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Chicago Calumet High School
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Calumet High School
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Now a Perspectives Charter School campus

The History of Chicago Calumet High School
 
Chicago (population: 2.8 million) is located along the shores of Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois. From its early days as a Potawatomie settlement, then as the site of Fort Dearborn in 1803, which led up to the formation of the city and its incorporation in 1833 and 1837, respectively, the "City of Big Shoulders" became a major location in the US for various reasons. Railroads and water transportation were two reasons why Chicago was one of the fastest growing cities in the country during the 19th Century.

Today, numerous railroads and highways of interstate, US, state, and local designations bring people together in the city on a daily basis, as does air traffic at O'Hare and Midway Airports. Chicago is a melting pot of people from many nationalities, making it ethnically diverse, and thus, is referred to as "the cultural, economic, and financial capital of the Midwest" (according to Wikipedia).

Calumet High School was located at 8131 South May, about nine miles south of downtown Chicago, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The building at this location was opened in 1926. The school opened in 1900 and served the community, before it was closed in 2006 to make way for Perspectives Charter School, which was part of the city's Renaissance 2010 program in reforming and revitalizing education in Chicago.  William Doornbos tells us that Calumet High School originally opened in 1889 as Calumet Township High School before becoming a Chicago public school in 1891.
 
 
FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO CALUMET HIGH SCHOOL
 
Year school opened:                   1889
Year became Chicago school:    1891
Year became Chicago pub. HS: 1900 
Year school closed:                    2006
Now used as:                              Perspectives Charter Schools-Calumet Campus
School nickname:                       "Indians"
School colors:                             Maroon & Blue
School yearbook:                       "The Temulac"
School song:                              "We're Ever Loyal" (words courtesy of Edwinna (Cook) Johnson
 
Calumet we're ever loyal
To our own maroon and blue (clap clap)
We will cheer you on to victory
And for you were going or coming through
 
Though the odds be overwhelming
We will fight for your fair name
And we’ll run that ball right through that line
Calumet’s going to win that game!
 
Calumet! Calumet! Calumet! Calumet!
Go team go! C!  A!  L!  U!  M!  E!  T!
ATHLETICS
 
From research we did on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org), Calumet offered interscholastIc athletics in track, cross-country, wrestling, basketball, baseball,  football, and tennis for the boys, while only results in girls' track and basketball were available. In addition, the school also had a rifle team at one time. Historian Robert Pruter tells us that the school was a member of the Cook County League from 1900 to 1913, then was a charter member of the Chicago Public League in 1913.
 
Is it possible that other sports were offered at Calumet for both genders? We would like to hear more for those who were close to the school while it was open.
 
 
BOYS' TRACK
 
This is a sport where the Indians shone brillantly. Three individual titles were won by Calumet, two of which were by miler Steve Murphy to back up his cross-country feats (see below). As a team, Calumet finished in the top ten of the state on three occasions, including the 1978AA meet with a seventh place showing.
 
1904    Individual Placer
            Olin Richards             high jump  3rd place
1905    Tied for 9th place as a team             coach unknown
             1 Chicago Englewood         16
             9 Joliet Township                  5
                Rushville                            5
                Dixon North                        5
                Urbana                               5
                Oak Park-River Forest       5
                Chicago Calumet             5 
           Individual Placer
            Olin Richards             high jump--STATE CHAMPION!! (5'9")
 
1950   Tie for 10th place as a team              coach unknown
            1  Chicago Phillips              19
           10 Urbana                              6
                Chicago Calumet              6
           Individual Placers
            Steve Murphy            1-mile run---STATE CHAMPION!! (4:27.5)
            Richard Peterson     440-yd dash  5th place
 
1951    Individual Placer
            Steve Murphy            1-mile run---STATE CHAMPION!!  (4:25.4)
1970    Individual Placer
            Steve Whitmore        120-yd hurdles   3rd place 
                                    180-yd hurdles   6th place 
1973    Individual Placer
            Mike Spencer           120-yd hurdles   5th place 
                                              180-yd hurdles   2nd place
1975AA Relay placer           
880-yd relay      6th place     
1976AA Individual Placer
              Wilbur Reneaw      220-yd dash      8th place
 
1978AA  Public League Champions
              7th place as a team in AA finals           coach unknown 
               1  East St. Louis Senior                37  
               2  Chicago Brother Rice               24  
                   Deerfield                                   24  
               4  Evanston Township                  23  
               5  Dolton Thornridge                     22  
                   Orland Park Sandburg              22  
               7  Chicago Calumet                    21  
               8  Harvey Thornton                       20  
               9  Chicago Farragut                      19  
             10  Maywood Proviso East             18
                   Danville HS                             18 
            Relay Placers
               1-mile relay                                  2nd place
               440-yd relay                                 4th place
            Individual Placer
               Derek Peebles       440-yd dash   2nd place
 
1979AA Individual Placer         
               David Patton          880-yd run     4th place
 
 
WRESTLING
 
Calumet could hit the mats with the best of the Public League and the south suburbs, taking home five top-ten team finishes in a nine-year period, and winning three individual titles during the same time. Here's a look at the best of Indian wrestling:
 
1937   Placed 9th in state finals           coach unknown 
           1  Maywood Proviso                         29 
           9  Chicago Calumet                          6
         10  Urbana University                           5
           Individual Placers
             David Hoare                 185--2nd place 
             Tony Lambros              145--3rd place 
1938   Took 6th in state finals             coach unknown  
           1  Maywood Proviso                         26
           2  Champaign HS                             24 
           3  Chicago Tilden                             18
           4  Lewistown                                    16
           5  Bowen                                          14
           6  Chicago Calumet                        13 
           7  Granite City HS                            12
           Individual Placers
             Tony Lambros            145--STATE CHAMPION!! 
             Bill Marsh        165--STATE CHAMPION!!
             Roy Swanke                155--3rd place

1939   Tied for 7th at state finals        coach unknown
           1  Maywood Proviso                         15
           7  Chicago Lindblom                           5
               Blue Island HS                                5
               Chicago Calumet                          5
           Individual Placer
             Tony Lambros              155--STATE CHAMPION!!
 
1940    Tied for 10th at state finals      coach unknown
            1  Maywood Proviso                         22
          10  Chicago Calumet                          3
                Alton Senior                                    3
           Individual Placer
             Harvey Hyland                115--2nd place 
 
1942    Individual Placer
             Douglas Anderson          125--4th place 

1945    Tied for 8th at State Finals        coach unknown 
            1  Maywood Proviso                         37
            8  Joliet Township                              4 
                Chicago Calumet                          4                  

             Individual Placer
              Joe Rockwood             175--2nd place
1952      Individual Placers
              Ron Wanda                  154--4th place 
              Joseph Strasser           165--3rd place
1953      Individual Placers
              Richard Minogue          175--3rd place 
              Joseph Strasser           165--2nd place
1956      Individual Placers
              Gordon Johnson           138--3rd place 
              Fred Rittschoff              112--3rd place 
1957      Individual Placer
              John Zander                 112--4th place 
1958      Individual Placer
              John Zander                 112--3rd place 
1963      Individual Placer
              Andrew Zander             138--4th place 
1970      Individual Placer
              Steve Wade                  165--5th place 
 
 
GIRLS' TRACK
 
The Calumet girls matched the efforts of the boys and showed the rest of the area why they were tops in the state during the mid-late 1970's, taking home a state title as well as a second and tenth as a team, while winning four relay and one individual championship.
 
1974    Relay Placer             440-yd relay---8th place
           Individual Placer
            Gwendolyn Bush       100-yd dash--8th place 
                                              220-yd dash--2nd place
     
1975   Public League Champions      coach unknown
           Tied for 2nd in State!
            1  Oak Park-River Forest                        24 
            2  Chicago Calumet                               18  
                Springfield Southeast                          18  
            4  Illiopolis                                               14  
            5  Lansing Thornton Fractional South     12
           Relay Placers             440-yd relay--STATE CHAMPIONS!! (1:49.2) 
         (Gwendolyn Bush, Angela Griffin, Linda Gulledge, Rowelonda Hooks) 
           Individual Placers
            Gwendolyn Bush         100-yd dash--2nd place 
                                                 220-yd dash--4th place
            Ellanor Agee                100-yd dash--5th place 
                                                   80-yd hurdles--5th place
            Brenda Gulledge          220-yd dash--7th place

 
1976     STATE CHAMPIONS!!             Coach Sandra Jenkins 
             1  Chicago Calumet                         21
             2  Illiopolis                                         18  
             3  Carthage Hancock Central           14.5  
             4  Evanston Township                      12  
                 East Moline United                       12
            Relay Placers           440-yd relay--STATE CHAMPIONS!! (:48.3)
         (Annette Baxter, Angela Griffin, Brenda Gulledge, Linda Gulledge)
                                            880-yd relay--STATE CHAMPIONS!! (1:39.7)
         (Annette Baxter, Angela Griffin, Brenda Gulledge, Linda Gulledge) 
            Individual Placers
             Brenda Gulledge        220-yd dash--STATE CHAMPION!! (:23.5)
             Linda Gulledge             220-yd dash--4th place
             Angela Griffin               100-yd dash--5th place
 
1977    Relay Placer                 1-mile relay--STATE CHAMPIONS!! (4:00.7) 
         (Marla Austin, Phyllis Evans, Kathy Fortenberry, Lorraine Wellington)
 

1978AA Relay Placer               1-mile relay--6th place
1979AA  10th in AA State Finals            coach unknown
               1  East St. Louis Lincoln                        64
             10  Chicago Calumet                             17
             Relay Placers              1-mile relay      3rd place 
                                                   880-yd medley relay   7th place 
                                                   880-yd relay     8th place
             Individual Placers
              Lorraine Wellington      880-yd run--4th place
              Gretchen Grier             880-yd run--6th place  
 
 
BOYS' CROSS-COUNTRY
 
Calumet had a hill-and-dale team during the fall of the school year, with one individual state title coming from Steve Murphy in 1950 to help suppliment his two track championships in the one-mile run, and two teams qualified for the state finals during the 1980's.
 
1950  Individual Placer
          Steve Murphy                               STATE CHAMPION!!! (9:47.6)
1981  Team qualifer for state meet          coach unknown
1985  Team qualifer for state meet          coach unknown
 
 
FOOTBALL
 
The Indian gridders were involved in many Public League battles, involved in two Prep Bowls in back-to-back seasons, and went to the IHSA state playoffs in 1995. Here's a look back at some of these seasons:
 
1956          Lost to Leo 12-0 in Prep Bowl                       Coach Ted Zaynor
 
1957          Lost to Mendel 6-0 in Prep Bowl                   Coach Ted Zaynor
1971          Public League Blue-Green Division Champs! Coach Ted Zaynor
                     Defeated South Shore 56-22 
1983  6-3                                                                             coach unknown
1993  5-4                                                                             coach unknown
 
1995  6-4   Class 4A Playoff Qualifier                             Coach Johnny Butler
                  Lost to Oak Lawn Richards, 45-0
 
2003  5-2                                                                            coach unknown
 
Some information about the 1956-57 teams from David Haberkorn:
 

"Coached by Ted Zayner, the Indians finished second to Chicago Dunbar in the South-Central Section White division standings. Calumet began its playoff run by defeating Chicago Fenger 13-0 in opening-round action.

 

"In the quarterfinals, Calumet was tied by Chicago Austin 13-13, but earned the right to advance in the playoffs by virtue of an advantage in all three tie-breaking statistical categories. Calumet won its semifinal matchup from Chicago Schurz 13-7 and defeated Chicago Morgan Park 25-19 in the league championship game at Soldier Field on Nov. 24th. Calumet returned to Soldier Field for the Prep Bowl a week later, but lost to Chicago Catholic League champion Chicago Leo 12-0 before an estimated 66,000 fans.

 

"The following year, Calumet won the South-Central section White Division title, then defeated Chicago Tilden 18-0, Chicago Lane Tech 12-6, Chicago Lindblom 26-6 and Chicago Fenger 6-0 before losing in the Prep Bowl to Chicago Mendel Catholic 6-0 on a last-second touchdown pass."

 
BOYS' TENNIS
 
In the mid-to-late 1920's, Calumet had three fine singles players that made it the semifinal rounds of the state tournament, bringing home a second, a third, and a fourth place finisher three times within four years. The Indians also won two Public League team titles during that decade.
 
1924   Chicago Public League Team Champions   coach unknown
1925   Chicago Public League Team Champions   coach unknown
           Individual Finish at State Finals
            Gordon Braudt      2nd in singles  
            Lost to George (Buster) Holloway of New Trier in finals, 6-2, 6-4
1927   Individual Finish at State Finals
            Lewis Shaffer        4th in singles
1928   Individual Finish at State Finals
            (?) Shaffer            3rd in singles
 
 
BOYS' BASKETBALL
 
Calumet fielded a boys' cage team with some success in the first half of the 1900's, taking second place in the Public League four times, taking one lightweight title, and also capturing a state district tournament during the 1931-32 season. Win-loss records and coaches' names are missing.
 
1908-09    Second in Public League Tournament    coach unknown
                 Finished behind Lake View in round-robin format
1909-10    Second in Public League Tournament    coach unknown
                 Lost to Englewood in finals, 30-18
1914-15    Second in Public League Tournament    coach unknown
                 Lost to Lane Tech in finals, 23-7
1929-30    Public League Lightweight Champions   coach unknown
1931-32    District Champs!!                                  coach unknown
                  Second in Public League tournament
                   Lost to Crane in finals, 25-21
 
GIRLS' BASKETBALL
 
We do know for a fact that Calumet did offer this sport to its young ladies as early as the 1900's, taking second in the Cook County League in the winter of 1904-05. The sport was again offered in the 1970's when most schools once again had girls' hoops action. Any information that you may have is greatly appreciated.
 
1904-05  Second in Cook County League                   coach unknown 
               Lost to Hyde Park in finals, 23-11
1986-87                                                                        Coach McGee
1987-88                                                                        Coach McGee
 
RIFLE TEAM
 
In terms of showing that they could hit the target with accuracy, Calumet was one of the schools that offered a rifle team during the early 1930's, bringing home the Public League title in 1932-33. Very little is known beyond these facts, and we would be curious to find out more about the sport itself when it was offered.
 
 
FAMOUS ALUMNI/FACULTY MEMBERS
 
--Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle (class of 1916), became a long-time college basketball coach who eventually was elected to both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Helms Basketball Hall of Fame. The fieldhouse at Butler University is named in his honor, and he coached his basketball teams to a record of 560-392 from 1926-1970 with a break for World War II.
 
--Earl Eby—attended first Calumet and later Loyola Academy, and participated in the 1920 Olympic Games, taking second for the USA in the 800 meters, and getting a fourth as a part of the 1600 relay.
 

--Georgie Anne Geyer (class of 1952) became a world renown journalist and columnist who writes regularly on international affairs.

 

--Tommy Sands actor and teen idol hitmaker, notably with “Teen-Age Crush” in 1957.

 

--Mike Lind (class of 1958) was an All-State football player, who went on to play for Notre Dame in college and for San Francisco and Pittsburgh in the pros at fullback.

 

--James Young (class of 1967 or 1968)-- after graduation, attended Illinois Institute of Technology and helped form the band TW4. The band changed its name to Styx after signing to Wooden Nickel Records. Young was a guitarist and songwriter, penning "Miss America" and "Snowblind" as two of the group's bigger hits. He still continues to tour today with a current lineup of Styx.

 

--Chaka Khan (class of 1969)attended Calumet under the name of Yvette Stevens, but later achieved fame in R&B music first as lead singer of Rufus and then out on her own.

 

--Marsha Warfield (class of 1971) achieved fame as a standup comedienne and a television actress. 

 
--Kirby Puckett (class of 1979) -- even though there are no records of his career as a Calumet Indian, Puckett later went on to play 12 seasons in center field for the Minnesota Twins and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, batting .318 and helping the franchise win two World Series titles in 1987 & 1991.
 
--Ira Green -- was a long-time baseball coach, is the father of Shawn Green who played with Toronto, Los Angeles, Arizona, and the New York Mets between 1993-2007.
 
From Edwinna (Cook) Johnson (class of 1989)...
 
"My sister and I graduated from Calumet in 1989. My parents and other relatives (cousins) also, attended Calumet. Both my sister and I were on the Pom-Pom team. In order to try out for the team, each person had to learn the school song and choreography a routine. This is how, I remember the words (see facts section above). If you are in need of photos from alumni, let me know. The class of 1987, 1988 and 1989 meet once a year."
 
From Jeane Stepp Cole:
 
"I went to Calumet from 1959 -1962 and I tried out for cheers as a freshman, though I didn't make the squad, I do remember the the cheers I learned and the school song to this day. 
 
The end of song (at that time) went like this:
 
And we’ll run that ball right through that line
Calumet go win that game! (the word game was dragged out)
 
Calumet! Calumet! Fear No Foe
Calumet! Calumet! Go team go!
C -  A - L - U -  M -  E - T!
CALUMET!!
Thanks for letting me give you my input.

From Larry Brown (class of 1975):

"Upon review of the football portion concerning Calumet, there is no mention of the Blue-Green Division Championship between Calumet and South Shore High School. Calumet won that contest 56-22 and went to the White Division South. Ted Zaynor was the head coach. I attended Calumet from 1971-75 and I had the honor of being coached by Coach Zaynor and later by Coach Johnnie Butler."

 
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CALUMET HIGH SCHOOL...
 
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