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Whitney Young High School

Lunch Staff Shortages Persist At CPS As One Of Its Top Schools Is Unable To Feed All Students For First Time

Whitney Young's cafeteria struggled with a one-day lunch food shortage for the first time. Staffing and supply chain issues have plagued schools across the district since last year.

Citywide

Whitney Young Sports Complex Is Still Limiting Public Hours, Locking Out Residents, Park Neighbor Says

Whitney Young's principal says the missing signs advertising public hours for the facility are being replaced. But a local park leader said gates have been stayed locked for days.

West Loop

Whitney Young’s Sports Complex Was Supposed To Be For The Public. But West Loop Neighbors Are Locked Out

The Michelle Obama Sports Complex was hailed as a facility for "everybody." But neighbors say leaders are restricting public access by locking its field during public hours and charging fees to use the tennis courts.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

A Star Baseball Player Was Killed For Sneakers. Now His Childhood Friend Will Award A Scholarship In His Honor

Torrence Sumerlin was a standout catcher at Whitney Young before he was fatally shot in August. A scholarship will give a Chicago kid the chance to attend Sumerlin's college and wear his number.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago’s Top Women’s Pro Basketball Players Finally Get A Shot In Their Hometown Tourney: ‘It’s A Blessing’

The Chi-League pro-am highlights talented local players who can grow the game and serve as role models to young kids of all genders. 

Citywide

West Side Educators Urge Local Families To Enroll Students In Area’s First Gifted Center

The gifted program will create a pipeline for bright students to access selective schools later in life, said Principal Peggy Burnett-Wise.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Whitney Young Staffer Accused Of ‘Inappropriate Interactions’ With Student Removed From School

A final determination regarding the staff member's return has yet been made. An investigation is underway.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Student’s Dress Made From ‘I Voted’ Election Wristbands To Go On Permanent Display

Mila Livoni Zidel, a senior at Whitney Young High School, made the dress as a final for a fashion class.

Downtown

Police Forget To Warn School About Training Exercise, Leading To Lockdown During Finals

Whitney Young students spotted a gunman outside, which prompted the lockdown. “This is inexcusable,” the school’s principal said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Whitney Young Principal Denies She Knew About Swim Coach’s Alleged $30,000 Deal To Rent Out Pool

An inspector general report states Joyce Kenner knew, or should have known, about the off-the-books rental.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

CPS Alums Step Up To Help Seniors With College Essays While Teachers Are On Strike

A Whitney Young alum who recalled her own pre-college stress recruited other alums to help edit the essays.

Downtown

Michelle Obama Honored With New Namesake Whitney Young Athletic Complex: ‘This Is A Facility For Everybody’

"It’s similar to what Barack and I are hoping to achieve with the Obama Presidential Center, a place where everyone in Chicago can gather to learn and play and strengthen this community together," the former first lady said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Whitney Young Raising Money To Resurface Tennis Courts To Complement New Michelle Obama Athletic Complex

If the school can raise $60,000, the U.S. Tennis Association will match funds raised to improve the school's tennis courts, school officials said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Man Charged With Carjacking After Whitney Young Teacher Held Up At Gunpoint In School Parking Lot

Nicholas Williams was arrested and charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, police said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Whitney Young High School To Unveil New $4.3 Million Michelle Obama Athletic Complex This Summer

The new complex, which includes a multi-purpose field that can host baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse, will be unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 12, the school principal said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Person In Custody After Whitney Young Teacher Carjacked Outside High School

A teenager got into the teacher's car around 8 a.m., took her purse and phone and then stole the car.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

New $4.3 Million Whitney Young Athletic Field Under Construction Next To Skinner Park

“This is not just for Whitney Young, it’s for the entire community," Principal Joyce Kenner said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Tougher New Whitney Young Attendance Policy Concerns Seniors Who Fear They’ll Miss Huge Events Like Prom

The new policy, implemented last week, prohibits seniors from having more than eight unexcused absences.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards