ETHS enrollment hits three-decade peak

Black student population slips, while multi-racial and Hispanic share increases.

The 3,729 students enrolled at Evanston Township High School for 2020-21 is the highest number in 30 years, according to a report being presented to the Board of Education on Monday night.

The report shows a steady annual increase in enrollment since the 2016-17 school year, when enrollment totaled 3,393.

Black student enrollment has been decreasing since 2016-17, and is at 25.1 percent for the current school year. Hispanic student enrollment, 19.5 percent, is the highest ever.

At 45.6 percent, white student enrollment is slightly higher than in 2016-17 but a bit lower than last year. Asian student enrollment has shown small fluctuations the past few years, and is now at 5.6 percent.

The share of students who identify as multiracial has grown by more than half over five years, from 2.4% of total enrollment to 3.8%

While the report outlines the numbers, it does not give reasons for the demographic changes underway in the community. It is possible questions about that will come up at the Board meeting.

Jeff Hirsh

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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