May 21, 2011

The High Schools & the Academy

At one point time, the Lake View area had three 
high schools in or near the Community of Lake View, 
one parochial, one non-sectarian and the other public
This school related post is connected to another post called
 Elementery Schools in the Area
This post also includes the following:
 Lake View High School Yearbooks,
 Student Handbooks, and
 Monthly Publications
photo - Chicago Public Library
In the Beginning ...
from their 1968 yearbook

The Sanborn Fire Map Views
View of the Area 1887
 once part of the original cemetery property
images - Historic Map Works
with a zoomed view of the school below
Currently the cemetery borders on Clark Street to the east
History of Cook County 
by Alfred Theodore Andreas in 1884
View of the Area 1905
 View in 1928
 View in 1950
The School and its Environs
according to their 1934 yearbook
photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
In 1873 the citizens of 16 year old Lake View Township voted to establish a high school with A.F. Nightingale as head principal. 
Lake View High School was built on land donated by the Graceland Cemetery Company. The school was constructed at a cost of $16,000 and opened its doors May 4th, 1874. The original structure (view photo below) could accommodate up to two-hundred students (p. 709) with its six classrooms on the first floor, and an auditorium, principal's office, library, laboratory, and hall on the second. Of the 73 students who had passed the 1874 qualifying exam, eight were admitted for high school coursework; and the remaining sixty-five entered in the remedial preparatory program.
The original building cost $15k taking 2 years to build
According to a publication called 'Hidden History of Ravenswood & Lake View' by Patrick Butler, the admission to the school was a rough - "the 1878 admission test (the student) was expected to be able to draw a map of South America, including all the rivers and mountain ranges; list the exports of Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Liverpool England; locate Marsecilles , Quito, Mount Aetna and the Orange River on the map; give a 'synopsis' of the verb 'run' in the indicative and potential modes, interrogative form and first person, singular number!" even students not bound for college had to take Latin prose composition during the four-year course 'designed to prepare a person for ordinary vocations in life'."
The Chicago Daily Tribune article 
mark their 1st year in 1875
An Admission Test in 1878
image - Hidden History of Ravenswood & Lake View 
by Pat Butler
The Fire of 1885
The original building burnt in 1884; five years before the City of Lake View was annexed by the City of Chicago.
The newer building in 1888 
 image - Calumet 412 via Chicago Schools History
1898  Construction news
the new 1899 addition to the left of the photo
from their 1904 monthly booklet
postcard - Ebay unknown date
Sanborn Fire Insuance Map of 1891
Class of 1894 Group Photo
Another Group Photo of that Year
a few credits here ...
 DjSebian John via Kent Bartram 
photographer was Waterman Studio
with a prankster in its mists
A Lori Hanson Smith spotted the finger and zoomed in
Physical Education in 1900
from the Chicago Daily News
Class of 1903
photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
1904 - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Samples of 1903 Monthly High School Booklets
composed of literay stories and commentary
Sports Teams in 1904
photos from their monthly publications
their orchestra ....
basketball champs in 1907
from the Chicago Daily News
winter view 1908 - Ebay
older and newer buildings side by side
Required Reading 
for Chicago High Schools 1905-06 
this book is part of my private collection
1906 postcard views - Ebay
 1908 football team
Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
1909 football team
Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
 Lake View High School football player
O. Murray holding a football - 1909
Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
1908 photo - Chuckman Collection
1909 - Postcard Ebay
Their first use of a Elementary School began in 1909
Greeley building as it looked in 1949
photo - LVHS 1949 yearbook
By 1909 the high school population grew beyond its existing facility to other school buildings such as Greeley Elementary. Greeley was used for the incoming freshman class.
below is a listing from 1909 Directory of Public Schools
Supporters of the Women's Suffrage Movement in 1913
1913 postcard that highlights the graduation class

a regular size postcard - Ebay

a 1913 High School Pin
 14 Karat thimble size pin - Ebay
 photos - Ravenwsood-Lake View Community Collection

1916 Yearbook
selective pages 
1917 Yearbook
 selective pages
1918 Yearbook
selective pages
Girls' knitting class - 1917
photo - Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
Overcrowding by 1919
image - Ruth Runkel via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
text from their 1935 yearbook about it ...

