Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy
LMSA Exterior.JPG
6130 S. Wolcott Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°46′56″N 87°40′20″W / 41.7821°N 87.6721°W / 41.7821; -87.6721Coordinates:41°46′56″N 87°40′20″W / 41.7821°N 87.6721°W / 41.7821; -87.6721
School type
MottoOur History Guides our Future.
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code141122[1]
PrincipalWayne J. Bevis
Enrollment1,355 (2019–2020)[5]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Maroon
Athletics conferenceChicago Public High School League[3]
Team nameEagles[3]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
NewspaperThe Talon
YearbookThe Eagle

Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School (LMSA) (formerly known as Lindblom Technical High School) is a public 4–year selective enrollment high school and middle school located in the West Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Lindblom is operated by the Chicago Public School system. The school originally constructed in 1919 is named for Robert Lindblom, a nineteenth-century Swedish–born trader on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Designated for students intended to enter vocations in industrial and skilled trades, in the later 20th century, it developed curricula to prepare students for college and was known as Lindblom College Prep High School. The Chicago City Council approved the designation of the Lindblom Building as a Chicago landmark by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on June 9, 2010.[6]


Originally named the Robert Lindblom Technical High School, the three-story building was designed by architect Arthur Hussander and completed in 1919.[7][8] Lindblom was designed in a Beaux-Arts style and has a neo-classical façade with Roman columns. The building contains a 2,000-seat auditorium (with two balconies), two gymnasiums, a large study hall/ballroom on the third floor with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and large skylights, a swimming pool, and a greenhouse.

It first served a population with a high number of European immigrants and emphasized the importance of education in assimilation and advancement. As the number of industrial jobs declined following World War II and the job market changed, the school curricula were changed to emphasize preparation for college, to enable students to obtain degrees needed for the changing market. The school was renamed as Lindblom College Prep High School in the 1999-2000 school year and has served the increasingly diverse student population.

Architect's rendering of Lindblom, c. 1919.

In 2003, Lindblom underwent a two-year, $42 million renovation to upgrade systems and prepare the school as a site for concentration in math and science, as planned by the Chicago Public Schools. BauerLatoza Studio was hired to develop the entire project, which modernized the architecture, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. BauerLatoza Studio also designed new computer and science labs that were installed throughout the building.[9] The grand reopening was held by the Lindblom Alumni Association and the Board of Education on October 14, 2005. The occasion featured alumna Cheryl Burton, a prominent TV journalist in Chicago, as the mistress of ceremonies. The school reopened in the fall of 2005 as Lindblom Math & Science Academy. It welcomed its first class of freshmen and the final class of Lindblom College Prep High School graduated in the spring of 2006. Because of the poor reputation of the surrounding neighborhood, initially Lindblom Math & Science only had 25 prospective freshmen enrolled as of March 30, 2005, prior to its opening.[10]

In December 2008, Lindblom received preliminary landmark status from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.[11] In June 2010, the Chicago City Council's Landmarks Committee approved the designation of the school as a city landmark, citing it as a "distinctive and exceptional example" of the Beaux Arts Style of architecture "with its monumental classical façade, light-colored masonry and symmetry."[12]



Lindblom Math & Science Academy is on a block schedule.[13] Students have four classes per day: Three that last 100 minutes; one that lasts 50, and one 50-minute lunch period. This allows students to focus on depth over breadth. 100-minute classes meet two days a week, and 50 minute classes meet four days a week. The school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses, by which students can earn college credit after successful completion of the course and an AP exam at the end of the school year. Lindblom was the first high school in Chicago Public Schools to adopt a year round balanced schedule.[14]


Lindblom is one of the ten selective enrollment schools in the city of Chicago.[15] The school as a selective enrollment school offers only Honors and Advanced Placement level courses. Lindblom reestablished their academic center middle school in 2008, previously hosting grades seventh and eighth prior to its 2003 closure during most o the 1990s. Being one of only several other high schools in the city that offer an academic center in the high school building, the academic center students are commonly called as Ackies. The first graduating Ackie class will be in 2014, having spent five or six years at Lindblom.

Baxter International

In October 2008, Lindblom became partners with Baxter International as part of its SCIENCE@WORK initiative.[16] Baxter donated money to the schools for science education. The objective of the Baxter Initiative is twofold. First, Baxter provides support for Lindblom's biotechnology courses. It also has contributed to the creation of the teacher professional development program, the Biotechnology Center of Excellence. Teachers from other Chicago high schools can attend professional development at Lindblom in order to create their own biotechnology programs. The initiative also provides support for Chicago's Renaissance 2010 program and the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Instructional Development System.[16]

Activities and athletics

Lindblom competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and also is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Lindblom offers a wide variety of sports and extra curricular activities for its students to participate in including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, water polo, wrestling, volleyball, cross country/track, swimming, golf, and bowling. The Lindblom Debate Team competes in the flagship urban league called Chicago Debates (formerly the Chicago Debate League), an affiliate of National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), at both the high school and middle school levels. In the 2008–2009 school year, LMSA started its first Girls' Swim Team and Boys' Swim Team. That same year, Lindblom started its Water Polo team.

Notable alumni

  • Cheryl Burton (1980) – an Emmy Award–winning television journalist for WLS-TV in Chicago.[17][18]
  • Shirley Coleman (1973) – politician, alderman, Chicago 16th ward (1991–2007).
  • Lance Crouther (attended) – a writer and star of Chris Rock Show, noted for portraying the character Pootie Tang; wrote screenplay for documentary comedy Good Hair.
  • Erik R. Fleming (1983) – member of Mississippi House of Representatives from 72nd district.[19]
  • Chet Giermak (1945) – All-American collegiate basketball player at The College of William & Mary.
  • Darold "Deevo" McCray Guitarist with The Sounds of Blackness, Formerly of The Commodores, composer, producer and session musician.
  • Steve "Silk" Hurley (1980) – Grammy Award–nominated house music pioneer, music producer, and DJ.[20][21]
  • Andrea Jenkins – policy aide, transgender activist, and curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies[22]
  • Mickey Johnson (1970) – professional basketball player with NBA's Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors.
  • George Keenan – boxer, in 1931 won Golden Gloves welterweight championship.
  • Ali LeRoi – actor, director, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer best known for his work with Chris Rock (The Chris Rock Show, Everybody Hates Chris).[23]
  • Shamier Little (2013) – 2014 NCAA 400m hurdles national champion; also on runner-up 4 × 400 m relay team while winning the team championship with Texas A&M University.
  • Joshua Short – on-air personality for Yahala Voice Radio in Chicago.[24]
  • Ethel L. Payne (1929) – award-winning journalist known as "First Lady of the Black Press"; first African–American woman to be issued White House press credentials and first to serve as commentator for national television newscast.[17]
  • George Ratkovicz (1940) – college and pro basketball player.
  • Gene Rayburn (1936) – radio and television personality, best remembered as longtime host of game show Match Game (1962–84).[25]
  • John Walter Reagan – one of the Golden Thirteen, he was among first African-American commissioned officers in U.S. Navy[26]
  • Ken Rouse (1926) – college football player, center for Amos Alonzo Stagg's University of Chicago team from 1925 to 1927, captain of '27 team; won 1927 Chicago Tribune Silver Football as most valuable player in Big Ten Conference.
  • Dale Samuels (1950) – college football player, quarterback for Purdue.
  • Jerry Sanders (1955) – founder and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices.[27]
  • Eileen Jackson Southern (1938) – professor of Renaissance and African-American music; first African-American woman to become tenured full professor at Harvard University.[28]
  • Virginia Van Wie (1927) – golfer, 3-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion.


