Bogan High School (Chicago)

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Bogan High School
Address
3939 W. 79th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60652
United States
Coordinates 41°44′55″N 87°43′15″W / 41.7486°N 87.7208°W / 41.7486; -87.7208Coordinates: 41°44′55″N 87°43′15″W / 41.7486°N 87.7208°W / 41.7486; -87.7208
Information
School type Public Secondary
Motto "Excellence Today, Success Tomorrrow: Bogan Today, College Tomorrow."
Opened 1959[1]
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 141387[2]
Principal Alahrie A. Aziz–Sims
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 838 (2015–16)[3]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Orange
     Black
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Mascot Bengals
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Yearbook The Medallion[5]
Website

Bogan High School (also known as William J. Bogan Computer Technical High School) is a public 4–year high school located in the Ashburn neighborhood on the south–west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Operated by Chicago Public Schools district, Bogan opened in 1959. In 1999, the school began offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program; and becoming an International Baccalaureate World School in 2004.[6]

History[edit]

The school opened in 1959 in a building designed by the architectural firm of Naess & Murphy.[7] This was the same firm that had completed the Prudential Building in 1955. The building was designed in a "casual style" which included non-traditional building materials such as "aluminum window frames, concrete columns, and porcelain wall panels."[8]

Integration protests[edit]

In 1963, Bogan High School was the site of much protest against the integration of Chicago's public schools.[9] The school was originally designated as a destination for students being bused to relieve overcrowding in majority African American schools. A group of parents met privately with Superintendent Benjamin Willis after which he "removed Bogan from a list of schools eligible to receive voluntary transfer applications."[9] This act unleashed a storm of protest from civil rights activists and African American parents. At the same time, white opponents of desegregation became vocal supporters of Willis. Hundreds of parents from Bogan High School attended Board of Education meetings cheering the superintendent loudly and carrying signs that read "We Support Dr. Willis."[10] By becoming responsive to their demands, Willis was able to stake out his own position as a champion of the white anti-integration activists that became his major supporters.[9]

Athletics[edit]

Bogan competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Bogan sport teams are nicknamed Bengals. The boys' wrestling team were Public League champions in the 1993–94 season. The girls' volleyball team were public league champions in the 1984–85 and 1988–89 seasons.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 173.
  2. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Bogan". Chicago Public Schools. 
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Bogan High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Classmates: 1969 Bogan High School (Chicago, Illinois) Yearbook
  6. ^ "International Baccalaureate Programs". Office of access and enrollment. 
  7. ^ Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 173.
  8. ^ Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 178.
  9. ^ a b c Rury, John (1999). "Race, Space, and the Politics of Chicago's Public Schools: Benjamin Willis and the Tragedy of Urban Education". History of Education Quarterly 39 (2): 133.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Rury" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Rury" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  10. ^ Koerner, Thomas F. (1968). Benjamin C. Willis and the Chicago Press. Chicago: Northwestern University Press. pp. 225–230. 
  11. ^ IHSA: Bogan (Chicago)

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