Hirsch Metropolitan High School

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Hirsch Metropolitan High School
7740 S. Ingleside Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60619
United States
Coordinates 41°45′14″N 87°36′07″W / 41.7539°N 87.6019°W / 41.7539; -87.6019Coordinates: 41°45′14″N 87°36′07″W / 41.7539°N 87.6019°W / 41.7539; -87.6019
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1926[1]
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 140800[2]
Principal Larry D. Varn[3]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 151 (2016–17)
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Maroon
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Huskies
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5]
Yearbook The Maroon

Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School (formerly known as Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School of Communications) is a public 4–year high school located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Hirsch is part of the Chicago Public Schools system. The school is named for reform movement rabbi Emil Gustav Hirsch. Hirsch opened in 1926.


Planned and constructed by Chicago school superintendent William A. McAndrew and architect Edgar D. Martin between August 1925 to Mid–1926, Hirsch opened as Emil G. Hirsch Junior High School a junior high school, serving grades seventh through ninth in 1926. Costing a total of $1,250,000 to construct,[6] Hirsch was planned under the Chicago Board of Education new junior high school system which included north side school Sullivan High School, which was interior and exterior is designed identical to Hirsch. The school board voted to close all junior high schools in 1933 and turned Hirsch into a neighborhood high school (also known at the time as a "senior" high school). The school was named Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School of Communications from 1982 until 2004.


Hirsch competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school sports teams are nicknamed the Huskies. Hirsch boys' basketball team became Public League champions and state champions in 1972–73.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

William “Bill” Tabbert (October 5, 1919 – October 18, 1974) was an American actor and singer primarily remembered as Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific.


  1. ^ Chicago Historic Schools: Hirsch
  2. ^ High School Codes
  3. ^ Hirsch. Chicago Public Schools.
  4. ^ IHSA Chicago (Hirsch)
  5. ^ "Institution Summary for Hirsch Metro". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune – The New Emil G. Hirsch Junior High School – August 17, 1925
  7. ^ IHSA Chicago (Hirsch)
  8. ^ "Mick Jenkins Is the Reluctant Voice of Conscious Rap". Complex Magazine. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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