October 25, 1919 — voters of a 4-township area (Dorr, Seneca, Hartland, and Greenwood) voted overwhelmingly to create a Community High School district.
While the school community dates back further and was once housed in the building where Woodstock City Hall now stands, the South Street building opened in 1921.
Five additions were built onto the original structure. The first, in 1939, included a swimming pool. Other additions were made in the 1950s with areas for graphic arts, an auto shop, a gymnasium, more classrooms and a music area. Another addition on the western portion of the building was constructed in the 1970s and other renovations took place over the remaining decades.
WHS Today - and What's Next?
We're very proud of the curriculum that has developed and grown through the years at WHS. Below are some of our programs. If you're an alum, you may recognize some; others may be brand new since your years as a Blue Streak.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the United States. STEM education is at the heart of today's high-tech, high-skill global economy. PLTW's comprehensive curriculum for engineering engages students in activities-, project-, and problem-based learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences.
The Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 offers the following PLTW Courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development. Woodstock High School is a Project Lead The Way Certified School, which means that students who successfully complete any of the PLTW courses may be eligible for scholarships, college credit, or priority admittance into PLTW affiliated colleges and universities.
INCubatoredu is a business class where students develop a product or service, from concept and production to marketing and distribution. Students in the challenging class rely on coaching and mentoring from local business leaders to guide them through the process. INCubatoredu is a full-year course, and offers an authentic entrepreneurship experience as students build a business. Students make mistakes, take risks and learn to pivot. They develop their own product or service startup to gain investment funds in a final shark-tank style pitch event. Real entrepreneurs and industry experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses, adapting, and continually learning and improving. WHS is proud to have been one of the first in the entire state to offer this extraordinary experience to its students.
Building Trades Program
Seal of Biliteracy