Chicago Academy of Communications and Technology Charter High School

The History of Chicago ACT Charter High School

Chicago (population: 2.8 million) is located along the shores of Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois. From its early days as a Potawatomie settlement, then as the site of Fort Dearborn in 1803, which led up to the formation of the city and its incorporation in 1833 and 1837, respectively, the “City of Big Shoulders” became a major location in the US for various reasons. Railroads and water transportation were two reasons why Chicago was one of the fastest growing cities in the country during the 19th Century.

Today, numerous railroads and highways of interstate, US, state, and local designations bring people together in the city on a daily basis, as does air traffic at O’Hare and Midway Airports. Chicago is a melting pot of people from many nationalities, making it ethnically diverse, and thus is referred to as “the financial, economic, and cultural capital of the Midwest (according to Wikipedia).”

The fact that Chicago Academy of Communications and Technology (ACT) Charter High School existed was brought to our attention by Aaron Garner. We believe that the ACT Charter High School had a short history. It is likely that ACT Charter High School was established in 2007 at the address of 4319 W. Washington Blvd. on Chicago’s west side. The ever changing views on specialty high schools in the Chicago area led to the school’s closing in, we believe, 2010. The school building is now utilized as Chicago Talent Development High School.

Chicago ACT Charter High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                             ? (information needed)

Year closed:                               2010

Located at:                                 4319 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago

Bldg now used as:                   Chicago Talent Development High School

ACT Charter HS nickname:   “Phantoms”

ACT Charter HS colors:           Teal & Purple

ACT Charter HS Fight Song:   (needed)

ATHLETICS

We are certain that Chicago ACT High School competed in a variety of boys and girls athletics. Aaron Garner did locate some season records in football. The uniform colors were located on an older IHSA website by David Haberkorn. Currently this is the extent of the information we have regarding ACT High School. If you have any further information to share, especially season records and coach’s names, please contact us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net .

FOOTBALL

The following season records were sent to us by Aaron Garner. Coach’s name of the 2009 season as well as season reocrds and coaches’ names of other “Phantom” football teams are needed. 

2007-08         1 – 8               Coach Taurus Scurlock

2008-09         3 – 6               Coach Taurus Scurlock

2009-10         6 – 3               Coach’s name needed

Extra-Curricular Activities

Chicago Academy of Communications & Technology High School likely offered all the opportunities of any other high school in the area. Clubs, groups, dances, and other activities were probably a huge part of the ACT Charter HS experience.

If You Have ANY Further Information

If you have any further information you can share regarding the many accomplishments and the history of Chicago ACT Chartyer High School, especially a photo of the school building, please write to us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net .  You can also write to us via “real” mail (USPS) at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St. 

Chicago, Il.  60631

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