The History of Big Rock Township High School
The township of Big Rock is located in southwestern Kane County on U.S. Route 30 at Rhodes Avenue,
edging ever closer to being called a western Chicago suburb. The IHSA web site places the Big Rock town population at
800, while our research of the official 2000 Illinois Census lists it as a rapidly growing city with a population
at that time (2000) of 1,938. A city of note near Big Rock is Aurora, about 10 miles to the west. The
Burlington Northern Railroad runs through town. Big Rock is slowly being preyed upon by the Chicago metropolitan area and
will soon be (if it isn't already) considered a western suburb of Chicago.
It was after the 1957 school year that Big Rock area residents found it in their best interest to merge
with nearby Hinckley. According to Elton Lash, the final graduating class of Big Rock High School included
Jim Ford, Dianne Dummett, Sandra Brackett, Lee Jump, Judy Thompson, Phyllis Morse, Harlan Schmidt, Ron Fritsch, Alice
Kammes, and George Eberly. The creation of the Hinckley - Big Rock school system is a
fact. Hinckley - Big Rock High School is still going strong today.
The fate of the original Big Rock High School building is unknown. There is still a Big Rock Elementary
School for grades K - 8 in town.
Big Rock Township High School Quick Facts
School nickname: the "Panthers"
School colors: Blue
School Fight Song: unavailable