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The History of Chicago Luther North High School
 
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"For a century Luther High School North has contributed to church and society. In the early 1900’s a group of first and second generation German Lutheran immigrants who had settled in various parts of the metropolitan area combined their resources to establish one of the first Lutheran high schools in the world (preceded only by the Milwaukee Lutheran High School, 1903.) The concept of a group of local congregations pooling their resources to provide an education beyond elementary school was unique and exciting.

Luther High School North originated as Luther Institute, located until the early 1950’s on Woods Street on the west side of Chicago’s Loop. The proud traditions held even today by the graduates of that school evidence the power of the Spirit as many laymen and women, clergy and commissioned teachers trace their roots to Luther Institute. So valued was that tradition, that when the building in which Luther Institute was housed was scheduled for an urban renewal project, the city of Chicago working with congregations wisely planned new locations to accommodate the burgeoning Lutheran community. Of the three emergent Lutheran high schools in the Chicago area, Luther North was the first and largest, opening its doors in 1953.

The present location (5700 West Berteau) of Luther North has served both the north and northwest sides of the Chicago community and also the north and northwest suburban community for over 50 years. Growing with the population, Luther North by the late 1960’s exceeded even the largest years of Luther Institute’s student enrollment. By 1971, Luther High School North (built for 1000 potential students) had grown to almost 1400 students and was the largest Lutheran high school in the world.

The almost 10,000 graduates of Luther North have built a legacy of academic excellence, spiritual growth, and athletic and fine arts achievements."

Chicago Luther North High School "Quick Facts"
 
Year Opened:                    1953
Year Closed:                      2017
School Team Nickname:   "Wildcats"
School Team Colors:         Navy & Gold
School Team Fight Song:

     Boys Baseball
Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1964-65       8 5   Wes Baumann
1965-66       10 5   Wes Baumann
1966-67       15 5   Wes Baumann
1967-68       10 12   Wes Baumann
Coach Total 43 27   4 yr   .614
1968-69       15 13   Joe Hennig
1969-70       13 8   Joe Hennig
Coach Total 28 21   2 yr   .571
1970-71       16 10   Jeff Daley
1971-72       13 9   Jeff Daley
1972-73       25 9   Jeff Daley
1973-74       17 9   Jeff Daley
1974-75       15 11   Jeff Daley
1975-76       17 12   Jeff Daley
1976-77       22 10   Jeff Daley
Coach Total 125 70   7 yr   .641
1977-78       12 18   Tom Wiemann
1978-79       13 11   Tom Wiemann
1979-80       9 18   Tom Wiemann
1980-81       16 11   Tom Wiemann
1981-82       20 12   Tom Wiemann
1982-83       8 19   Tom Wiemann
1983-84       7 19   Tom Wiemann
1984-85       20 11   Tom Wiemann
1985-86 A R   21 16   Tom Wiemann
1986-87       17 16   Tom Wiemann
1987-88             Tom Wiemann
Coach Total 143 151   10 yr   .486
2003-04              
2013-14 1A R          
School Total 339 269   23 yr   .558