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  2. ^ "Lindblom". Chicago Public Schools. 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Chicago (Lindblom)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 19 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Lindblom Math & Science Academy". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  5. ^ Chicago Public Schools (Lindblom HS) Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Landmark honors bestowed on Lindblom High School". Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  7. ^ Strazzabosco, Peter (June 9, 2010). "Landmark honors bestowed on Lindblom High School". City of Chicago. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  8. ^ Crawford, Matt; et al. (April 1, 2010). "Robert Lindblom Technical High School Building" (PDF). Landmark Designation Report. Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  9. ^ [1], BauerLatoza Studio
  10. ^ Cholo, Ana Beatriz (2005-03-30). "Premier city school has it all, except many students". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  11. ^ City of Chicago, "Lindblom High School proposed for landmark status", December 4, 2008
  12. ^ Spielman, Fran (3 June 2010), "Lindblom High in Englewood declared landmark", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved 4 June 2010, Lindblom Technical High School and its most striking interior elements — the front-entrance vestibule, auditorium and study hall with its barrel vaulted ceiling — are about to become Chicago landmarks. The City Council's Landmarks Committee approved the designation Thursday after being told the 91-year-old school that occupies an entire West Englewood block is a "distinctive and exceptional example" of the Beaux Arts Style of architecture "with its monumental classical façade, light-colored masonry and symmetry."
  13. ^ "Lindblom Math & Science Academy Bell Schedule" (PDF). Lindblom. Retrieved 5 March 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Lindblom Math and Science Academy". Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Error | Chicago Public Schools". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  16. ^ a b Baxter International, "Chicago Public Schools Receive Major Corporate Donation for Science Education", Available on-line at, cited September 15, 2009
  17. ^ a b "Robert Lindblom High School Honor Roll". Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  18. ^ 1980 Lindblom Technical High School (Eagle) Yearbook, (Chicago, Illinois).Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  19. ^ 1980 Lindblom Technical High School (Eagle) Yearbook, (Chicago, Illinois).Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  20. ^ 1980 Lindblom Technical High School (Eagle) Yearbook, (Chicago, Illinois).Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  21. ^ Steve "Silk" Hurley (March 2006). "Steve "Silk" Hurley: Smooth As Ever". 5 Magazine (Interview). Interviewed by Mirani, Czarina. Chicago, Illinois: Fivestar Boogie Prod. Retrieved 20 January 2010. My first party that I DJed was a "Sock Hop" at my high school, Lindblom Tech. I don't even think I got paid for that party. My friend Vic and I used two turntables with speakers on them and a mic that was hooked up to the school's PA system.
  22. ^ Bruch, Michelle (May 5, 2015). "Building an archive of transgender history". Southwest Journal. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  23. ^ "Production Notes for the film "Head of State"". Film Production Notes. Hot 105 FM radio. Retrieved 20 January 2010. Ali LeRoi (Producer/Co-Screenwriter) has enjoyed a long association with Chris Rock ... LeRoi began his comedy career while still attending Chicago's Lindblom High School, where he co-founded a sketch group with future writing partner Lance Crouther.
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Gene Rayburn, TV entertainer", Chicago Sun-Times, 4 December 1999, archived from the original on 2 November 2012, retrieved 20 January 2010, Gene Rayburn grew up in Chicago and caught the eye of a drama teacher at Lindblom High School ... Mr. Rayburn went on to entertain TV audiences from the 1960s to the 1980s as host of the popular "Match Game."
  26. ^ Stillwell, Paul, The Golden Thirteen; Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers, Naval Institute Press, 2003, p. 124
  27. ^ Wood, Paul (March–April 2004). "The Diligent Dilettante". Illinois Alumni Magazine. Urbana, Illinois, US: University of Illinois Alumni Association. Retrieved 20 January 2010. The valedictorian of Chicago's Lindblom High School, Sanders was entirely focused on getting a degree that would get him a good career and a good salary.
  28. ^ Monson, Ingrid; Carol Oja; Kay Kaufman Shelemay; Josephine Wright; Henry Louis Gates Jr (15 May 2007). "Eileen Jackson Southern" (PDF). meeting minutes. Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Retrieved 20 January 2010. Eileen Jackson was born in Minneapolis, attending public schools there, as well as in Sioux Falls and Chicago. She graduated from Lindblom High School in Chicago and studied piano at Chicago Musical College, giving her first recital at twelve and making a début in Chicago's Orchestra Hall at eighteen.

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Architect's rendering of Lindblom Technical High School

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Exterior photo of Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy