Wheaton-Warrenville High School “Wolverines”

Wheaton-Warrenville High School
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The History of Wheaton-Warrenville High School

Wheaton (population 55,416) is located in northeastern Illinois in central DuPage County. Wheaton is a western suburb of Chicago and is situated about  miles west of downtown Chicago.  Illinois Route 38 leads you to and from the town of Wheaton.  In addition, Illinois Routes 56 and 64 are located on the south and north sides of Wheaton as well. Interstate Highway 88 runs about 3 miles south of Wheaton which connects to it via Naperville Road.

Warrenville (population 13,798) is located just southwest of Wheaton.  Illinois Route 56 (Butterfield Road), Winfield Road, and Warrenville Road all lead you to and from Warrenville. Interstate Highway 88 passes by the south edge of town. The West Branch of the DuPage River flows through the center of Warrenville

A brief history of the city of Wheaton can be found on the town’s web address of http://www.wheaton.il.us/Community/History-of/index.htm .  In brief, the ara of Wheaton was settled in 1836 by Erastus Gary and Jesse and Warren Wheaton. The group purchased land and allowed the railroad to pass through the area for free. The railroad workers posted a sign at the depot on the land that simply stated “Wheaton Depot”. The name has stuck ever since.

A brief history of Warrenville was located on the Wikepedia web address of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrenville,_Illinois .  Further history on the town can be viewed at  http://www.villageprofile.com/illinois/warrenville/14his/topic.html .  In summary, Warrenville was named after its founder, Julius Warren, in 1833. His family built the first business, an Inn/Tavern in 1838 which incredibly still stands and is used today.  After moderate but steady growth for over 100 years, Warrenville was finally incorporated as an official Illinois city in 1967 with 4,000 residents.  The town saw its most significant growth in the 1970s through the 1990s to its current population of nearly 14,000.

The history of Wheaton-Warrenville High School can be viewed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheaton_Warrenville_South_High_School . In 1973 the population of Wheaton, Warrenville, and the surrounding areas had the school district of Wheaton bustling with students.  It was decided in 1973 that a new high school was needed to serve the growing population. This school would be located on the southern portion of Wheaton and named Wheaton-Warrenville High School. Wheaton now had three high schools, Wheaton North, Wheaton Central, and Wheaton-Warrenville.

For various reasons it was determined in 1983 that three high schools were no longer needed to serve the area.  The result was the closing of Wheaton-Warrenville High School.  After years of discussion, the decision was made to move Wheaton Central High School the Wheaton-Warrenville high school building.  Wheaton Central was renamed Wheaton Warrenville South High School. Wheaton Warrenville South assumed the traditions and athletic nicknames of Wheaton Central.

Wheaton-Warrenville High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                           1973

Year closed:                            1983

Consolidated to:                       Wheaton Central HS / Wheaton North HS

W-WHS team nickname:          the “Wolverines”

W-WHS team colors:               Green & Gold

School Fight Song:                   unavailable


The Wheaton-Warrenville “Wolverines” may have had only ten school years to make their mark in the IHSA, but make their mark they did!  Several team and individual accomplishments were recorded by both the boys and girls of W-WHS.  We are missing several items including school fight song, coach’s names, and tam records of several of the teams in W-WHS history.  The better accomplishments as listed on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) are inturn listed below.


Wolverines had some real nice seasons on the baseball diamond.  Three Regional Titles highlighted the successes of the program.  Team records and coach’s names of these and other W-WHS baseball teams are being sought.

1974-75          Regional Champions
1977-78          Regional Champions
1978-79          Regional Champions


The boys basketball program won one Regional TItle, that one coming during the school’s final season.  Other team records and coach’s names are being sought as well.

1981-82                                                          Coach Barry Brennan
1982-83   11 – 16      Regional Champions      Coach Barry Brennan

                               School’s Final Season


The Lady Wolverines had a magical season in 1977-78.  Regional and Sectional titles that year allowed the hardwood court ladies to reach the Sweet 16 round of play.  The girls of 1979-80 also brought home a Regional title.  Coach’s names and team records of other great W-WHS girls basketball teams would be a welcome addition.

1977-78   21 – 4  IHSA Tournament SWEET 16 Finalists!  Coach Rosanna Hart
Regional Champions

                         Sectional Champions

                         Sweet 16 Finalists

1979-80              Regional Champions


1973-74                                                                 Coach Howard (Harold) Barnes

1974-75    5 – 4                                                       Coach Howard (Harold) Barnes

1976-77            Team Qualified for IHSA Playoffs  Coach Dan Boals

                        CLASS 4A FINAL FOUR!

