|Waukegan West High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1974
Year closed: 1990
Consolidated to: Waukegan High School
Waukegan West HS team nickname: “Raiders”
Waukegan West HS team colors: Green and Gold
School Fight Song: “Cheers, Cheers for Waukegan West”
University of Notre Dame Fight Song Tune
Lyrics submitted by EILEEN LAMBO
We are the green and we are the gold
We are the Raiders, we are the bold!
We will conquer, we will win
We know we we’ll never, ever give in
We have the teamwork
We have the speed
We know we’ll always step out and lead!
We are Raiders tried and true
Waukegan West we love you!
“Fight Raiders Fight!”
In spite of the school’s short time being active, Waukegan West High School had some incredible successes on the court and on the field. A State Championship and several other early round titles were won by various teams in WWHS history. We are in need of the school fight song, several coach’s names and some team records of Waukegan West High School’s glorious past.
The Waukegan West High School hardballers had some incredible success. In fact, they join the ranks of very few schools on this site, they won a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in 1982-83!! Coach Rick Mowen appears to have guided the program for the bulk, if not for all, of the school’s tenure. A State Championship, THREE Regional Championships, and a Sectional Championship were all a part of the WWHS baseball program resume’.
1975-78 Coach Rick Mowen
1978-79 16 – 7 Coach Rick Mowen
1979-80 14 – 9 Regional Champions Coach Rick Mowen
1980-81 16 – 11 Coach Rick Mowen
1981-82 17 – 11 Coach Rick Mowen
1982-83 22 – 7 IHSA CLASS AA STATE CHAMPIONS!! Coach Rick Mowen
Elite 8 Finalist
Beat Danville 6 – 4
Final 4 Finalist
Beat Chicago Simeon 6 – 5
State Championship Game
Beat Collinsville 2 – 0
1983-84 17 – 6 Coach Rick Mowen
1984-85 20 – 11 Coach Rick Mowen
1985-86 19 – 11 Regional Champions Coach Rick Mowen
1986-87 18 – 9 Coach Rick Mowen
The ladies of Waukegan West made an impact at the State Tourney level as well. Two trips to the IHSA Elite 8 made the West HS girls program a yearly threat im the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Coach Gene Head led the charge from 1977-78 through the 1986-87 school year. Coach Head’s teams won SEVEN District titles, TWO Sectional titles and TWO Super-Sectional titles.
1975-76 10 – 2 Coach Linda Hoffman
1976-77 8 – 6 Coach Linda Hoffman
1977-78 21 – 4 Regional Champions Coach Gene Head
1978-79 26 – 2 IHSA ELITE 8 FINALIST Coach Gene Head
Beat Kaneland 86 – 47
Elite 8 Finalist
Lost to East St. Louis Lincoln 71 – 55
E.St.L finished 2ND
1979-80 18 – 6 Regional Champions Coach Gene Head
1980-81 16 – 12 IHSA ELITE 8 FINALIST Coach Gene Head
Beat Crystal Lake Central 58 – 50
Elite 8 Finalist
Lost to Niles West 58 – 42
Niles West finished 4th
1981-82 11 – 12 Coach Gene Head
1982-83 11 – 13 Coach Gene Head
1983-84 11 – 16 Regional Champions Coach Gene Head
1984-85 17 – 8 Regional Champions Coach Gene Head
1985-86 19 – 8 Regional Champions Coach Gene Head
1986-87 10 – 7 Coach Gene Head
The boys basketball program added two Regional titles to the Waukegan West HS trophy case. Team records and coach’s names of these and other WWHS boys basketball teams are needed.
1982-83 Regional Champions
1989-90 Regional Champions
The lady linksters used an excellent team effort to bring home a FOURTH place trophy from the IHSA State Finals in 1984. It was a true team effort as no individual medals were won by this team. Coach’s name for this team is needed.
1983-84 IHSA FOURTH PLACE TEAM FINALIST
Coach John Neff built a solid football program at Waukegan West High School that was started by Coach Mike Jerikian. The grid iron warriors earned one trip to the IHSA State Playoffs under Coach Neff’s leadership.
