Calumet High School (Chicago)

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Calumet High School (Perspectives)
Calumet High School-Perspectives.jpg
8131 S. May Street


United States
Coordinates41°44′17″N 87°34′22″W / 41.7381°N 87.5729°W / 41.7381; -87.5729
School typePublic Secondary Charter
Opened1909 (1909)
2006 (Leadership)
2007 (Technology)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140708 (Leadership)
140944 (Technology)[1]
PrincipalSarah Severson (Leadership)
Erin Powell (Technology)
912 (Technology)
Enrollment487 (Leadership; 2016–17)[2]
372 (Technology; 2016–17)[3]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     Maroon
     Columbia Blue
Song"Calumet we're ever loyal to our own Maroon and Blue."
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
Team nameWarriors

Calumet High School–Perspectives is a public 4–year charter high school and middle school located in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opening as Calumet High School, a neighborhood high school in 1909, closing in 2006. The Calumet school building is now used by two charter schools operated by the Chicago Public Schools system.


The school opened as Calumet High School in 1909. First housed in a former elementary school on the city's east side, The Chicago Board of Education decided that a new building needed to be built to house the school. The location of the new school at 81st street and May avenue was constructed during January 1925 and completed in 1926. The new school opened for students for the 1926–27 school year.[4] The school closed after the 2005–2006 academic year due to poor performance and low–enrollment. As a part of the Chicago Public Schools Renaissance 2010 program, the Calumet High School building now is home to two charter schools: Calumet – Perspectives Leadership Academy, which is located on the third floor,[5] and Calumet – Perspectives High School of Technology, which is located on the second floor.[6]

Other Information[edit]

The school was used as the filming location of the 1999 drama film Light It Up. Prior to the school being closed in 2006, the school was named Calumet Career Prep Academy.


Calumet competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school sport teams are nicknamed The Warriors (formerly Indians). The boys' basketball team were regional champions in 2012–13.[7]

Notable alumni (1909 - 2006)[edit]


  1. ^ K-12 School Ceeb Code - Perspectives
  2. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Perspectives Leadership Academy". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Perspectives HS of Technology". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ Illinois High School Glory Days - Calumet High School (Chicago)
  5. ^ "Location". Perspectives Charter Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Location". Perspectives Charter Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  7. ^ IHSA: Perspectives (Calumet)
  8. ^ Obituary 12/27/1928-9/21/2016, Davenport Family Funeral Home Crystal Lake, Il>