Bowen High School (Chicago)

Bowen High School
2710 E. 89th Street


Coordinates41°44′04″N 87°33′26″W / 41.73444°N 87.55722°W / 41.73444; -87.55722Coordinates:41°44′04″N 87°33′26″W / 41.73444°N 87.55722°W / 41.73444; -87.55722
School typePublic Secondary
Motto"Education stops, Not at the close of a book, But at the end of one's life."
1910 (present building)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140882[1]
PrincipalPriscilla Horton
Enrollment358 (2015–16) [3]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Purple
SongThe lyric chorus sung to the tune of Notre Dame Victory March
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
Team nameBowen Boilermakers[2]
NewspaperBowen Arrow

James H. Bowen High School (known simply as Bowen High School) is a public 4–year high school located in the South Chicago neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Bowen is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district.

From 1993 until 2011, Bowen was divided into four smaller schools. Today, the smaller schools have been re-consolidated back into one school.[4]


The 1910 building by Dwight Perkins[5]

Bowen High School was established in 1882, under the name South Chicago High School in one of the classrooms of the Bowen Elementary School (demolished), which was located at the northwest corner of 93rd Street and Houston Avenue in the then-independent community of South Chicago.[6] Fourteen pupils were given high school-level instruction. The elementary school and its successor high school were named for Colonel James H. Bowen (1822-1881), the first president of the Calumet and Chicago Canal Dock Company[7] and the man known as "the father of South Chicago".[8]

The two schools became separate institutions in 1910, when the current building was constructed at the northeast corner of Marquette and 89th Street.[9] It was designed by Dwight Perkins (1867–1941), supervising architect of the Chicago Public School system between 1905 and 1910,[10] and built "on identical plans" as its more famous cousin, Irving Park High School.[11] (opened as Carl Schurz High School[12] The latter building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[13] The building cost $700,000 and contained about 125 rooms; it was noted for its manual training and domestic science departments.[14] By the 1930s, Bowen's student body had grown to 4,600, due to the great increase in immigrants of Polish and Slavic descent in the South Chicago area.[15]


Bowen competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Bowen sport teams are called the Boilermakers. The boys' baseball team were Public League champions in the 1953–54 and the 1971 season. The boys' soccer team were Public League champions three times (1979–80, 1980–81 and 1981–82).[2] the boys' football team were Blue Division champs in 1963 defeating Harlan 19-18. After taking a 13-0 lead at half time Bowen came back in the last two minutes of the game to win it on a pass from George Lalich to Steve Zinini. Steve served as a gunner on a chopper in Vietnam. The team got the ball back because of a fumble recovery by Jim Robinson who served as a marine in Vietnam. Those three were the heroes of the game. They were Blue Division Champs back to back in 1982 and 1983 defeating Harlan each time. The following year they moved up to The Red Division.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b IHSA Chicago (Bowen)
  3. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Bowen High School". Chicago Public Schools.
  4. ^ "Learn more about Bowen High School". Bowen High School.
  5. ^ Brubaker, C. William, Raymond Bordwell, Gaylaird Christopher (1998). Planning and Designing Schools. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 10. ISBN 0070494053.
  6. ^ "Roots of Bowen High Lie in Soil of 40 Nations - Students Will Show Off Citizen Training". Chicago Daily Tribune: S5. March 31, 1946.
  7. ^ Andreas, Alfred Theodore (1884). History of Cook County, Illinois: From the Earliest Period to the Present - Complete in One Volume. Chicago: A.T. Andreas, Publisher. pp. 573.
  8. ^ "THE FOURTH ON THE FIFTH - How the Day was Celebrated Yesterday in Chicago and Vicinity - Laying the Corner-Stone of the Joseph Brown Iron Works at South Chicago, etc. - South Chicago - An Interesting Ceremony". The [Chicago] Inter Ocean. IV (88): 1, 5. July 6, 1875.
  10. ^ "Chicago Historic Schools - Dwight H. Perkins (1867–1941)". Wordpress. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  11. ^ "MILLIONS FOR NEW SCHOOL - Twelve more annexes go up before June - AVOID DEFICIT, HOWEVER - First Teachers' Conference Opens with Five Hundred Present". Chicago Daily Tribune. LXVI (299): 8. September 24, 1907.
  12. ^ "CHICAGO HONORS SCHURZ". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 68 (327): 14. November 25, 1907.
  13. ^ "The National Register of Historic Places - Carl Schurz High School - NPS Form 10 900 OMB No. 1024 0018" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  14. ^ "SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS REPORT ON THEIR TRIP". The Portsmith [Ohio] Daily Times. xVI: 4. January 15, 1910.
  15. ^ Bowen High School Archived June 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Gene Lees (2004). You Can't Steal a Gift: Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and Nat. U of Nebraska Press. p. 28. ISBN 0-8032-8034-3.
  17. ^ Illinois Blue Book 1969-1970 page 249
  18. ^ "TO THE RESCUE - White Sox get Tony Piet for Gap in Infield". The Chicago Daily Tribune: 19. June 6, 1935.
  19. ^ "Chicago Public Schools Alumni-Journalists & Media Personalities-Eddie Schwartz". Chicago Public Schools. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2010.

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Bowen High School real photo 1910.jpg
Image of Bowen High School at 2710 E. 89th Street in Chicago, Illinois by Dwight Perkins, architect, 1910