Carl Schurz High School
|Carl Schurz High School|
|3601 N. Milwaukee Avenue|
Chicago, Illinois 60641
|School type||Public Secondary|
|Motto||A block long and a world wide.|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Nobel laureates||Vincent du Vigneaud|
Carl Schurz High School
|Location||3601 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago|
|NRHP reference #||11000031|
|Added to NRHP||February 22, 2011|
Carl Schurz High School is a public 4–year high school located in the Irving Park neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The school is named after German–American Carl Schurz, a statesman, soldier, and advocate of democracy in Germany. The school building, which represents a combination of the Chicago and Prairie schools of architecture, was designed in 1910 by Dwight H. Perkins and designated a Chicago Landmark on December 7, 1979. It is considered one of "150 great places in Illinois" by the American Institute of Architects. The AIA has described the school as Perkins's masterpiece, "an important example of early-twentieth century architecture, utilizing elements of both the Chicago and Prairie schools." In celebration of the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial, Carl Schurz High School was selected as one of the Illinois 200 Great Places  by the American Institute of Architects Illinois component (AIA Illinois).
The land upon which the current school is built was purchased in 1908, and is about two blocks south of an older building which was also Carl Schurz High School (located at 2338 N. 41st Court). The final site was approved in October 1908, with an estimated US$500,000 construction cost. Shortly after the school's opening, Carl Schurz's son donated a picture of his father and copies of his father's two published works to the school. The school was formally dedicated on the evening of 18 November 1910, with a presentation of a bust of the school's namesake. Able to accommodate 1,400 students, the building included an assembly hall, gymnasium, foundry, forgeroom, a physiographical lab, and lunch room.
Schurz High School has a twin on the south side of Chicago. Bowen High School (Chicago) at 2710 E. 89th st. was built using the same design.
Schurz competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA); the organization that governs most athletic and competitive activities in the state. Teams are stylized as the Bulldogs. The following teams finished in the top four of their IHSA sponsored state championship tournament:
- Baseball: state champions (1954–55, 1968–69)
- Cross country (boys): 4th place (1947–48)
- Soccer (boys): 2nd place (1977–78)
- Swimming and diving (boys): 3rd place (1946–47)
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It also approved the purchase of a site for the new Carl Schurz high school to replace the school of the same name at 2338 North Forty-first court.
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The site of the proposed $500,00 Carl Schurz High school ... was determined ... the school will be located at Addison street and Milwaukee avenue ...
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... member of the Board of Education received ... a letter expressing gratitude toward the school board for naming the high school ... The writer also announced that he was sending a set of his father's literary works and a picture of their author for the school.
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... it has an assembly hall, gymnasium, foundry, forgeroom, woodworking shops, physiographical laboratory, office, teacher's room, and lunch room ... The capacity of the school is 1,400 students.
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(p. 901) Sybil Bauer was born in Chicago on September 18, 1903, and learned to swim at age fifteen at Carl Schurz High School.
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In all the contests that Schurz participated in, the school won, because its team included one of the all-time greats of women swimming on its squad, senior Sybil Bauer.
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David Diaz has talked before about becoming a world champion ... "We trained extra hard to prepare for this fight," said Diaz, a Schurz graduate who improved to 24-0 with 13 knockouts.
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After completing Carl Schurz High School in Chicago he attended Beloit. His classmates saying that they did not want to call him by Adolph Hitler's first name, nicknamed him "Spike" ...
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Vincent du Vigneaud was born in Chicago in 1901 ... He attended Carl Schurz High School in Chicago, from which he graduated in 1918.
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Former Loyola University Chicago men's basketball star Ed Earle passed away March 26. Earle, a graduate of Schurz High School in Chicago, was a member of the Ramblers' program from 1946–50 and currently ranks 36th on the school's career scoring chart with 1,018 points.
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The 1932 Public League meet, which Austin was for the second year in a row, featured another future Olympian and Hall of Famer, Leo Freisinger of Schurz High. The senior knocked an unheard 30 seconds off the record for the mile distance, and in 1936 represented the United States in the Olympic Games.
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(p. 298) "I always think of Don Stonesifer", Gleason said. "Stoney made the most remarkable catch. Stoney went to Schurz and Northwestern, played with the Cardinals ...
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WHEREAS, Mr. Vanderpoel was born in Chicago's Norwood Park neighborhood on the Northwest side; he graduated from Schurz High School in 1939 ...
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