Lake View High School (Chicago)

Lake View High School
4015 N. Ashland Avenue.


Coordinates41°57′19″N 87°40′07″W / 41.9554°N 87.6686°W / 41.9554; -87.6686Coordinates:41°57′19″N 87°40′07″W / 41.9554°N 87.6686°W / 41.9554; -87.6686
School typePublic secondary
MottoAd astra per aspera
"To the stars through difficulties"
1886 (current location)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140930[2]
PrincipalPaul Joseph Karafiol[1]
Enrollment1,287 (2015–16)[7]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Red
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League[3]
Team nameWildcats[3]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
NewspaperLake reView[5]
YearbookRed & White[5]

Lake View High School is a public four-year high school located in the Lake View neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Lake View is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district. While the current building opened in 1886, the school itself opened in 1874, dating to a time when the Lake View community was not a part of the city of Chicago. Lake View became a part of Chicago in 1889. Created when the Lake View area was its own township before it joined Chicago, the school is the oldest operating township secondary school in the state of Illinois.[8]

Parts of the film My Bodyguard were filmed at Lake View High School.[9]

Academics and activities

Lake View High School earned a bronze medal in the U.S. News/School Matters Best High School rankings.[10]

The school offers approximately 20 clubs and activities for students.[5] Among those which are chapters or branches of nationally notable organizations are National Honor Society and Key Club.[5]


Lake View competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Teams are stylized as the Wildcats. The boys' track & field team finished second at the first IHSA State Meet in 1892–93, and its boys' soccer team finished fourth in the IHSA State Tournament in 2008–09.[11][12]

In the years before World War Two, the school had a fifty-foot rifle range in the basement and fielded a rifle team.[13]

Feeder patterns

K-8 schools which feed into Lake View include Audubon, Bell, Blaine, Burley, Greeley, Hamilton, Jahn, Nettelhorst, and Schneider.[14][15]

Notable alumni

  • Clarence Appelgran, football player who played for the Detroit Heralds in 1920
  • Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist, radio personality and actor; father of actress Candice Bergen[16][17][18]
  • Barbara Bedford, actress in films from 1920-1945
  • Tom Bosley, Tony Award-winning actor, best known for his work on television (Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries and Murder, She Wrote)[17][18]
  • Alfred Caldwell, landscape architect[19]
  • Shirley Bell Cole, radio actress, best known for portraying Little Orphan Annie[20]
  • Myron Hunt, architect whose work included the Rose Bowl
  • Leo Koretz, lawyer and stockbroker who ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme
  • Mark LaValle, Olympic weightlifter[17]
  • Vince Lawrence, platinum award-winning dance music producer, businessman and one of the leading innovators of house music[21]
  • Joe Mooshil, Former Associated Press sportswriter and speaker on The Sportswriters on TV
  • Gladys Nilsson, artist and original member of the Hairy Who group of Chicago Imagists[22]
  • Tom Rosenberg, film producer[23]
  • Howard Rubenstein, 1949, physician, photographer, playwright
  • Jasper Sanfilippo Sr., leader of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. nut business, collector and philanthropist
  • Abe Saperstein, founder, owner, and coach of the Harlem Globetrotters.[17][24]
  • Stuart Schwartz, television producer[25]
  • Gloria Swanson, Golden Globe award-winning actress, perhaps best remembered for her role as Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard[17][18]
  • Richard Thieme (class of 1961), priest, consultant, and author
  • Bryant Washburn, actor[26]
  • Sidney R. Yates, U. S. Representative (1949–63, 1965–99) for Illinois' 9th congressional district[17][18]
  • Lee Balterman, (class of 1938), 1920-2012, Chicago Photographer, carrying a camera until the end, noted photographer of ballet, sports and Chicago street scenes.
  • Albin Garfield Anderson, medical missionary who spent 30 years of service caring for patients in Korea.[27]


  1. ^ Lake View. Retrieved on 2019-09-09
  2. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Chicago (Lake View)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 8 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Lake View High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d "Clubs". directory. Lake View High School. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  6. ^ Lake View High School History Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  7. ^ [1]. Retrieved on October 30, 2015.
  8. ^ HR0085 91st General Assembly. Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  9. ^ "My Bodyguard (1980) Filming Locations". Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  10. ^ "Lake View High School: Best High School". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  11. ^ "IHSA Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 16 November 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  12. ^ "IHSA Boys Track & Field Team Champions and Runners-Up". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  13. ^ George, John B (23 July 2018). Shots Fired in Anger: A Rifleman's Eye View of the Activities on the Island of Guadalcanal (Kindle ed.). 241: Carbine Books.CS1 maint: location (link)
  14. ^ "Elem North" (). Chicago Public Schools. 2013. Retrieved on September 30, 2016.
  15. ^ "HS North/Near North." Chicago Public Schools. 2013. Retrieved on September 30, 2016.
  16. ^ Terry, Cliff (2005). Chicago. Globe Pequot. pp. 87. ISBN 0-7627-3517-1.
  17. ^ a b c d e f McGavin, Patrick Z. (12 January 2010), "Lake View", Chicago Sun-Times, archived from the original on 16 January 2010, retrieved 17 January 2010
  18. ^ a b c d 91st General Assembly (1998). House Resolution 0085 (Technical report). Illinois House of Representatives. HR 0085. WHEREAS, Lake View High School has seen admirals, generals, judges, politicians, stars from the entertainment industry, and business leaders graduate from its halls of academia; Edgar Bergen, Gloria Swanson, and Tom Bosley are from the entertainment field ... ; former State Representative Sidney Yates was a graduate ...
  19. ^ The Art Institute of Chicago. "Alfred Caldwell oral interview". Archived from the original on 2006-09-15.
  20. ^ Jensen, Trevor (January 26, 2010). "Shirley Bell Cole: 1920-2010: Radio voice behind 'Little Orphan Annie'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  21. ^ Archived 2009-09-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  22. ^ Oral history interview with Gladys Nilsson, 2008 Aug. 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  23. ^ Kass, John (2011-10-21). "Chicago guy who went to Hollywood returns with devastating testimony". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  24. ^ Smith, Jay T. "Rewriting History: The Birth of the Globetrotters (Chicago Stories)". program notes. WTTW-TV (PBS Chicago). Retrieved 18 January 2010. Globetrotter founder Abe Saperstein graduated Lake View High School in 1920. He went to the University of Illinois for a very short time, and in late 1920 or early 1921 began working for the Chicago Park District.
  25. ^ Miner, Michael (March 24, 2009). "Famous alums or lifelong troublemakers -- you decide". Chicago Reader.
  26. ^ Lowrey, Carolyn (1920). The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen. Moffat, Yard. p. 186. Retrieved 5 July 2019. Bryant Washburn.
  27. ^ Ahn, Sung Ku; Koh, Sang Baek (2019-05-01). "Albin Garfield Anderson (安道善, 1882–1971): A History of Medical Missionary Work". Yonsei Medical Journal. 60 (5): 403–406. doi:10.3349/ymj.2019.60.5.403. ISSN 0513-5796. PMC 6479130. PMID 31016900.

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This is the logo owned by Chicago Public Schools for Lake View High School. Further details: The logo depicts a lamp of learning superimposed over a book. Above the book appear the words "Ad astra per aspera", and below the book the year "1874". Surrounding that is a ring with the words "Lake View High School".