Rock Island High School

Thanks to the state, and local shoppers, the new budget for the Rock Island School District will be balanced, with even a small surplus. After a public hearing Tuesday night, the board of education approved a $71 million budget for the new school year. 

Rock Island School District

The interim principal of Rock Island High School has been promoted. 

'Black Students Didn't Feel Like They Had A Voice'

Feb 9, 2018

Joy and Gaye Shannon were new to the Quad Cities when they became students at Rock Island High School in the early 1970s. 

It was a time when political tension and unfair treatment of African American students persisted in schools. In 1972, this angst resulted in a week of unrest at Rock Island High School — often referred to as the Rocky riots.

'I Had A Profession That I Dearly Loved'

Nov 24, 2017

Rick Miers taught social studies and history for 36 years–30 of them were spent at Rock Island High School. He discusses his career with Dave Geenen for The Great Quad Cities Listen.


A major step in the renovation of a historic park in Rock Island will be taken Tuesday. The newly-refurbished baseball diamond in Douglas Park will host its first game - Rock Island High School versus Alleman.

Rock Island County Health Department

After a concert at the i Wireless Center, some local residents are showing signs of being exposed to anthrax. That's the scenario for a drill Thursday for the Rock Island County Health Department, and several other local groups.

Grad Walk Inspires Young Students

May 26, 2016

A local principal hopes to encourage his students to graduate with an idea he got from social media. Today, Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Milan held a "Grad Walk," with graduating seniors from Rock Island High School. 

WVIK Staff

Student achievement and new programs were among the top improvements this past year for the Rock Island and Milan schools. That's according to Superintendent Mike Oberhaus, who gave the annual State of the Schools address today, to members of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. 


Students at Rock Island High School will make their own business plan and test it in the community. Last week, the school launched a new entrepreneur program, to teach students how to run a business. Rock Island High School business teacher, Trish Matson, says only about 9 schools across the US offer the Incubator Entrepreneur Program. And, high schools are an "untapped market of new ideas and innovation."

She says an old childcare classroom has been renovated to look like a Google office, with open space and work stations. And, 45 students are working in teams of 5 to create a business plan, conduct market research, and test it on potential customers.

A Vietnam War Veteran from Milan will be honored Dec. 9. The Rock Island School Board will award Thomas Hickson his 1968 high school diploma.  Hickson says he left high school when he was seventeen to join the Navy. 

In 1972, Hickson was honorably discharged from the Navy. When he returned to the Quad Cities, he earned his GED and became a police officer in Milan.