Sanborn Fire Maps of the Greeley Branch
 the view of the building in 1923
vs the view in 1950
The Other Branches: 
The Monthly Boys Nvmber 1917
(click to enlarge image)
from my collection

The Girls Monthly Nvember 1918
(Click to enlarge)
from my collection

a march in the Loop in 1918
from the Chicago Daily News
ROTC Views
ROTC band 1920's - Ebay  
 1927 Band performing on the stage in the auditorium
Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
in the auditorium 1928
photo - Michael Palmer via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
 photos - 1927 yearbook
 the yearbook is part of my collection
Debaters Win the Day in 1928
from the Chicago Daily News
(Facebook Album)
 this yearbook is part of my personal collection
1928 June Yearbook
(Facebook Album)
 this yearbook is part of my personal collection

Dennis Kane, son of Agnes (Jacobson-maiden name), has his mother's pins from 1925 & 1926 as well as her graduation ring the that year via LakeView Historical-Facebook
photos - Ebay
a 1928 1/2 graduation ring - Ebay

1940's Lake View HS 10kt Gold Filled Lapel Pin - Ebay
1932 & 1934 Physical Effciency pins
part of my collection
The School's Marching Band
ROTC marching along Clark Street to RoseHill cemetery in 1942 during a Memorial Day celebration
A march on Rosehill Drive on Memorial Day 1942
 photo - William Carey via 
Susan Reibman Groff, Forgotten Chicago on Facebook 
 ROTC marching from Rosehill cemetery in 1948 during a May 1st Memorial Day celebration both above photos
Susan Reibman Groff from Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
LVHS track and field team in 1924
The first year for newly constructed Soldier Field
A Desire to Replace the School
In 1927 there was a discussion about a construction of a new building near the lakefront on the old Clarendon Avenue Bathing Beach property. If moved the high school would been located in Uptown not the neighborhood of Lake View. 
Read the article below...
postcard - CardCow
Captain Louis D. Walz
bandleader 1928-1961
 from his book called 'Old Fort Snelling Instruction Book for Fife With Music of Early America'
1934 photo - Northside Collection via Sulzer Regional Library

Captain Louis D. Walz poses with percussion section of Lake View High School marching band at annual concert.  Students pictured are David Cross, Howard C. Bradley, Jr., Henry W. Behrens, Jr., William J. Yonan, Arthur H. Schreyer, Donald B. Ward, Harry Holmberg, and Bernard M. Dresner.  Four students have snare drums strapped across one shoulder, two are holding cymbals, and two are holding mallets and standing behind large kettle drums with "LV" on the drum-skins.  Captain Walz is standing in the center. 
1935 Yearbook - from my collection
1942 photo - Northside Collection via Sulzer Regional Library
 1944 photo - Northside Collection 
via Sulzer Regional Library
 1945 photo at Welles Park - Northside Collection 
via Sulzer Regional Library
and below 1960 photo of Captain Louis Walz
Northside Collection via Sulzer Regional Library
Stand-alone Photos 1929
from the Chicago Daily News
The 1931 Yearbook
part of my collection

1933 Student Handbook
part of my collection

a streetcar heading east along Ashland in 1934
photo - Trolley Dodger
from their 1936 yearbook
the 1938 addition to the school
photo - Chicago Historical Schools
1936 'Lake re-View' Newspaper 
My personal collection
Winning the Annual Regatta in 1939
1940 Yearbook
selected pages from my personal collection

the high school at a branch in the Hamilton building
 the high school at a branch in the original Greeley building
the January grad class
 the June grad class

Heading Home in 1943
1943 view from the corner of Ashland and Addison

1940's photo - Growing-Up in Chicago-Facebook

Home Economic classroom - unknown date
 Wartime ROTC students above 
The Student Council - 1940's below
a 1945 Lake View HS graduation ring from Christina Smith Guziec. The owner was her grandmother Mary Perry.
via LakeView Historical-Facebook
A former student and inventor in 1946
Other famous graduates according the publication Hidden History of Ravenswood & Lake View by Patrick Butler were 
Gloria SwansonJohn Gunther, and ventriloquist 
Edgar Bergen.
The Theater Students 
1944 photos via Helen Kinsella Collection

1948 photo

Promoting Advertising 
as a Subject in 1948
1948 photo below
Louis D. Walz Collection via Sulzer Regional Library
Wearing the Letter
 photos - Ebay

The 75th Anniversary Yearbook 1949
part of my personal collection

What is was like for the students that very 1st year 
Chicago Tribune 1949 article

Their Newspaper in 1949
images - Ebay
The Carole E Brennan Years
Carole attended this high school from 1955 through 1958. As a supporter of my Facebook presence called 'LakeView Historical' she mailed 2 boxes of her yearbooks & other collectibles to me to be part of my collection on the history of Lake View. The following are selected pages from her books.
other Brennan donated Collectibles
photo contribution by Carole Brennan above
a theater production maybe during the 50's below
TV was new thing to learn in the 1950's - Ebay
1967 Yearbook
baseball at Welles Park
Geralee Hedrick Barthelme's 1968 graduation ring
via LakeView Historical-Facebook

Robin Bentley 1973 graduation ring
via LakeView Historical-Facebook
1974 - Practice Session for their 100th birthday - Ebay
1974 Home Economic Class
 1975 Practice Session of the band - Ebay
1982 - Chemical Class Accident - Ebay
1985 Photos
Ravenswood - Lake View Community Collection

below - Chicago Public Library, Explore Chicago Collection
The 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Dance
The Robert Krueger Collection - 1991

The LVHS Glee Club in 2012
Yo-Yo-Ma along with Renee Fleming (not in photo)
2012  STEM ‘Tipping Point’ for Lake View High School:
Lake View snagged Microsoft, which will provide professional development for Lake View teachers, along with mentoring and internship opportunities for students. In May of that same year, the city approved TIF monies for capital improvements for this new venture with Microsoft.

“STEM is absolutely college preparatory material,” Lake View Principal Werner told the crowd of nearly 100 parents & students who filled the high school’s auditorium. 
At the same time, STEM’s stated emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math does not trump CPS requirements. Yes, there will be courses in web design and software development but students will still be expected to earn credits in English, foreign language, history and other core subjects. Lake View will maintain its strong arts tradition with the additional opportunities that STEM presents, such as classes in mixed media art or digital music. LVHS students will also be “first in line” if they choose to apply to a B.A. program at DePaul University. DePaul President, Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, noted that students will be able to transfer early college credits to other universities. Faculty at DePaul will also provide support to Lake View staff in the form of curriculum development and teacher training while Microsoft will not only offer tech support but offer internship opportunities to all graduates. The City of Chicago will add the infrastructure to make this comprehensive initiative work.
A New Kind of Principal in 2014
Scott Grens
"I'm hesitant to give a clear, perfectly articulated, written-in-stone vision statement without engaging the staff first," Grens said, adding that he wanted to communicate openly with teachers and community members. Grens taught English at the high school from 2008-2011, before serving as resident principal at Kenwood Academy High School from 2011-2012. Until this May, he was the assistant principal at George Westinghouse College Prep. Grens said he left teaching because he thought he'd make a bigger impact as an administrator. "I saw nothing but potential [in my students], but as a teacher, you only impact 150 kids," Grens said. "I have 1,400 in the building." The educator said he planned on reaching out to Lakeview elementary schools to make sure children and parents viewed Lake View High School as a viable neighborhood option.Grens also said he wanted to improve fundraising efforts, and pointed to community event #GROWLakeView as a way to help do that. The #GROWLakeView event on July 10 aims to teach community members how to work together as a team to fund community-driven events, Grens said." - DNAinfo Summer 2014
 A student goes to Princeton ...
Don Geci - Senior 2015
Celebrating his Acceptance in Astrophysics at Princeton
"The student body here is very much like a family. Since the week I found out about the acceptance, I've almost been late to some of my classes because of high-fives, hugs, and congratulations from so many students. That is the sort of spirit you find here." - Don Geci

North-Side Schools Unite in 2015!
A coalition to attract more resources to north-sided 
high schools was established at a community meeting.
An Invite to the White House
LVH science fair student visits at the White House in 2015
An investment and a higher grade for the school is awarded that year per DNAinfo. Look out Lane Tech and De Paul Prep LHS is on your tail. A science teacher gets his do with a special award for his teaching methods in biotechnology.
A Small Celebration

Principal Resigns after 2 Years
One of many principals who resigned due 
to an impasse in the Illinois state budget 
"As a teacher, coach, and principal, I put my heart and soul into Lake View High School and have many to thank for ongoing support," Grens wrote in an email. "It has been an honor to participate in this success serving as principal and growing together as lifelong learners." The news came days after the state legislature failed to pass a bill before it recessed June 1, 2016. Grens was among a group of north-side principals to pressure State legislators to support education funding reform in late May.
photo - Lake View HS
News from the New Principal in 2017
"We have big plans for the next four years: in partnership with Microsoft, NuMat Technologies, and Northwestern University, we just launched our Innovation Academy, a four-year enrichment program for academically-curious students. We're excited about the $20 million in renovations that will transform our exterior and interior spaces, and grateful for the support of the Chicago Cubs and Lake View Partners in giving us a head start with a brand-new weight room and MakerSpace. We're inspired by our student-entrepreneurs working under the mentorship of DeLoitte. We're grateful for the support of GrowCommunity in helping solidify a true network of neighborhood elementary and high schools that promises to create a smooth K-12 pipeline for children across the north side. And we're widening pathways for our students into college by improving access to classes at DePaul University and expanding our Dual Credit offerings with Wright College, and by hosting informational events for families in conjunction with the Harvard Club of Chicago."
- Principal Paul J. Karafiol
Blue State Students 
Take a Red State Field Trip
by WBEZ Becky Vevea
'Riding north out of Chicago into Wisconsin on a recent spring day, a group of teenagers from Lake View High School leaned against the big windows of a coach bus to snap cell phone pictures of grazing cows and barns.' Read more ...
alderman to the left, principal to the right 
from a newsletter via email
'On March 30 at 5:30 [2017], you're invited to a presentation about the upcoming renovations at Lake View High School. You'll get a chance to hear about the plans and timetable, and you'll be able to give us your feedback on the proposal.'
image below from the school's website
Some Construction Photos
by Friends of Lake View High School-Facebook
The man behind all the construction update pictures
...AP Vast-Binder!
the gym de-construction phase
new tile and lockers - the high school colors
The Autumn Colors
from Friends of Lake View School-Facebook
2019 below photo - Chris Cullen 
via Original Chicago-Facebook
The 2020 Virtual Tour
(click on link)
The Dome/Observatory Puzzle
 this postcard is part of my collection
Apparently the dome room and telescope belonged 
to the school even though it was located in another
building - did the school own that building or does have the answer??
image - Google Maps
view west on Irving Park Road

photo of the dome - Redfin
with a view the high school
image - Google Maps
the building is located at 1468 W Irving Park Road - Apt 3w
 photo - Redfin
 photos - Redfin
Property Overview - 'Here it is! This top floor unit in Lakeview combines easy condo living with the feel of a single family home. The main level features a living room, dining room w/ gorgeous built in hutch, bedroom, bath, kitchen w/ 42" maple, granite, stainless steel appliances and outdoor deck. The upper level has a master En Suite w/ bath and a very rare and unique connecting observatory dome! The "dome" was recently restored to its majestic humble beginning. Use as an office, lounge, artist studio, meditation/yoga room. The "Dome" also has new exterior copper cap observatory was originally built by a grandfather for his grandson to star gaze with all original millwork, charm and character.'
and next to the 'doom' building ...
 Troy Stukowski via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo-shop by Michael Cusak via same site
with a 2018 Google Map view
an advertisement from a 1944 Lake View yearbook
from Sue Moore Gustafson via same site
The Private High School
Lake View Institute for Girls

est. 1891
District of Lake View
442 W Wellington Avenue
 This 1917 yearbook is part of my collection
the location per Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
 a 1923 Map - X marks the spot
 a zoomed view below
I am assuming that this private school was a 
business school for women

The Parochial High School:
Immaculata High (Catholic) School
Irving Park Road & Marine Drive
Community of Uptown
Neighborhood of Buena Park 
and once a Catholic High School for Girls
photo - Chicago History in Postcards
1928 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the property
 photo - Ali Khalil via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - Ali Khalil via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
 photo - Ali Khalil via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
 photo - Ali Khalil via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - Ali Khalil via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Lycée Français de Chicago once rented space from the newer owners of the old high school 
American Islamic College from 1995 - 2015. 
What happen to the Stature?
image - 'East Lake' by Matthew Nickerson 
below photo - Art Institute of Chicago
 images - Ebay

1960's postcard - Ebay 
The Convent or the Original School
photo - Chuckman Collections
once a private residence
photo - Art Institute of Chicago
Established by 1891, the school was a centralized girls' high school with 235 students enrolled in classes led by 12 members of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary originally the Ralph Greenlee Mansion. 
A View before the current Lake Shore Drive
Graceland Avenue=Irving Park Road
photo - 'Our Family Tree Tale'
Lake View High School Yearbooks:
My Collection of Yearbooks
By 1928 their yearbooks were hard cover bond and even then one of their for 1928 books remained soft cover bond

(Facebook Album)
both semesters
first semester
(Facebook Album)
second semester
(Facebook Album)
1974 / the 
100th Anniversary Book
Lake View High School Handbooks
part of my collection - selected pages


Lake View Monthly's
(under construction)
My collection ranges from 1902-1905
The bulk of this collection are the school years 
1902-03 and 1903-04
These monthly publications began in 1898
The Irving Military Academy for Boys
(20 page 1876 graduation booklet)
established in 1863
 (a Facebook album)
Getting Here
Fullerton to Devon/Western to Lake Michigan
From the Parents

Post Notes:
and from 
Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni/Facebook
A List of Lake View HS Yearbooks
Their list is from 1927 to 1982 - page by page
My personal collection ranges from 1916 to 1974 
but unlike I only have 26 yearbooks 
in my private collection and have only photo selective pages
and ... View more photographs about this LVHS via Flickr and the Chicago Public Library

Important Note:
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!

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