Senn High School

Coordinates: 41°59′21″N 87°40′00″W / 41.98917°N 87.66667°W / 41.98917; -87.66667
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Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood Avenue


Coordinates41°59′21″N 87°40′00″W / 41.98917°N 87.66667°W / 41.98917; -87.66667
TypePublic Secondary
MottoLearning is a lifelong process. Learning empowers.
EstablishedFebruary 3, 1913; 111 years ago (1913-02-03)
School districtChicago Public Schools
DeanTerrell Walsh
PrincipalHolly Dacres
Enrollment1,682 (2020–21)[2]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s) Forest Green
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League

Senn High School is a public four-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 opened on 3 February 1913.[3] 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 formerly housed the public but administratively separate, Hyman Rickover Naval Academy. The architect for the Senn High School building and campus was Arthur F. Hussander,[4][5] who was the chief architect for the Chicago Board of Education; the contractor was Frank Paschen.[3][6]


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.[7]

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.

Hyman G. 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. On 6 September 2005, the academy opened its doors with approximately 120 cadets and 12 staff members.[8] The academy is a college preparatory school. Rickover Naval Academy moved into their own campus in the Portage Park neighborhood starting with the 2019–2020 school year.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ IHSA Chicago (Senn)
  2. ^ "Senn High School". School Directory Information. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Nicholas Senn High School – The Early Years | Edgewater Historical Society". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Nicholas Senn High School". Chicago Historic Schools. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Arthur F. Hussander (1865–1943)". Chicago Historic Schools. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Senn: Building and Grounds, History | Edgewater Historical Society". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "History". Rickover Naval Academy. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Senn, Nicholas Senn High School Honor Roll"
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Bell, Taylor (13 May 2009), "Senn Bulldogs", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved 1 January 2009
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Bregman Entertainment
  12. ^ Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States of America), 18 February 1934, Sun, Page 78
  13. ^ Burkhardt, Barbara A. (2005). William Maxwell: A Literary Life. University of Illinois Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-252-03018-5.
  14. ^ Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, First Session, 111th Congress (PDF). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 2010. p. 1607.
  15. ^ Nicholas Senn High School at
  16. ^ Chicago Public Schools Alumni: "Senn, Nicolas Senn High School"
  17. ^ "Radio Announcers 1934" (PDF). World Radio History. Retrieved 11 April 2024.
  18. ^ Helse, Kenan (15 January 1987). "Radio star Sarajane Wells, 73". Chicago Tribune. p. 10-Section 2. Retrieved 2 March 2023 – via
  19. ^ Byron Wien

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