Archive ID: FIC-0000-005

South Chicago High School basketball team

Date Created: 1910

Created By: Frey

Donor: Southeast Chicago Historical Society

Media Type: Postcard

Language: English


South Chicago High School developed from the Bowen School, an elementary school built in 1876 at 93rd and Houston Avenue in the South Chicago community. In 1882, a high school named South Chicago High School opened in the Bowen School building. There were twelve girls and two boys in the first class. In 1885, seven students graduated from the three-year program and the following year a four-year program began. In spring of 1906, plans were announced for a “model high school” to replace South Chicago High School. The new school was designed by well-known architect Dwight Perkins and would be named James H. Bowen High School after the “Father of South Chicago.” Students began moving into the new school in January 1910. The basketball team pictured on the post card would be one of the last from the old South Chicago High School.

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