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Lane Technical High School Collection

Identifier: nnhc-lths

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Alumni Association files; miscellaneous booklets, programs, clippings, and other ephemera; and copies of three publications: the literary magazine, Lane Tech Prep, the school newspaper, The Lane Warrior; and volumes of the school yearbook which was called Lane Tech Prep until 1958 when students held a contest to rename the yearbook. They voted to call the yearbook The Arrowhead. In addition to the name change, the decision was made to publish the yearbook annually instead of biannually.

It also contains a number of artifacts, including commemorative mugs, glasses, buttons, and booklets.


  • 1912-2007, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Albert Grannis Lane Manual Training School opened in Chicago in September 1908 at the corner of Sedgwick and Division. A year later, its name was changed to Lane Technical High School. The school was named for Albert G. Lane (1841-1906), an educator and longtime advocate for manual training and technical education in schools. Lane's numerous accomplishments included serving, at age seventeen, as the youngest principal in the history of Chicago Public Schools and serving as superintendent of schools of both Chicago and Cook County.

In the 1910s and 1920s, Lane offered courses in carpentry, cabinet making, and wood turning, in addition to offering a machine shop, electric shop, and print shop. It hosted a night school that enrolled 6000 men and women in these areas as well as sewing, garment making, and other classes. In 1929 it established a music program and became the first Chicago school to offer a four year concentration in music.

In 1930, as a result of the school's growth, ground was broken on a new building at Addison Street and Western Avenue. Construction took longer than normal because of the economic conditions brought on by the Great Depression, but the building was completed and dedicated in 1934. In 1958 Lane moved to a closed admissions policy and stopped offering remedial courses.

In 1971, Lane began to admit girls, marking another significant milestone in the school's history. In 2020, Lane Tech's local school council voted to replace the Native American symbol that had been used as the school's mascot for over a century.

At the beginning of 2022, Lane Tech's website stated that "Lane Tech is a large, coeducational seventh through twelfth grade public high school, offering students a college preparatory curriculum, with particular emphasis placed upon the technological aspects of a modern education." It has an enrollment of over 4200 students, making it Chicago's largest high school.


6.75 Linear Feet (in 12 boxes, plus 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials



Lane Technical High School is Chicago's largest high school. It opened in 1908 and moved to its current location at the corner of of Western and Addison in 1934. The collection contains Alumni Association files; miscellaneous booklets, programs, clippings, and other ephemera; and copies of three publications: the Lane Tech Prep literary magazine, the yearbook which was also called the Lane Tech Prep until 1958 when it was renamed the The Arrowhead, and the newspaper the Lane Tech Warrior. It also contains a number of artifacts, including commemorative mugs and glasses, buttons, and booklets.


This collection is arranged in 3 series: Series 1: General Historical Files, 1912-1988, undated; Series 2: Publications, 1924-2007; Series 3: Memorabilia, 1942-1988, undated

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by James Rodger in 1987 and 1988. After this donation, existing materials on Lane Technical High School were removed from the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection and combined with the recently received material to create a new collection. Additional material was donated by community members in the following years.

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Guide to the Lane Technical High School Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository

Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60625 United States
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