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Decades of Dominance: Top IHSA Football Programs By Decade

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Illinois high school football historians Kev Varney and Tom Sikorski have compiled an in-depth look at the top programs in state history by decade. Below is the top programs in state history via winning percentage by decade:

BEST OVERALL WINNING PERCENTAGE IN ANY DECADE BETWEEN 1900-2019 (AS OF 9/24/2020)
(50 games played minimum before 1920, 75 after that)

RANK PCT SCHOOL RECORD DECADE
1 91.875 Evanston (Township) 73-6-1 1960-69
2 91.836 East St. Louis (Senior) 90-8-5 1950-59
3 91.666 Ottawa (Township) 81-6-3 1960-69
4 91.24 Rochester 125-12 2010-19
5 91.2 Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) 114-11 2000-09
6 90.551 Sterling (Newman Community Catholic) 115-12 2010-19
7 91.044 Chicago (Mt. Carmel) 122-12 1990-99
8 91.011 Springfield (HS) 76-9-4 1930-39
9 90.384 Stockton 94-10 1970-79
10 90 Park Ridge (Maine South) 117-13 2000-09
11 89.763 New Lenox (Providence Catholic) 114-13 1990-99
12 89.738 Geneseo (Darnall) 98-11-2 1970-79
13 89.655 Westville 75-6-6 1920-29
14 88.888 Addison (Driscoll) 112-14 2000-09
15 87.5 Greenfield 49-7 1910-19
(tie) 87.5 Auburn (IL) 76-10-2 1950-59
17 87.378 East St. Louis (Senior) 90-13-4 1940-49
18 87.301 Metamora 110-16 1990-99
19 87.179 Sycamore 67-10-2 1960-69
20 87.142 Decatur (St. Teresa) 90-12-3 1970-79
21 87.113 Chicago (Fenger) 81-9-7 1940-49
22 87.096 Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) 108-16 2010-19
23 86.875 Hinsdale HS/Hinsdale (Central) 68-9-3 1960-69
24 86.821 Joliet (Catholic Academy) 112-17 2000-09
25 86.776 Williamsville 105-16 2010-19
26 86.794 Oak Park (OP-River Forest) 88-13-1 1910-19
27 86.725 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) 98-15 2010-19
28 86.507 Carthage (HS)/Carthage (Illini West) 109-17 2000-09
29 86.419 Wheaton (HS) 69-10-2 1920-29
30 86.131 Durand 118-19 2010-19
31 85.955 Chenoa 76-12-1 1950-59
32 85.937 Wheaton (Central)/Wheaton (Warrenville-South) 110-18 1990-99
33 85.714 Joliet (Catholic) 96-15-2 1970-79
34 85.833 Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) 103-17 2010-19
35 85.576 Richmond (R.-Burton) 89-15 1980-89
36 85.365 Macomb (Western) 70-12 1960-69
37 85.294 Wilmette (Loyola) 116-20 2010-19
38 85.263 Chicago (Leo) 79-12-4 1940-49
39 85.185 Mooseheart 67-10-4 1920-29
40 85.148 Stronghurst (Southern) 85-14-2 1970-79
41 85.123 Bloomington (HS) 103-18 2000-09
42 85 Lake Forest (HS) 67-11-2 1960-69
(tie) 85 Jacksonville (Routt) 84-14-2 1970-79
44 84.939 Murphysboro 67-9-7 1940-49
45 84.883 Oak Park (OP-River Forest) 70-10-6 1960-69
46 84.873 Sterling (Newman Community Catholic) 107-18 1990-99
47 84.848 Maroa (M.-Forsyth) 112-20 2010-19
48 84.615 Macomb (Western) 65-11-2 1950-59
49 84.482 Tuscola 71-11-5 1940-49
50 84.259 Arcola 91-17 1980-89
51 84.21 Carbondale (HS) 78-13-4 1960-69
52 84.166 Batavia 101-19 2010-19
53 84.134 Metamora 86-15-3 1970-79
54 84.126 Lena (L.-Winslow) 106-20 2010-19
55 84.042 Franklin Park (East Leyden) 79-15 1970-79
56 83.962 McHenry 89-17 1990-99
57 83.928 Morris 94-18 1980-89
58 83.908 Oak Park (OP-River Forest) 70-11-6 1930-39
59 83.87 DuQuoin (HS) 104-20 1990-99
60 83.62 Carthage (Hancock Central)/Carthage (HS) 97-19 1990-99
