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 […]

Haven School

15th Street and Wabash Avenue Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson One of Chicago’s earliest substantial works of school architecture stood at the corner of what is now 15thStreet and Wabash Avenue.  It was named for early Chicago Board of Education President Luther Haven.  Designed by Vermont-born Chicago architect Gurdon Randall, who was then known […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

EPIC Academy Charter High School

EPIC Academy Charter High School (formerly Sullivan Elementary School) 8255 South Houston Avenue Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson EPIC Academy Charter High School is housed in a handsome brick building that was constructed in 1902. Initially serving as an elementary school, the facility was needed to educate the children of immigrant steel workers who […]

Ruben Salazar Elementary Bilingual Education Center

Ruben Salazar Elementary Bilingual Education Center (formerly North Division High School, later James Sexton Elementary School) 160 West Wendell Street Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Salazar Bilingual Education Center reflects many changes in the history of Chicago’s schools over time. One of the city’s oldest public school buildings, this structure has had several different […]