University (Normal)

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U-High Pioneers
Normal, Illinois
Coaches Meghan Flanagan
State Championships 1999 IHSA
Program Status Unknown
School Size Unknown
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University High School, often referred to as U-High, is a public high school in Normal, Illinois on the campus of Illinois State University. Its name is derived from its affiliation as a laboratory school. It competes in Class AA, the "small school" division, of the Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) State Championship Series.

The team was very competitive for many years under the leadership of Tom Holbrook, a member of the IHSSBCA Hall of Fame. It won a State Championship in 1999, finished 2nd in 2000, and finished 3rd in 2002. Its top player probably was Tim Holbrook, the coach's son, who graduated in 1999. Tim cofounded Illinois Questions, a question company that lasted for about two years, along with Ben Ricca of Streator and David Shalowitz of New Trier.

Since Holbrook's retirement, the program has remained fairly competitive finishing in the top spots of various tournaments over the years, but not travelling far beyond local circuits.

Notable Team Accomplishments

  • IHSA State Tournament: 2002 - 3rd Place (1A), 2000 - 2nd Place (1A), 1999 - 1st Place (1A)
  • IHSA Sectional titles: 2000 (1A), 1999 (1A), 1995 (1A), 1994 (1A), 1992 (1A), 1989, 1987
  • IHSA Regional titles: 2017 (2A), 2014 (2A), 2003 (1A), 2002 (1A)
  • Masonic State Qualifier: (3) 2016 (3A), 2009, 1998
  • Bloomington-Normal Intercity Champions: (1+) 2010
  • Cornbelt Conference Champions †: (3+) 2014, 2011, 2010
  • River City Classic Tournament †: 2011