Fenger Academy High School (Chicago)
|Fenger Academy High School|
|11220 S. Wallace Street
Chicago, Illinois 60628
|School type||Public Secondary|
|Principal||Richard C. Smith Jr.|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Fenger Academy High School is a public 4–year high school located in the Roseland neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Fenger is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district. The school is named for Danish surgeon Christian Fenger. Fenger opened in 1893. Fenger, along with its former principal Elizabeth Dozier and numerous staff and students was featured prominently in the 2014 CNN documentary series Chicagoland.
When it opened in 1893, Fenger was known as Curtis School. The Chicago board of education renamed the school in 1915 in honor of a well-known Danish surgeon, Christian Fenger. The current Fenger building was constructed between 1924 and completed in 1926.
On September 24, 2009, a Fenger honors student named Derrion Albert was beaten to death on his way home when he accidentally walked into the middle of a large brawl between teenagers from two neighborhoods. The video of the brawl gained international attention, and President Barack Obama requested that Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visit Chicago to meet with Fenger students and school officials.
Fenger competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school sport teams are stylized as the Titans. The boys' baseball team won an Illinois state title and placed first in 1945–46 and were public league champions three times; 1945–46, 1951–52, 1985–86. Fenger football team won Chicago prep bowls titles four times; 1937–38, 1939–40, 1944–45, 1953–54. The boys' golf team were public league champions two times; 1970–71, 1972–73. Fenger girls' basketball team were regional champions in 2012–13.
- Andre Brown (1984) – NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins).
- Sammy Esposito (1949) – baseball player
- Montell Griffin (1988) – boxer
- Eliot Ness (1921) – Prohibition agent
- Billy Rogell (1922) – MLB player (Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs).
- Chuck Ulrich (1948) – football player
- Eleanor Wolf (1942) – All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player.
- Robert Zemeckis (1970) – screenwriter, Academy Award winning director (Forrest Gump).
- Bob Zick (1945) – MLB player (Chicago Cubs).
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