FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL
Year opened: 1970's
Year closed: 1990's
School nickname: the "Mavericks"
School colors: Black & Gold
School song: unknown
We do know that Metro offered boys' basketball, and could have offered other sports. If anyone knows more about athletic
and extra-curricular activities at the school, please contact us at the addresses listed below.
Metro had a prolific scorer that put the school on the map during his senior season. In the course of just seven calendar
days, MItchell (JJ) Anderson, scored 60 or more points in February 1978. On February 2nd versus Chicago
Clemente, he made 24 out of 40 field goals and 13 free throws, then followed it up February 9th by pouring
in 60 versus Cooley (26 for 31 from the floor, 8 for 8 at the free throw line).
That season, Anderson went on to score 958 points in 22 games for an average of 43.54 points per contest,
and is the only boys' prep player in Illinois to have a seasonal scoring average of 40 or more points per game!
Anderson, who was called JJ due to having nearly identical facial features with 1970's TV actor Jimmie Walker
(who played JJ on the sitcom "Good Times," a show set in inner-city Chicago), went on to play college basketball
at Bradley University in Peoria and helped that program win the 1982 National Invitational Tournament.
In his four years at Bradley, Anderson scored 2,341 points and had his jersey number (11) retired. He went on to play
in the NBA with Philadelphia and Utah in parts of four seasons before spending 10 seasons playing in Europe.
Following Anderson's departure, Metro's basketball program continued as a competitive one in the Chicago Public League.
On a couple of occasions, the school hooked up in some high-scoring battles with Creiger High School
(click on the link to find out more).