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Conrady Principal Named "Principal of the Year" in South Cook

Conrady Junior High School Principal Andy Anderson was named "Junior High School Principal of the Year" for the South Cook Region of the Illinois Principals' Association, which is the largest region in the state of Illinois.

Anderson, who helped lead the 1,100-student junior high school to the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award, was selected as the winner by a committee of IPA members.

In addition to being honored for guiding Conrady to winning the Blue Ribbon, Anderson was selected based on:

  • Transforming Conrady from a junior high to a teaming concept school;
  • Developing an innovative model, hybrid master schedule;
  • Launching a Parenting Partners program;
  • Branding a new school logo and creating a new level of professionalism;
  • Networking and collaborating with other school principals in the Chicagoland area;
  • Making annual yearly progress by Illinois State Board of Education at the highest achievement level in the school's history;
  • Transitioning the school through a three-year multi-million dollar renovation project while simultaneously adapting to an increased student enrollment of nearly 300 students in eight years;
  • Implementing Project Lead the Way's Gateway STEM program;
  • Incorporating a full-time Spanish I program;
  • Leading the school to TWO national awards (National Title I Distinguished School Award 2014 and the National Blue Ribbon Award 2017) since becoming principal AND both national awards were accomplished with two completely different assistant principals and two completely different sets of team leaders;
  • Partnering and working with Parent-Teacher-Student Association;
  • Pushing the school forward through ever-changing times of society in tandem with leadership of North Palos' Superintendent's team and;
  • Performing action research through graduate-level doctoral work.


Principal Anderson and teacher Grant Griffith brought the National Blue Ribbon Award back to Conrady a few weeks ago following a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Conrady received the award for being an "Exemplary High Performing School" as measured by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Assessment or nationally normed tests.

Congratulations Principal Anderson and all the students, teachers and staff at Conrady on a job well doneBlue Ribbon !