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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Al Raby High School for Community and Environment (formerly Lucy Flower Vocational High School)

Al Raby High School 3545 West Fulton Boulevard Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 2004, the year after the Board of Education officially closed Lucy Flower Career Academy, the building was reopened as the Al Raby High School for Community and Environment. One of several small, local college-preparatory high schools to receive significant funding […]

Albert G. Lane Technical High School

Albert G. Lane Technical High School 2501 West Addison Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Albert G. Lane Technical High School, better known as “Lane Tech,” memorializes one of Chicago’s leading figures in education, Albert Grannis Lane (1841–1906).  Born on a farm on what is now the far west side, Lane was a standout from […]

James Ward Elementary School

James Ward School 2703-2729 South Shields Avenue Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Located in the Armour Square neighborhood of Chicago, James Ward School is the city’s oldest public school building still in active use. The original building was one of six elementary schools constructed in 1874-75 as part of the push to reconstruct and […]