Lane Technical College Prep High School
|Lane Technical College Prep High School|
|The clock tower of Lane Tech
Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember the honor of Lane
|2501 W. Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60618
|School type||public, magnet high school|
|School district||City of Chicago Public Schools District 299|
|Principal||Dr. Christopher Dignam|
|Grades||7th–12th (including Academic Center)|
|Campus size||33 acres (13 ha)|
|Song||Go, Lane, Go|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Nickname||School of Champions|
Albert G. Lane Technical College Preparatory High School (also known as Lane Tech), is a public, four-year, magnet high school located on the north side of Chicago. Lane is one of the oldest schools in the city and has an enrollment of over four thousand students.
Lane is a selective-enrollment-based school in which students must take a test and pass a certain benchmark in order to be offered admission.
Lane is one of nine selective enrollment schools in Chicago. It is a diverse school with many of its students coming from different ethnicities and economic backgrounds which helps enrich the school's student body. To celebrate the school's diversity, Lane hosts dozens of ethnic clubs which help students learn more about other cultures as well as prepare for the International Days festivities. Lane's annual yearbook is called the Arrowhead.
In 2011, Lane Tech opened up an Academic Center for 7th and 8th grade students. This program is accelerated. The Academic Center follows the selective enrollment policies.
School history 
The school is named after Albert Grannis Lane, a former principal and superintendent. It was founded in 1908 and dedicated on Washington's Birthday in 1909, as the Albert Grannis Lane Manual Training High School. It originally stood at Sedgwick Avenue and Division Street. During the early years of the school's operation, the school was a manual training school for boys, where students could take advantage of a wide array of technical classes. Freshmen were offered carpentry, cabinet making, and wood turning. Sophomores received training in foundry, forge, welding, coremaking and molding. Juniors could take classes in the machine shop. Seniors were able to take electric shop which was the most advanced shop course.
By the 1930s, Lane had a student population of over 7,000 boys. Since the school's building was not originally planned for such a huge student population, a new site for the school was chosen, and the building was designed by Board of Education architect John C. Christensen. On its dedication day, September 17, 1934, the student body—over 9,000 boys—and faculty gathered at Wrigley Field and from there walked en masse several miles west to the new campus. (In 2008, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school, a march was held from the school to Wrigley Field.) Lane's huge student body necessitated that classes be held in three shifts. That year (1934), the school name was changed to the Albert Grannis Lane Technical High School to reflect the school's expanding curriculum, but was known to all simply as "Lane Tech." In 2004, the school name was changed to Lane Technical College Prep High School to reflect a college preparatory mandate.
Contribution to World War II 
Student admission during the Cold War 
Lane adopted a closed admission policy in 1958 on the school's 50th anniversary. All remedial classes were eliminated and only top tier students were admitted to the school. This coincided with the beginning of the space race between the United States and the USSR. Lane changed its educational policy to help ensure that the United States would not fall behind the Soviets in science and technology.
Admission of female students 
In 1971, changes were made to the admission policy due to a drop in enrollment and lack of technical schools for girls. To solve the issue, Superintendent James Redmond recommended that girls be admitted to Lane Tech. The Chicago Board of Education concurred and girls were admitted as students for the first time. Due to a fear of having a drop in academic achievement, fifteen hundred male students protested the admission but the decision was not changed.
Lane Tech is located on a 33-acre (13 ha) campus at the intersection of Addison Street and Western Avenue. The main building is similar to an A-shape and consists of four floors and a greenhouse as the fifth floor. Some unique features of the main building include a clock tower and a smoke stack.
Lane Stadium 
During the spring 2007 season, Chicago city building inspectors declared Lane Stadium unsafe and condemned the eastern half of the stadium. The age of the stadium and the fact it was built on landfill raised concerns that using the stadium to full capacity would cause a structural collapse. Events affected were the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 graduating class ceremonies (moved to the UIC Pavilion located at the University of Illinois at Chicago), the annual Letterman versus Faculty Softball game, the annual Memorial Day assembly, and the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Pep Rally.
Lane Stadium reopened September 7, 2007, with a new turf field. The stadium also features a new IHSA regulation track.
Memorial Garden 
The Lane Tech Memorial Garden is located in the inner courtyard of the building and is dedicated to graduates who have lost their lives defending their country. At the east end of the formal garden is a bronze statue of a young Native American, created by the artist, J. Sazton. It is called, "Shooting the Stars" and it symbolically urges students to set their sights on lofty goals.
At the west end of the Memorial Garden is the Ramo I. Zenkich Memorial, consisting of a flag pole and granite monument inscribed with the names of the students from Lane Tech who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
The Memorial Garden was rededicated in 1995. During the school’s 90th anniversary celebration in 1998, a commemorative plaque was placed near the “Shooting the Stars” statue. It explains the significance of the Memorial Garden to Lane Tech and its students.
As a filming location 
Lane has been the site of various filming locations. The movie The Express, starring Dennis Quaid, was filmed during the 2006-2007 school year in Lane Tech stadium. Lane's stadium was also used for some parts of the 1986 movie, Wildcats, starring Goldie Hawn and Swoosie Kurtz. The 33-acre (13 ha) campus was also used in a scene in the movie High Fidelity, filmed on the east lawn of the Lane Tech campus.
Lane's regular school day operates from 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM with seven periods of classes and one period of lunch. Students may enter the school early for breakfast and other school related activities with teachers, as well as tutoring.