                        Beat Streator 7 – 6

                        Beat Glenbard North 28 – 12

                        Lost to Danville 14 – 0

Danville finished 2nd


The linksters won a pair of District titles in boys golf.  Coach’s names would be a nice addition below. 

Dave Hahn complimented the District Champs of 1977 by earning the Individual State Championship for Class AA!!

1977-78          Team Won District Championship

                      Individual Medalist

Dave Hahn            Class AA STATE CHAMPION!!
1981-82          Team Won District Championship


The lady linksters won a District title and garnered a TENTH Place finish in the 1977-78 season as well. Coach’s names are needed.

1977-78          Team Finished TENTH in IHSA State Finals!! 

                      District Champions

1978-79          Team Qualified for State Finals



The boys soccer program won two Sectional Championships qualifynig them for the State Finals both years.  Their great seasons are listed below.

1976-77   13 – 2 – 4   Team Won Sectional Championship  Coach Leon Busboom

                               Qualified for State Finals

1978-79   18 – 11      Team Won Sectional Championship  Coach Leon Busboom
Qualified for State Finals


One female athlete carried the banner for all Wheaton-Warrenville High School swimmers.  Linda Krauser won a total of FOUR medals in four different State Finals meets!

1976          Individual Medalist  –  Linda Krauser      500 Free       6TH Place
1978          Individual Medalist  –  Linda Krauser      500 Free       5TH Place
1979(Feb)  Individual Medalist  –  Linda Krauser      500 Free       2ND Place
1979(Nov)  Individual Medalist  –  Linda Krauser      500 Free       3RD Place


The tennis team of 1975-76 finished tenth in the State finals after winning the District title.  The team of 1978-79 also won a District title.

1975-76      Team Finished TENTH in STATE Finals!

                  District Champions  

1978-79      Team Won District Champions


Though no team hardware was won, the boys of Wheaton-Warrenville did earn a total of four medals at the IHSA State Meet.

1977-78AA  Individual Medalists  –  Tom Fieweger   Shot Put          4TH Place
Jeff Patnaude    100 YD Dash    5TH Place
220 YD Dash    5TH Place

1979-80AA  Individual Medalist  –     Dennis Slott       Shot Put          8TH Place


Two thinclads from the girls track program also earned medals at the IHSA State Finals Meet.

1977-78AA   Individual Medalist  –  Kelly Imhoff    Shot Put         8TH Place

1981-82AA   Individual Medalist  –  Deb Czajka     1600 M Run     5TH Place
3200 M Run     5TH Place


Two grapplers earned medals at the IHSA State Finals as well.

1977AA  Individual Medalist  –  Dave Aldrich        138 Lbs. Weight Class  5Th Place

1980AA  Individual Medalist  –  Bruce Nordstrom  155 Lbs. Weight Class  2ND Place


Several team and individual accomplishments were attained in the Speech and Drama programs at Wheaton-Warrenville High School.  In fact, on four occassions the program earned top-ten finishes at State Meet competition.  These accomplishments, as listed on the IHSA website, are in turn listed below.


1973-74           Team Won District Championship 

1974-75           Team Placed THIRD in IHSA Finals!

                       District Champions

                       Sectional Champions  

1975-76           Team Won District Championship

1976-77           Team Placed TENTH in IHSA Finals!

                       District Champions

1979-80           Team Placed NINTH in IHSA Finals!


1973-74           Team Won District Championship
1974-75           Team Won District Championship
1975-76           Team Won District Championship

1980-81           Team Placed NINTH in IHSA Finals!


Two Sectional titles, two District titles, and one Regional championship were the highlights of the team accomplishments in this category. Eight individuals also won medals at the state finals.

1974-75           Team Won District Championship

                       Individual Medalist

                       Mary Stevenson         Orig Oratory      4TH Place

1976-77           Team Won Sectional Championship

1977-78           Individual Medalists

                       Andrea Rennbak         Humor Interp   4TH Place
Keith Gardner             Radio               6TH Place

1980-81           Individual Medalists

                       Sean Fetter                 Dram Interp     4TH Place
Donna Hadrava           Orat Declam    6TH Place

1981-82           Team Won District & Sectional Championships  Coach Les Schomas

                       Individual Medalists
Karen Stehlik              Humor Duet     2ND Place
Jeff Wagner                Humor Duet     2ND Place

1982-83           Team Won Regional Championship

Individual Medalist

                       Chris Marsden             Orig Comedy   2ND Place 

We Need Your Assistance…

…in researching the history and accomplishments attained by the Wheaton-Warrenville High School students and their former high school.  If you have any information you would like to see added to this page, please write to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net. You can also send items to us via real mail at:

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