University (Normal)

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University (Normal) Pioneers
Normal, Illinois
Coaches Rachel Johnson
State Championships 1999 IHSA
Program Status Unknown
School Size Unknown
NAQT Page link

University High School, often referred to as U High, is a public high school in Normal, Illinois. Its name is due to its affiliation with Illinois State University, which used to be a Teachers College but is now a large multipurpose university. It competes in Class A, 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.

The team is still active, winning the River City Tournament and finishing 2nd at Streator Rotary in 2010-11.