Hirsch Metropolitan High School

Hirsch Metropolitan High School
7740 S. Ingleside Avenue


Coordinates41°45′14″N 87°36′07″W / 41.7539°N 87.6019°W / 41.7539; -87.6019Coordinates:41°45′14″N 87°36′07″W / 41.7539°N 87.6019°W / 41.7539; -87.6019
School typePublic Secondary
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140800[2]
PrincipalDavid Narain[1]
Enrollment100 (2018–2019)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Maroon
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
Team nameHuskies
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
YearbookThe Maroon

Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School (formerly known as Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School of Communications) is a public 4–year high school located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Hirsch is part of the Chicago Public Schools system. The school is named for Reform Movement Rabbi Emil Gustav Hirsch. Hirsch opened in 1926.


Planned and constructed by Chicago School Superintendent William A. McAndrew and architect Edgar D. Martin between August 1925 to Mid–1926, Hirsch opened as Emil G. Hirsch Junior High School, a junior high school serving grades seventh through ninth in 1926. Costing a total of $1,250,000 to construct,[6] Hirsch was planned under the Chicago Board of Education new junior high school system which included north side school Sullivan High School with its interior and exterior designed identical to Hirsch's. The school board voted to close all junior high schools in 1933 and turned Hirsch into a neighborhood high school (also known at the time as a "senior" high school). The school was named Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School of Communications from 1982 until 2004.


Hirsch competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school sports teams are nicknamed the Huskies. Hirsch boys' basketball team became Public League champions and state champions in 1972–73.[7]

Notable alumni

  • Timothy C. Evans (1961) — politician, attorney, former alderman and the current Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court.[8]
  • Rickey Green (1973) — NBA basketball player, selected in the first round 1977 draft (Golden State Warriors).
  • Jennifer Jackson (1963) — Model, first African–American Playboy playmate of the month (March, 1965).
  • Jayson "Mick" Jenkins (2009) — hip-hop recording artist[9]
  • James Singleton (1999) – NBA basketball player, basketball player for (Los Angeles Clippers) (Dallas Mavericks)
  • William "Bill" Tabbert (October 5, 1919 – October 18, 1974) was an American actor and singer primarily remembered as Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific.
  • Marvell Wynne (1977) — MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs).


  1. ^ Hirsch. Chicago Public Schools.
  2. ^ High School Codes
  3. ^ "Institution Summary for Hirsch Metro". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. ^ IHSA Chicago (Hirsch)
  5. ^ Chicago Historic Schools: Hirsch
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune – The New Emil G. Hirsch Junior High School – August 17, 1925
  7. ^ IHSA Chicago (Hirsch)
  8. ^ 1961 Hirsch Metropolitan High School (Chicago, Illinois) Yearbook
  9. ^ "Mick Jenkins Is the Reluctant Voice of Conscious Rap". Complex Magazine. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

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