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Chicago Hales Franciscan HS Entrance
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The History of Chicago Hales Franciscan High School
 
Chicago (population 2.7 million) is located in northeastern Illinois in eastern Cook County.  Lake Michigan, the Chicago, Illinois, and Des Plaines Rivers are the main waterways to and from town.  I-90, I-94, I-55, and I-57 will all lead you to the "Windy City".  From what started as a small village in the early 1800s Chicago has grown to the nation's third largest city and one of the most famous places in the world.
 
Hales Franciscan Catholic High School was located at 4930 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago. The school was begun in the fall of 1962 as the only historically African-American, all-male, Catholic college preparatory high school in the state of Illinois. It continued in this realm throughout its 67 year history. Hales Franciscan High School had some great successes over the years and afforded a quality education to thousands of African-American students.  
 
Declining enrollment and financial concerns began taking their toll in the middle 20-teens. In 2019 it was decided to cease operations for the high school. The Hales Franciscan High School building continues to be utilized as a school by the Chicago Public School system as a charter school.
 
To read more about the history of Hales Franciscan High School click on the following link:
 
Chicago Hales Franciscan High School Quick Facts
 
Year Opened:       1962
Year Closed:         2019
Team Nickname:   "The Spartans"
Uniform Colors:     Red, White, Black
School Mission:     Provide learners of all ages with a values-based, future-focused education and character building program in a safe, loving and inspiring environment that develops them into individuals who are prepared for today’s and tomorrow’s opportunities, embrace academic excellence and life-long learning, embody wisdom and moral values, and become assets to their family and the world.

ATHLETICS
      
The Hales Franciscan High School 'Spartans' had some great seasons in a variety of sports throughout the years. State Championships were won in boys basketball and individual state championships were won in track & field and chess. The many great seasons enjoyed by the Spartan athletes and scholars as found on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) are listed below.  
     
BOYS BASKETBALL
   
Basketball ruled supreme at Hales Franciscan High School. TWO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, a State Runner-Up, and 2 other top four finishes highlighted the program's many accomplishments. In addition 14 Regional titles, 9 Sectional titles, and 5 Super-Sectional titles were won.
 
1962-63    Coach's name & season record needed.
1963-64    Coach's name & season record needed.
1964-65    Coach's name & season record needed.
1965-66    Coach's name & season record needed.
1966-67    Coach's name & season record needed.
1967-68    Coach's name & season record needed.
1968-69    Coach's name & season record needed.
1969-70    Coach's name & season record needed.
1970-71    Coach's name & season record needed.
    
1971-72    21 - 9                                                                Coach Carl Silverstrini
1972-73    15 - 12                                                              Coach Otis Williams
   
1973-74    Coach's name & season record needed.
     
1974-75 (needed) IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs  Coach's name needed
   
1975-76    Coach's name & season record needed.
   
1976-77 (needed) IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs  Coach's name needed
      
1977-78    Coach's name & season record needed.
1978-79    Coach's name & season record needed.
1979-80    Coach's name & season record needed.
1980-81    Coach's name & season record needed.
1981-82    Coach's name & season record needed.
1982-83    Coach's name & season record needed.
1983-84    Coach's name & season record needed.
 
1984-85    10 - 18  IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs Coach Rodney Wright
   
1985-86      9 - 17                                                              Coach Rodney Wright
1986-87    13 - 16                                                              Coach Roger Thomas
  
1987-88    Coach's name & season record needed.
1988-89    Coach's name & season record needed.
1989-90    Coach's name & season record needed.
1990-91    Coach's name & season record needed.
1991-92    Coach's name & season record needed.
  
1992-93    23 - 11  IHSA CLASS 'A' RUNNER-UP          Coach Tom Shields
                              Regional Champions
                              Sectional Champions
                              Super-Sectional Champions
                              Elite 8 Winner
                              Final 4 Champions
    
1993-94    Coach's name & season record needed.
        
1994-95    19 - 9                                                                Coach Gary London
1995-96    14 - 14                                                              Coach Gary London
1996-97    17 - 10                                                              Coach Gary London
            
1997-98    Coach's name & season record needed.
               
