New Trier Post #1 and #2
#3 and #4, #5
New Trier 12 - Lane Tech 2. That is not a football, soccer, or any other sports score. Instead that is the number of field goal posts that New Trier has on its campus compared to the 2 field goal posts that Lane Tech has access to at Lane stadium.
Lane Tech and New Trier have a lot of similarities. Both are ancient schools - Lane Tech is 100 years old and New Trier is about 106 years old. Both have high academic standards - Lane Tech and New Trier regularly are top 20 ranked public academic schools in the state of Illinois. Both schools have large enrollments - Lane Tech and New Trier have enrollments of around 4,000 students.
But that is where the similarities stop. New Trier, funded primarily by the property taxes of the posh North Shore communities of Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmete, Northfield, and Glencoe - put a primary focus on education and facilities for the kids communities. Meanwhile, Lane Tech is funded by the highly beurecratic Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The CPS has a gigantic challenge of running a large school system through a centralized CPS system.
I'm not really sure what happened over the past 100 years of the school's history, but somehow over the years the Chicago area has come up with a large gulf in the differences between schools like New Trier and Lane Tech. We have now come up with situations where some schools like New Trier has all the advantages - like the 12 field goal posts compared to the 2 field goal; New Trier has at least 8 soccer fields compared to zero for Lane Tech; New Trier has at least 16 tennis courts compared to zero for Lane Tech; New Trier has 2 tracks compared to one for Lane Tech; New Trier even has two field hockey fields to you guessed it zero for Lane Tech
The sources of the problem are many - and are beyond the scope of this article. But the challenge of fixing it are monumental. You see, the currrent CPS administration - no matter how good they are have the unenviable task of fixing a system (the CPS) - that was in deep trouble to begin with.
Lane Tech and New Trier play each other this Friday in an IHSA first round football game. At the end of the game you'll probably see a score of something like New Trier 44- Lane Tech 7. Some will say, New Trier whooped Lane Tech on that day. But I say, New Trier did not win because of the play on the field - a big part of the win came way before that. New Trier won when someone in the New Trier leadership decided a long time ago that it was better for the community to create 12 field goal posts.
New Trier field goal post #6
#12....Why the heck does New Trier have or even need 12 football field goal post? The bigger question is Why does a similar size school like Lane Tech only have 2?