Alfred Nobel Elementary School

Nobel School 4127 W. Hirsch Street Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 1909, The American School Board Journal described Dwight H. Perkins’s plans for the new Alfred Nobel School as a national model for modern school design. Published prior to the school’s completion, the article explained that the 26-classroom structure would have six additional […]

Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy

Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy 1313 North Claremont Avenue Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Jose de Diego Elementary Community Academy is one of many schools across the country named for Puerto Rican statesman, jurist, and author Jose de Diego (1867-1918). Born in Puerto Rico and educated both […]

Ravenswood Elementary School

Ravenswood Elementary School 4332 North Paulina Street Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Ravenswood Elementary School has been a focal point of the surrounding community for nearly 150 years. In 1869, a group of real estate speculators known as the Ravenswood Land Company platted the Village of Ravenswood on farmland and wooded acreage north of […]

Richard Yates School

Richard Yates School 1839 North Richmond Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 1896, when construction began on a new school that would be located just east of Humboldt Boulevard and Cortland Avenue, the Board of Education referred to the building as the “Boulevard School.” (1)  Earlier that year, the board had proposed naming the […]

Isabelle O’Keeffe Elementary School

Isabelle C. O’Keeffe Elementary School 6940 Merrill Avenue  Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson O’Keeffe Elementary School honors Isabelle C. O’Keeffe (?-1922), a woman who played an important role in the history of the Chicago Public Schools. Born Isabelle Kelly, O’Keeffe attended Chicago public schools and taught at the Graham Elementary School for six years […]

Ariel Community Academy and North Kenwood Oakland Charter Elementary School (formerly Shakespeare School)

Ariel Community Academy North Kenwood Oakland Charter Elementary School 1110 East 46th Street Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 2001, the Chicago Public Schools completed a $12.5 million renovation of the old Shakespeare School building.  This project not only provided the thorough rehabilitation of a significant historic building, but also allowed the structure, which […]

Alexander von Humboldt Elementary School

Alexander von Humboldt Elementary School 2622 West Hirsch Avenue Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach and Bill Latoza In May of 2013, when the Chicago Board of Education made a final decision to shutter fifty schools throughout the city, Alexander Von Humboldt School was the only one to receive a split vote. Several months earlier, […]

Wendell Phillips Academy High School

Wendell Phillips Academy High School 244 East Pershing Boulevard Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson An imposing building by William Bryce Mundie, Wendell Phillips Academy High School sits at the corner of East Pershing Boulevard and South Prairie Avenue, near the southern edge of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Established in 1904 and named for an abolitionist, […]

Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School

Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School 4747 South Union Avenue Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Located on Chicago’s south side in the New City neighborhood, Tilden Career Community Academy High School had its beginnings as Lake High School. The original sixteen-room Lake High building was constructed in the 1880s to serve the needs […]