DeKalb High School

Spencer Tritt

DeKalb is a university town. But even growing up in the shadow of Northern Illinois University, that doesn’t mean every student sees themselves as a potential college student.

Advanced Placement classes are one way to make a student feel college-ready. They can also earn actual college credit from them.

Chase Cavanaugh

Police can be called to school for emergencies, but they also have a regular presence in the form of resource officers.

Last May, a former student opened fire at Dixon High School’s gym during graduation practice.  Resource Officer Mark Dallas pursued the shooter after he heard the gunfire, and stopped him with a non-fatal shot to the shoulder.  Dallas’s story made national news, and he was hailed as a hero for preventing a massacre. 

DeKalb School District Unveils Diversity Plan

Nov 1, 2018

A public forum was held last week at DeKalb High School to officially unveil District 428’s Diversity Plan.

The seven part plan has been in the works for at least a decade. It was recently approved by the school board.

Amy Crook is the district’s bilingual programs coordinator. She says that student feedback after a tense episode following a black history month assembly at the high school in 2016 sped up the plan’s construction.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Dozens of DeKalb residents spent the beginning of their Saint Patrick’s Day in a DeKalb high school auditorium.

Just before 8 a.m. Friday morning, more than thirty friends and family members of students in DeKalb High School’s marching band watched a live stream of the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland – some spectators being students who caught some of the live stream before classes. They were waiting for that exact moment – when they could see the band march through.

DeKalb resident Greg Anderson specifically came to watch his daughter Emily perform.

A Mother's Hope For Her Son's Ireland Trip

Mar 14, 2017

On Sunday my son embarked on a grand adventure with the DeKalb High School Marching Barbs.  They will tour Ireland, culminating in marching in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The band has been preparing for a year and are safely on their way.  We all know they will be great ambassadors from DeKalb and that they will create life-long memories.

As he departed on this voyage, I had many things to tell Nick, so many cautions, bits of advice and directions. Any parent knows I must choose my words wisely with my son. 

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Band students from DeKalb High School will make their way to the Emerald Isle Sunday. That’s because they will be one of several bands marching in the Dublin, Ireland Saint Patrick’s Day parade next week.

DeKalb High School band students began their rehearsal outside. It was about 35 degrees, and they marched several times around the perimeter of the high school.

DeKalb School District Superintendent Doug Moeller was placed on paid leave Wednesday.  

The move comes two days after DeKalb High School Principal Michele Albano sought an order of protection against him by a Kane County judge. 

Albano claims Moeller became upset after she refused to go out with him, and then called her  three times on the night of September 11.  She says at the time, he was drunk.  

DeKalb School District Chooses New Principal

Apr 21, 2016

DeKalb County School District 428 Board members just selected a new principal for DeKalb High School.  

 The group voted to hire Michelle Albano as the new principal.  She has around 20 years of experience in systems such as Elgin and Chicago Public Schools, mostly as an English teacher.  However, Albano has spent the majority of this year as interim principal for Bolingbrook High School, part of the Valley View district. 

Jenna Dooley

Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark.

We continue our occasional series “Pass The Torch” in a workshop at DeKalb High School where the robotics team is getting ready to bring their creation to competition.