1975-78 Coach Mike Jerikian
1978-79 7 – 2 Coach Mike Jerikian
1979-80 7 – 2 Coach John Neff
1980-81 4 – 5 Coach John Neff
1981-82 5 – 4 Coach John Neff
1982-83 6 – 3 Coach John Neff
1983-84 4 – 5 Coach John Neff
1984-85 3 – 6 Coach John Neff
1985-86 4 – 6 Coach John Neff
1986-87 5 – 4 Coach John Neff
1987-88 6 – 4 IHSA Class 5A Playoffs Qualifier Coach John Neff
Lost to Lake Forest HS 14 – 7
1988-89 6 – 3 Coach John Neff
The girls tennis team made a trip to the IHSA State Finals in 1982-83 after winning the Sectional Championship. The coach’s name of this team is needed.
1982-83 Team Won Sectional Championship
The boys won some IHSA hardware on the links as well. A District title and a Regional title highlighted the boys golf program success. One athlete even placed in the top-ten on the Individual Medalist category!
1978-79AA Team Won District Championship
Randy Pilotte 9TH Place
1985-86AA Team Won Regional Championship
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Two Sectional titles and a THIRD Place Finish at the IHSA State Meet helped the tracksters leave their mark on WWHS history as well. The third place finish came in the school’s final season. In addition, several athletes won Individual Medals including FOUR Gold Medals!!
1977-78AA Individual Medalists
Gerald Green Shot Put 3RD Place
Larnell Farmer 440 Yard Dash 5TH Place
Relay Team 1 Mile Relay 5TH Place
1978-79AA Individual Medalist
Gerald Green Shot Put STATE CHAMPION!!
1979-80AA Individual Medalist
Rick Doby Long Jump 6TH Place
1980-81AA Individual Medalist
Rick Doby Triple Jump 2ND Place
1987-88AA Individual Medalists
Relay Team 4×100 Meter Relay 5TH Place
1988-89AA Team Won Sectional Championship
Mario McDonald 100 Meter Dash 2ND Place
Jahamal Hardy 400 Meter Dash 8TH Place
1989-90 Team Finished THIRD in IHSA Finals!!
Mario McDonald 100 Meter Dash STATE CHAMPION!
Relay Teams 4×100 Meter Relay STATE CHAMPIONS!
4×200 Meter Relay STATE CHAMPIONS!
Phillip Bryan 400 Meter Dash 2ND Place
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Three lady tracksters brought home three individual medals from the IHSA State Finals Meet.
1975-76 Individual Medalist – Anette Gardner 100 Yard Dash 7TH Place
1976-77 Individual Medalist – Brenda McMillen Discus 8TH Place
1978-79 Individual Medalist – Gail Doby Long Jump 5TH Place
The girls volleyball program had some nice seasons at Waukegan West High School as well.
1975-76 6 – 6 Coach Anne Clark
1976-77 10 – 8 Coach Anne Clark
1977-78 Coach Levonne Williams
1978-80 Coach Faye Warren
1980-83 Coach Pat Patrick
1983-84 Coach Jim McCauley
1984-85 6 – 6 Coach Eugene Dalbo
1985-87 Coach Valerie Hansford
1987-88 Coach Kathy Mohar
The boys soccer program produced the following above .500 seasons during the school’s history.
1975-78 Coach George Dervis
1978-79 Coach Jaime Davila
1979-80 Coach George Vogel
1980-83 Coach Gary Slettum
1983-84 Coach Glen Beausoliel
1984-85 5 – 5 – 3 Coach Tom Long
1985-86 Coach Glen Beausoliel
1986-87 8 – 8 Coach Glen Beausoliel
1987-88 7 – 6 – 5 Coach Glen Beausoliel
Coach Chris Thomalla developed a solid wrestling program at Waukegan West High School. His teams had several winning seasons and produced one Individual Medalist.
1975-76 Coach Chris Thomalla
1976-77 14 – 2 Coach Chris Thomalla
1977-78 12 – 5 – 1 Coach Chris Thomalla
1978-79 14 – 4 Coach Chris Thomalla
1979-80 Coach Chris Thomalla
1980-81 9 – 8 Coach Chris Thomalla
1981-82 12 – 4 Coach Chris Thomalla
1982-83 13 – 8 Coach Chris Thomalla
Greg Pipes 155 lbs. Weight Class 5TH Place
1983-84 15 – 7 Coach Chris Thomalla
1984-87 Coach Wilbur Borrero
The Illinois Theatre Festival is the largest, non-competetive high school theatre festival in the world. It was organized in 1976 by teachers from the Chicago suburbs. This festival is still going strong as they perform at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and Illinois State University every other January. Waukegan West High school participated in this festival in 1976, 1978 and 1981.
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