Grover Cleveland School

Grover Cleveland School

Grover Cleveland School 3121 West Byron Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach Grover Cleveland School is considered one of the finest designs produced under the leadership of renowned Prairie style architect Dwight H. Perkins. “There is dignity and repose in the design” suggests Prairie School historian H. Allen Brooks “…it is monumental without being formidable.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pilsen Community Academy

Pilsen Community Academy (originally Frank J. Jirka School) 1420 West 17th Street Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach Located on Chicago’s Lower West Side, Pilsen Community Academy was originally known as Jirka School. Its former name paid tribute to Frank J. Jirka (1858–1895), a Czechoslovakian-born physician who opened “a makeshift schoolroom in a deserted store on […]

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 […]