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School History

Our high school opened its doors to the very first students who would attend in 1964. Over thirteen-hundred sophomores and juniors flooded the unfinished campus and life for the Spartan community began to take shape. Students and teachers wasted no time forming a student government and by the spring had formulated an idea that grew into a project they dubbed "Operation Green Thumb". A total of 600 students and staff created landscaping plans to completely beautify our barren campus and by April 7th, 1965 it was done (kinda, we are never really done) and waiting for the rain to fall. At the end of the day they held a dance in the cafeteria (now the PAC) and celebrated their efforts and accomplishments. They played, laughed, sang and their voices were loud enough, clear enough, and passionate enough...that, if you listen closely and carefully, we can still hear them today. 
 
Somehow, and in such an authentic way...like that old photography worth a thousand words, their voices carry...they are still here, and so are we. 
 
- Mr. Greg Hill
 
For more information regarding the history of Villa Park High School, yearbooks, and school newspapers, please contact Mr. Hill our Yearbook/Newspaper advisor.