Chicago Best Practice High School “Panthers”

The History of Chicago Best Practice High School

Chicago (population 2.7 million) is in northeastern Illinois in eastern Cook County. Lake Michigan, along with the Chicago and Des Plaines rivers, are the main waterways to and from the city. Interstates 55, 57, 90, & 94 will all lead you to the “Windy City,” as will numerous state and U.S. highways. From what started as a small village in the early 1800’s along the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago has grown to the nation’s third largest city and one of the most famous places in the world, as the result of an ethnically diverse community that adopted the city.

Best Practices High School was formed from a belief by Marilyn Bizar on more efficient and effective ways to get the most for children who attend high school. Ms. Bizar even worte a book titled “Rethinking High School: Best Practice in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership”.  Best Practice High School was opened in the fall of 1995. The school was locared on the Chicago’s west side at 2040 W. Adams Street.

Best Practice High School served the are proudly for the next 15 years. Budget restraints in the Chicago Public School system led to the decision to “phase this school out” in 2010. By December of 2011 there were no longer students attending classes at Best Practice High School. The students who attended Best Practice High School were relocted to other high schools in the neighborhood.

The following internet links provide further information regarding Best Practice High School. (Nov 2011)

Chicago Best Practice High School Quick Facts

Year opened:          1995

Year closed:            2011

Team nickname:      “Panthers”

Uniform colors:        Dark Blue & White

School Fight Song:  ??



Best Practice High School was a member of the Chicago Public League. The school participated in several boys and girls athletic programs. We are searching for information regarding season records, coaches names, and the school fight song for BPHS. The information we were able to locate on the IHSA website ( is reprinted below.


The only record we were able to locate is from the 2007-08 season. If you have any further information please contact us via the means listed at the bottom of this page.

2007-08      17 – 11           Coach Kevin Iverson




The IHSA website only lists the record and coach of the 2007-08 season for girls basketball as well.

2007-08        5 – 15           Coach Dennis Jackson 


*Information regarding other sports offered at Chicago Best Practice High School is welcome.


We are certain that Best Practice High School offered many clubs and activities for the students. Choir, band, and other activities were probably a part of the curriculum at BPHS. If you have any information on these activities please send us an e-mail message.


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