Kennedy High School (Chicago)

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Kennedy High School
6325 West 56th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60638
United States
Coordinates 41°47′26″N 87°46′48″W / 41.79052°N 87.78010°W / 41.79052; -87.78010Coordinates: 41°47′26″N 87°46′48″W / 41.79052°N 87.78010°W / 41.79052; -87.78010
Type Public secondary
Established 1963
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 140897[1]
Principal George Z. Szkapiak
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1,623 (2014–15)
Color(s)      Royal Blue
     Golden Yellow
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

John F. Kennedy High School is a public four-year high school located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Operated by Chicago Public Schools, Kennedy opened in 1963. The school is named in honor of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy (1917–1963). Kennedy is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) school. Since 2000, Kennedy has been a part of the International Baccalaureate Program.


The school opened on October 3, 1963 as John H. Kinzie High School. The name was changed to the present one in 1965, to honor former President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated in the year of the school's founding.[2]


Kennedy competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Kennedy varsity athletic teams are named the "Crusaders". The boys' baseball team won City Championship in 1969, and were Class AA and Public League Champions in 1977–78. Kennedy boys' cross country were Class AA eight times (1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1992–93, and 1997–2001) and public league champions in 1997–98. The girls' bowling team were public league champions five times (1974–75, 1975–76, 1982–83, 1983–84, and 1987–88).

  • 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. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ About Us — History
  3. ^ Kiley, Mike (April 30, 1985). "Sox Farmhand Gets To Pitch In Boyhood Shrine". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Alesia, Mark (June 13, 1985). "Kawa Hits .648, Scouts Follow". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 

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