Harlan Community Academy High School

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John Marshall Harlan Community Academy High School
9652 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60628
United States
Coordinates 41°43′07″N 87°37′17″W / 41.7185°N 87.6213°W / 41.7185; -87.6213Coordinates: 41°43′07″N 87°37′17″W / 41.7185°N 87.6213°W / 41.7185; -87.6213
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1958
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Ramona Colette Fannings
Grades 712
Gender Coed
Enrollment 615 (2015–16)[1]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[2]
Team name Falcons [2]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

John Marshall Harlan Community Academy High School (known as Harlan High School) is a public 4–year high school and middle school located in the Roseland neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The school is a part of the Chicago Public Schools system. Harlan is named for Kentucky lawyer, politician and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Marshall Harlan. The school opened in 1958.


Opening in 1958, Harlan served as a neighborhood school only for students living within its attendance area. In 1985, the school was designated as a "community academy" and began accepting students outside its attendance area through the Option for Knowledge program.[4]


Harlan competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Harlan's sport teams are known as the Falcons. The boys' basketball team won three Public League championships (1966–67, 1969–70, 1970–71).[5]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

  • Lena McLin – American teacher, and composer. McLin served as music teacher at the school from 1965 until being transferred to Kenwood Academy in 1969.


  1. ^ Chicago Public Schools: Harlan
  2. ^ a b c "Chicago (Harlan)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Institution Summary for Harlan High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ IHSA:Chicago (Harlan)

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