Mather High School

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Stephen Tyng Mather High School
5835 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60659
United States
Coordinates 41°59′17″N 87°42′04″W / 41.9880°N 87.7011°W / 41.9880; -87.7011Coordinates: 41°59′17″N 87°42′04″W / 41.9880°N 87.7011°W / 41.9880; -87.7011
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1959
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 141307[1]
Principal Christie D. Jones[2]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1,579 (2015–16)
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Royal blue
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[3]
Team name Rangers[3]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]

Stephen Tyng Mather High School is a public 4–year high school located in the West Ridge neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opened in 1959, Mather is named in honor of Stephen Mather, an industrialist and conservationist who became the first director of the National Park Service (1917–29).


Mather is a neighborhood high school with a college preparatory emphasis. More than 75% of students speak a language other than English at home. Mather's Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) program is central to the school's curriculum. The faculty and staff reflect the multicultural backgrounds of Mather's Students and serve as translators, role models, and mentors. Mather is committed to creating an environment that fosters student achievement. Honors-level classes are available for qualified students.


The school campus shares two acres (56,000 m²) with adjacent Mather Park.


Advanced placement (AP) classes are offered:

  • Art/Studio Art
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Government
  • World History
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Physcis
  • Spanish

Virtual High School classes are offered in a wide variety of subjects at various ability levels.


The school has teachers fluent in languages such as Chinese, Arabic, Assyrian, Spanish, Russian, Serbo-Croat, Gujarati, and Urdu.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Administration". Mather High School. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chicago (Mather)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 19 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Mather High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Stephen T. Mather High School Honor Roll". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Bain, Brittney (28 May 2008), "Judo medalist on the team to land Olympics for Chicago", Medill Reports - Chicago, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA), retrieved 23 January 2010, Berland, a 1979 graduate of Stephen T. Mather High School, 5835 N Lincoln Ave., has had big visions most of his life. 
  7. ^ Athitakis, Mark (8 August 2001). "The Making of Stephen Elliott: How a product of Chicago's group homes became a local literary cause célèbre". San Francisco Weekly. Retrieved 23 January 2010. (p. 2) He graduated from high school after negotiating a deal with his principal -- if he got straight A's in the group home school for two years, he would get to go to the real high school, Mather High, across the street. He describes that time in his first book, a slim, street-tough novel called Jones Inn published two years ago. 
  8. ^ Ziehm, Len (13 June 1993), "Klopas Returns to Roots: Former Mather Star On U.S. Cup Team", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved 23 January 2010, Chicago has been the scene of many great soccer games by Frank Klopas - just none for a while. Klopas scored 70 goals in a spectacular high school career at Mather that culminated in the 1983 Public League championship. 

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