Tilden High School (Chicago)

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Tilden Career Community Academy High School
4747 S. Union Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60609
United States
Coordinates 41°48′27″N 87°38′33″W / 41.8075°N 87.6425°W / 41.8075; -87.6425Coordinates: 41°48′27″N 87°38′33″W / 41.8075°N 87.6425°W / 41.8075; -87.6425
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1889
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Maurice Swinney
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 321 (2013-14)[1]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[2]
Team name Blue Devils[2]
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,[3] 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.[4] The current Tilden building was designed by Dwight H. Perkins. The school features over fifty murals of famous engineers, architects, scientists, and writers.[5]


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.[6]

School violence[edit]

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.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Chicago Public Schools: Tilden
  2. ^ a b c "Chicago (Tilden)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tilden Tech is next school on citizen's hour". Chicago Tribune. March 29, 1942. S10.
  4. ^ Linda Klein. "Tilden School honors banker". Chicago Tribune. December 2, 1965. S1.
  5. ^ Mary Lackritz Gray. A Guide to Chicago's Murals. University of Chicago press. 2001. 176.
  6. ^ IHSA Chicago (Tilden)
  7. ^ "Teen Guilty Of Slaying In Tilden High Hallway". Chicago Tribune. 22 January 1994. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Illinois legend Johnny 'Red' Kerr dies". Big Ten Network. Associated Press. February 27, 2009. Retrieved on April 18, 2010.
  9. ^ Kenny Lucas. First black pro makes a racket". New York Daily News. March 7, 2000. Retrieved on November 29, 2010.

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