Palatine High School - Activities


PHS currently offers over 80 extracurricular activities for students to participate in.

Varsity Flag Team

The Varsity Flag team has been Overall State Champions for three consecutive years: 2007, 2008, and 2009. Each year they received 1st place in the Tall Flag and Lyrical Flag categories. Additionally, they have been the Overall Flag Division State Champions, having scored the highest of all the teams that competed with a flag routine. They compete through Team Dance Illinois.


The PHS band has been to numerous states across the US, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Canada, and twice to London, England.

The band represented the state of Illinois in the WWII Memorial Dedication Parade in Washington, D.C. in May 2004.

In 2005 thirteen members of the PHS band were cast as extras in the World War II movie, Flags of Our Fathers directed by Clint Eastwood. The scene they were in was shot at Glencoe Train Station in Glencoe, Illinois.

In 2007 thirty members of the band were cast to portray the Syracuse University Marching Band in the movie The Express. The scene was filmed at Ryan Field on the Northwestern University campus. The movie stars Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.

In 2010 the band played at the White House staff Christmas party, after the PHS choir turned down the invitation to return due to prior engagements. Instead, choir director, Steve Sivak, suggested that the band should play.

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