The communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights, a suburban neighborhoods on the outskirts of Chicago, are home to immigrant families spanning multiple generations. There is no town square and not much of a shared history or experience with other residents; however, Ridgewood High School is the one experience that everyone shares.
It is a life-long experience.
Residents come there as young students; return as parents for their children; use the gym or auditorium facilities; and learn as adult learners in its extension classes.
In this very real sense, Ridgewood High School is the community.