Boys Basketball

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1965-66       23 7   Marlin Zobel
1966-67       29 3   Marlin Zobel
1967-68       22 5   Marlin Zobel
1968-69       22 5   Marlin Zobel
1969-70       11 14   Marlin Zobel
Coach Total 107 34   5 yr   .759
1970-71       4 22   Donley Matthias
1971-72       5 21   Donley Matthias
1972-73       3 23   Donley Matthias
Coach Total 12 66   3 yr   .154
1973-74       9 17   Jim Platt
1974-75       10 16   Jim Platt
1975-76       11 15   Jim Platt
1976-77       12 14   Jim Platt
1977-78       13 13   Jim Platt
Coach Total 55 75   5 yr   .423
1978-79       9 17   Woody Kraemer
1979-80       0 26   Woody Kraemer
Coach Total 9 43   2 yr   .173
1980-81       7 19   Keith Peterson
1981-82       12 14   Keith Peterson
1982-83       6 19   Keith Peterson
Coach Total 25 52   3 yr   .325
1983-84       2 24   Jeff Daley
1984-85 A R   15 14   Jeff Daley
1985-86 A R   16 14   Jeff Daley
1986-87       4 22   Jeff Daley
1987-88             Jeff Daley
Coach Total 37 74   4 yr   .333
1988-89 A R          
1997-98       11 15   Mike Yurk
1998-99       7 17   Mike Yurk
1999-00       14 13   Mike Yurk
2000-01       11 15   Mike Yurk
2001-02 A R   16 14   Mike Yurk
2002-03       13 15   Mike Yurk
2003-04       18 9   Mike Yurk
2004-05       13 13   Mike Yurk
2005-06       4 19   Mike Yurk
2006-07       8 17   Mike Yurk
2007-08       11 15   Mike Yurk
Coach Total 126 162   11 yr   .438
2008-09       6 19   Jason Rossi
2009-10       11 17   Jason Rossi
Coach Total 17 36   2 yr   .321
2010-11       13 15   Jason Tucker
2011-12       14 15   Jason Tucker
2012-13       12 16   Jason Tucker
2013-14       18 11   Jason Tucker
2014-15 1A R   24 6   Jason Tucker
2015-16       19 9   Jason Tucker
Coach Total 100 72   6 yr   .581
School Total 488 614   41 yr   .443

Boys Cross Country

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1974-75   Q          
1988-89 A R          
1990-91 A RSQ         Dave Grim
1992-93 A RSQ         Dave Grim
1995-96 A Q         Dave Grim
1997-98 A RQ         Dave Grim
1999-00 A R         Dave Grim
2000-01 A RQ         Dave Grim
2001-02 A Q         David Grim
2002-03 A RQ         David Grim
2003-04 A RQ         David Grim

Boys Football

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1953-54       6 1   Carl Yursky
1954-55       4 3   Carl Yursky
1955-56       4 3   Carl Yursky
1956-57       6 2   Carl Yursky
1957-58       2 2 2 Carl Yursky
1958-59       4 4   Carl Yursky
1959-60       6 0 2 Carl Yursky
1960-61       6 1 1 Carl Yursky
1961-62       6 2   Carl Yursky
Coach Total 44 18 5 9 yr   .694
1962-63       4 4   Gary Schleusener
1963-64       4 3 1 Gary Schleusener
Coach Total 8 7 1 2 yr   .531
1964-65       5 4   Gary Seevers
1965-66       4 5   Gary Seevers
1966-67       5 3   Gary Seevers
1967-68       6 3   Gary Seevers
1968-69       3 6   Gary Seevers
Coach Total 23 21   5 yr   .523
1969-70       3 4 2 Bob Oetting
1970-71       1 7   Bob Oetting
Coach Total 4 11 2 2 yr   .294
1971-72       5 4   John Bell
1972-73       3 6   John Bell
1973-74       5 4   John Bell
Coach Total 13 14   3 yr   .481
1974-75       2 7   Dennis Meunier
Coach Total 2 7   1 yr   .222
1975-76       4 5   John Koziol
1976-77       2 6   John Koziol
1977-78       1 7   John Koziol
Coach Total 7 18   3 yr   .280
1978-79       6 2   Jeff Daley
1979-80       5 3   Jeff Daley
1980-81 3A Q   8 3   Jeff Daley
1981-82       6 3   Jeff Daley
1982-83       4 5   Jeff Daley
1983-84       4 5   Jeff Daley
1984-85       6 3   Jeff Daley
1985-86       2 7   Jeff Daley
Coach Total 41 31   8 yr   .569
1986-87       5 4   Joel Bode
1987-88 3A Q   8 3   Joel Bode
Coach Total 13 7   2 yr   .650
1988-89       4 5   Jeff Daley
1989-90 3A Q   8 2   Jeff Daley
Coach Total 12 7   2 yr   .632
1990-91       3 6    
1991-92       4 5    
1992-93       4 5    
1993-94       4 5    
Coach Total 15 21   4 yr   .417
1994-95       0 9   Mario Serra
1995-96       1 8   Mario Serra
1996-97       3 6   Mario Serra
1997-98       1 8   Mario Serra
Coach Total 5 31   4 yr   .139
1998-99       2 7    
Coach Total 2 7   1 yr   .222
1999-00       4 5   Mike Casey
2000-01       1 8   Mike Casey
Coach Total 5 13   2 yr   .278
2001-02       3 6    
Coach Total 3 6   1 yr   .333
2002-03       1 8   Michael Herman
2003-04       2 7   Michael Herman
Coach Total 3 15   2 yr   .167
2004-05       2 7   Dr. Jeff Daley
Coach Total 2 7   1 yr   .222
2005-06       2 7   Jeremy Schaaf
2006-07       0 9   Jeremy Schaaf
Coach Total 2 16   2 yr   .111
2007-08       1 8   Desmond Orr
2008-09       0 9   Desmond Orr
Coach Total 1 17   2 yr   .056
2009-10       1 8   Wayne Wenzel
2010-11       0 9   Wayne Wenzel
Coach Total 1 17   2 yr   .056
2011-12       2 7   Ricky Ludwig
2012-13 1A Q   5 5   Ricky Ludwig
2013-14 2A Q   5 5   Ricky Ludwig
2014-15       4 5   Ricky Ludwig
2015-16       3 6   Ricky Ludwig
Coach Total 19 28   5 yr   .404
2016-17       5 5   Chris Griggs
2016-17 1A Q   5 5   Chris Griggs
Coach Total 10 10   2 yr   .500
School Total 235 329 8 64 yr   .411

