Fenger Academy High School (Chicago)

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Fenger Academy High School
11220 South Wallace Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60628
United States
Coordinates 41°41′23″N 87°38′19″W / 41.6897°N 87.6386°W / 41.6897; -87.6386Coordinates: 41°41′23″N 87°38′19″W / 41.6897°N 87.6386°W / 41.6897; -87.6386
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1893
Principal Elizabeth Ann Dozier[1]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 368[2] (2014)
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Red
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Titans

Fenger Academy High School (commonly known as Fenger) is a public four-year high school located in the Roseland neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is operated by Chicago Public Schools. The school is named for Danish surgeon Christian Fenger. Fenger opened in 1893.


When it opened in 1893, Fenger was known as Curtis School. It was renamed in 1915 in honor of Christian Fenger, a well-known surgeon. The current Fenger building was completed in 1926.[4]

On September 24, 2009, a Fenger honors student named Derrion Albert was beaten to death on his way home when he accidentally walked into the middle of a large brawl between teenagers from two neighborhoods. The video of the brawl gained international attention,[5] and President Barack Obama requested that Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visit Chicago to meet with Fenger students and school officials.[6]

Fenger, along with its principal Elizabeth Dozier and numerous Fenger staff and students, was featured prominently in the 2014 CNN documentary series Chicagoland.[7]


Fenger competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).
The boys' baseball team won an Illinois state title in 1946. The school's football team won four Chicago Prep Bowls between 1938 and 1954.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Administration". Directory. Fenger HS. 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Fenger". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "IHSA Chicago (Fenger)". Illinois High School Association. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d David Southwell. "Championship Spirit Alive, Well". Chicago Sun-Times. September 9, 1992. 83.
  5. ^ Stefano Espositio. "Weis: Help us get others - 'You kids know who they are': Top cop seeks 3 more seen in video of fatal beating". Chicago Sun-Times. September 30, 2009. 8.
  6. ^ Lynn Sweet. "Obama sending aides to discuss teen's fatal beating". Chicago Sun-Times. October 2, 2009. 19.
  7. ^ Brown, Mark (14 March 2014). "Show of strength no act for Fenger principal". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Fenger at a glance". Chicago Sun-Times. September 9, 1992. 83.
  9. ^ Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball. McFarland & Co., 2006. 87.

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