Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy
|Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy|
|6130 S. Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60636
|School type||Public Secondary Selective Enrolment|
|Motto||Our history guides our future.|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Principal||Wayne J Bevis|
|Grades||7–12 (including Academic Center)|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public High School League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Average ACT scores||23.4 (2013)|
Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School (LMSA) (simply known as Lindblom) is a public 4-year selective enrollment high school located in the West Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, operated by the Chicago Public School system. The school, originally constructed in 1919 and named Lindblom Technical High School, is named for Robert Lindblom, a nineteenth-century Swedish–born trader on the Chicago Board of Trade. Designated for students intended to enter vocations in industrial and skilled trades, in the later 20th century, it developed curricula to prepare students for college and was known as Lindblom College Prep High School. On June 9, 2010 the Chicago City Council approved the designation of the Lindblom Building as a Chicago landmark by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.
Originally named the Robert Lindblom Technical High School, the three-story building was designed by architect Arthur Hussander and completed in 1919. Lindblom was designed in a Beaux-Arts style and has a neo-classical façade with Roman columns. The building contains a 2,000-seat auditorium (with two balconies), two gymnasiums, a large study hall/ballroom on the third floor with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and large skylights, a swimming pool, and a greenhouse.
It first served a population with a high number of European immigrants and emphasized the importance of education in assimilation and advancement. As the number of industrial jobs declined following World War II and the job market changed, the school curricula were changed to emphasize preparation for college, to enable students to obtain degrees needed for the changing market. The school was renamed as Lindblom College Prep High School and has served the increasingly diverse student population.
In 2003, Lindblom underwent a two-year, $42 million renovation to upgrade systems and prepare the school as a site for concentration in math and science, as planned by the Chicago Public Schools. BauerLatoza Studio was hired to develop the entire project, which modernized the architecture, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. BauerLatoza Studio also designed new computer and science labs that were installed throughout the building. The grand reopening was held by the Lindblom Alumni Association and the Board of Education on October 14, 2005. The occasion featured alumna Cheryl Burton, a prominent TV journalist in Chicago, as the mistress of ceremonies. The school reopened in the fall of 2005 as Lindblom Math & Science Academy. It welcomed its first class of freshmen and the final class of Lindblom College Prep High School graduated in the spring of 2006.
Because of the poor reputation of the surrounding neighborhood, initially Lindblom Math & Science only had 25 prospective freshmen enrolled as of March 30, 2005, prior to its opening.
In December 2008, Lindblom received preliminary landmark status from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. In June 2010, the Chicago City Council's Landmarks Committee approved the designation of the school as a city landmark, citing it as a "distinctive and exceptional example" of the Beaux Arts Style of architecture "with its monumental classical façade, light-colored masonry and symmetry."
Lindblom Math & Science Academy is on a block schedule. Students have four classes per day: Three that last 100 minutes; one that lasts 50, and one 50-minute lunch period. This allows students to focus on depth over breadth. 100-minute classes meet two days a week, and 50 minute classes meet four days a week. The school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses, by which students can earn college credit after successful completion of the course and an AP exam at the end of the school year.
Academics and Academic Center
Lindblom is one of the ten selective enrollment schools in the city of Chicago. The school as a selective enrollment school offers only Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) level courses. Lindblom added their Academic Center Middle school in 2008. Being one of only several other highschools in the city that offer an Academic Center in the highschool building.The Academic Center students are commonly referred to as Ackies. The first Graduating Ackie Class will be in 2014, having spent five or six years at Lindblom.
The objective of the Baxter Initiative is twofold. First, Baxter provides support for Lindblom's biotechnology courses. It also has contributed to the creation of the teacher professional development program, the Biotechnology Center of Excellence. Teachers from other Chicago high schools can attend professional development at Lindblom in order to create their own biotechnology programs. The initiative also provides support for Chicago's Renaissance 2010 program and the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Instructional Development System.
Activities and athletics
Lindblom competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and also is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Lindblom offers a wide variety of sports and extra curricular activities for its students to participate in including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, water polo, volleyball, cross country/track, swimming, golf, and bowling. The Lindblom Debate Team competes in the Chicago Debate League at both the high school and middle school levels. In the 2008–2009 school year, LMSA started its first Girls' Swim Team and Boys' Swim Team. That same year, Lindblom started its Water Polo team.
- Cheryl Burton – an Emmy Award–winning television journalist for WLS-TV in Chicago.
- Shirley Coleman – politician, alderman, Chicago 16th ward (1991–2007).
- Lance Crouther – a writer and star of Chris Rock Show, noted for portraying the character Pootie Tang; wrote screenplay for documentary comedy Good Hair.
- Erik R. Fleming – member of Mississippi House of Representatives from 72nd district.
- Michael Francis – an Emmy Award-winning television journalist for WINK-TV in Florida.
- Chet Giermak – All-American collegiate basketball player at The College of William & Mary.
- Steve "Silk" Hurley – Grammy Award–nominated house music pioneer, music producer, and DJ.
- Andrea Jenkins – policy aide, transgender activist, and curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
- Mickey Johnson – professional basketball player with NBA's Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors.
- George Keenan – boxer, in 1931 won Golden Gloves welterweight championship.
- Ali LeRoi – actor, director, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer best known for his work with Chris Rock (The Chris Rock Show, Everybody Hates Chris).
- Shamier Little – 2014 NCAA 400m hurdles national champion; also on runner-up 4 × 400 m relay team while winning the team championship with Texas A&M University.
- Joshua Short – on-air personality for Yahala Voice Radio in Chicago.
- Ethel L. Payne – award-winning journalist known as "First Lady of the Black Press"; first African–American woman to be issued White House press credentials and first to serve as commentator for national television newscast.
- George Ratkovicz – college and pro basketball player
- Gene Rayburn – radio and television personality, best remembered as longtime host of game show Match Game (1962–84).
- John Walter Reagan – one of the Golden Thirteen, he was among first African-American commissioned officers in U.S. Navy
- Ken Rouse – college football player, center for Amos Alonzo Stagg's University of Chicago team from 1925 to 1927, captain of '27 team; won 1927 Chicago Tribune Silver Football as most valuable player in Big Ten Conference.
- Dale Samuels – college football player, quarterback for Purdue.
- Jerry Sanders – founder and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices.
- Eileen Jackson Southern – professor of Renaissance and African-American music; first African-American woman to become tenured full professor at Harvard University.
- Virginia Van Wie – golfer, 3-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion.
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My first party that I DJed was a "Sock Hop" at my high school, Lindblom Tech. I don't even think I got paid for that party. My friend Vic and I used two turntables with speakers on them and a mic that was hooked up to the school's PA system.
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Ali LeRoi (Producer/Co-Screenwriter) has enjoyed a long association with Chris Rock ... LeRoi began his comedy career while still attending Chicago's Lindblom High School, where he co-founded a sketch group with future writing partner Lance Crouther.
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Gene Rayburn grew up in Chicago and caught the eye of a drama teacher at Lindblom High School ... Mr. Rayburn went on to entertain TV audiences from the 1960s to the 1980s as host of the popular "Match Game."
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The valedictorian of Chicago's Lindblom High School, Sanders was entirely focused on getting a degree that would get him a good career and a good salary.
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Eileen Jackson was born in Minneapolis, attending public schools there, as well as in Sioux Falls and Chicago. She graduated from Lindblom High School in Chicago and studied piano at Chicago Musical College, giving her first recital at twelve and making a début in Chicago's Orchestra Hall at eighteen.
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