Principal’s Message

August, 2022

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Thornton Fractional South High School, let me extend to you a warm welcome as you begin planning for your success in the 2022-2023 school year.  Throughout this website you will find information pertinent to our school that will be helpful.  Please familiarize yourself with our school’s academic and extra-curricular opportunities, and peruse the Guidance Department site (listed under the Students tab at the top of the page) where you will find information about academic and social/emotional supports.  As an example, our after school homework center, open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting in September, provides structured time to complete challenging assignments with both teachers and tutors available as well as transportation home.  

During the summer months, our teachers and our building support staff worked diligently to prepare for the year ahead of us.  They attended training sessions, planned the registration process, and readied the building to house and support the learning of our family that nears 2,000 in number.  Know that every member of our staff has your success and achievement at the forefront of his/her planning, instruction, and communication.

One goal I have for every student is to participate in at least one club, activity, or sport during his/her high school years.  There is truly something for everyone here.  The research is clear that extra-curricular involvement is highly correlated with students’ academic achievement, test scores, social-emotional health, and likelihood of civic participation as adults.  So, see what fits your interest and give something a try. It just might change your life for the better.

On behalf of your new high school family, welcome to T.F. South High School.  Go Red Wolves!


Jake Gourley, Principal

Contact Information

Main Office: (708) 585-2000

Main Office Staff

Mr. Jake Gourley - Principal
(708) 585-2007

Ms. Paula Nardi - Assistant Principal of Instruction
(708) 585-2008

Nicole Moore - Administrative Asst.
(708) 585-2007

Celeste Wiggins - Administrative Asst.
(708) 585-2005