Forest View High School

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Forest View High School
2121 S. Goebbert Rd.


United States
Coordinates42°02′45″N 87°58′21″W / 42.0458°N 87.97255°W / 42.0458; -87.97255
School typepublic secondary
School districtTwp. HS District 214
Campus size40 acres
School color(s)     black
Fight songFight for Forest View[1]
Athletics conferenceMid-Suburban League
MascotFerdie the Falcon

Forest View High School was a public secondary school in Arlington Heights, Illinois, operational from 1963 until its closure because of declining enrollment in 1986. The school mascot was Ferdie the Falcon, and the school colors were silver, black, and gold.


Forest View's team nickname was the Falcons; the school was a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most of the athletic and non-athletic competitions in Illinois.

When the school was closed, the IHSA turned over the accomplishments of the school to John Hersey High School, which is also a District 214 school in Arlington Heights.[2]

The following teams finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament or meet:[2]

  • Football: 2nd place (1985–86)
  • Bowling (girls): 2nd place (1974–75, 1975–76); State Champions (1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78)
  • Track & Field (girls): 4th place (1972–73)


After the school closed on Friday June 13, 1986, students attending Forest View switched to Rolling Meadows High School, Elk Grove High School or Prospect High School. Forest View today serves multiple purposes:

  • It is the central administrative office for Township High School District 214.
  • It is the home to the district's Vanguard School, which is an alternative high school for students not excelling in traditional high school placements.[3]
  • It is home to the district's Newcomer Center, which helps give newly arrived immigrants an opportunity to learn the English language and to better transition into one of the district's six high schools.[4]
  • It is home to the Forest View Alternative School, which is a therapeutic day school that draws students from across the district who are eligible for special education, and whose behavioral or emotional needs extend beyond the scope of what can be addressed in a traditional placement setting.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Larry Larson helped design the first State Arts Council in California under Jerry Brown. He served in senior administrative positions at the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, he later was a co-producer of a Laurie Anderson opera Moby Dick, and has most recently created well received projects with the John Cage Trust and the Merce Cunningham Trust.