Limestone Community High School, District #310, was formed in 1953 as a new school district, breaking off from the Peoria schools. The current enrollment at Limestone Community High School is 1050 students. Over 90 percent of its seniors graduate in the minimum four years of attendance.
The school is located in the town of Bartonville, just south of the Greater Peoria Airport. The school is easily accessible from Exit 5 on the I-474 bypass and traveling south on Airport Road to the school.
Military installations at the airport combined with a student contest gave the school its nickname of the “ROCKETS.” Additions to the school were built in 1959, 1966, and 1999.
The facility covers over 190,000 square feet and sits on a beautiful 77-acre campus. Surrounding the school are its outstanding athletic fields, including the Frank Leach Football Stadium and the N. T. Endsley Sports Complex of tennis courts, softball diamonds, and soccer fields.
LCHS Area Grade Schools
Eight area grade schools feed into Limestone Community High School.
Limestone Community High School offers over 280 courses in eleven academic and vocational departments. The college preparatory program is highlighted by an entire sequence of enriched classes for enriched students in the areas of English, mathematics, science, and social science. Other courses for the student seeking an academic challenge include creative writing, American novel, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, sociology, psychology, humanities, and law. Four years of study in one of Limestone’s two foreign languages (Spanish or French) are also recommended for college-bound students. The Limestone Community High School Media Center is a modern research facility, utilizing Internet access to help students conduct topical searches on the worldwide web. Limestone Community High School has over 600 computers dedicated to student use.
Graduates from our school matriculate to major universities throughout the Midwest, but a large percentage attend Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Bradley University in Peoria, and Illinois State University in Normal. Students wanting to prepare for the world of work still need two years of college for most careers. Limestone Community High School articulates its career and technical education courses so that a student can continue at Illinois Central College in business management, computer applications, childcare, food service, commercial art, printing, auto mechanics, welding, computer-assisted drafting, carpentry, and machining. These career and technical education departments participate in the Illinois Tech Prep program, which encourages students to take additional years of math and science beyond the regular high school requirement. Cooperative work experience classes are available to upperclassmen who want to gain valuable work experience on the job site while still enrolled in high school.
Limestone offers its students complete assortment of both boys’ and girls’ co-curricular activities. Athletic programs include interscholastic competition throughout the school year. Fall sports for girls consist of volleyball, tennis, and cross country, while boys’ sports include football, cross country, golf, and soccer. Winter sports are girls’ and boys’ basketball, wrestling, and Girls’ Competitive Cheerleading. Spring sports include softball, soccer, and track for girls, and baseball, tennis, and track for boys. Rocket athletes compete in the Mid-Illini Conference against Canton, Dunlap, East Peoria, Metamora, Morton, Pekin and Washington. Teams and individuals from Limestone Community High School have advanced and placed in Illinois High School Association tournament competition throughout the years. Many athletes have gone on to play collegiate and professional athletics.
The performing arts co-curricular activities include the Limestone Community High School Marching Rockets, who participate in a tour of parade and field competitions throughout the fall, our annual Madrigal Dinner production, which is renowned for its professional sound, elaborate décor, and bountiful banquet, and our Fall Play and Spring Musical, which showcases our student’s various talents. Other performing arts include several choirs, concert band, jazz band, marching band color guard, and LCHS dance team. All of these groups perform at a variety of concerts and recitals.
Other academically oriented activities include Limestone’s speech team, the Limelight newspaper, the Amulet yearbook, Student Council, National Honor Society, Scholastic Bowl, Key Club, and many other clubs and organizations designed to give our students a well-rounded education.