Current Black Leaders Union members commemorate the success of this years MLK assembly (2024).
((L-R) Taylor Smith, Harmony Hubbard, Cheslynn Ash, Riley Bazillion, Leandrew Wade, Jaela May, Zoie Segbawu, Aliya Zeb, Langston Short, Brianne Davis)

Celebrating Black History Month

Blaire Brown, Contributor February 5, 2024

Black history has always been an integral part of Oak Park and River Forest High School.  However, what Black History Month means to the world today is not what it meant 10 years ago. As Black success...

Ripple in Time celebrates the East Pool

Ivy Apacible, Contributor February 5, 2024

It’s often said that all good things must come to an end–a bittersweet feeling that the swimmers and divers at Oak Park and River Forest High School recently experienced.  After much debate and discussion,...

Migrants find Oak Park homes

Liam Shea, Staffer February 5, 2024

In December, 45-year-old Henry Gil arrived in Oak Park after an arduous, four-month-long journey from his homeland, Venezuela. Gil and his partner, Emily Gimenez, had traveled thousands of miles through...

OPRF teaches future entrepreneurs

Lucas Crossman, Contributor December 18, 2023

Peter Mullin, a 2010 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, has a career many would consider an entrepreneur’s dream: he owns OPC Kicks, the Berwyn sneaker store focused on the resale and...

FitzGerald’s new owners revive pub tradition

Maura Mueller, Contributor December 18, 2023

Even with a cool fall breeze in the air, FitzGerald’s patio still had a warm ambiance. On an autumn afternoon, wood burned in the firepit, stacks of hay bales served as impromptu benches and skeletons...

Takeout 25 saves small businesses

Camron Khaledan, Contributor December 18, 2023

Imagine life during April of 2020, the heart of lockdown: restaurants closed, everyone masked up and people standing six feet apart. With customers required to stay home, many Oak Park restaurants were...

Leadership spotlight: Ryan Adelstein

Quinn Bozarth, Staffer December 18, 2023

As the president and founder of the Letters of Love club at Oak Park and River Forest High School, senior Ryan Adelstein has a mission to spread kindness through paper and pen.  Letters of Love sends...

Library highlights whiteboard artists

Teagan Kamradt, Contributor December 18, 2023

Those coming into the library before school, during lunch periods and study halls, or after school to get some homework done, may notice the lively art encompassing the large whiteboard along the main...

Baielli wins alum award

Sadie Collins and Elianna Casselle November 20, 2023

Oak Park and River Forest High School’s beloved Scyla Murray Baielli, an English teacher and world-class athlete, was among the winners of the Tradition of Excellence Award honored in a ceremony...

BLU President Riley Bazillion with Vice President Jaela May and club member Langston Short

Leadership spotlight: Riley Bazillion

Alex Robinson Bellin, News and Opinion Editor November 20, 2023

Walking into the Student Activities Center on a Monday after school, you are immediately greeted by smiles from the members of the Black Leaders Union, or BLU. This year, BLU is led by junior...

Volunteers at Beyond Hunger distributing turkeys.

A turkey for every family this November

Zach Polan, Contributor November 20, 2023

Volunteers bundled up in winter coats and gloves to stay warm during their frigid shift in the parking lot of First United Church. Various boxes and bags of produce, meat and bread were lined...

The trick to scoring that top college?

Hunter Romans, Contributor November 20, 2023

Year after year, anxious families flood the inboxes of college counseling services, willing to spend thousands of dollars to ensure that their children will have their choice of top universities...

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