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May 04
Dr. Oberg's Legacy after 32 Years on D155 Board
Dr. Gary Oberg is leaving a lasting impression on Community High School District 155’s students and staff. Dr. Oberg has served on the board for eight terms, nearly 32 years. He is the third longest serving board member in Illinois and the longest serving board member in McHenry County.

In 1985, as a certified pediatrician, Dr. Oberg decided to run for District 155’s Board of Education because he was interested in both medicine and education.

“I have always been really interested in education and teaching. The best way to achieve good health in life is to start with kids. I think it is important to incorporate strategies for good health into the educational curriculum to encourage students to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said. Dr. Oberg.

IMG_6969.jpgHe continues to serves as a senior advisor to the president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. As a Past President of the organization and Continuing Medical Education Chairman for more than ten years, he has lectured nationally and internationally about how the diet and environment can trigger health problems.

In the 90’s, when the D155 board approved the construction of Prairie Ridge High School, Dr. Oberg served on the Building and Grounds Committee. He made environmental health a priority. Prairie Ridge was the first high school in Illinois to accommodate environmental principles from conception to the day it opened its doors.

“Prairie Ridge has windows in every room, there’s minimal carpeting, a superb ventilation system, and the district uses minimally toxic chemicals during remodeling and for ongoing maintenance. Also, Prairie Ridge was built on time and under budget!”

In 1995, Dr. Oberg contributed material that was published nationally in the book “The Healthy School Handbook,” about the environmental hazards in and around schools.  He also has chapters in several books on Integrated Medicine.

In addition to being an advocate for good environmental practices for the district, he has also served on the Wellness Committee working with the district’s food services department to comply with state and federal regulations, offering students healthy food choices in the district’s food program. He was integral in implementing a new Nutrition and Wellness class during the 2016-17 school year at Central and Prairie Ridge and spoke to students.

“I’m happy to come out of retirement and continue to work with them on this course.”

During his years of service as a board member, he worked with six superintendents, approved several educational programs, and approved several renovations and expansions including Cary-Grove’s D and E wings, media center, and Fine Arts Center; Crystal Lake South’s two expansions in 2003 and 2006, and the opening of Haber Oaks in 2008.

“I will miss the professionalism and dedication of the administrators, teachers, and noncertified staff for doing what’s best for students. That’s the reason I kept coming back. I’ve enjoyed going to events and seeing the culmination of our students’ hard work at graduation.”

According to district records, approximately 36,446 studentsIMG_8228.jpg have graduated from Community High School District 155 since Dr. Oberg began serving on the board. (According to May graduate numbers.)

Dr. Oberg is a native to Crystal Lake, he graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School (Central) in 1964.

“I delivered a bunch of the kids, then I gave them their diplomas in D155, welcomed some of them back as teachers in D155, and then congratulated them on getting tenure. I have realized, I have been doing this since before they were born, and it was time to turn it over to the next generation. But, I always enjoyed it.”


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