Bowen High School (Chicago)

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Bowen High School
2710 E. 89th Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60617
United States
Coordinates 41°44′04″N 87°33′26″W / 41.73444°N 87.55722°W / 41.73444; -87.55722Coordinates: 41°44′04″N 87°33′26″W / 41.73444°N 87.55722°W / 41.73444; -87.55722
School type Public Secondary
Motto "Education stops, Not at the close of a book, But at the end of one's life."
Established 1876
1910 (present building)
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB Code 140882[1]
Principal Nia M. Abdullah
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 398 (2013-14) [2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Purple
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Mascot Boilermakers
Team name Bowen Boilermakers
Newspaper Bowen Arrow

James H. Bowen High School (known as Bowen High School) is a public 4-year high school located in the South Chicago neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois. It is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district. From 1993 until 2011, Bowen was divided into four smaller schools. Today, the smaller schools have been re-consolidated back into one school.[3]


Founded in 1876 as an elementary school, Bowen was named for a man known as "the father of South Chicago", James H. Bowen. Before the school moved to its present location, it was located on Houston Avenue. Over time, that building began to serve high schoolers as well as younger students.[4] The present building was designed by Dwight Perkins. By the 1930s, Bowen's student body had grown to 4,600 due to the growing population of immigrants of Polish and Slavic descent in the South Chicago area.[5]


Bowen competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The boys' baseball team were Public League champions in 1953-54. The boys' soccer team were Public League champions three times (1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82). [6]

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