61 83.486 Springfield (Griffin)/Springfield (Sacred Heart-G.) 91-18 1980-89
62 83.478 Morris 97-19 1990-99
63 83.2 Chicago (Mt. Carmel) 104-21 1980-89
64 83.035 Monmouth (Warren) 93-19 1990-99
65 82.843 Princeville 84-17-1 1970-79
66 82.727 Mount Carmel (IL) 91-19 1980-89
(tie) 82.727 Carterville 91-19 2000-09
68 82.666 Roodhouse 61-13-2 1930-39
69 82.568 Mount Carmel (IL) 90-19 1990-99
70 82.5 Geneseo (Darnall) 99-21 1990-99
(tie) 82.5 Aledo (HS)/Aledo (Mercer County) 99-21 2000-09
(tie) 82.5 Park Ridge (Maine South) 99-21 2010-19
73 82.456 Wilmington 94-20 2010-19
74 82.368 Jacksonville (HS) 71-14-3 1950-59
75 82.323 Wilmette (Loyola) 79-15-5 1960-69
76 82.258 Tuscola 102-22 2000-09
77 82.203 Oak Lawn (Richards) 97-21 1990-99
78 82.113 Hardin (Calhoun) 101-22 1990-99
79 82.098 Oak Park (OP-River Forest) 65-13-2 1940-49
80 82.065 Chicago (Austin) 72-13-7 1940-49
(tie) 82.065 Oak Park (Fenwick) 75-16-1 1950-59
82 82.051 Joliet (Catholic) 96-21 1980-89
83 82 Danville (HS) 82-18 1970-79
84 81.981 Deerfield 91-20 1980-89
85 81.976 Harvey (Thornton) 70-15-1 1950-59
86 81.958 Murphysboro 76-14-7 1950-59
87 81.818 Geneseo (Darnall) 90-20 1980-89
88 81.632 Staunton 79-19-2 1960-69
89 81.609 Naperville (HS) 67-12-8 1940-49
90 81.578 Walnut 93-21 1980-89
91 81.538 Lombard (Montini) 106-24 2010-19
92 81.395 Flora 68-14-4 1940-49
93 81.325 Arcola 65-12-6 1950-59
94 81.308 Virden 87-20 1990-99
95 81.196 Arcola 95-22 1990-99
(tie) 81.196 Auburn (IL) 95-22 2000-09
97 81.081 Decatur (St. Teresa) 90-21 2000-09
98 81.067 Belleville (Township)/Belleville (West) 81-17-5 1960-69
99 81.034 Concord (Triopia) 94-22 2000-09
100 80.898 Paris 70-15-4 1960-69
101 80.864 Barrington 64-15-2 1950-59
102 80.833 Moweaqua (HS)/Moweaqua (Central A&M) 97-23 1990-99
103 80.813 Moline (HS) 66-13-7 1900-09
104 80.729 Chicago (Morgan Park Military Academy) 73-14-9 1900-09
105 80.722 Peoria (Spalding) 65-14-4 1940-49
106 80.701 Oak Lawn (Richards) 92-22 2000-09
107 80.681 Benton 69-15-4 1920-29
108 80.672 Normal (Community) 96-23 2000-09
109 80.645 Cary (C.-Grove) 100-24 2010-19
110 80.53 Burbank (St. Laurence) 89-20-4 1970-79
111 80.487 St. Joseph/St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 65-15-2 1960-69
112 80.451 Chicago (Mt. Carmel) 107-26 2000-09
113 80.434 Robinson 72-10-4 1940-49
114 80.412 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) 78-17 1970-79
115 80.341 Casey (C.-Westfield) 94-23 2000-09
(tie) 80.341 Stillman Valley 94-23 2000-09
117 80.327 Forreston 98-24 2010-19
118 80.172 Harrisburg 45-10-3 1910-19
(tie) 80.172 Kankakee (McNamara) 93-23 1980-89
(tie) 80.172 Wilmington 93-23 2000-09
(tie) 80.172 Rockford (Boylan Catholic) 93-23 1990-99
(tie) 80.172 Rockford (Boylan Catholic) 93-23 2010-19
(tie) 80.172 Camp Point (Central) 93-23 2010-19
124 80.12 Oregon 66-16-1 1960-69
125 80 Tinley Park (HS) 72-18 1970-79
(tie) 80 Bloomington (HS) 92-23 1990-99
(tie) 80 Downers Grove (South) 88-22 1990-99
(tie) 80 DuQuoin (HS) 96-24 2000-09
(tie) 80 Wheaton (Warrenville-South) 96-24 2000-09
         
    Legend:    
    Red-school is now closed    
    Blue-Is known by another name today    
    Gold-Changed names during that decade    
    Green-No longer offers football    
         
    Photos below by Visual Image Photography    

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