Crane High School (Chicago, Illinois)

Crane High School (Chicago, Illinois)
Crane Technical High School
2245 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois, 60612
Coordinates 41°52′37″N 87°40′58″W / 41.8769°N 87.6827°W / 41.8769; -87.6827
School type Public Secondary
Opened 1890
School district Chicago Public Schools 299
CEEB Code 140760[1]
Principal Richard Smith
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Red
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[2]
Team name Cougar[2]
Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

Richard T. Crane Technical Preparatory High School, commonly known as Crane Tech Prep or Crane Tech High School, is a public high school in Chicago, Illinois. It is located at 2245 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago's Near West Side community area.



Crane was founded as a males-only school at 12th Street and Michigan Avenue in 1890. It was originally known as the English High and Manual Training School.[4] In 1903, the school moved to its present location and was renamed in honor of businessman Richard T. Crane.[5] When the school went co-ed in 1954, it began to de-emphasize its "technical" label, though it continued to offer courses like auto shop and drafting.[4]

Between 1911 and 1969, the school shared its building with Crane College, the first junior college in Chicago. The college moved out in 1969 and is now known as Malcolm X College.[6]

School violence

In recent years, the Crane community has struggled with violence. During the 2007–2008 school year, one student was fatally shot and another was severely beaten by a golf club. A third student, who had recently transferred out of Crane to an alternative school, was shot to death during a dice game.[7] As an attempt to quell violence, Crane was one of ten schools in Chicago invited to participate in the Txt2Tip program, through which students are encouraged to send anonymous text messages to police.[8]

Neighborhoods served

The Single Student Residence (SSR) of the University of Illinois at Chicago is zoned to Crane High School.[9][10] One floor of the SSR is devoted to a pilot program for students with families.[9]


Crane became a charter member of the Chicago Public League in 1913.[4] Since then, it has won eleven city titles in boys' basketball (1921, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1940, 1957, 1964, 1972, 2003).[11][12] The school has produced a number of professional basketball players (see below).

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chicago (Crane)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Institution Summary for Crane High School". AdvacedED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c David Southwell. "Crane polishes tarnished image". Chicago Sun-Times. December 4, 1991.
  5. ^ "Children back to the schools". Chicago Tribune. September 8, 1903. 10.
  6. ^ "Top floor work starts on Malcolm X building". Chicago Tribune. September 21, 1969. W4.
  7. ^ "About their schools". Chicago Sun-Times. May 25, 2008. A10.
  8. ^ Rosalind Rossi and Frank Main. "Students can txt TIPS 2 COPS - Teens in 10 high schools can send messages to alert police about possible violence -- and maybe earn rewards". Chicago Sun-Times. September 9, 2008. 6.
  9. ^ a b "Family Housing." University of Illinois at Chicago. Retrieved on October 2, 2011. "Building Address Single Student Residence (SSR) 809 S. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60612"
  10. ^ "High Schools West/Central/South." Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  11. ^ IHSA CPL Boys Basketball Champions. 2008. Retrieved on September 9, 2008.
  12. ^ "City crown belongs to Crane - Cougars overpower Julian at United Center". Chicago Sun-Times. February 23, 2008.
  13. ^ "Tony Allen". statistics and biographic information. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Cory Blackwell". statistics and biographic information. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  15. ^ "Will Bynum". statistics and biographic information. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  16. ^ Powers, Scott (13 June), "It's academic for Crane's Collins", Chicago Sun-Times: 101 
  17. ^ a b "Crane Facts", Chicago Sun-Times: 94, 4 December 
  18. ^ "Biography - J. Allen Hynek (1910-1986)", J. Allen Hynek Papers at Northwestern University Archives series 11/3/5/6 (Box 1): 1,, retrieved 5 September 2010, "Josef Allen Hynek was born May 1, 1910 in Chicago to Czechoslovakian parents. He graduated from Crane Technical High School in 1927 and went on to the University of Chicago ..." 
  19. ^ Porter, David L. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing. ISBN 0313309523. p. 391
  20. ^ "Andre Wakefield". statistics and biographic information. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 

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