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Skokie History Digital Collections

Niles West Spectrum High School Yearbooks, 1962-1989


Seniors Anthony Irpino and Joy Grossberg enjoy their reign of Homecoming King and Queen, 1988.

Merrick Garland class picture, 1970

Merrick Garland, 1970

This collection includes the digitized Spectrum yearbooks of Niles West High School, or Niles West, a public four-year high school located in Skokie, Illinois. The school is part of Niles Township Community High School District 219, which also includes Niles North High School.

Fun Facts

  • In 2007, Niles West had an average composite ACT score of 22.3, and graduated 93.2% of its senior class.
  • The student newspaper, West Word, has been awarded first place for seven years, with special merit twice, by the American Scholastic Press Association Newspaper contest.
  • The sports teams were renamed the Wolves at the end of the 1999–2000 school year. 

Notable Alumni 

  • Merrick Garland, Chief United States Circuit Judge and nominee for United States Attorney General in 2021
  • Jewell Loyd, point guard/shooting guard for the Seattle Storm
  • George Papadopoulos, a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Related historical information can be found in the Skokie Newspaper Index.

Niles West High School Yearbooks