Honor level courses are offered to qualified students. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available in English, history, math, science, art, music, computer science and world languages.
Students can also replace their normal physical education classes with a class in Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC). The program sponsors the Proctors Club, Color Guard, Honor Guard, Drill Platoon, Drum & Bugle Corps, and Raiders of Lane.
Lane offers many sports including, but not limited to baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, wrestling, and water polo. Lane garners, on average, 7-10 city-championships per year and has won 16 state championships since 1908 giving its nickname of "The School of Champions". Numerous Lane Tech athletes have competed beyond the high school level and achieved success at the college level and beyond.
School traditions 
Several school events are held throughout the school year at Lane.
- Spirit Week: Events held during the week preceding Homecoming. Generally includes dress up days to encourage school spirit ending with homecoming.
- Homecoming: The school's annual Pep Rally, Football Game, and Homecoming Dance
- Turkey Bowl: Annual Letterman (Students) versus Staff Football Game prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday
- Christmas Concert: Annual concert prior to the Christmas Holiday
- Memorial Day Observation: Annual gathering of students to honor the fallen and veterans of the United States. Lane is one of the few high schools in Illinois to have a memorial day rally.
- International Days: Annual festival celebrating the diversity at Lane and the various cultures around the world through ethnic dances and food.
- Softball Game: Annual Letterman versus Staff softball game
School Song 
The school song "Go, Lane, Go" was written in 1915 by a student named Jack T. Nelson. The song was first played during the pep rally and was met with great enthusiasm. Lane was one of only a few schools at the time to have an original school song. The song is played daily before the National Anthem and also serves as a warning to students that classes will start soon.
Notable alumni 
- Tony Alcantar is an actor and acting teacher.
- Leonard Baldy was a pioneering Chicago Police officer and helicopter traffic reporter.
- Edgar Bergen was a ventriloquist, actor, and radio performer, best remembered for creating Charlie McCarthy.
- Rod Blagojevich is a former Governor of Illinois (attended for a short time before transferring).
- Cyron Brown is a former lineman who played in the NFL and AFL.
- Buzz Capra is a former Major League Baseball pitcher (1971–77).
- Phil Cavarretta was a Major League Baseball player (1934–55). He spent most of his playing career with, and briefly managed the Chicago Cubs.
- Len Church was a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1966).
- Bill Daily is an actor (I Dream of Jeannie).
- Frank Dasso was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds (1945–46).
- Anna Davlantes is a news anchor at WMAQ-TV Chicago.
- Otto Denning was a Major League catcher for the Cleveland Indians (1942–43).
- DJ Colette (Colette Marino) is a house music singer and DJ.
- George J. Efstathiou is an architect at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Burj Khalifa, Chicago Symphony Center).
- Dan Evans is a former General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and is a baseball executive who was in the Class of 1978.
- John Felske is a former Major League Baseball player and manager.
- Bill Fischer was a lineman for the Chicago Cardinals (1949–53). A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, he won the Outland Trophy in 1948.
- Michael Flanagan class of 1980 is a former congressman.
- Neal Gabler is an author and political commentator.
- Carl Giammarese is a singer and guitarist who co-founded The Buckinghams.
- Fred Goetz, mobster implicated in the Saint Valentine's Day massacre.
- Ron Gora was a swimmer who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
- Bato Govedarica is a former player for the Syracuse Nationals (1953–54).
- Seymour Greenberg was a national champion tennis player.
- Dennis Hejhal is a mathematician at the University of Minnesota
- Arndt Jorgens was a Norwegian-born catcher (1929–39), playing his entire career for the New York Yankees.
- Orville Jorgens was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies (1935–37).
- John Komlos is a professor of economics at the University of Munich. He helped found the field of anthropometric history.
- Frankie Laine was a singer/songwriter. One source notes that Laine's stage name was taken from the school.
- Ed Linke was a Major League Baseball pitcher (1933–38).
- Justina Machado is an actress (Six Feet Under).
- Irv Medlinger was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Browns (1949, 51).
- Richard W. Mies is a former U.S Navy admiral who served as head of the United States Strategic Command.
- Kevin Moyers is a writer (Scorn) and independent film actor.
- Ken Nordine is a voiceover and recording artist best known for his series of Word Jazz albums.
- Rachel Barton Pine is a violinist (Honorary Alumna)
- John Podesta is the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
- Fritz Pollard is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the first African-American to be a head coach in the NFL.
- Marty Robinson was an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning voice-over announcer at WTTW.
- Richard Schroeppel is a mathematician
- Dave Spector is a television personality in Japan.
- Jim Suchecki is a former MLB player (Boston Red Sox, Saint Louis Browns, Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Genndy Tartakovsky is an Emmy Award-winning animator (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars).
- Dick Triptow is a former NBL and NBA player (1944–49).
- Tung Thanh Tran is an actor (Good Morning, Vietnam).
- Phil Weintraub was a Major League Baseball player (1933–38, 44–45).
- Johnny Weismuller was a five-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer who later became an actor, best known for his portrayal of Tarzan in the MGM film series 1932–42.
- Andy Varga is a former MLB player (Chicago Cubs)
- Steve Wilkos is a talk show host (The Steve Wilkos Show) and former bodyguard (The Jerry Springer Show).
- Bob Weiland is a former MLB player (Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals)
- Jim Woods is a former MLB player (Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies)
- Earl Zindars was a composer of jazz and classical music.
- Adrian Zmed is an actor (TJ Hooker, Dance Fever).
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