Crane High School (Chicago)
|Crane Technical Preparatory High School|
|2245 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois, 60612
|School type||Public Secondary|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Principal||Richard C. Smith Jr.|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Richard T. Crane Technical Preparatory High School (commonly known as Crane Tech Prep or Crane Tech High School) is a public 4-year high school located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The school is operated by Chicago Public Schools. It is named for businessman Richard T. Crane.
Crane was founded as a males-only school at 12th Street and Michigan Avenue in 1890. It was originally known as the English High and Manual Training School. In 1903, the school moved to its present location and was renamed in honor of businessman Richard T. Crane. When the school went co-ed in 1954, it began to de-emphasize its "technical" label, though it continued to offer courses like auto shop and drafting. Between 1911 and 1969, the school shared its building with Crane College, the first junior college in Chicago. The college moved out in 1969 and is now known as Malcolm X College. On November 30, 2011, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard announced that Crane, along with several other schools, would either be closed or phased out. Under this plan, Crane would remain open but no longer accept freshman students, who would be routed instead to either Wells, Manley, Marshall, or Farragut. In April 2012, however, Brizard announced that Crane would be retained and redeveloped into a health sciences high school.
In recent years, the Crane community has struggled with violence. During the 2007–2008 school year, one student was fatally shot and another was severely beaten by a golf club. A third student, who had recently transferred out of Crane to an alternative school, was shot to death during a dice game. As an attempt to quell violence, Crane was one of ten schools in Chicago invited to participate in the Txt2Tip program, through which students are encouraged to send anonymous text messages to police.
Crane became a charter member of the Chicago Public League in 1913. Since then, it has won eleven city titles in boys' basketball (1921, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1940, 1957, 1964, 1968, 1972, 2003). The school has produced a number of professional basketball players (see below).
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