South Shore International College Prep High School
1955 E. 75th Street


Coordinates41°45′22″N 87°34′46″W / 41.7561°N 87.5794°W / 41.7561; -87.5794Coordinates: 41°45′22″N 87°34′46″W / 41.7561°N 87.5794°W / 41.7561; -87.5794
School typePublic Secondary Magnet
2011 (International College Prep)
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code140699[1]
PrincipalMichelle C. Flatt
Enrollment582 (2019-2020)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Royal Blue
  Kelly Green
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League
Team nameTars
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NewspaperShore Line
YearbookThe Tide[2]

South Shore International College Preparatory High School (commonly known as South Shore) is a public 4–year selective enrollment high school located in the South Shore neighborhood on the south–east side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opened in 1940 as South Shore High School, South Shore is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district.


South Shore opened in 1940 as South Shore High School at 7626 South Constance Avenue.[3] During the early days, the school was predominately white; mostly populated by pupils in the South Shore community. By the late–1950s, the community began experiencing an increase in population by African-Americans. South Shore, which was built to accommodate at total of 2,000 students, became overcrowded by 1964. Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Board of Education decided a new school needed to be built to relieve the overcrowding. The plan to build a new extension of the school was implemented in 1965. Construction on the extension building at 75th street and Constance avenue began in April 1966. The extension school was to cost $2.5 million to build and was to be completed by 1967, but it was revised several times, gaining a budget of $4.1 million. The extension was constructed by Oak Park, Illinois' Mercury Builders between 1966 and completed in August 1969.[4] The new extension opened for students on September 6, 1969.

Small Schools (2001–11)

Beginning in 2001, the school campus, located at 7527–7627 South Constance Avenue was divided into four small specialized high schools: the School of Entrepreneurship, the School of the Arts, the School of Leadership, and the School of Technology. The small school concept continued until the Chicago Board of Education decided to phase out the school in 2009; this was completed at the end of the 2010–11 school year.[5][6][7]

School of Leadership

After the phasing out of two of the small schools, the extension building was demolished in early 2011. The remaining students of the schools were moved into South Shore School of Leadership; being housed only in its original campus on Constance Avenue for the 2011–12 school year. At the time, the Chicago Public Schools opened a new South Shore school: a selective enrollment school to attract students from all areas of the city. The leadership school was eventually phased out and closed at the end of the 2013–14 school year, being fully replaced by the new school.

Other Information

The school's newspaper The Shore Line won a first place ranking in the American Scholastic Press Association annual review in 1983. The newspaper was the first to win a first place ranking in the city. The school students won first place two consecutive times in an annual essay contest sponsored by the citizen school's committee in 1981 and 1982.[8] The school was a part of a CBS documentary about the city's public school system in 1984.[9]

South Shore International College Prep

The new school, South Shore International College Prep High School opened for the 2011–12 school year adjacent to the former South Shore High School location and park.[10] South Shore International College Prep is a selective enrollment magnet school and accepts students from throughout the city of Chicago.[11] The school uses the same team name (Tars) and colors (Kelly Green and Royal Blue) as the former South Shore High School. South Shore International College Prep student demographic is made up of: 96.3% African-American, 2.6% Hispanic, 0.2 White and 0.7% Other. 89.6% of the student body are classified as low–income.


South Shore competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The boys' basketball team were Public League champions in 1943–44 and 1946–47. The school girls' track and field team placed first in the state in Class AA in 1980–81.[12]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ 1950 South Shore High School Yearbook Chicago, IL.
  3. ^ "South Shore at a glance". November 3, 1993. 95.
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune – South Shore High: Flaws Mar 'Architect's Jewel' – July 20, 1969
  5. ^ Ana Beatriz Cholo. "City names 3 schools for next step in reform". Chicago Tribune. April 6, 2002. 1.
  6. ^ Diane Friedlander. "Windows on Conversions: Case Study: School of the Arts, Chicago, IL". School Redesign Network. Retrieved on January 3, 2009.
  7. ^ January 26, 2011 Board Reports Archived September 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Chicago Tribune – Good Things At South Shore – September 22, 1984
  9. ^ When South Shore’s grades went south Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Mayor Daley Dedicates South Shore International College Prep High School, The 48th New School Since 1995. City of Chicago. May 12, 2011. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  11. ^ Admissions. Retrieved on December 26, 2012.
  12. ^ IHSA Chicago (South Shore)
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  14. ^ Grimes, William (June 2, 1995). "Stanley Elkin, 65, Writer of Stylish Fiction". New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "High school spotlight: South Shore". Chicago Sun-Times. December 19, 2007. 60.
  16. ^ "Jake Fendley". Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  17. ^ "Finding Aid to The HistoryMakers® Video Oral History with Carla Hayden" (Finding aid). The HistoryMakers. 16 July 2010.
  18. ^ Cook County Clerk - Suze Orman
  19. ^ Calumet 412 - Suze Orman Senior At South Shore High School
  20. ^ "South Shore High School 1961". Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Cynthia Plaster Caster runs for Chicago mayor". Chicago Tribune. October 31, 2010.
  22. ^ Surico, Dave (November 18, 1992). "Northeastern mixing newcomers, veterans". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. p. 66. Retrieved February 12, 2022 – via
  23. ^ James Watson Biography. The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved on January 3, 2009.