Austin Community Academy High School

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Austin High School (Campus)
231 N. Pine Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60644
Coordinates 41°53′06″N 87°45′45″W / 41.8849°N 87.7626°W / 41.8849; -87.7626Coordinates: 41°53′06″N 87°45′45″W / 41.8849°N 87.7626°W / 41.8849; -87.7626
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1890
2006 (Business & Entrepreneurship)
2007 (Polytech)
2008 (V.O.I.S.E)
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Wayne K. Issa
(Business & Entrepreneurship)
Ali N. Muhammad (Polytech)[2]
Todd Richard Yarch (V.O.I.S.E) [3]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 160 (2013-14) (Business & Entrepreneurship)
164 (2013-14) (Polytech)[2]
319 (2013-14) (V.O.I.S.E)[3]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Maroon
Mascot Tigers

Austin Community Academy High School was a public 4-year high school located at 231 North Pine Avenue in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The school opened in 1890,[6] and was named after Henry W. Austin, a local real estate developer[7] The online newsletter called it the yellow brick fortress. The campus is now home to three smaller schools.


During the mid-twentieth century, Austin High was considered one of the best high schools in the Chicago area.[8] In later years, however, Austin suffered from low test scores, low attendance, and student violence. The Chicago Public Schools began phasing it out in 2004, ordering the school to stop admitting new freshman.[9] The last graduations were held in June 2007 and the phase-out was completed by the end of summer, 2007.[10] Many of the old school records from 1890 to 1970 are now preserved at the Chicago Public Library in the Special Collections for Community History.

Renaissance 2010[edit]

As part of the Renaissance 2010 program, the school's campus was then converted into three smaller high schools: Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, which opened in 2006; Austin Polytechnical Academy, which opened in 2007,[11] and VOISE Academy, which opened in 2008. (VOISE stands for "Virtual Opportunities Inside a School Environment"; the school combines an online curriculum with classroom instruction.)[12] The schools on the Austin campus share an athletics program. The sports teams are nicknamed the Tigers.[13]


In 1937, Austin High School's football team played Leo Catholic High School in the Chicago Prep Bowl at Soldier Field. Austin was led by star running back Bill DeCorrevont, one of the best known high school athletes of his day.[14] The attendance was estimated to be as high as 130,000[15]—possibly the largest crowd to ever attend an American football game.[16] (Sources vary on the exact figure, however; the Illinois High School Association provides an estimate of 110,000 attendees.) Austin won 26-0.[15] In the year of 2000-2002 (Abraham Sigurd Lee) the captain of the undefeated Austin Community Academy Chess Team. The Team had been on the channel four news for being undefeated statewide and became the statewide champions of the Illinois chess teams which also brought media attention in other aspects which include the Austin Weekly and Chicago Tribune. Mr.Lee was undefeated the entire season and was noted as breaking records and making history for the Austin Community Academy High School as there hadn't been a chess team since the early 1980s. The coach was a Richard Dunbar whom was a Detective for the Chicago Police Department who cared entirely about the community and local youth. Abraham Sigurd Lee is listed in the United States Chess Federation;

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Chicago Public Schools: Austin Polytech". Chicago Public Schools. 
  3. ^ a b "Chicago Public Schools: V.O.I.S.E". Chicago Public Schools. 
  4. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Austin Business and Entrepreneurship". Chicago Public Schools. 
  5. ^ IHSA: Austin High School (Chicago)
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Austin at a glance". Chicago Sun-Times. September 8, 1993. 85.
  7. ^ Michael Smith. "Austin High School bears name of pioneer who subdivided village". Chicago Tribune. May 13, 1965. W1.
  8. ^ Michael Marsh. "Austin gets with programs". Chicago Sun-Times. September 8, 1993. 85.
  9. ^ Rosalind Rossi. "Carothers, leaders demand new West Side high school". Chicago Sun-Times. June 28, 2007. 27.
  10. ^ Chicago Public Schools : CPS Completes Phase-Outs of Three High Schools. (2009-11-12). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  11. ^ Yasmin Tara Ramohan. "New high school to focus on high-tech manufacturing". Chi-Town Daily News. May 31, 2007. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  12. ^ Paul D. Bowker. "New Austin high school focus of meeting". Chi-Town Daily News. December 1, 2008. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  13. ^ Austin Poly/Austin Business & Entrepreneurship/VOISE Academy Basketball. MaxPreps. Retrieved on August 25, 2012.
  14. ^ Liam T. A. Ford. Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City. University of Chicago Press, 1937. 83.
  15. ^ a b IHSA Boys Football All-Time General Records. Illinois High School Association. January 8, 2010. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  16. ^ Steven A. Riess, Gerald R. Gems. The Chicago Sports Reader. University of Illinois Press, 2009. 18.
  17. ^ "Roy Brown". Chicago Television. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Larry Canada". Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c d e Austin High Gang. Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  20. ^ Ney, Annette (April 24, 1985). "Grads Who Made The Big Time". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  21. ^ "Art Lopatka Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Phil Masi Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ Morris, Eric (2007). The Diary of a Professional Experiencer: An Autobiographical Journey Into the Evolution of an Acting System. 8004 Fareholm Drive, Los Angeles, California 90046: Ermor Enterprises. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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