In September of 1964, JTHS opened its doors to students for the first time as JT Central.
The ROTC was organized in 1917 at the peak of WWI and was the idea of three Joliet high school students after visiting the ROTC program at Wendell Philips High School in Chicago. Through the years, the high school’s ROTC cadets have received ratings of excellence along with many other honors rendering themselves invaluable to the school and to the community. Cadet-sponsored activities over the years have included military balls, dinner dances, Christmas fundraising campaigns for the Salvation Army and other campaigns to benefit the needy families in the community. JT Central cadets continue to serve the community and country.
From the sports pages…. Over 100 hundred years ago, football was only an inter-class activity. In 1902, the school board hired Coach Wilson S. Kline to build a JT team. Coach Kline selected 25 promising boys from the school and trained them in the sport. The first game in JT’s football history was against Aurora played in Joliet. JT won 12-0.
JT Central offers a wide variety of sports for its students. Among the girls’ sports are cross country, track and field, golf, basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, badminton, swimming, bowling and gymnastics. Boys’ sports include baseball, basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, golf, soccer, track and field, cross country, swimming, hockey and wrestling.
The cheerleaders always personify the “Steel Spirit.” The poms Squad once known as the Steeljammers is now the Steelpaws. Both the cheerleading squads and the poms bring high recognition, awards, trophies and ribbons to JT Central for their exceptional routines.