Students from Oregon High School’s Open Program, an approved Local Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census, attended the Census EDU Summit today at Malcolm X College in Chicago. Students heard from Governor JB Pritzker and several panels of guests regarding their project focus this year, the census. They even got to meet Dr. Carmen Ayala, the State Superintendent of Education, who was excited to hear about the OHS Open Program! Several students had a chance to be interviewed by Chicago media regarding their involvement as high school students in this incredibly important project. Be looking for future posts this winter and spring from our students who will be coordinating efforts locally for a complete and fair count this census year.

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Congratulations to our three OHS musicians who have made the ILMEA all-state ensembles! Lydia Cermak, junior, has been selected to the all-state band for the second consecutive year after sitting first chair in the district band two years in a row as well. And Austin Ebert, junior, and Whitney Kirk, junior, have been selected to the all-state chorus. These students initially auditioned in October, then performed in the district festival on November 23rd in DeKalb. There are no school size classes in ILMEA, so these three students have earned all-state status amidst every student in the entire state. They will head to Peoria for the festival and concerts on January 30 - February 1.

ILMEA All State 2019

Lincoln Park

On 11/24/19 the Hawk visited alumna, Dr. Jessica Lovstad '05, a fellow at Lincoln Park Zoo.  OHS Students interested in veterinary science toured the hospital dietary center, lab, surgery center, quarantine area, and necrology center.   If you have a career or passion to share with your Hawk family, please contact Mrs Alice Starkey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Escape the cold this December, and simultaneously enjoy hot food and joyous music provided by the Oregon High School music department! Oregon High School Madrigals invite you to attend their annual Madrigal Dinners. Come to one or both performances scheduled for Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 6:00 p.m. The Madrigal Dinner will be held at Brubaker Center at Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center: 1922 Illinois Rt. 2 N, Oregon, IL 61061.

The evening fun will include performances by the OHS Madrigal Singers, dressed in traditional renaissance attire, a brass quintet, and a recorder choir.  The plot this year features a prince on a quest to redeem himself and save his family’s castle. Dinner will be served by Stronghold’s hard working and highly skilled kitchen staff. This year’s dinner is Stronghold’s popular Chicken Fried Chicken with gravy accompanied by roasted golden potatoes. The three-course meal also includes a salad, dinner rolls, mixed vegetables, pumpkin bars, and our delectable homemade wassail.  Coffee will also be available upon request.

Cost to attend is $25 per person which includes dinner and the performance. Payment will be collected at the door. Checks can be made payable to Oregon High School Choir. To reserve your seat, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 815-677-5493.  When making a reservation, please provide your name, the date you plan to attend, and how many seats you wish to reserve.  The absolute deadline for reservations is Monday, December 2nd. When placing your reservation please specify whether any guest will require wheelchair seating and/or parking.  Funds generated by the event will be used to offset the costs of the dinner. We hope to see you there!

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High School

Oregon High School

210 S. 10th St.
Oregon, IL   61061

Phone: 815-732-5300
Fax: 815-732-3361

Contact Information:

Dr. Heidi Deininger, Principal

hdeininger@ocusd.net 

Mr. Mike Lawton, Activities Director

mlawton@ocusd.net

Additional Resources:

OHS Student Handbook

OHS Daily Schedules

OHS Report Card

School Improvement Plan Goals

2020-2021 School Calendar