-82    25-  6  Regional/Sectiional Champions    Coach George Zigman

                            Conference Champions (11-1)

                            Elite 8 Finalists

                            Beat Highland Park 68 – 59

                            Lost to East St. Louis Lincoln 60 – 46

                            East St. Louis Lincoln eventual State Champs

1982-83    23-  5   Regional/Sectional Champions    Coach George Zigman

                            Conference Champions (11-1)

                            Sweet 16 Finalists

                            Lost to Westchester St. Joseph 49 – 38

1983-84    16-10  Conference Champions (11-1)        Coach George Zigman

                            School’s Final Season

*George Zigman continued to coach for Hersey High School, accumulating a career record of 392-213 as head coach for Delavan, Arlington and Hersey.

*Arlington HS basketball competed in the annual Centralia HS Tourney with its best results as follows:

1973  4th place lost to Wheeling

1976  2nd place lost to Homewood-Flossmoor 64-45

1981  2nd place lost to Belleville (West) 59-58

Players who made the All-Tourney Team at Centralia:

1970 John Brodnan

1973 Dan Donahue

1981 Larry Tellschow (tourney MVP)


From Robert M. Jackson:

“I was searching your site for information on your girls Drill Team called the Coronets. I know several people that were members during the 70’s but I didn’t notice this activity mentioned? They were very strong competitors and won many competitions. I also believe the Physical Education teacher Lynn  Lindstrom was the creator and director of this group in the beginning.”

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