Department Overview

  • Welcome to Township High School District 113’s Transportation Department! We take great pride in the services that we provide to students at Deerfield and Highland Park High School. 



    Our 31 school bus drivers, all of whom are District 113 employees, provide safe and efficient transportation on District-owned buses to more than 3,680 HPHS and more than 2,100 DHS students each week. This includes morning and afternoon routes, early bird routes, a late activity run, and door to door transportation for some special needs students. In addition, District 113 drivers transport Transition Special Needs students, athletes, activity participants, and students and staff attending field trips.

    The safety of our students is extremely important to us. Our school bus drivers undergo rigorous training before they are entrusted to transport our students, and each of our drivers begin their day with a pre-trip inspection on their bus—often before sunrise, like the photo above! Two in-house mechanics are responsible for maintenance and repairs to the District-owned fleet, which in addition to the buses includes tractors, driver’s education cars, activity buses, and plowing equipment. This approach is both efficient and cost-effective compared with outsourcing.

    We are fortunate to own our own buses and hire our own drivers, which we feel makes our service more personable. 


    There are drivers in the District 113 Transportation Department who have worked here for more than 30 years.

    Multiple District 113 bus drivers have been nominated for Superintendent Recognition Awards for going above and beyond in their service.

    You can help keep our students safe by obeying school bus stop laws. The lights on a bus are like rolling traffic signals: motorists must stop when red flashing lights and the stop sign of the bus become visible. There should be at least 20 feet between the bus and the next motor vehicle.