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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]