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Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Two Stevenson Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
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Adlai E. Stevenson High School was the first school in the Chicago area to earn the ENERGY STAR, and only the second in the state, when it was first honored in 2001. Stevenson High School earned its second ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance in 2010.

Since opening in 1965, Stevenson High School has become one of the leading high schools in America. Stevenson is the only public high school in Illinois to receive four Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence in Education from the U.S. Department of Education. SHS won the award in 1987, 1991, 1998, and 2002. Stevenson also received the U.S. Department of Education's New American High Schools Award in 1998. Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report have ranked Stevenson among the top high schools in the country. Stevenson also is included annually in the School Watch and School Match listings of schools that offer features most sought by parents.

Stevenson offers more than 200 courses in communication arts, mathematics, science, social science, foreign languages, fine arts, applied arts, and physical welfare. Classes are taught by a talented and experienced corps of teachers, three-fourths of them with a master's degree or more. Several teachers at SHS are considered by their peers to be among the country's foremost authorities in their fields. Some of the textbooks and teaching practices used around the United States can trace their roots to Stevenson High School.

Stevenson's Advanced Placement program is among the nation's best. More than 20 AP classes are available and SHS regularly leads the Midwest region in AP participation and has ranked in the top five worldwide.

Approximately 98 percent of SHS graduates attend college. Of that group, 8 in 10 will attend four-year colleges and universities while the remainder enroll at two-year schools. About 7 in 10 SHS graduates enroll at public colleges and universities.

Stevenson has nearly 100 co-curricular clubs and activities open to students. Three-fourths of the student body is involved in co-curriculars, ranging from athletics to performing arts to civics.

Stevenson's 76-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities. All students have access to computers and nearly every classroom is capable of utilizing video, data and audio transmissions. A 1,200-seat performing arts center and an Olympic-sized swimming pool are other resources enjoyed by the community. The school has a college/career counseling center, two tutoring centers, two language laboratories, and a centralized technology area with five classrooms containing approximately 150 computers for student use.

Obtaining an ENERGY STAR score is a prerequisite to receiving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, one of the district's primary goals under its "green initiative." Said Mark Blustein, Student, '10, "I think by achieving the ENERGY STAR, our school is setting an example for schools all across the country. This demonstrates that we are constantly concerned with decreasing our energy usage, emissions, and that we are focused on educating students about it as well." Dave Wilms, Faculty, agrees. "As an ENERGY STAR labeled school, it affors us an opportunity to set a good example for the students and the community. It also makes the point that reducing energy consumption is much more cost effective that developing new energy resources or increasing energy production."

Stevenson at a Glance




"On behalf of the Board of Education, we are proud to be designated as an ENERGY STAR labeled building. The ENERGY STAR designation reminds taxpayers that in addition to being an outstanding academic institution, Stevenson is also an outstanding value, as evidenced by its leadership in energy efficiency."

-- Terry Moons, Board Secretary, Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Stevenson High School District 125 or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Building Owner:*
Stevenson High School District 125

Property Manager:*
Stevenson High School District 125

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2001 (79)
2009 (79)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 833000 sf

Year Constructed: 1993

Contract Type: Performance Contract
Financing Type: Guaranteed Savings

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies