John F. Kennedy High School (Chicago)

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Coordinates: 41°47′26″N 87°46′48″W / 41.79052°N 87.78010°W / 41.79052; -87.78010

John F. Kennedy High School
6325 West 56th St.
Garfield Ridge, Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, 60638
Type Public
Principal George Szkapiak
Enrollment Neighborhood
Color(s) Royal blue and golden yellow
Mascot Crusader

John F. Kennedy High School is a high school located in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States.


The school opened in October 3, 1963 as John H. Kinzie High School. In 1965 its name was changed to the present name in honor former President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated the year of the school's founding.[1]


Kennedy is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) school. It follows the Illinois standards for education and also has a large special education department with about 100 students. Kennedy is a part of the International Baccalaureate Program.


  • Fall: boys' soccer, girls' volleyball, football, cheerleading, boys' softball, girls' swimming, cross country
  • Winter: boys' basketball, girls' basketball, indoor track, bowling, cheerleading, boys' swimming, wrestling
  • Spring: girls' softball, boys' baseball, girls' soccer, boys' volleyball, track and field, water polo

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ About Us — History
  2. ^ Kiley, Mike (April 30, 1985). "Sox Farmhand Gets To Pitch In Boyhood Shrine". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Alesia, Mark (June 13, 1985). "Kawa Hits .648, Scouts Follow". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 

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