Orr Academy High School


School typePublic Secondary
1973 (present building)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140696[1]
PrincipalDr. Shanele Andrews
Enrollment516 (2013–14)
Color(s)  Gold
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
Team nameSpartans
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
WebsiteSchool Website

Rezin Orr Academy High School is a public four-year high school bordered between the neighborhoods of West Garfield and Humboldt Park located on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district and is managed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership. The school is named after labor leader Rezin Orr.


Orr traces its origins to 1918, when it was opened as an elementary school. It began hosting high school students in the 1920s, when it became a branch of Austin High School. From the 1940s to the 1950s, Orr was used a vocational school for seventh and eighth grade boys, and for a short period it served as a temporary home for Our Lady of the Angels School after that school was ravaged by a fire in 1958. Orr was then used as a branch of Marshall High School before becoming an independent high school in 1963.[2] Orr moved into a new building in 1973.[3] The current school building was designed by the firm of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.[4]


Orr competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).[5] The boys' basketball team were state champions in 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.[6]

Rauner field

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ Barbara Leahy. "Early labor leader inspires school name". Chicago Tribune. May 12, 1966. 11. Clipping at Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Casey Banas. "Students now take their hats off to Orr High's no-nonsense principal". Chicago Tribune. November 9, 1975. 20. Clipping at Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Robert Colvin. "Plans O.K.'d to build new high school". Chicago Tribune. February 7, 1971. W10. Clipping at Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "IHSA Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 16 November 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Orr beats Winnebago, repeats 2A championship".