John Hancock College Prep High School
4034 W. 56th Street


Coordinates41°47′30″N 87°43′30″W / 41.7917°N 87.7249°W / 41.7917; -87.7249
School typePublic secondary selective enrollment
School districtChicago Public Schools
PrincipalVanessa Puentes
Enrollment906 (2015–16) [1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Maroon
NewspaperThe Signature

John Hancock College Prep High School (commonly known as Hancock High School) is a public four–year selective enrollment high school located in the West Elsdon neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Hancock is named for American Revolution patriot and statesman John Hancock. The school is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district.


Hancock opened as an elementary school in 1999 and was converted into a high school in 2002. Now called Hancock College Prep HS and located at 5437 W 64th Pl, Chicago, IL 60638, Hancock's current school building was completed in 2021 and the ribbon cutting ceremony was on August 27, 2021. It opened to students on August 30, 2021. [2]

Hancock's former school building was originally known as Lourdes High School which opened in 1936 as the separate girls’ school of the De La Salle Institute.[3] In September 2015, the Chicago school district changed Hancock into a "selective enrollment" school, and its attendance boundary is being phased out.[4]

Among other things, the new building has 28 standard classrooms, computer labs, specialized subject suites, a black box theater, and a media center. It will serve 1,000 students. [5]


Hancock competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Hancock sport teams are nicknamed Eagles. The boys' baseball team were regional champions in 2007–08.[6]


  1. ^ Chicago Public Schools: Hancock
  2. ^ "Ribbon Cutting for New State-Of-The-Art High School on the City's Southwest Side". Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  3. ^ "De La Salle will open all-girls campus". Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Hancock High School (Chicago)". Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Mayor Lori Lightfoot Celebrates Opening Of New Hancock College Prep High School". Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  6. ^ IHSA: Chicago (Hancock)