Principal's Message

By Mr. Douglas J. Wildes, Elmwood Park High School Principal

Douglas Wildes photo

NOTE: This welcome message was written for the 2019-20 school year. Mr. Wildes' message for 2020-21 will be published here later this summer. The first day of school will be Aug. 31, 2020.

Dear Tiger Students and Families,

We want to welcome everyone back to Elmwood Park High School for the 2019-20 school year.

We are extremely proud to prepare our graduating Class of 2020 for their final year of formal education within District 401, eager for the incoming Class of 2023 to begin their high school experiences, and thrilled for the rest of the student body to continue on their college and career readiness paths. I am also eager to begin my "junior year" as the building principal at EPHS.

With every year, our No. 1 priority at EPHS is to provide all students the most challenging, inspiring and well-rounded educational experience possible. Our school’s goals are established with various perspectives in mind:

  • Expanding our course offerings to include more elective, dual credit and AP classes to support our students' college and career preparation.
  • Utilizing best teaching practices to maximize classroom instruction and student learning.
  • Pursuing individual social-emotional learning processes for every student.
  • Creating an even broader set of athletic, club and extracurricular opportunities. 

With all these experiences considered, it is our mission to mentor our students at EPHS on what it means to be active and engaged citizens and community members.

We are committed to not only providing the best educational experience possible for the students, but we are also dedicated to making sure the high school is looked upon with an extreme sense of pride by the Elmwood Park community. We will continue to build upon the strongly established community ties, celebrate the academic and extracurricular successes of our students and staff, and actively seek ways to improve the building and its grounds. 

We are excited to build upon the strong foundation established at Elmwood Park High School over the years and are looking forward to a great 2019-20 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me at with any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to discuss.

With kindest regards,

Mr. Douglas J. Wildes

NOTE: To download a PDF copy of this welcome message, please click here.