Shepard History

In 1966, District 218 began looking for a site for a third high school. The other two were Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Blue Island, IL) and Harold L. Richards High School (Oak Lawn, IL).

The school and local residents argued between two sites located on either side of the intersection of 120th Street and Pulaski Avenue in Alsip.

In 1972, the district asked voters in the district to approve a bond issue to raise money for a new school to be located in Palos Heights, IL.

In 1976, the high school officially founded and opened.

In 1984, it closed the freshman building.

Now, it is at 13049 S Ridgeland Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463

Serving roughly 1,800 students, Shepard is solid part of the larger Community High School District 218.

The colors are brown and orange.

Their website is

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Fact: Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, who the school is named after, was second person and the first American to travel into space. In 1971, he walked on the Moon. Learn more.

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