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Year Opened: Fall 1964           
JT West Principals                                              
Richard E. Terry               1964-66
Clarence Stallman            1966-68
Dr. John Vanko                 1969-71
Leroy Leslie                     1972-73
Dr. John Vanko                 1973-76
Leroy Leslie                     1977-83
Arlene Urquhart                1984-87
Ronald O’Brien                 1988-93
Dr. Richard Samlin            1994-97
Dean Schultz                   1998-99
Shirley Lang                     2000-02
Cheryl McCarthy               2003-09
Teresa Gibson                  2009-Present
JT West Name                  Tigers 1964-93 / Steelmen 1994-2010
JT West School Colors       Black, Gold and White
JT West Mascot                Tiger 1964-93 / Steelman 1994-2010
JT West Name/Mascot       Tigers - All teams beginning with 2011
JT West Newspaper           Tiger Tales
JT West Yearbook              Alpha Omega

Fight! Fight! Fight!
Go! West High
Go! Tigers!
Fight! Show the foe your might
Victory and glory bring
Every loyal son will sing!
Rah, Rah, Rah!
Black, gold and white
West is best, and that’s our battle cry
Loyalty and honor to the men of Joliet West High

(Note: The Joliet West fight/loyalty song was composed by and lyrics written by Choir Director, Roy Johnson.)
In September of 1964, Joliet Township High School opened its West campus doors to students for the first time. The original construction of the building has now seen four additions. In 2003, the new cafeteria was added along with a new commons area, thirty-eight classrooms, an expanded library, modified office space, and remodeled science laboratories. The most exciting addition is the state-of-the-art West field house dedicated in opening ceremonies on October 28, 2008 enabling the district to facilitate the restoration of a separate sports program. The field house has the capability for a variety of sports activities. There are three basketball courts, three volleyball courts, and three tennis courts as well as room for track and field, hurdles, pole vaulting, long jump, and cages for batting practice.
Since the fall of 1993, the campuses of JT West and JT Central have shared a sports program as Steelmen when the teams were combined due to district budget constraints. However, during the 2008-2009 school year, the district began to divide the schools athletic programs starting with the freshmen teams. By the school year
of 2010-2011, all JT West teams will once again be known as the Tigers.
JT West offers a wide variety of sports for its students. Among the girls’ sports are cross country, golf, track and field, basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, badminton, swimming, bowling, and gymnastics. Boy’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, golf, track and field, cross country, swimming, hockey and wrestling.
There are many significant achievements in West campus sports history. The West “men of the mat” qualified a number of times for state finals and brought home several state wrestling championships. The Boys’ golf teams have been district champs and sectional champs. In boys’ tennis, the teams have taken district titles and have been awarded regional plaques.
When the IHSA offered a state championship in girls’ basketball, the West team was one of the first teams to win a first place trophy. The girls’ basketball teams have been regional champs, sectional champs and state champions. The track relay team has been a state champion. The girls’ cross country teams have been regional champs. The softball teams have been successful as regional champs, sectional champs and state champions. The girls’ tennis teams have claimed district championships. Volleyball teams have won as district champs and regional champs.
Over the years, the baseball teams have been successful as regional champs and have qualified for the state finals several times. The boys’ basketball team has won regional and sectional tournaments. On the gridiron in the late 60s, West’s football team won the Illini-8 conference titles twice. In subsequent years, teams have placed in both the Illini 8 Conference and the SICA West Conference.


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