Orr Academy High School

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Orr Academy High School
730 N. Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois 60624
United States
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1918
1973 (present building)
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 140696[1]
Principal Tyese T. Sims
Enrollment 516 (2013–14)
Color(s)      Gold
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Spartans
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Rezin Orr Academy High School is a public four-year high school bordered between the neighborhoods of West Garfield and Humboldt Park located on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district and is managed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership. The school is named after labor leader Rezin Orr.


Orr traces its origins to 1918, when it was opened as an elementary school. It began hosting high school students in the 1920s, when it became a branch of Austin High School. From the 1940s to the 1950s, Orr was used a vocational school for seventh and eighth grade boys, and for a short period it served as a temporary home for Our Lady of the Angels School after that school was ravaged by a fire in 1958. Orr was then used as a branch of Marshall High School before becoming an independent high school in 1963.[2] Orr moved into a new building in 1973.[3] The current school building was designed by the firm of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.[4]


Orr competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).[5] The boys' basketball team were regional champions three times (2010–11, 2012–13, and 2013–14). Orr won the 2016-2017 IHSA 2A State Basketball Championship, their first basketball state championship.[6]

The Orr football team has sustained moderate success since their winning season in 2004. That season, led by student athletes Bryant Maxwell and Edward Johnson, ended a 20 year drought without a winning record.[7]


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Barbara Leahy. "Early labor leader inspires school name". Chicago Tribune. May 12, 1966. 11.
  3. ^ Casey Banas. "Students now take their hats off to Orr High's no-nonsense principal". Chicago Tribune. November 9, 1975. 20.
  4. ^ Robert Colvin. "Plans O.K.'d to build new high school". Chicago Tribune. February 7, 1971. W10.
  5. ^ "IHSA Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 16 November 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Orr wins 2A state title". 
  7. ^ "IHSA Orr school records by season". 

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