Kelvyn Park High School

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Kelvyn Park High School
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Address
4343 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Chicago, Illinois, 60639
United States
Coordinates 41°55′39″N 87°44′10″W / 41.9275°N 87.7360°W / 41.9275; -87.7360Coordinates: 41°55′39″N 87°44′10″W / 41.9275°N 87.7360°W / 41.9275; -87.7360
Information
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1933
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Allyson R. Fox
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 949 (2013-14)
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Black
     Gold
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Panthers
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Yearbook 'The Kelvynian'
Website

Kelvyn Park High School is a public 4-year high school located in the Hermosa neighborhood on north-west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district. Located at 4343 West Wrightwood Avenue, it is adjacent to a Chicago Park District neighborhood park which shares it's name. Kelvyn Park was the subject of a 1979 PBS news special called "As We See It", a short documentary created by Kelvyn Park students about desegregation and student life at the school. As of 2014, Kelvyn Park has a graduation rate of 59.3 percent.

History[edit]

Kelvyn Park began as an elementary school in 1918. Before that time, the land contained 19 portable units that were connected to Nixon Elementary School. In 1925, a junior high school was organized in the building to relieve pressure at Carl Schurz High School, which was overcrowded at the time. In 1927, some of the Kelvyn Park elementary students were phased-out to the newly constructed Barry Elementary School. In 1933, Kelvyn Park became a high school; however, elementary students remained until 1936. From it's opening, The school had been predominately populated by Whites; with the overflow of Hispanics migrating into the neighborhood in the early 1970s, The schools Hispanic population increased from 11% to 59% by 1978.

Athletics[edit]

Kelvyn Park competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Their sport teams are stylized and named the Panthers. Kelvyn Park boys' baskteball team were Public League champions in the 1942-43 season.

Clubs and athletics[edit]

  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Choir/Chorus
  • Boys/Girls Bowling
  • Band
  • Model United Nations
  • Cheerleading
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country
  • Pom-Pom
  • Boys/Girls Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Boys/Girls Track

Other information[edit]

Exterior shots of Kelvyn Park were used as the setting (building) for the WB comedy series The Steve Harvey Show which ran from 1996 until 2002.

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