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UHS Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

May 4th, 2015

Four Tiger student athletes participated in a public signing of their letters of intent to their respective colleges to attend and play sports. The signing took place on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 1:45pm in the UHS Commons. Family and friends, along with UHS faculty and college representatives joined in the celebration for the following seniors.  The faculty, staff, and administrators at UHS and USD116 wish our student athletes all the best in their future endeavors. Read the rest of this entry »


UHS Theatre’s production of Working, April 29 – May 3

April 23rd, 2015

“Gritty, gripping, and human,” UHS Theatre’s production of Working (April 29 – May 3), promises to connect with everyone in the community.

When Tim Broeker was in high school years ago, acting in the musical Working proved to be a pivotal theatre experience. Now, as Director of Theatre at Urbana High School, Broeker is providing the experience for his students—and taking it up a notch.

“This show was a life-changing theatre experience for me my junior year of high school,” says Broeker, explaining that the adults in the audience connected with the show more than anything the school had produced before. “As a teenager, it was the first time I realized that our theatre experience wasn’t just about us and what we were doing on stage. It was about connecting with an audience and their point of view.” Read the rest of this entry »


UHS hosting 37th annual Gene Armer Track and Field Invitational

March 20th, 2015

Urbana High School will play host to the 37th annual Gene Armer Track and Field Invitational this Saturday, March 21, 2015.  The event will take place at the Armory, 505 E. Armory, Champaign, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Over 80 teams from high schools across the state are registered for the event; approximately 825 male and female student athletes will participate in this annual invitational.  The event is open to the public with a $5 entry fee for adults and a $4 entry fee for students with a school ID. Track events will start at 9:00 am and field events will start at 9:30am.  A detailed list of events can be found below.



  • 3200m Run Men/Women (1/1)
  • 60m Hurdle Prelims Men/Women (4/4)
  • 60m Dash Prelims Men/Women (4/4)
  • 3200m Relay Men/Women (2/2)

***30 Minute Break***

  • 60m Hurdle Finals Women/Men (1/1)
  • 60m Dash Finals Men/Women (1/1)
  • 800m Run Men/Women (3/3)
  • 800m Relay Men/Women (5/5)
  • 400m Dash Men/Women (6/6)
  • 1600m Run Men/Women (2/2)
  • 200m Dash Men/Women (6/6)
  • 1600m Relay Men/Women (5/6)



  • Pole Vault (Women-Men)
  • Shot Put (Men-Women)
  • High Jump (Women-Men)
  • Long Jump (Men West; Women East)
  • Triple Jump (After LJ)

Urbana High School is celebrating their 100th anniversary during the 2014-15 academic year.  The Joseph Royer-designed building saw its first students in November of 1914.  Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit www.usd116.org. You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USD116 or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.


UHS Social Justice Committee gathering prom donations

March 17th, 2015

The social justice committee at Urbana High School provides an opportunity for our students to buy affordable prom attire. That’s where we need your help! We are looking for gently used prom attire: dresses (short or long), accessories, ties, suits, and shirts.

Donations will be accepted from now until March 27th. Please take the donations to Urbana High School main office.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Christine Rinkenberger at crinkenberger@usd116.org. Thank you in advance for your support!

UHS Social Justice Committee Prom Donation Flyer

ICTM 35th Regional High School Mathematics Contest Results; UHS Teams Advance to State

March 5th, 2015

UHS students competed in the 35th ICTM Regional Mathematics Contest on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  The contest, held at various regional sites throughout Illinois, included fifteen schools attending the regional tournament hosted at Parkland College.  After the school points were totaled, UHS Math Team was awarded third place.

Results for UHS students in individual and team contests are as follows (with notations on who advanced to State): Read the rest of this entry »

UHS students participating in the Eric Show

February 27th, 2015

Art work created by Urbana High School and other area students will be on display for the 6th Annual Eric Show from March 12 through April 5 at the Illini Union Art Gallery.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 12 from 5pm to 7pm at the Illini Union Art Gallery.  Awards will be announced at 6pm and refreshments will be provided.  The Eric Show honors the legacy of Eric Steffensen, a UHS graduate who was killed by a drunk driver in 1970.

