Calumet High School (Chicago)

Calumet High School (Perspectives)
Calumet High School-Perspectives.jpg
8131 S. May Street


United States
Coordinates41°44′17″N 87°34′22″W / 41.7381°N 87.5729°W / 41.7381; -87.5729
School typePublic Secondary Charter
Opened1889 (1889)
2006 (Leadership)
2007 (Technology)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140708 (Leadership)
140944 (Technology)[1]
PrincipalSarah Severson (Leadership)
Erin Powell (Technology)
912 (Technology)
Enrollment487 (Leadership; 2016–17)[2]
372 (Technology; 2016–17)[3]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Maroon
  Columbia Blue
Song"Calumet we're ever loyal to our own Maroon and Blue."
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
Team nameWarriors

Calumet High School–Perspectives is a public 4–year charter high school and middle school located in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opening as Calumet Township High School in 1889, becoming a Chicago Public School in 1900 and closing in 2006.[4][5] The Calumet school building is now used by two charter schools operated by the Chicago Public Schools system.


The school opened as Calumet Township High School in 1889. First housed in a former elementary school on the city's east side, The Chicago Board of Education decided that a new building needed to be built to house the school. The location of the new school at 81st street and May avenue was constructed during January 1925 and completed in 1926. The new school opened for students for the 1926–27 school year.[4] The school closed after the 2005–2006 academic year due to poor performance and low–enrollment. As a part of the Chicago Public Schools Renaissance 2010 program, the Calumet High School building now is home to two charter schools: Calumet – Perspectives Leadership Academy, which is located on the third floor,[6] and Calumet – Perspectives High School of Technology, which is located on the second floor.[7]

Other Information

The school was used as the filming location of the 1999 drama film Light It Up. Prior to the school being closed in 2006, the school was named Calumet Career Prep Academy.


Calumet competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school sport teams are nicknamed The Warriors (formerly Indians). The boys' basketball team were regional champions in 2012–13.[8]

Notable alumni (1889 - 2006)

  • Chaka Khan (attended), – Grammy Award-winning R&B singer.
  • James Young (Class of 1968), – Musician, guitarist and songwriter for the rock band Styx.
  • Kirby Puckett (Class of 1978), – Baseball player, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame outfielder.
  • Monique D. Davis (Class of 1955) , – Politician, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives.
  • Marsha Warfield (Class of 1971), – actress, comedian, talk show host (Night Court, The Marsha Warfield Show).
  • Jamie Foster Brown (Class of 1964), – magazine publisher.
  • Stella Foster (Class of 1963), – Journalist, columnist for Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Georgie Anne Geyer (Class of 1952), – renowned newspaper journalist and columnist.
  • Tony Hinkle (Class of 1917), – basketball coach, University of Chicago and Butler University.
  • Tommy Sands (attended), – actor and teen idol hitmaker, notably with "Teen-Age Crush" in 1957.
  • Earl Eby (attended), – Athlete, participated in the 1920 Olympic Games, taking second for the USA in the 800 meters, and finishing fourth as a part of the 1600 relay.
  • Merrell Jackson, (Class of 1971) – actor best known for "Godspell".
  • Richard Trentlage (Class of 1947), – Musician, composer of the "Oscar Mayer Weiner Jingle", "McDonald's is your kind of place!", "Buckle up for safety, buckle up!" and many other mindsticking, advertising ditties.[9]
  • Martin Joyce - United States Air Force
  • George L. Safranek, PhD. (Class of 1950), - Geophysicist, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Texas


  1. ^ K-12 School Ceeb Code - Perspectives
  2. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Perspectives Leadership Academy". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Perspectives HS of Technology". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Chicago Calumet High School "Indians"". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  5. ^ Ziemba, Joe (2019-06-20). Cadets, Cannons and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy. Gatekeeper Press. ISBN 9781642373400.
  6. ^ "Location". Perspectives Charter Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Location". Perspectives Charter Schools. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  8. ^ IHSA: Perspectives (Calumet)
  9. ^ Obituary 12/27/1928-9/21/2016, Davenport Family Funeral Home Crystal Lake, Il>

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