1998-99    17 - 11                                                              Coach Michael Taylor 
1999-00    11 - 17                                                              Coach Michael Taylor 
2000-01    17 - 11                                                              Coach Michael Taylor 
                         
2001-02    21 - 11  IHSA Class 'A' Sweet 16 Finalist     Coach Michael Taylor
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Finalist
     
2002-03    27 - 6    IHSA CLASS 'A' STATE CHAMPS   Coach Gary London
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Champions
                               Final 4 Champions
    
2003-04      0 - 26                                                              Coach Gary London
2004-05      0 - 34                                                              Coach Gary London
  
2005-06    19 - 8    IHSA Class 'A' Regional Champs    Coach Gary London
     
2006-07    19 - 7                                                                Coach Gary London
2007-08    19 - 8                                                                Coach Gary London
    
2008-09    14 - 17  IHSA Class '2A' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach Gary London
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Finalist
    
2009-10    29 - 3    IHSA CLASS '2A' 3RD PLACE          Coach Gary London
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Champions
                               Final 4 3RD PLACE
   
2010-11    29 - 4    IHSA CLASS '2A' STATE CHAMPS   Coach Gary London
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Champions
                               Final 4 Champions
    
2011-12    10 - 17                                                               Coach Gary London
    
2012-13    15 - 13  IHSA Class '2A' Regional Champs   Coach Gary London
      
2013-14    19 - 12  IHSA Class '2A' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach Gary London
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Finalist
   
2014-15    26 - 5    IHSA Class '2A' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach Gary London
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Finalist
  
2015-16    20 - 14  IHSA CLASS '2A 4TH PLACE           Coach Gary London
                               Regional Champions
                               Sectional Champions
                               Super-Sectional Champions
                               Final 4 4TH PLACE
    
2016-17    Coach's name & season record needed.
2017-18    Coach's name & season record needed.
  
2018-19      5 - 12                                                              Coach Chris Lawson
School's Final Season 

CROSS COUNTRY
 
The 'Spartan' harriers won three Regional titles and qualified as a team for the IHSA Class 'A' State Meet on one occasion.      
 
1985-86             IHSA Regional Champions         Coach's name needed.
   
1986-87             IHSA Regional Champions         Coach's name needed.
    
1987-88             IHSA Regional Champions         Coach John A. Taylor
                          Team Qualified for Class 'A' Finals

FOOTBALL
      
The boys of the grid iron had some nice seasons as well. Sweet 16 ventures into the IHSA State Playoffs occurred on 2 occasions.
 
1962-63 through 1995-96:  Team records & coaches' names needed.
    
1996-97   1 - 8                                                            Coach Dwayne Evans
1997-98   1 - 8                                                            Coach Dwayne Evans
1998-99   4 - 5                                                            Coach Dwayne Evans
1999-00   3 - 6                                                            Coach Dwayne Evans
2000-01   3 - 6                                                            Coach Ben Blakely
2001-02   3 - 7                                                            Coach Ben Blakely
2002-03   1 - 8                                                            Coach Derrell Sanders
2003-04   0 - 8                                                            Coach Andre Williams
2004-05   0 - 9                                                            Coach Andre Williams
2005-06   1 - 8                                                            Coach Andre Williams
2006-07   2 - 7                                                            Coach Andre Williams
2007-08   3 - 6                                                            Coach Andre L. Williams, Sr.
2008-09   1 - 8                                                            Coach Derrell Sanders
2009-10   0 - 9                                                            Coach Lawrence Nalls
2010-11   2 - 7                                                            Coach Lawrence Nalls   
               
2011-12   7 - 5   IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier    Coach Lawrence Nalls
                          1st Rd lost to Forreston 31-28
                          Forreston lost in Elite 8 Round
       
2012-13   7 - 5   IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier    Coach Randall Townsel
                          1st Rd Beat Freeport Aquin 24-10
                          2nd Rd lost to Lena-Winslow 27-21
                          Lena-Winslow lost in Elite 8 Round
           
2013-14   4 - 5                                                            Coach Randall Townsel
      
2014-15   7 - 4   IHSA Class 2A Playoff Qualifier    Coach Randall Townsel
                          1st Rd Beat Chicago Uplift 40-6
                          2nd Rd lost to Clifton Central 19-18
                          Clifton Central lost in Elite 8 Round 
                         
*2015-16  0 - 5                                                            Coach Randall Townsel
 
*Final football season for Hales Franciscan High School.

TRACK & FIELD
    
The track program had many individual and relay team medalists through the years. The most successful track athlete was Albert Robertson who won the IHSA State 'AA' Gold Medal in the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 1982!
 
1981-82     IHSA Class 'AA' State Meet Medalist         Coach's name needed
   
                  ALBERT ROBERTSON - 100 Meter Dash - STATE CHAMPION
                  ALBERT ROBERTSON - 200 Meter Dash - STATE CHAMPION
 
1997-98     IHSA Class 'A' State Meet Medalists          Coach's name needed
       
                  Richard Gardner - 200 Meter Dash - 4TH Place
                  Richard Gardner - 100 Meter Dash - 5TH place
     
1998-99     IHSA Class 'A' State Meet Medalists          Coach's name needed
 
                  4 X 100 Meter Relay - 5TH Place
                  Torre Campbell, Richard Gardner,
                  Robert Beverly, Talib WIse
 
                  Richard Gardner - 400 Meter Dash - 4TH Place
                  Richard Gardner - 200 Meter Dash - 7TH place
   
1999-00     IHSA Class 'A' State Meet Medalist            Coach's name needed
                 
                  Torre Campbell - Triple Jump - 9TH Place
     
2000-01     IHSA Class 'A' State Meet Medalist            Coach's name needed
                 
                  Torre Campbell - 400 Meter Dash - 9TH Place
    
2001-02     IHSA Class '1A' State Meet Medalists        Coach's name needed
                 
                  Ibukun Fasoranti - 110 Meter High Hurdles - 6TH Place
                  Dwayne Smith - 100 Meter Dash - 9TH Place
    
2002-03     IHSA Class '1A' State Meet Medalist          Coach's name needed
                 
                  Akeem Walker - 100 Meter Dash - 4TH Place
     
2003-04     IHSA Class '1A' State Meet Medalist          Coach's name needed
                 
                  Brandon Kendall - High Jump - 7TH Place
   
2011-12     IHSA Class '1A' State Meet Medalists        Coaches Christopher Goffer &
                                                                                           Randall Townsel
                 
                  4 X 200 Meter Relay - 4TH Place
                  Joshua Hall, Dale Johnson,
                  Joe Morrow, Patrick Nelson
       
                  Joe Morrow - 110 Meter High Hurdles - 3RD Place
                  Joe Morrow - 200 Meter Dash - 9TH Place
                  
2012-13     IHSA Class '1A' State Meet Medalists         Coaches Christopher Goffer &
                                                                                           Randall Townsel
                 
                  4 X 200 Meter Relay - 4TH Place
                  Jalen Hemphill, Kadeem Hemphill,
                  Joe Morrow, Patrick Nelson
   
                  Joe Morrow - 100 Meter Dash - 4TH Place
   
2014-15     IHSA Class '1A' State Meet Medalists         Coaches Christopher Goffer &
                                                                                           Randall Townsel
                 
                  4 X 100 Meter Relay - 3RD Place
                  Nicholas Barnes, Devon Butts,
                  Dominic Christian, Patrick Nelson         

BOWLING
  
The bowling team qualified for the IHSA State Meet on one occasion.
 
2004-05      IHSA State Meet Qualifier                 Coach Father Phil Hogan
     
2005-06                                                                  Coach Father Phil Hogan

CHESS
     
The Chess program at Hales Franciscan had some great seasons providing for a well-rounded extra-curricular program. The team of 1987-88 placed SECOND in the IHSA Class 'A' State Meet! The program also earned 5 top-10 finishes. Several individual medals were earned as well.
 
1978-79    IHSA CLASS 'A' MEET 7TH PLACE           Coach Father Phil Hogan
      
1979-80    IHSA CLASS 'A' MEET 8TH PLACE           Coach Father Phil Hogan
    
1980-81                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
1981-82                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
1982-83                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
1983-84                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
1984-85                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
1985-86                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
1986-87                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
    
1987-88    IHSA CLASS 'A' MEET 2ND PLACE          Coach Father Phil Hogan
                 
                 Team Standings
                1.) Aurora Illinois Math & Science
                2.) CHICAGO HALES FRANCISCAN
                3.) Westmont
                4.) Stillman Valley
                5.) Rockford Christian Life
                              
1988-89    IHSA Class 'A' Meet Individual Medalists Coach Father Phil Hogan
                 
                 JAMAL LEWIS - STATE CHAMPION
                 Wendell Terry - 5TH Place
                 IHSA CLASS 'A' MEET TEAM - 5TH PLACE          
    
1989-90                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
1990-91                                                                          Coach Father Phil Hogan
        
1991-92    IHSA Class 'A' Meet Individual Medalists Coach Father Phil Hogan
                 
                 Thom Lodge - 8TH Place
                 Kobi Barbour - 10TH Place
                
1992-93    IHSA CLASS 'A' MEET 6TH PLACE           Coach Father Phil Hogan
         
1993-94 through 2015-16:  Accomplishments and Coaches' names needed.

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