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, […]

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 […]

Lindblom Math and Science Academy (formerly Lindblom Technical High School)

Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School (formerly Robert Lindblom Technical High School) 6130 South Wolcott Avenue Historical profile by Bill Latoza Located on an entire city block in the West Englewood neighborhood, Lindblom is one of the most impressive and monumental high schools in Chicago. Designed by Arthur F. Hussander, the building exemplifies some of […]

Lake View High School

Lake View High School 4015 North Ashland Avenue Historic profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Lake View High School is often called “Chicago’s oldest public high school,” although this description is somewhat misleading, as the school was not located within Chicago at the time of its founding. The oldest remaining portion of the current high school […]

Nicholas Senn High School

Nicholas Senn High School 5900 North Glenwood Avenue Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 1910, Ella Flagg Young (1845–1918), a reform-minded Chicago Public School superintendent and the first woman head of a large city school system in America, announced that “every child should be taught to swim.” (1) Admitting that she herself could not […]

Theodore Herzl School

Theodore Herzl School 3711 West Douglas Boulevard Historical Profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Located on Chicago’s west side, Herzl Elementary School’s history parallels that of its North Lawndale neighborhood. The school had its beginnings with the rise of the community after 1900. After the Douglas Park line of the El was extended from Western Avenue […]

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 1893, philanthropist and reformer Helen Caroline Peirce (1842- 1911) invited 32 teachers, principals, and other prominent women to her home in Chicago’s Lakeview community. Mrs. Peirce, who had previously served as an officer for the Chicago […]

Henry Demarest Lloyd School

Henry Demarest Lloyd School 2103 North Lamon Avenue Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach When Dwight H. Perkins took over as the Chicago Public Schools’ head architect in 1905, the city’s population was surging. The president of the Board of Education suggested that Chicago’s demographic changes “are so rapid and uncertain that the construction of […]