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Austin Community Academy High School

Austin High School (now known as Austin College and Career Academy High School)[4] is a public four-year high school located at 231 North Pine Avenue in the Austin neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Operated by the Chicago Public Schools, Austin opened in 1876[5] and was named in honor of Henry W. Austin, a Chicago real estate developer[6] In 2004, the online newsletter called it the yellow brick fortress. Austin Polytech shared its campus with two smaller schools; Austin Business & Entrepreneurship Academy High and V.O.I.S.E. Academy High School. After the 2015–2016 school year, the small schools converted into one school and was renamed Austin College and Career Academy High School.[7]

Austin High School (Chicago)
Austin community academy high school Sign.jpg
231 N. Pine Avenue


Coordinates41°53′06″N 87°45′45″W / 41.8849°N 87.7626°W / 41.8849; -87.7626Coordinates: 41°53′06″N 87°45′45″W / 41.8849°N 87.7626°W / 41.8849; -87.7626
School typePublic Secondary
Motto "Your future starts here."
(Austin Business & Entrepreneurship)
2007 (Polytech)
2008 (V.O.I.S.E)
2016 (College & Career Academy)
Closed2016; (Business & Entrepreneurship, Polytech, V.O.I.S.E)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140747
PrincipalPatricia J. Harper–Reynolds [1][1]
Enrollment245 (2016–17)[1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     Maroon
YearbookMaroon & White[3]



One of the entrances to the school, 2017.

Austin was opened by the Chicago Public Schools district in 1876.[5] During the mid-twentieth century, Austin High was considered one of the best high schools in the Chicago area.[8] In later years, however, Austin suffered from low test scores, low attendance, and student violence. The Chicago Public Schools began phasing it out in 2004, ordering the school to stop admitting new freshmen students.[9]

The last graduations were held in June 2007 and the phase-out was completed by the end of summer, 2007.[10][11] Many of the old school records from 1890 to 1970 are now preserved at the Chicago Public Library in the Special Collections for Community History.

Renaissance 2010Edit

As part of the Renaissance 2010 program, the school's campus was then converted into three smaller high schools:

  • Austin Polytechnical Academy, which opened in 2007,[12]
  • Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, which opened in 2006,
  • V.O.I.S.E. Academy High School, which opened in 2008. (VOISE stands for "Virtual Opportunities Inside a School Environment"; the school combines an online curriculum with classroom instruction.)[13] The schools on the Austin campus share an athletics program. The sports teams are nicknamed the Tigers.[14]


Austin competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Austin sport teams are nicknamed Tigers. In 1937, Austin High School's football team played Leo Catholic High School in the Chicago Prep Bowl at Soldier Field. Austin was led by star running back Bill DeCorrevont, one of the best known high school athletes of his day.[15] The attendance was estimated to be as high as 130,000[16]—possibly the largest crowd to ever attend an American football game.[17] (Sources vary on the exact figure, however; the Illinois High School Association provides an estimate of 110,000 attendees.) Austin won 26-0.[16]

Austin High School Chess TeamEdit

During the 2000–2001 school year, Abraham Lee, captain of the undefeated Austin Community Academy Chess Team. The Team had been on the channel four news for being undefeated statewide and became the statewide champions of the Illinois chess teams which also brought media attention in other aspects which include the Austin Weekly and Chicago Tribune. Mr.Lee was undefeated the entire season and was noted as breaking records and making history for the Austin Community Academy High School as there hadn't been a chess team since the early 1980s. The coach was a Richard Dunbar who was a Detective for the Chicago Police Department who cared entirely about the community and local youth. Abraham Lee is listed in the United States Chess Federation;

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Chicago Public Schools: Austin College and Career Academy". Chicago Public Schools.
  2. ^ "IHSA Chicago (Austin)".
  3. ^ "Invitation to join Austin Career Academy Alumni".
  4. ^ Success, UChicago Impact, The UChicago Consortium, The Network for College. "Austin College Career Academy HS Details — To&Through Data Tool".
  5. ^ a b "Austin High School Records". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  6. ^ Michael Smith. "Austin High School bears name of pioneer who subdivided village". Chicago Tribune. May 13, 1965. W1.
  7. ^ "Chicago Board of Ed approves consolidation of Austin High School campus".
  8. ^ Michael Marsh. "Austin gets with programs". Chicago Sun-Times. September 8, 1993. 85.
  9. ^ Rosalind Rossi. "Carothers, leaders demand new West Side high school". Chicago Sun-Times. June 28, 2007. 27.
  10. ^ Chicago Public Schools : CPS Completes Phase-Outs of Three High Schools Archived 2012-03-16 at the Wayback Machine. (2009-11-12). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  11. ^ "Storied Chicago high school nears last dance".
  12. ^ Yasmin Tara Ramohan. "New high school to focus on high-tech manufacturing". Chi-Town Daily News. May 31, 2007. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  13. ^ Paul D. Bowker. "New Austin high school focus of meeting". Chi-Town Daily News. December 1, 2008. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  14. ^ Austin Poly/Austin Business & Entrepreneurship/VOISE Academy Basketball. MaxPreps. Retrieved on August 25, 2012.
  15. ^ Liam T. A. Ford. Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City. University of Chicago Press, 1937. 83.
  16. ^ a b IHSA Boys Football All-Time General Records. Illinois High School Association. January 8, 2010. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  17. ^ Steven A. Riess, Gerald R. Gems. The Chicago Sports Reader. University of Illinois Press, 2009. 18.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Austin at a glance". Chicago Sun-Times. September 8, 1993. 85.
  19. ^ "Roy Brown". Chicago Television. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  20. ^ "Larry Canada". Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  21. ^ a b c d e Austin High Gang. Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
  22. ^ Ney, Annette (April 24, 1985). "Grads Who Made The Big Time". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  23. ^ "Art Lopatka Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  24. ^ "Phil Masi Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  25. ^ Morris, Eric (2007). The Diary of a Professional Experiencer: An Autobiographical Journey Into the Evolution of an Acting System. 8004 Fareholm Drive, Los Angeles, California 90046: Ermor Enterprises. ISBN 9780983629924. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  26. ^ "Franchot Tone Weds 18 Year Old Chicago Actress in Arizona". Chicago Tribune. Illinois, Chicago. Associated Press. October 19, 1941. p. 1. Retrieved November 13, 2018 – via  

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