Bogan High School (Chicago)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bogan High School
Address
3939 W. 79th Street.
Chicago, Illinois, 60652
USA
Coordinates 41°44′55″N 87°43′15″W / 41.7486°N 87.7208°W / 41.7486; -87.7208Coordinates: 41°44′55″N 87°43′15″W / 41.7486°N 87.7208°W / 41.7486; -87.7208
Information
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1959[1]
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Alahrie A. Aziz-Sims
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1,100 (2013-14)[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Orange
     Black
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Mascot Bengals
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Website

William J. Bogan Computer Technical High School (known as Bogan High School) is a public 4-year high school located in the Ashburn neighborhood on the south-west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is operated by Chicago Public Schools. The school currently offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.[4]

History[edit]

The school opened in 1959 in a building designed by the architectural firm of Naess & Murphy.[5] This was the same firm that had completed the Prudential Building in 1955. The building was designed in a "casual style" which included non-traditional building materials such as "aluminum window frames, concrete columns, and porcelain wall panels."[6]

In 1963, Bogan High School was the site of much protest against the integration of Chicago's public schools.[7] The school was originally designated as a destination for students being bused to relieve overcrowding in majority African American schools.

A group of parents met privately with Superintendent Benjamin Willis after which he "removed Bogan from a list of schools eligible to receive voluntary transfer applications."[7] This act unleashed a storm of protest from civil rights activists and African American parents. At the same time, white opponents of desegregation became vocal supporters of Willis.

Hundreds of parents from Bogan High School attended Board of Education meetings cheering the superintendent loudly and carrying signs that read "We Support Dr. Willis."[8] By becoming responsive to their demands, Willis was able to stake out his own position as a champion of the white anti-integration activists that became his major supporters.[7]

Athletics[edit]

Bogan competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The boys' wrestling team were Public League champions in 1993-94. The girls' volleyball team were Public League champions in 1985 and 1989.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 173.
  2. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Bogan". Chicago Public Schools. 
  3. ^ "Institution Summary for Bogan High School". AdvacedED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "International Baccalaureate Programs". Office of access and enrollment. 
  5. ^ Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 173.
  6. ^ Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 178.
  7. ^ a b c Rury, John (1999). "Race, Space, and the Politics of Chicago's Public Schools: Benjamin Willis and the Tragedy of Urban Education". History of Education Quarterly 39 (2): 133. 
  8. ^ Koerner, Thomas F. (1968). Benjamin C. Willis and the Chicago Press. Chicago: Northwestern University Press. pp. 225–230. 
  9. ^ IHSA: Bogan (Chicago)

External links[edit]