Little Village Lawndale High School

Chicago, IL

Little Village Lawndale High School is a 1,400-student community school serving a predominantly Hispanic and African American community. Its concept emerged from a hunger strike organized by neighborhood mothers who grew frustrated by the absence of a quality school in their community. The present multiplex campus includes four independent schools, each serving 350-400 students in their own building with their own principal and teaching staff. All share competition and practice gymnasia, a distance learning center, performing and visual arts facilities, a 25-meter pool, a 500-seat auditorium, a cafeteria and library. This arrangement provides small school environments consistent with the District’s mandate, while simultaneously meeting the neighborhood’s desire to maintain a scale that can provide facilities for the wider community.