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ETHS student body largest in 30 years

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Total enrollment at Evanston Township High School this year is 3,567, which is highest in 30 years, according to the school’s 2017-2018 Opening School Report that contains data as of September 30.

The report, released last week, gives reason to believe that the climb will continue, as the number of students each year is higher than the previous year.

The freshman class contains 1,010 students, compared with 854 sophomores, 813 juniors, 801 seniors, and 89 off campus.

Total enrollment last year was 3,393 and five years ago was 3,120.

Ethnically, growth since last year was seen among white students (122), Hispanic (51), and Asian (14), while the number of black students declined by 20 students, from 1,010 last year to 990 this year.

Five years ago, 43.4 percent of the students were white, 30.0 percent black, and 16.6 percent Hispanic. This year those percentages are 45.3 percent white, 27.8 percent black, and 18.3 percent Hispanic.

Of this year’s 3,567 students, 1,717 are female and 1,850 are male. However, in the sophomore class, females outnumber males by 443 to 411.

In enrollments by department, there were increases in Career & Technical Education, English & Reading, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education & Wellness, Science, and World Languages. The History/Social Sciences department showed a slight decrease, from 3,129 to 3,111.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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