Crane High School (Chicago)

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Crane Medical Prep High School
2245 W. Jackson Blvd


Coordinates41°52′36″N 87°41′00″W / 41.8768°N 87.6832°W / 41.8768; -87.6832Coordinates: 41°52′36″N 87°41′00″W / 41.8768°N 87.6832°W / 41.8768; -87.6832
School typePublic Secondary Medical Prep
MottoScientia Ac Labore
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140760[1]
PrincipalFareeda J. Shabazz
Enrollment481 (2015–16)[2]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     Red
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League[3]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
YearbookScience & Craft

Richard T. Crane Medical Prep High School (formerly known as Crane Tech Prep or Crane Tech High School) is a public 4–year medical prep high school located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The school is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district. Crane is named for businessman Richard T. Crane. For the 2012–13 school year, the school became a medical preparatory high school; Partnering with Rush Hospital, City Colleges Of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago.


Crane was founded as a males-only school at 12th Street and Michigan Avenue in 1890. It was originally known as the English High and Manual Training School.[5] In 1903, the school moved to its present location and was renamed in honor of businessman Richard T. Crane.[6] When the school went co-ed in 1954, it began to de-emphasize its "technical" label, though it continued to offer courses like auto shop and drafting.[5] Between 1911 and 1969, the school shared its building with Crane College, the first junior college in Chicago. The college moved out in 1969 and is now known as Malcolm X College.[7] On November 30, 2011, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard announced that Crane, along with several other schools, would either be closed or phased out. Under this plan, Crane would remain open but no longer accept freshman students, who would be routed instead to either Wells, Manley, Marshall, or Farragut.[8] In April 2012, however, Brizard announced that Crane would be retained and redeveloped into a health sciences high school.[9] Crane High School previously housed Chicago Talent Development Charter High School during the 2012-13 academic year, prior to Chicago Talent's closure the following year.


Crane became a charter member of the Chicago Public League in 1913.[5] Since then, it has won eleven city titles in boys' basketball (1921, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1940, 1957, 1964, 1968, 1972, 2003).[10][11] The school has produced a number of professional basketball players (see below).

Notable alumni[edit]


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  17. ^ "Leon Gabinet - Coleman P. Burke Professor Emeritus of Law - Case Western Reserve University School of Law". Retrieved 2018-05-02.
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  21. ^ Shirley Jones, former State Rep, passes away
  22. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1985-1986,' Biographical Sketch of Edward Nedza, pg. 68
  23. ^ Porter, David L. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing. ISBN 0-313-30952-3.p. 391
  24. ^ "Andre Wakefield". statistics and biographic information. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
  25. ^ Wikipedia - Martin Cooper

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