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Lake View High School Collection

Identifier: nnhc-lvhs

Scope and Contents

The collection contains early annual reports, newspaper clippings, and programs and ephemera from school events. It also includes a run of the school’s Red and White yearbook, the Lake Re View newspaper, and a few miscellaneous school publications. The final series contains photographs, which mostly depict Lake View High School students, including class photos and images of activities and athletics. There are also a few images of the building and faculty.


  • 1874 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

Lake View High School, one of the oldest township high schools in Illinois, was built in 1874 on the corner of Graceland Avenue (now Irving Park Road) and Ashland Avenue. The Graceland Cemetery Company donated the land for the specific purpose of building an educational institution that would prepare young men and women for college or the business world.

The original structure was a small two-story frame building. The first class to attend LVHS consisted of only eight students for a faculty of six teachers. In 1885 the high school was destroyed by fire, but a year later was reopened in new and larger quarters on the same site.

In 1889 Lake View Township was incorporated into the City of Chicago, and the high school came under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Public School system. The growth and development of the community, which followed, saw an increase in student enrollment. This caused further expansion of the facilities in 1898 and again in 1916 and 1939. The school was renovated again in 2018.


12 Linear Feet (in 23 boxes, includes 85 photographs, 9 oversize folders, and 1 volume)

Language of Materials



Lake View High School, located at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Irving Park Road, was the first high school in Lake View Township. The history of the school is documented in this collection, which includes early annual reports, newspaper clippings, and programs and ephemera from school events. The collection also includes a run of the school’s Red and White yearbook, Lake Re View newspaper, and photographs.


The collection is arranged in four series:

Series 1: General Historical Files, 1875-1980, undated

Series 2: Programs and Activities, 1874-circa 1996

Series 3: Publications, circa 1897-2002

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1874-1985, undated

Custodial History

The material was originally part of the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection. In the 1980s it was removed to form this separate collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by members of the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association and other community members throughout the period 1934-2002.

Existence and Location of Copies

Select photographs from this collection are available in the Library's Northside High Schools Digital Collection.

Related Materials

J. Trimble Boyd biographical information in Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection

Helen G. Kinsella Collection

Louis D. Walz Collection


Guide to the Lake View High School Collection
Original author unknown, 1982. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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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