Girls Basketball

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1974-75       7 3   Nancy Gasteiner
1975-76       8 1   Nancy Gasteiner
1976-77       10 5   Nancy Gasteiner
Coach Total 25 9   3 yr   .735
1977-78       9 3   Jan Fisher
1978-79       14 5   Jan Fisher
1979-80 AA R   18 6   Jan Fisher
1980-81       9 12   Jan Fisher
1981-82 A R   18 9   Jan Fisher
1982-83       20 6   Jan Fisher
1983-84 A R   11 14   Jan Fisher
1984-85       18 7   Jan Fisher
1985-86 A R   21 6   Jan Fisher
1986-87 A RSUQ   27 2   Jan Fisher
Coach Total 165 70   10 yr   .702
1987-88 A R   22 5   Frank Mattucci
1988-89 A R   25 5   Frank Mattucci
1989-90 A R   28 2   Frank Mattucci
1990-91 A R   27 2   Frank Mattucci
Coach Total 102 14   4 yr   .879
1991-92 A R          
1992-93 A R          
1993-94 A R          
1994-95 A R          
1997-98 A R          
2000-01 A R          
2001-02 A R          
2004-05       9 18   Ron Schaefer
2005-06             Ron Schaefer
Coach Total 9 18   1 yr   .333
2006-07       13 17   Rich Bauer
2007-08       16 14   Rich Bauer
Coach Total 29 31   2 yr   .483
2008-09       13 15   Chuck Rombout
2009-10       15 14   Chuck Rombout
2010-11       13 17   Chuck Rombout
2011-12             Chuck Rombout
2012-13             Chuck Rombout
2013-14 1A R         Chuck Rombout
2014-15 1A R         Chuck Rombout
Coach Total 41 46   3 yr   .471
2015-16 1A R         Heather Lindgren
School Total 371 188   23 yr   .664

Girls Bowling

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1987-88   SQ         Tom Wiemann

Girls Cross Country

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1988-89 A Q         Dave Grim
1989-90 A Q         Dave Grim
1990-91 A Q         Dave Grim
1992-93 A R         Dave Grin
1993-94 A RQ         Dave Grim
1994-95 A Q         Dave Grim
2000-01 A R         Dave Grim
2001-02 A R         David Grim
2004-05 A R         David Grim
2005-06 A R         David Grim
2006-07 A RQ         Dave Grim

Girls Softball

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1985-86 A R          
1986-87 A R          
1989-90 A R          
2008-09 2A R          
2013-14 1A R          
2014-15 1A R          
2015-16 1A R         Chuck Goss

Girls Track & Field

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1985-86 A            
1995-96 A S         David Grim
2013-14 1A m          
2014-15 1A            
2015-16 1A            

Girls Volleyball

Season Class Titles Place Won Lost Tied Coach
1974-75   D          
1985-86 A R          
1995-96 A R          
1996-97 A R          
2011-12 1A R          
2012-13            1A R