Julian High School (Chicago)

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Julian High School
Julian High School Chicago (Logo).png
10330 S. Elizabeth Street
Chicago, Illinois 60643
United States
Coordinates 41°42′22″N 87°39′16″W / 41.7060°N 87.6545°W / 41.7060; -87.6545Coordinates: 41°42′22″N 87°39′16″W / 41.7060°N 87.6545°W / 41.7060; -87.6545
School type Public Secondary
Motto "Heart. Head. Hand"
Opened 1975
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 141073[1]
Principal Myron L. Hester
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 611 (2016–17)[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Orange
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Jaguars
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Yearbook Catalyst[4]

Percy L. Julian High School is a public 4–year high school located in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opened in 1975,[5] Juilan is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district. Julian is named for African-American research chemist Percy Lavon Julian.


Julian was established in August 1974 to relieve overcrowding at area schools by the Chicago Board of Education. Upon its construction and opening, the school was often referred to as the 103rd and Dan Ryan Site High School by city and school officials. Designed by Chicago native and architect Myron Goldsmith[6] (who also designed another Chicago–area high school a year prior, Corliss High School; which shares a similar design to Julian), the school was constructed over two phases between November 1974 through May 1975. The school opened for students on September 3, 1975[7] and was renamed after Percy L. Julian by the school's founding principal Dr. Edward H. Oliver. Oliver served as principal of the school from 1975 until June 1992.

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On October 22, 2013, Twenty–nine students were arrested and charged with mob action after a fight involving a large group took place at the school. The fight was believed to be between members of rival street gangs.[8][9]


Julian competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school sport teams are nicknamed the Jaguars. The boys' wrestling team became public league champions and Class AA two times (1981–82, 1986–87).[10] The girls' basketball team became regional champions during the 2003–04 season. The boys' basketball team were regional champions and Class AA three times (2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05).

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