About Us


About Us

GHS North History

Galesburg High School North originally began as Galesburg Alternative High School in 2009. GHS North opened its doors to students in the Fall 2009, offering a mix of online and traditional instruction. Our primary goal is to help students be successful while remaining enrolled in Galesburg schools. Our initial student population consists of up to 50 high school students. Inour second year, we are happy to have over 80 students enrolled and two new teachers and other friendly staff members. We continue to try to help students thrive and focus on making sure that students are at school ready to learn and achieving academic success in a positive learning environment.

Rose Hoben Welch School

Opened in 1960, Rose Hoben Welch School was built to relieve overcrowding at other existing elementary schools (including Bateman, Cooke, and Weston Grade Schools) in Galesburg, likely the result of the post-World War II "Baby Boomers" filling our buildings beyond capacities. According to reports, RHW was built at a cost of less than $175,000 and housed 160 students in its first year of operation.

Who Was Rose Hoben Welch?

Rose Hoben Welch began teaching in Galesburg Schools in 1901.  In addition to teaching, she was principal of Churchill Junior High School and Mary Allen West Grade School.  She worked to help children of the former railroad camps learn about their schoolwork and spiritual studies. After retiring from public school service, she taught at Corpus Christi High School and Immaculate Heart of Mary School until the age of 87.  
Rose Hoben Welch passed away on July 30, 1967, at the age of 89. Her legacy is that of a tireless educator who never gave up on a child's abilities to grow and succeed.

Source: Wilson, T. (September 26, 2009) "Longtime Galesburg educator was a rose - Rose Hoben Welch worked in schools for 68 years." Galesburg Register Mail (Newspaper). Galesburg, Illinois.

Our History

Our Mission Statement

GHS North provides an alternative education setting for students in grades 9-12.  We provide a high quality education through character development, setting high standards, and providing a positive environment.  Students will be able to earn a high school diploma and explore different college and career options.  

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