William Howard Taft High School (Chicago)

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Taft High School
Taft high school.jpg
Teaching Academics For Tomorrow
6530 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60631
Type Public secondary
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Mark Grishaber
Grades 712 (including Academic Center)
Enrollment 3047 (2013)[1]
Color(s)      Royal blue
Mascot Eagles

William Howard Taft High School is a public four-year high school located in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It serves communities on the far northwest side, specifically Norwood Park, Edison Park, Jefferson Park, Forest Glen and O'Hare. It is operated Chicago Public Schools. It is perhaps most famous as the high school attended by Jim Jacobs, the writer of Grease. Jacobs used Taft as an inspiration in writing the musical. Taft's NJROTC unit has won a Distinguished Unit award every year since 2001.[2]


Taft competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The boys' baseball team were Public League champions in 1968 and regional champions in 2009. The girls' volleyball team were Public League champions in the 1979–80 season.[3]

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  1. ^ Chicago Public Schools: Taft
  2. ^ Taft NJROTC
  3. ^ IHSA Chicago (Taft)
  4. ^ a b c d e f Defiglio, Pam (19 February 2009). "Debate plays on for Chicago guitarist’s induction into Taft High School’s Hall of Fame: Group wants late guitarist added to school hall of fame". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 November 2009. But none of that is enough to sway some alumni of Taft High School, Kath’s alma mater, to induct the guitarist, who died in 1978, into the school’s Hall of Fame ... Alumni honored in Taft’s Hall of Fame include Jim Grabowski, who played for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers; Jerry Krause, former Chicago Bulls general manager; actress Donna Mills; Lynn Martin, a Cabinet member in the George H.W. Bush administration; and Jim Jacobs, who based his musical “Grease” on Taft High School. 
  5. ^ Havill, Adrian (2001). The Spy Who Stayed Out in the Cold. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. xix. ISBN 0-312-98629-7. Robert Philip Hanssen, a senior at Chicago's William Howard Taft High School in 1962, also saw the first James Bond movie that year. 

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