Amundsen High School

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Amundsen High School
5110 N. Damen Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°58′30″N 87°40′49″W / 41.9751°N 87.6803°W / 41.9751; -87.6803Coordinates: 41°58′30″N 87°40′49″W / 41.9751°N 87.6803°W / 41.9751; -87.6803
School typePublic secondary
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140655[1]
PrincipalAnna Pavichevich
Enrollment1,126 (2015–16)[2]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     Red
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League[3]
Team nameVikings[3]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]

Amundsen High School is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Damen and Foster Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is a part of Chicago Public Schools and has approximately 1,200 students, though its building was designed to house 1,300. It is a neighborhood high school without selective enrollment. It is a CPS school with a non-selective International Baccalaureate program. In 2015, the school achieved "Level 1 Status in Good Standing" under the district's performance policy rating. The school is located at the northeast corner of Winnemac Park in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. It shares the park with Eliza Chappell Elementary School and Amundsen's sports stadium, Jorndt Field.


The school was named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole. His expedition reached the pole on December 14, 1911. Designed by architect Paul Gerhardt, Roald Amundsen School opened on November 10, 1930, two years after the explorer died in a rescue mission to the North Pole.

Amundsen was not a high school when it opened, but a junior high. The Amundsen building also played host to branches of other schools, including a branch of McPherson Elementary that opened in Amundsen in 1932. On July 26, 1933, Amundsen Junior High became Amundsen Senior High. In addition to serving high school pupils it also accommodated an elementary school unit. In June 1935 the Amundsen Elementary unit closed except for a small number of first and second-graders kept on as a branch of Goudy Elementary. This branch of Goudy in Amundsen became a branch of Hamilton on January 8, 1936 and remained until 1937 when it was rendered obsolete by the newly erected Chappell School. In 1956, the school was the first site of a two-year college program that later grew to become present-day Harry S Truman College.

Above the main entrance is inscribed the quote, "A brave man may fall but cannot yield."

Jorndt Field[edit]

The sports stadium was renovated in 2004 and renamed Jorndt Field after Louis C. Jorndt, who taught and coached at Amundsen from 1930 until 1953. His son Dan and his wife Pat donated $1 million for the renovation.[5]

Football scenes for the movie The Express (2008), about the life of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, were filmed in Jorndt Field in April and May 2007.


Amundsen competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Amundsen". Chicago Public Schools.
  3. ^ a b c "Chicago (Amundsen)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 30 December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Amundsen High School". North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  5. ^ Amundsen High School Alumnus and Spouse Announce $1 Million Dollar Donation Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ IHSA Chicago (Amundsen)
  7. ^ "Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon Collection". Guide to the Collection. United States Library of Congress, Music Division. 1996. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009. BOB FOSSE PERSONAL PAPERS AND CAREER MISCELLANY: Box 86E Front page of THE AMUNDSEN LOG, 10/5/44 (Amundsen High School, Chicago), with banner: "Bob Fosse President"
  8. ^ "Bob Fosse". biographic sketch. Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  9. ^ Gottfried, Martin (1990), All his jazz: the life & death of Bob Fosse, New York, NY, USA: Da Capo Press, ISBN 0-306-81284-3, (p. 34) At dance school, he was already a heartthrob ... and it was the same way at Amundsen High ... He seemed to go out with every girl in the class ...
  10. ^ "Dan Jordt". biographic sketch. Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Michael Mann". biographic sketch. Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  12. ^ Mastony, Colleen (2 July 2009), "Chicago is the epicenter of another film credit", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 31 December 2009, But the real star of the movie “Public Enemies,” which opened Wednesday in wide release, is the brawling, bustling and undeniably beautiful city of Chicago. The film’s director, Michael Mann, is a hometown boy who grew up in Humboldt Park and graduated from Amundsen High School.

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