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.
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, "1986-87 Gallimaufry" (1987). Gallimaufry Yearbooks. 1.