Kelvyn Park High School
4343 W. Wrightwood Avenue


Coordinates41°55′39″N 87°44′10″W / 41.9275°N 87.7360°W / 41.9275; -87.7360
School type
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140920[2]
PrincipalKeith W. Adams[1]
Enrollment497[1] (2022–2023)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Grey
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
Team namePanthers
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
YearbookThe Kelvynian

Kelvyn Park High School is a public 4–year high school located in the Hermosa neighborhood on north-west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opened in 1933, Kelvyn Park is operated by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district. In addition to being a neighborhood high school, Kelvyn Park also serves as a middle school with seventh and eighth grades. Kelvyn Park attendance boundaries extends to the Logan Square, Cragin and Belmont Gardens neighborhoods.


Kelvyn Park began as an elementary school in 1918. Before that time, the land contained 19 portable units that were connected to Nixon Elementary School. In 1925, a junior high school was organized in the building to relieve pressure at Carl Schurz High School, which was overcrowded at the time. In 1927, some of the Kelvyn Park elementary students were phased-out to the newly constructed Barry Elementary School.[citation needed]

In 1933, Kelvyn Park became a high school; however, elementary students remained until 1936. Historically, the school had been populated by students of primarily European-American descent. By the early–1970's, Kelvyn Park witnessed a significant demographic shift with the arrival of Latin–Americans in the surrounding community. Kelvyn Park's Hispanic population had increased more than four-fold by the 1977–1978 school year.

Kelvyn Park has been converted into a 7–12 grade school to compensate for the loss of Ames Middle School which is being converted into the Marine Math and Science Academy.[3] The conversion of Ames is considered controversial among community stakeholders and is currently being contested.[4]


As of the 2022–2023 school year, 87.1% of Kelvyn Park's student body is Hispanic, 8.9% African-American, 2.8% White and 1.2% Other. Low-income students make up 82.7% of Kelvyn Parks' student body.[1] Kelvyn Park has a 64% graduation rate.[5]


Kelvyn Park competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Their sport teams are stylized and named the Panthers. Kelvyn Park boys' basketball team were Public League champions for the 1942–43 season and were regional champions in 1935–36 under the coaching of Phil Brownstein. Boys' volleyball were regional champions twice (2002–03 and 2003–04).[6]

Clubs and athletics

Other Information

Kelvyn Park was the subject of a 1979 PBS news special (which aired locally in Chicago on WTTW) called As We See It, a short documentary created by Kelvyn Park students about desegeration of the school (which at the time Kelvyn Park's student body was changing from predominantly White to Hispanic) and student life at the school.[7]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c Chicago Public Schools, Kelvyn Park HS.Retrieved December 4, 2022.
  2. ^ SAT Code: Kelvyn Park HS
  3. ^ Flores, Christian. "Students, parents say goodbye to Ames Middle School". Northwestern University. Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Joravsky, Ben. "Will CPS reverse itself on Ames Middle School?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Public School Review (Kelvyn Park High School)
  6. ^ IHSA Chicago Kelvyn Park
  7. ^ Kelvyn Park High School (Chicago, Illinois) – 1979 Yearbook