Chicago Medill High School

Chicago Joseph Medill High School
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                            The History of Chicago Medill High School

Chicago (population 2.8 million) is located in far northeastern Illinois in the center of Cook County.  It is currently the third largest cities in the United States of America and is one of the most famous cities in the world.  Lake Michigan provides Chicago’s eastern most border.  Several roadways and railroads, as well as Ohare and Midway airports, will take you to the city of Chicago.

Medill High School opened in 1898 and stayed in operation for a number of years at 14th Place and Throop. The school was named after Joseph Medill, who was a prominent mayor of Chicago following the great Chicago Fire of 1871, and involved in the newspaper business. The School of Journalism at Northwestern University is also named in his honor. More can be found out Joseph Medill at http://www.medillelem.cps.k12.il.us/Joseph_Medill.html.

Chicago Medill HS Diploma 1923 – Sadie Sanders
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Sadie Sanders’ 1923 Medill HS Class Ring
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Sadie Sanders on Wedding Day, 1923 Medill HS Grad
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Medill High School ceased operation as a high school in 1948, Medill Elementary School exists in Chicago near the location listed above.

FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO MEDILL HIGH SCHOOL

Year opened:              1898

Year closed:                1948

School colors:             unknown

School nickname:       unknown

School song:               unknown

ATHLETICS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Medill students had the opportunity to compete in basketball (both boys’ and girls) as well as track, cross-country, baseball, softball, and possibly football as members of the Cook County and Chicago Public Leagues. Also, we believe that there may have been other activities that were offered to the student body of Medill, but there is no evidence to show they existed. Anyone who has more details is invited to contact us at the addresses listed below.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Medill competed in the Cook County League and won a league title in 1902, then later helped form the Chicago Public League when it began in 1913. According to facts presented to us by historian Robert Pruter, the school was one of the original members of the Cook County League’s basketball league in 1900-01. As you can tell below, the school was playing basketball in the mid-1950’s when they were on the receiving end of points being scored in a quarter of a game.

1902   COOK COUNTY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

             Defeated Lake 16-15, in championship game

1954   Carver scored 50 on Medill in the fourth quarter of a game on December 21st of that year.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

The girls could also play the game and contended for a Cook County League title of their own before girls’ sports were stopped in 1907 by the superintendent of schools in Chicago, Edwin Cooley.

1904     SECOND IN COOK COUNTY LEAGUE

Lost to Oak Park 14-7 in championship game

BOYS’ TRACK

For one moment, Medill’s track program came to the forefront as a state champion was crowned from the school during the 1948 season. This was in addition to the 1915 team that won the Cook County Championship.

1915     Cook County Champions!                   Coach Sussman 

1948     Horace Coleman     Long Jump—STATE CHAMPION!!! (length 22′ 6 1/2″)

Medill 1914 Track Team
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1914 Track Team: Front row: Rose, Cooper, Sussman. Middle row: Coach Goldman, Mendelsohn, Meyer, Lappe, Greenstein, Baron, Coach Katz. Back row: Miller, Goldberg, Levy, Robin, Moses.

1915 Medill Track Team (Cook County Champs)
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1915 Track Team:  Front row: Minovitch, Cooper, Coach Sussman, Rose, Tucker. Back Row: Ginsberg, Miller, Lappe, Lotchie, Weiner, Ruby.

BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY

Robert Pruter tells us that the first-known meet of more than three schools in this sport was held in November 1907 with McKinley, Northwest Division, Medill, Crane, Austin, and Oak Park competing in a meet on the West Side of Chicago. Unfortunately, this is the only information we have about the school competing in the sport.

SOFTBALL

The school offered this sport and competed in the Cook County League during the winter. Medill was second in the league in 1902, 1903, and 1905.

BASEBALL

Based on their successful winter seasons in softball, Medill transferred their skills outdoors and contended for a league title one season.

1903 2nd in Cook County League

SOCCER

Medill also played on the soccer pitches of Chicago against its Public League members during the fall, taking one title in 1921. Thru the 1938-39 school year, this is believed to be the only team title that the school won in the Public League.

1918 Medill High School graduation announcement
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Chicago Joseph Medill High School
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You can:

1) click on this CONTACT US link;

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3) or send it via the USPS to:

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6439 North Neva

Chicago, IL  60631


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