Bogan High School
3939 W. 79th Street


Coordinates41°44′55″N 87°43′15″W / 41.7486°N 87.7208°W / 41.7486; -87.7208
School typePublic Secondary
Motto"Excellence Today, Success Tomorrow: Bogan Today, College Tomorrow."
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code141387[1]
PrincipalAlahrie A. Aziz–Sims
Enrollment751 (2019–2020)[5]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Orange
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
YearbookThe Medallion[3]

William J. Bogan Computer Technical High School (also known simply as Bogan High School) is a public 4–year high school located in the Ashburn neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Operated by Chicago Public Schools district, Bogan opened in 1959. The school is named for Chicago Public Schools Superintendent William J. Bogan. In 1999, the school began offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program; and becoming an International Baccalaureate World School in 2004.[6]


The school opened in 1959 in a building designed by the architectural firm of Naess & Murphy.[4] William J. Bogan was the superintendent of Chicago Public Schools during the Great Depression and believed that all should have an education regardless of income. This was the same firm that had completed the Prudential Building in 1955. The building was designed in a "casual style" which included non-traditional building materials such as "aluminum window frames, concrete columns, and porcelain wall panels."[7]

1963 integration protests

In 1963, Bogan High School was the site of much protest against the integration of Chicago's public schools.[8] The school was originally designated as a destination for students being bused to relieve overcrowding in majority African American schools. A group of parents met privately with Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools Benjamin Willis after which he "removed Bogan from a list of schools eligible to receive voluntary transfer applications."[8]

This act unleashed a storm of protest from civil rights activists and African American parents. At the same time, white opponents of desegregation became vocal supporters of Willis. Hundreds of parents from Bogan High School attended Board of Education meetings cheering the superintendent loudly and carrying signs that read "We Support Dr. Willis."[9] By becoming responsive to their demands, Willis was able to stake out his own position as a champion of the white anti-integration activists that became his major supporters.[8]


Bogan competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Bogan sport teams are nicknamed Bengals. The football team were Public league champions in 1991 and 1993. The boys' wrestling team were Public League champions in the 1993–94 season. The girls' volleyball team were public league champions in the 1984–85 and 1988–89 seasons.[10]


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Institution Summary for Bogan High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  3. ^ Classmates: 1969 Bogan High School (Chicago, Illinois) Yearbook
  4. ^ a b Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 173.
  5. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Bogan". Chicago Public Schools.
  6. ^ "International Baccalaureate Programs". Office of access and enrollment. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14.
  7. ^ Dale Allen Gyure, The Chicago Schoolhouse: High School Architecture and Educational Reform, 1856-2006 (Chicago, IL: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2011), 178.
  8. ^ a b c Rury, John (1999). "Race, Space, and the Politics of Chicago's Public Schools: Benjamin Willis and the Tragedy of Urban Education". History of Education Quarterly. 39 (2): 133. doi:10.2307/370035. JSTOR 370035.
  9. ^ Koerner, Thomas F. (1968). Benjamin C. Willis and the Chicago Press. Chicago: Northwestern University Press. pp. 225–230.
  10. ^ IHSA: Bogan (Chicago)