Little Village Lawndale High School Campus
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|Little Village Lawndale High School Campus|
|3120 S Kostner Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60623
|School district||City of Chicago School District|
|Number of students||1500-1600|
|Athletics||Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swim, Volleyball, Wrestling, Water Polo, Softball, Cheerleading, Poms|
|Website||Little Village Lawndale High School Campus|
Little Village Lawndale High School Campus is a public high school located in the South Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The campus contains four autonomous small schools with some shared facilities. LVLHS has a unique campus design that reflects its original inception from a hunger strike in 2001. In 2001, 14 parents and grandparents staged a 19 day hunger strike to urge politicians to fulfill promises to build a high school in the child and adolescent dense Little Village neighbordhood.
Each of the four schools within the campus has its own particular focus: the Multicultural Academy of Scholarship High School; the Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School aims to prepare students for jobs requiring strong math, science and technological skills; the World Language High School promotes bilingualism, biculturalism, and learning through the world’s languages; and the Social Justice High School's curriculum emphasizes the struggle for social justice.
Over Mother's Day weekend in 2001, 14 parents and grandparents organized a hunger strike to demand the construction of a high school that had been promised to the community but remained unfunded. While Paul Vallas, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, initially refused to meet with the hunger strikers, by the end of the first week, he visited their tent to negotiate terms. The hunger strike lasted 19 days and increased public pressure on the school district to fund the project. In August 2001, the newly appointed CEO of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan reallocated funds to begin construction on the school. Community members continued to advocate for participation in designing the new school, and door-to-door parent surveys contributed to the curricular focus of each school on the campus.
Students at Little Village Lawndale High School may participate on ten different sports teams, as well as a cheerleading squad. The sports teams are made up of students from all four schools. Track, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball, wrestling, and softball are available to both boys and girls. There are also boys' teams in football and baseball.
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