Dave Sutherland, Jim Carmichael, Greg Dirks and Mark Schroeder compete on Scholastic Showdown, 1980.
Teacher observation hours nearly double in short span

Following a state mandate that pre-service students obtain 100 of clinical experience hours, the number of hours of observations, demonstrations and practicums soared from about 25,000 hours in 1977-78 to more than 45,000 hours in 1979-1980.

“Miracle” takes 4th; Pritner all-stater
cast of "miracle"
Cast (standing I to r) Cheryl Sherrard, Carol Townley, Adam Ritt, Juliet Pritner; (seated) Dawn Fenton, Cheryl Miller, and Brad Hauskins

U-High condensed its fall show, ‘The Miracle Worker”, into a contest show, then pulled off victories at District and Sectional to qualify for the State finals where they finished 4th. Juliet Pritner was also named to the All- State cast.

student at computer
1980: A micro-computer is set up in the library and requires signing-up to use. The sheet is quickly filled.
Drivers Ed car, 1980
Class night
1981 Class Night
Andy Adair
Andy Adair, ’83.
Marching band performs at World Fair in New Orleans
August, 1984

Band Director Mark Victor said the marching band will perform during a parade through the 82 acre complex.

The Pantagraph, Aug. 24, 1984

Seniors, 1984.
Chiodo elected to Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame
Frank Chiodo
U-High football coach Frank Chiodo displays the Hall of Fame plaque awarded to him April 13, 1985.
U-High develops, models study skills program for students
Teacher Barb Bills uses a chart to show students how to find extra time in a week.

Developed by special education instructor Becki Cantrell, the program enlists U-High faculty to share with students the “trade secrets” of organizing and studying for success.

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students at computer
1985: Students are fixated on the counseling center’s new Apple IIe computer.
Librarian Madeleine Hoss brings Arabic language, culture to area students
The Daily Pantagraph, 12/5/1985

The long-time U-High librarian became the first person in 17 years to be awarded a transitional bilingual certificate in the McLean-Dewitt Country region.

U-High hosts teacher workshop series for area educators

20 science teachers took part in the sessions, designed to help them improve student engagement and excitement. U-High science teachers Dennis Johnson and Jennifer Grogg obtained a $45,000 grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to fund the program.

All-stater Barry Johnson completes stellar U-High career
Barry Johnson
Barry Johnson with Coach Chuck Gault
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Students meet Vice-President Bush during ISU campaign stop
Vice President Bush

Running to replace two-term President Ronald Reagan, Vice-President George Bush stops at ISU on September 28. According the to Clarion editors, “Bush seemed to be what America wanted”.

Teacher salaries hit $22,975 average

This compares to an average of $29,757 per year for teachers at state schools. 61% of lab school teachers have a master’s degree or above.

Mac publishing lab installed

Parents contributed most of the $15,000 required. No longer will students have to cut and paste articles to a page; all can be done digitally. The new system will be used to print both the Clarionette and Brome and Beyond.

U-High is the first school in the area to have this advanced publishing system. Additional publications, including Brome and Beyond will also be published in the lab.

Industrial Arts becomes Industrial Technology

All mechanical drawing will now be done on computers.