Calumet High School (Chicago)

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Calumet High School - Perspectives
8131 S. May Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60620
Coordinates 41°44′17″N 87°34′22″W / 41.7381°N 87.5729°W / 41.7381; -87.5729
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1919
2006 (Leadership)
2007 (Technology)
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Heather Haines (Leadership)
Tony Pajakowski (Technology)
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 458 (Technology; 2013-14)[1]
695 (Leadership; 2013-14)[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Maroon
     Columbia Blue
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Warriors
Yearbook Temulac

Calumet High School was a public 4-year high school located in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It was operated by Chicago Public Schools. Calumet 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: Perspectives Leadership Academy, which is located on the third floor,[3] and Perspectives High School of Technology, which is located on the second floor.[4]


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. The boys' basketball team were regional champions in 2012-13.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

Calumet is mentioned in Kanye West's 2006 single "Drive Slow":

My homie Marley used to stay, 79th and May

One of my best friends from back in the day

Down the street from Calumet, a school full of stones

He nicknamed me K-Rock so they'll leave me alone.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Perspectives HS of Technology". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Perspectives Leadership Academy". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Location". Perspectives Charter Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Location". Perspectives Charter Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ IHSA: Perspectives (Calumet)
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