Tilden High School (Chicago)
|Tilden Career Community Academy High School|
|4747 S. Union Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60609
|School type||Public Secondary|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Team name||Blue Devils|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School (also known as Tilden High School and as Tilden Technical High School) is a public 4-year high school located in the Canaryville neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is part of the Chicago Public Schools district. The school's sports teams are nicknamed the Blue Devils.
The school traces its origins to 1881. It was originally known as Lake High School, since the school served students in the Township of Lake. That township was annexed to Chicago in 1889, and the school became part of the Chicago Public Schools system. Lake High was rebuilt in 1905, and in 1915, the school was renamed in honor of Edward Tilden, a former banker and president of the Chicago Board of Education. In 1917, the school became an all-boys' technical school, and it remained so until the 1960s, when it became a general, co-educational high school. The current Tilden building was designed by Dwight H. Perkins. The school features over fifty murals of famous engineers, architects, scientists, and writers.
Tilden competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The boys' wrestling team placed first in the state in the 1945-46 and 1951-52 seasons and were Public League champions in the 1984-85 season.
On November 20, 1992, 15-year old freshmen student DeLondyn Lawson was shot to death in a gang-related shooting on the school's second floor shortly after 10 a.m. by another student; 16-year old gang member Joseph White. White wounded two other students in the shooting.
- Mose Bashaw, American football player
- Johnny "Red" Kerr, basketball player with the University of Illinois and Syracuse Nationals; later coached the Chicago Bulls and served as a color commentator on the Bulls' television broadcasts
- Ralph Metcalfe, sprinter at Marquette University and four-time Olympic medalist; Chicago alderman and four-term U.S. Congressman
- Johnny Ostrowski, MLB player (Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators)
- Bob Ryland, early African American professional tennis player
- Mike Swistowicz, NFL player
- Chico Walker, professional baseball player with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels and New York Mets from 1980 through 1993. Walker was a star at Tilden and played on the 1975 Blue Devils team which played for the Chicago Public League Championship at Comiskey Park, but lost to Steinmetz.
- Chicago Public Schools: Tilden
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- Mary Lackritz Gray. A Guide to Chicago's Murals. University of Chicago press. 2001. 176.
- IHSA Chicago (Tilden)
- "Teen Guilty Of Slaying In Tilden High Hallway". Chicago Tribune. 22 January 1994. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Illinois legend Johnny 'Red' Kerr dies". Big Ten Network. Associated Press. February 27, 2009. Retrieved on April 18, 2010.
- Kenny Lucas. First black pro makes a racket". New York Daily News. March 7, 2000. Retrieved on November 29, 2010.