Lake View High School (Chicago)

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Lake View High School
Lake View High School is located in Chicago
Lake View High School
Lake View High School
Lake View High School is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Lake View High School
Lake View High School
Lake View High School is located in Illinois
Lake View High School
Lake View High School
Lake View High School is located in the United States
Lake View High School
Lake View High School
4015 N. Ashland Avenue.


Coordinates41°57′19″N 87°40′07″W / 41.9554°N 87.6686°W / 41.9554; -87.6686Coordinates: 41°57′19″N 87°40′07″W / 41.9554°N 87.6686°W / 41.9554; -87.6686
School typePublic secondary
MottoAd astra per aspera
"To the stars through difficulties"
1886 (current location)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140930[2]
PrincipalPaul Karafiol.[3]
Enrollment1,287 (2015–16)[4]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     Red
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League[5]
Team nameWildcats[5]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[6]
NewspaperLake reView[7]
YearbookRed & White[7]

Lake View High School is a public four-year high school located in the Lake View neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Lake View is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district. While the current building opened in 1886, the school itself opened in 1874, dating to a time when the Lake View community was not a part of the city of Chicago. Lake View became a part of Chicago in 1889. Created when the Lake View area was its own township before it joined Chicago, the school is the oldest operating township secondary school in the state of Illinois.[8]

Parts of the film My Bodyguard were filmed at Lake View High School.[9]

Academics and activities[edit]

Lake View High School earned a bronze medal in the U.S. News/School Matters Best High School rankings.[10]

The school offers approximately 20 clubs and activities for students.[7] Among those which are chapters or branches of nationally notable organizations are National Honor Society and Key Club.[7]


Lake View competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Teams are stylized as the Wildcats. The boys' track & field team finished second at the first IHSA State Meet in 1892–93, and its boys' soccer team finished fourth in the IHSA State Tournament in 2008–09.[11][12]

In the years before World War Two, the school had a fifty-foot rifle range in the basement and fielded a rifle team.[13]

Feeder patterns[edit]

K-8 schools which feed into Lake View include Audubon, Bell, Blaine, Burley, Greeley, Hamilton, Jahn, Nettelhorst, and Schneider.[14][15]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Lake View High School History Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  2. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  3. ^ Lake View. Retrieved on August 26, 2011.
  4. ^ [1]. Retrieved on October 30, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Chicago (Lake View)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 8 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Institution Summary for Lake View High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d "Clubs". directory. Lake View High School. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  8. ^ HR0085 91st General Assembly. Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  9. ^ "My Bodyguard (1980) Filming Locations". Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  10. ^ "Lake View High School: Best High School". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  11. ^ "IHSA Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 16 November 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  12. ^ "IHSA Boys Track & Field Team Champions and Runners-Up". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  13. ^ George, John B (23 July 2018). Shots Fired in Anger: A Rifleman's Eye View of the Activities on the Island of Guadalcanal (Kindle ed.). 241: Carbine Books. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  14. ^ "Elem North" (). Chicago Public Schools. 2013. Retrieved on September 30, 2016.
  15. ^ "HS North/Near North." Chicago Public Schools. 2013. Retrieved on September 30, 2016.
  16. ^ Terry, Cliff (2005). Chicago. Globe Pequot. p. 87. ISBN 0-7627-3517-1.
  17. ^ a b c d e f McGavin, Patrick Z. (12 January 2010), "Lake View", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved 17 January 2010
  18. ^ a b c d 91st General Assembly (1998). House Resolution 0085 (Technical report). Illinois House of Representatives. HR 0085. WHEREAS, Lake View High School has seen admirals, generals, judges, politicians, stars from the entertainment industry, and business leaders graduate from its halls of academia; Edgar Bergen, Gloria Swanson, and Tom Bosley are from the entertainment field ... ; former State Representative Sidney Yates was a graduate ...
  19. ^ Jensen, Trevor (January 26, 2010). "Shirley Bell Cole: 1920-2010: Radio voice behind 'Little Orphan Annie'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  20. ^ Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  21. ^ Oral history interview with Gladys Nilsson, 2008 Aug. 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  22. ^ Smith, Jay T. "Rewriting History: The Birth of the Globetrotters (Chicago Stories)". program notes. WTTW-TV (PBS Chicago). Retrieved 18 January 2010. Globetrotter founder Abe Saperstein graduated Lake View High School in 1920. He went to the University of Illinois for a very short time, and in late 1920 or early 1921 began working for the Chicago Park District.

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