Tilden High School
School illustration by A. F. Hussander
4747 S. Union Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°48′27″N 87°38′33″W / 41.8075°N 87.6425°W / 41.8075; -87.6425
Former nameLake High School
School typePublic Secondary
School districtChicago Public Schools
CEEB code141320[1]
PrincipalDawn Ramos
Enrollment281 (2016–17)[3]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Blue
Athletics conferenceChicago Public League[2]
NicknameBlue Devils[2]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Building details
General information
Year(s) built1904–1905
Cost7 million dollars
Design and construction
Architect(s)Dwight H. Perkins
Tilden High School (2016)

Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School (formerly known as Tilden Technical High School) is a public 4–year high school bordered between the Canaryville and Fuller Park neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opened in Chicago as Lake High School in 1889, Tilden is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district.


The school was founded as Lake High School; located in Lake Township, Cook County, in 1881. In 1889, Lake Township was annexed to the City of Chicago, and the school became part of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. Several years after being added to the district, The Chicago Board of Education decided that a new building was need for the school; approving a 7 million dollar budget for construction of the new school in 1901. The new school, located on South Union Avenue and West 47th Place, was designed by Dwight H. Perkins and constructed between March 1904 and August 1905.[4] In 1915, the school was renamed Edward Tilden High School, honoring the recently deceased banker and former president of the Chicago Board of Education.[5] In 1919, the school board decided that Tilden would no longer serve as a regular high school and would become an all–boys "technical" high school, forcing students who didn't want a technical education to transfer to other schools such as Lindblom and Englewood high schools.[6] In 1960, the school was changed into a co–educational neighborhood high school.


Tilden competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Tilden sport teams are nicknamed Blue Devils. The boys' basketball team were public league champions three times (1945–46, 1948–49, 1949–50) and regional champions three times (2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16). The boys' wrestling team placed first in the state in the 1945–46 and 1951–52 seasons and were public league champions thirteen times (1938–39, 1939–40, 1961–69, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1980–81, 1984–85); ranking Class AA three times (1975, 1981 and 1985).[7] The boys' track and field team were Class AA two times (1978–79, 1982–83).

Other Information

Racial Incidents/Gang Violence

On September 28, 1968, A violent clash between black and white students occurred when black students walked out of classes after a school pep rally was cancelled. Black and white members of neighborhood street gangs gathered in front of the school and began fighting; which resulted in a 16 year old white student being shot.[8] On April 25, 1969, a 17-year-old student was shot when a racially motivated brawl erupted involving white and black students at the school. The brawl began in the school's auditorium and continued outside the school building. Eight Chicago police officers were injured and six students were charged with disorderly conduct in the incident.[9] Black students staged a 2–week walkout charging white racism at the school from the April 25th incident until May 8.[10] On November 20, 1992, 15 year old freshmen student DeLondyn Lawson was shot to death in a gang–related shooting on the school's second floor shortly after 10 a.m. by another student; 16 year old gang member Joseph White. White wounded two other students in the shooting.[11] Joseph White was sentenced to 45 years in prison.[12]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ K-12 School Code Search - Tilden Community Academy
  2. ^ a b c "Chicago (Tilden)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  3. ^ Chicago Public Schools: Tilden
  4. ^ Tilden Career Community Academy - History
  5. ^ FitzPatrick, Lauren (December 30, 2020). "Who is your Chicago public school named for?". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 19 March 2023.
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune – $7,000,000 For New Schools Wins Approval – June 12, 1919
  7. ^ IHSA Chicago (Tilden)
  8. ^ "Chicago Tribune 28 Sep 1968, page 8".
  9. ^ Chicago Tribune – Pupil Shot As Teens Clash At Tilden High – April 26, 1969
  10. ^ Chicago Tribune – Tilden Blacks End Walkout Over Racism – May 8, 1969
  11. ^ "Teen Guilty Of Slaying In Tilden High Hallway". Chicago Tribune. 22 January 1994. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Joseph White sentenced". newspapers. Chicago Tribune. March 15, 1994.
  13. ^ "Illinois legend Johnny 'Red' Kerr dies Archived 2009-03-03 at the Wayback Machine". Big Ten Network. Associated Press. February 27, 2009. Retrieved on April 18, 2010.
  14. ^ Kenny Lucas. First black pro makes a racket". New York Daily News. March 7, 2000. Retrieved on November 29, 2010.