Carver Military Academy

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Carver Military Academy
13100 S. Doty Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60827
United States
Coordinates 41°39′24″N 87°35′21″W / 41.6567°N 87.5892°W / 41.6567; -87.5892Coordinates: 41°39′24″N 87°35′21″W / 41.6567°N 87.5892°W / 41.6567; -87.5892
School type Public Secondary Military
Motto Academic achievement is at the center of our philosophy.[citation needed]
Opened 1947
2000 (as military academy)
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 140840[1]
Principal Steven E. Rouse[2]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 485 (2015–16)[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Kelly Green
     Greenbay Gold[3]
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[3]
Team name Challengers[3]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Yearbook The Challenger

George Washington Carver Military Academy (formerly known as George Washington Carver Area High School) is a public 4–year military high school located in the Riverdale area on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Carver is named for African-American scientist and educator George Washington Carver. Carver opened in 1947.


Carver was founded in 1947[5] as a neighborhood high school, when in 1999 Chaplain Lt. Colonel Antonio R. Daggett, Sr (Military Commandant) United States Army was called upon by Creg E. Williams (Chicago Public Schools Director), Paul Vallas (CEO of Chicago Public Schools) and Richard J. Daley Jr. (City Mayor) with community support to begin the transition into becoming a military academy by 2004. In establishing Carver Military Academy, Col. Daggett founded the second public military high school in the United States, and the first public military high school in the country that was transitioned from an existing general public high school.[6] The initial graduating class of cadets referred to (and then named) the flag hall outside the auditorium " Daggett Domains" as a result of Col. Daggett's decision to display all state flags there. Chaplain Col. Daggett, who at that time was an Army Major in rank and a father of eight children, devoted himself to prayerfully securing community support, and ensuring that the new Military Academy remained for the community, by the community, and through the community.


Carver competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Carver sport teams are nicknamed Challengers.[7] Carver High School won the Illinois boys' state basketball championship in 1962–63.

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  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Chicago Public Schools: Carver Military Academy". Chicago Public Schools. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chicago (Carver Military Academy)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Carver Military Academy". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Carver facts". Chicago Sun-Times. April 22, 1992. 107.
  6. ^ Michael Martinez. "Military focus OK'd for Carver High". Chicago Tribune. March 23, 2000. 9.
  7. ^ "School Directory". Illinois High School Association. 
  8. ^ "BIO:PERSONAL". The Official Website Of Terry Cummings: BIO : PERSONAL. 
  9. ^ "Cazzie Russell welcomed back to his house". The Michigan Daily. 

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