Fenger Academy High School (Chicago)

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FengerHigh School
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11220 S. Wallace Street
Chicago, Illinois 60628
United States
Coordinates 41°41′23″N 87°38′19″W / 41.6897°N 87.6386°W / 41.6897; -87.6386Coordinates: 41°41′23″N 87°38′19″W / 41.6897°N 87.6386°W / 41.6897; -87.6386
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1893
CEEB code 140745[1]
Principal Richard C. Smith Jr.[2]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 265[3] (2015–16)
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Red
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Titans
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5]
Yearbook Courier[6]

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.[7]


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.[8]

Derrion Albert[edit]

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,[9] 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.[10]


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.[8] The boys' golf team were public league champions two times; 1970–71, 1972–73. Fenger girls' basketball team were regional champions in 2012–13.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Administration". Directory. Fenger HS. 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Fenger". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "IHSA Chicago (Fenger)". Illinois High School Association. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Institution Summary for Fenger High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  6. ^ 1976 Fenger Academy High School Yearbook
  7. ^ Brown, Mark (14 March 2014). "Show of strength no act for Fenger principal". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d David Southwell. "Championship Spirit Alive, Well". Chicago Sun-Times. September 9, 1992. 83.
  9. ^ Stefano Espositio. "Weis: Help us get others - 'You kids know who they are': Top cop seeks 3 more seen in video of fatal beating". Chicago Sun-Times. September 30, 2009. 8.
  10. ^ Lynn Sweet. "Obama sending aides to discuss teen's fatal beating". Chicago Sun-Times. October 2, 2009. 19.
  11. ^ a b "Fenger at a glance". Chicago Sun-Times. September 9, 1992. 83.
  12. ^ Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball. McFarland & Co., 2006. 87.

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