Lake View High School (Chicago)

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Lake View High School
Ad astra per aspera
"To the stars through difficulties"
4015 N. Ashland Avenue.
Chicago, Illinois, 60613
United States
Coordinates 41°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 type Public Secondary
Opened 1874[1]
1886 (current location)
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB Code 140930[2]
Principal Scott M. Grens, M.Ed.[3]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1,287 (2015–16)[4]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Red
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[5]
Team name Wildcats[5]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[6]
Newspaper Lake reView[7]
Yearbook Red & White[7]

Lake View High School is a public 4–year high school located in the Lake View neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Lake View is apart 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. The school is the oldest operating public secondary school in the state of Illinois.[8]


Lake View High School earned a bronze medal in the U.S. News/School Matters Best High School rankings.[9] 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.[10][11]

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Lake View High School History. 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. ^]. 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". AdvacedED 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. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  8. ^ HR0085 91st General Assembly. Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  9. ^ "Lake View High School: Best High School". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  10. ^ "IHSA Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 16 November 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "IHSA Boys Track & Field Team Champions and Runners-Up". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Terry, Cliff (2005). Chicago. Globe Pequot. p. 87. ISBN 0-7627-3517-1. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f McGavin, Patrick Z. (12 January 2010), "Lake View", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved 17 January 2010 
  14. ^ 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 ... 
  15. ^ Jensen, Trevor (January 26, 2010). "Shirley Bell Cole: 1920-2010: Radio voice behind 'Little Orphan Annie'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  16. ^ Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  17. ^ 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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