Principal's Message

As Principal of Evanston High School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school website. We thank you for taking the time to visit. We hope to provide you with some useful information that is easy to use and strategically located on the site.  The website and our school Facebook pages showcase the wealth of experiences we offer the students and give them a wider audience for their wonderful work. We hope you enjoy your visit and return regularly to check out our latest news.  

Our staff has set some very targeted goals that get to the heart of student achievement.   Our goals for the year are focused on how each individual is performing on each of our most important standards.  Our goal is that 75% of our students are proficient or advanced in the prioritized standards.  We have also set a goal to ensure that our students are taking full advantage of Devil Pride Time to help them with their own academic needs.

As parents, I ask you all to join us in a community-wide effort to increase student achievement and the expectations for our young people.  Our youth are our largest investment into the future.  We have re-adopted or reemphasized the use of our great seal that was developed in 1936.  The seal contains the motto, “Toward the Highest.”  Please join us in pushing our culture of education to higher levels of greatness.

My life has been richly blessed as I have returned home to be a “Red Devil” again.   Serving as a Spanish teacher and administrator has been a great challenge and an exciting ride.  The friendships I have developed, and the achievements I have witnessed in our students are my favorite part of the job.


Merle Lester

“Toward the Highest”