Competitive Clubs

Academic Team

The Academic Team is made up of about 10-15 members who compete in five-person teams. Questions are chosen from the following content areas: Science, Math, Social Studies, Literature, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, and Language Arts. Members are chosen by the head coach who receives referrals from GNHS faculty. The Academic Team competes against other area high schools in IHSA approved competitions. There is a varsity and a junior varsity team.

Meetings are Wednesdays after school in room A331.


Bass Fishing


Chess Team

The Grayslake North Chess Club is a weekly club that welcomes novice as well as experienced players. Students work on honing chess fundamentals and strategies and engage in spirited competition with one another. The GNHS Chess Club has approximately 15-20 members in attendance per meeting, and new members are always welcome! The GNHS Chess Club is actively pursuing outside competition opportunities, particularly with our counterpart Grayslake Central.


Debate Team

The North Debate Team runs from August to March. This competitive club provides excellent opportunities to learn how formal debates run. Students will develop skills in research, leadership, teamwork, and public speaking. Students write bills dealing with foreign affairs, economics, and public welfare and then debate them according to congressional/parliamentary procedure at tournaments held one Saturday a month. In between the tournaments, students research the bills so they are able to give speeches and ask questions during a debate. No prior experience is necessary.

Meetings are every Wednesday after school in the Hub.


Summer Debate

Flag Football

Girls Flag Football


Future Business Leaders of America

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a non-profit educational association of students preparing for careers in business, leadership, and related fields. This is a national club that can extend from high school into college. There are numerous leadership, business, charitable, and social activities planned throughout the year. We plan to attend a yearly conference that provides opportunities for recognition, scholarships, and awards.


Math Team

The Math Team is made up of students from all four grade levels that enjoy challenging math problems and timed competition as individuals and teams. Participants take part in local and regional math contests. Strong performances may lead to the IHSA State Competition. Preparation for the competitions begins in November. The contests take place from December through February. State competition is in April. Many members participate in other teams and clubs without a conflict in scheduling.


Model UN

Model UN is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at Model UN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or the IHSA. All students are welcome!


Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad team is composed of students from all grade levels that are interested in a wide range of scientific and engineering fields. The team trains from September to March preparing for the 23 events that make up a typical competition. Event topics include the following content areas: Biology, Human Anatomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Astronomy, Physics, and Engineering. Event competitions include knowledge tests, laboratory experiments, and demonstration of prebuilt machines. The regional competition is held in March and the IHSA State Competition is held in April at the University of Illinois.

Meetings are every Thursday after school in A329.


Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community where every single person is accepted and welcomed regardless of ability or disability. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for high-school students with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.