"We, the premier class of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, wish to dedicate this yearbook, our record of this successful year, to Dr. Leon Lederman. This academy was his inspiration and he has supported it with his entire heart. Thank you from all of us, Dr. Lederman. Without you, we wouldn't be attending an academy. The class of 1989 would also like to extend its utmost gratitude to Dr. Stephanie Marshall and Mr. Borden Mace. With their dedication and hard work, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy has become a reality." ~ Excerpt from the 1986-87 Gallimaufry
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
The concept of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy came from a curriculum workshop in December 1983. Dr. Leon Lederman, Director of Fermilab, first proposed the concept. Teachers, professors, and administrators, as well as business professionals, attended.
Senator Forest Etheredge of Aurora sponsored legislation for the school. Senate Bill 730, establishing the school was passed in October 1985.