UHS students who have art work in the show are:

Bernie Arends
Josephina Figueroa
Anikka Gilbert
Shauri Gonzalez
Elizabeth Guenther
Cora McQueen
Lucy O’Brien
Chloe Percival
Heidi Pierce
Willie Powers
Danielle Reed
Rebekah Rees
Paris Sharp
Yen Ching Shih
Tyler Smith
Brenna Swartz

From the Eric Show, 40 North web site:

The Eric Show is a juried high school art show that was established in 2010 and is endowed by Dale and Peg Steffensen in memory of Dale’s son Eric (1951-1970). Throughout high school, Eric won several awards for his outstanding artwork and demonstrated creativity that was far beyond his years. He worked with Rob Fisher, then a sculpture professor at the University of Illinois, and began preparing his portfolio with plans of majoring in art at UIUC. Eric had graduated a semester early from Urbana High School but while driving home from a hockey game in early 1970, he was killed by a drunk driver at the corner of Race and Michigan streets in Urbana.

The Eric Show honors Eric’s legacy as well as encourages the amazing young artists of this community.


One Winter Night in Champaign

February 11th, 2015

A group of UHS students joined other local high school students and community members and participated in the “One Winter Night” event in downtown Champaign this past weekend. The event was successful in creating awareness about homelessness, but also in gathering donations to help those without shelter or a place to live.  UHS students said they will continue their fundraising through this coming Friday, February 13.

Nine students, some from the National Honors Society, participated in the, “One Winter Night,” spent six hours outdoors that night, in cardboard shelters or on the street, interacting with supporters and other members of the community.  One student who participated in the event, Penny Xu, wrote in an email, “The atmosphere was really friendly as the whole community came together last night to support and address homelessness.”  She went on to say that it was an eye-opening experience for the group and that they look forward to participating again next year.

Donations are still being accepted and the UHS group is looking to raise $1,000. For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.cuathome.us.

This is the story from the News-Gazette about the event: One Winter Night nets more than $94,000


UHS students attend ILMEA All-State Conference

February 3rd, 2015

Congratulations to the several Urbana High School Band, Choir, and Orchestra students who participated in the Illinois Music Education Association’s (ILMEA) All-State Conference held in Peoria on January 29, 30, and 31. Students were selected for this honor by auditioning and being selected to the ILMEA District Band, Choir, or Orchestra in November of 2014. Because the UHS students placed so highly at the district level performance (in November), they advanced to All-State and performed this past weekend.

The Choir student was placed into the All-State Choir after his participation in the District III Choir in November. The Band and Orchestra Students auditioned again when they arrived in Peoria and were then placed into one of four groups: the ILMEA All-State Band or Orchestra or the ILMEA All-State Honors Band or Orchestra. The following is a list of UHS students and their placements:

Troy Webster – All-State Choir – Tenor II
Cecilia Brown – All-State Honors Band – B-flat Clarinet
Henry Ando – All-State Honors Orchestra – B-flat Clarinet
Jack Wright – All-State Honors Orchestra – Trumpet

Monical’s Community Night for Girls Basketball

January 14th, 2015

Looking to help support our ladies basketball team? Then please join them at the Philo Road Monical’s for a community night fundraiser on January 20th.

Monical’s will donate 20% of your dinner check to the girls basketball team. To obtain a copy of the discount flier or more information, visit www.monicalspizza.com or the Urbana High sports website at il.8to18.com/urbana.

Please note, flyer must accompany order for donation to be applied; not valid with delivery.


Urbana Exchange Club UHS Student of the Month

December 18th, 2014

Congratulations to Cecilia Brown, UHS class of 2015, on being honored with the Urbana Exchange Club UHS Student of the Month for December.  Cecilia and her parents attended a recent Exchange Club luncheon where she was presented with a certificate of achievement from the group.

Thank you to the men and women of the Urbana Exchange Club for their continued support of our students!

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