Senn High School

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Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
United States
Type Public Secondary
Motto Learning is a lifelong process. Learning empowers.
Established 1913
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Mary Patricia Beck[1]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1,361 (2015–16)[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)     Forest Green
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Mascot Bulldogs
Yearbook Forum

Senn High School is a public 4–year high school located in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Senn is operated by the Chicago Public Schools system and was inaugurated in 1913. The school is named in honor of surgeon, instructor, and founder of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Nicholas Senn. Senn has advanced placement classes, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a fine arts program (theater, visual arts, dance, and music), and a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. It also houses the public but administratively separate, Hyman Rickover Naval Academy.


Senn was granted the International Baccalaureate program in 1999. Senn also has the TESOL/Multilingual Program, an English as a Second Language program for limited English proficiency students, the Striving for Excellence Program (for a select group of freshmen identified as struggling or at-risk), and the Education-To-Careers Program (for 10th, 11th and 12th graders that includes job shadowing, apprenticeships, and partnerships with local businesses). In 2011, it was announced that Senn would be adding a fine and performing arts magnet program.[4]

Service learning/extra-curricular activities[edit]

The school encourages its students to participate in community service. Information regarding service learning is provided by the Service Learning Coach. Student organizations at Senn range from the Global Heritage Club to the Red Cross Club.

Senn campus, 2009.

Rickover Naval Academy[edit]

With support from Mayor Richard M. Daley, Senator Dick Durbin, Alderman Mary Ann Smith, and Chicago Public Schools, a wing of the school was converted into the Rickover Naval Academy, named for Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. Dedicated on November 2005, this is the fourth military school in the Chicago Public Schools system.[citation needed] The academy is a college preparatory school.

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