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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. In our 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

GHS North opened its doors to August 2009 to address the growing concern of the increased number of dropouts in the Galesburg community. Led by Principal Wes Olson and Assistant Superintendent Joel Estes, GHS North serviced 55 students in its first year. In 2009, GHS North graduated 18. In 2010, GHS North expanded its teaching staff and increased enrollment. This year, the school has currently over 90 students with close to 50 who will graduate in May. To date, in the first 6 years of operation, 248 students have graduated from North. 

2009-2010 Year By The Numbers 2010-2011 By The Numbers
Community School District #205 Drop-out Rate: 7.4 % Community School District #205 Drop-out Rate: 5.9%
Community School District #205 Graduation Rate: 81.1% Community School District #205 Graduation Rate: 78.1%
Total GHS North Graduates: 19 Total GHS North Graduates: 44
2011-2012 Year By The Numbers 2012-2013 Year By The Numbers
Community School District #205 Drop-out Rate: 4.6% Community School District #205 Drop-out Rate: 2.7%
Community School District #205 Graduation Rate: 83.3% Community School District #205 Graduation Rate: 82.3%
Total GHS North Graduates: 45 Total GHS North Graduates: 44
Funding

Funds for the operations of GHS North come out of the Galesburg CUSD #205 Educational Fund.The cost of GHS North per year in 2009-2013 was $385,000.The cost of GHS North per year in 2013-2014 was $454,786.

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.