|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)