Thornton Fractional South High School

Thornton Fractional South
High School
18500 Burnham Avenue
Lansing, Illinois 60438
United States
Coordinates 41°33′34″N 87°32′30″W / 41.5594°N 87.5417°W / 41.5594; -87.5417
School type public secondary
Opened 1957
Status Opened
School district Thornton Fractional Twp. HS 215
Superintendent Dr. Creg E. Williams[1]
CEEB code 142547[2]
Principal Ms. Judith Whalen[3]
Faculty 165[3]
Grades 912
Gender coed
Enrollment 2,314[4]
Average class size 21.1[4]
Campus type suburban
Color(s)      red
Athletics conference South Suburban Conference[5]
Team name Rebels[5]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[6]
Average ACT scores 18.0[4]
Publication Rebel Ana[7]
Newspaper Rebel Rouser"[7]
Yearbook Postscript[7]

Thornton Fractional Township South High School (T.F. South, TF South, TFS) is a high school located in Suburban Cook County, Illinois, located about 6 miles (9.7 km) from the city limits of Chicago, 24 miles (39 km) south of Downtown Chicago. Thornton Fractional Township South High School is one of three high schools in the Village of Lansing, the others being Luther East High School & Illiana Christian High School. The school serves an area of approximately 9 square miles (23 km2), & serves over 2,000 students in grades 9-12 who reside in the near South Suburban communities of Lansing & Lynwood.


Due to growth in the Calumet City-Lansing, Il area, Thornton Fractional South High School was opened in 1958 to subsidize the student population. The original high school in Calumet City that first opened in 1926 was renamed from Thornton Fractional High School to Thornton Fractional North High School. The Thornton Fractional Vocational Center, later renamed the Center for Academics and Technology was later built between the two high schools in Calumet City and opened for T.F. South and T.F. North students and has served many purposes, from being a freshman academy, to hosting AP courses for students from both campuses, to housing programs such as CAD, nursing, and culinary arts.


In 2010, District 215, T.F. South, T.F. North, and CAT, combined had an average composite ACT score of 18.7. Also in 2010, the total enrollment at T.F. South was 2,014 and graduated 93% of its senior class.[8] T.F. South has not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, PSAE, a state test used in Illinois to fulfill the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[4] When comparing District 215’s 2008-2009’s PSAE scores to 2009-2010’s scores, the scores have significantly gone down. Overall, the school has not met minimum expectations in mathematics and science. All three of the school's student subgroups failed to meet expectations in mathematics, and two of the three failed to meet expectations in reading.[4]

Graduation Requirements for District 215

District 215 requires that students must gain 23 credits during at least 8 semesters.


T.F. South competes in the South Suburban Conference & is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the body that governs most sports & competitive activities in the state. All T.F. South's teams are known as the Rebels. Athletics director for The T.F. South Rebels is Marc Brewe.[9]

The football team twice reached the state semifinals (1994–95, 2002–03). In 2010, Varsity football was ranked # 57 in Illinois, the highest rank it has had since before 2007.[10] But in 2012, they were ranked #24 in Illinois finishing the season with a shared South Suburban Blue Conference championship(7-2) and 7 All-Conference selections. In 2011, Badminton was the SSC Conference team Champions. The badminton team also placed 2nd in the IHSA state finals in 2011.[11] Also during the 2010-2011 year, Girls' Cross-Country qualified for sectionals, with one runner awarded All-Conference.[11]

The athletic sports that T.F.South has to offer include Boys Golf, Girls Badminton, Baseball and Softball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Bowling, Boys and Girls Swimming, Football, Cheerleading, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Track and Field, Boys and Girls Volleyball, and Wrestling.[7]


TFS offers many extra-curricular activities. Some of these have won Illinois High School State Championships in the past, such as the Drama Department. History Club placed 2nd in mock trials during the 2010-2011 school year.[11] Activities Director for The T.F.South Rebels is Nicole Modjeski.[12]

Activities & Clubs at T.F.South include Band, Best Buddies, Chess Team, Choral, Creative Arts Magazine, Cultural Exploration, Cooperative Work Training (CWT), Drama, Environmental, Freshman Class, Friends of Rachel, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), History Club, Junior Class, Mathletes, Mock Trial, National Honor Society (NHS), Peer Mediators, Pep Club, Poms, Postscript (Yearbook), Rebel Rouser (Newspaper), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Scholastic Bowl, Senior Class, Sophomore Class, Speech, Student Council, TV Production, and a few others.[7]

Student Life

T.F. South High School creates many opportunities for students, staff, and parents to get involved throughout the year. During the "spirit" week of homecoming, there are many events to attend for everyone. Students and staff dress up differently each day to the specific theme. To start off the Homecoming night celebration, on Wednesday, the senior girls play the junior girls in a powder puff football game. After the powder puff game, each class, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, do relay races for “The Battle of the Classes,” the Homecoming court walks across the football field and the King and Queen are announced. Friday night is the football game with tailgating and Saturday is the homecoming dance.

Every year T.F. South raises money for a specific charity. In the past they have raised money for St. Baldrick's Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,and many other charities. In 2011, T.F.South raised $15,390.86 for “St. Baldricks.”[11] T.F.South raises the money by having a basketball game dedicated to the charity they are hosting. Clubs sell T-shirts and much more to help the proceeds for the charity.

T.F. South has also earned a 96% attendance rate, a 41% reading profficency rate, a 32% math profficency rate and a 50% decline in disciplinary infractions in the last three years. 37.4% of students have met PSAE standards in 2014.

Notable Alumni


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  2. "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
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  6. "Institution Summary for T. F. South High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
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  9. "Athletic & Activities Directors". Retrieved 19 October 2011.
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  12. "School Administration". South Suburban Conference. southsuburbanconf. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  13. Demetra Plakas
  14. "Harry Smith". Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  15. "Pierre Thomas". Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  16. "Tom Baldwin". Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  17. "Ken Kremer".
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