Senn High School

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Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
United States
Coordinates 41°59′21″N 87°40′00″W / 41.9891985°N 87.6667234°W / 41.9891985; -87.6667234Coordinates: 41°59′21″N 87°40′00″W / 41.9891985°N 87.6667234°W / 41.9891985; -87.6667234
Type Public Secondary
Motto Learning is a lifelong process. Learning empowers.
Established February 3, 1913 (1913-02-03)
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 opened on February 3, 1913.[4] 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. The architect for the Senn High School building and campus was Arthur F. Hussander[5][6], who was the chief architect for the Chicago Board of Education; the contractor was Frank Paschen[4][7].


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.[8]

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. On September 6, 2005, the academy opened its doors with approximately 120 cadets and 12 staff members.[9] The academy is a college preparatory school.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.  Principal Susan Lofton Ousted Amid CPS Inspector General Investigation
  2. ^ Chicago Public Schools: Senn
  3. ^ IHSA Chicago (Senn)
  4. ^ a b "Nicholas Senn High School - The Early Years | Edgewater Historical Society". Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Nicholas Senn High School". Chicago Historic Schools. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Arthur F. Hussander (1865–1943)". Chicago Historic Schools. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Senn: Building and Grounds, History | Edgewater Historical Society". Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "History". Rickover Naval Academy. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Senn, Nicholas Senn High School Honor Roll"
  11. ^ 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 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Bregman Entertainment
  13. ^ William Maxwell: A Literary Life by Barbara A. Burkhardt. University of Illinois Press, 2005 ISBN 0-252-03018-4 ISBN 978-0-252-03018-5
  14. ^ Nicholas Senn High School at
  15. ^ Chicago Public Schools Alumni: "Senn, Nicolas Senn High School"

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