Hinsdale Township High School District 86 is a public school district located in the western suburbs of Chicago that serves portions of DuPage and Cook counties. The district has two outstanding high schools, Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South, that support the academic, social and emotional learning needs of nearly 4,000 students. It has an amazing Transition Program that has helped hundreds of young adults with disabilities acquire the knowledge, develop the skills and gain the experience they need to be successful following high school. It also has more than 600 highly qualified certified and non-certified staff members who work tirelessly both in and out of the classroom to help students down the path toward their ideal future.
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District 86 will set the standard for excellence by inspiring passion, confidence and excellence.
The first class of Hinsdale High School graduated in 1883.
The University of Illinois recognized Hinsdale High School in 1897. The school was accredited by the North Central Association for the first time in 1908.
In 1913, District 86 came into existence when the elementary school and high school separated into two districts. The name Hinsdale Township High School District 86 became official in 1925.
Construction on Hinsdale Central began in 1947. The work on the school was completed in 1950, and opened with an enrollment of 780 students.
In 1962, voters passed a referendum calling for the creation of a second high school. Hinsdale South was subsequently built, and opened in the fall of 1965 with an enrollment of 418 freshmen and sophomores.