Pekin Community High School

Pekin, Illinois

Pekin Community High School

Sound system in PCHS football stadium

The brand-new sound system in Pekin Community High School‘s football and track stadium is now outstanding. Pekin Community High School needed a replacement of its current football field sound system. Before the sound upgrades, they were making major renovations to the football and track field including a new expanded press box and lighting.
Thompson Electronics Company determined that Pekin HS was looking for a premier-level audio system for their renovated field. We designed a custom high-performance audio reinforcement system specifically for their audio coverage needs consisting of incredibly high-quality outdoor-rated speakers and subwoofers by Danley Sound Labs. Danley Sound Labs speakers are utilized in many major league sports arenas including Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers), Mercedes Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons), and Churchill Downs (Kentucky Derby). We chose Danley because of their exceptional sound quality as well as the ability to cover long distances effectively while withstanding the harsh outdoor conditions of a football field. We powered the Danley speakers with modern digital QSC amplification and processing and paired everything with Shure wireless microphones. The end result is a sound system that provides high-output music and crystal-clear announcements that excite the fans and players during every home game.

Engineer’s Statement

Carl Howell, Thompson Electronics’ Senior Audiovisual Design Engineer stated, “This will be the gold standard for audio systems at high school football fields going forward. Loud, clean, intelligible, and punchy. Tim Bonnette and Pekin High’s Athletic Director were so happy! Our AV team did great work. This audio system goes along with their new press box they just had built. The new system features all Danley Sound Labs OS series speakers and subwoofers with Ashly processing, Shure mics, and QSC amplification.”


“Thompson Electronics’ team did an amazing job from design through install. Very clear sound from the announcer mics across the entire stadium as well as excellent sound for music played on the system. The range of sound coming from these speakers are outstanding.”

Tim Bonnette

CPMM Director of Buildings and Grounds, Pekin Community High School

Synchronized digital clock system and security cameras at Pekin Community High School

Our professional team at Thompson Electronics Company designed multiple systems for Pekin Community High School. These included the stadium sound, access control, video surveillance, and fire alarm systems.

Access Control

In 2017, we began our relationship with Pekin Community High School #303 by taking over their Keri Systems Access Control System. The existing Keri Systems access control software was antiquated and lacked the feature set needed by a large modern high school. We designed and replaced their access control system with a state of the art AMAG Technology Symmetry Access Control System which currently has over 30 controlled and monitored openings. The system is also specially programmed for “global lockdown” capability in the event of an active situation. We also added a visitor entry system which generates temporary badging to monitor the entry, circulation and departure of parents, public, vendors and contractors who visit the facility.


Video Surveillance System

In 2019, we were contracted by PCHS to replace their existing ExacqVision CCTV system and Arecont cameras. Our design solution was a robust Avigilon Video Surveillance System with 12 megapixel (MP) 360 degree panoramic cameras for large gathering spaces, stairwells and challenging coverage areas. We also included 15 MP 270 degree multi-sensor cameras at the exterior corners of each building for maximum video surveillance coverage. The Avigilon Video Surveillance System currently has 100+ cameras deployed in the exterior and exterior of the building.


Stadium audio and sound system at Pekin Community High School
Large monitor install at Pekin Community High School

Fire Alarm System

The existing system consisted of a zoned simplex and an addressable Edwards EST2 system. Thompson Electronics designed an Edwards EST3 fire alarm system to replace both existing systems to become fully code compliant. We performed the install, programmed and certified the new system and have serviced and maintained the system through multiple building remodels since initial install.