It Is Our Mission to Cultivate Tomorrow's Leaders

Wendell Phillips Academy High School empowers students to create positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world by providing rigorous instruction in a nurturing environment. Our school community takes pride in developing leaders to thrive in a global society.

9-12

Phillips Academy High School

244 E. Pershing Rd.
Chicago , IL 60653
773-535-1603

Enrollment: 601
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Wendell Phillips Academy High School

Education Is Power! The education students receive at Wendell Phillips Academy High School will equip them with the tools to choose their path and give them the power to be a positive contribution to society.

Matthew Sullivan, Principal

Performance

Our Growth In
Achievement

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Wendell Phillips Academy to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Wendell Phillips Academy High School  is named in honor of Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), an abolitionist who openly criticized Abraham Lincoln for delaying the emancipation of slaves. Wendell Phillips spent fifty years campaigning against the poor treatment of Native Americans, supporting equal pay and wages for women, and fighting for better working conditions for all workers. Wendell Phillips is considered a great humanitarian, educator, abolitionist, and orator.

Wendell Phillips Academy High School is the oldest African American high school in the city of Chicago, although it opened as a predominantly white school on September 4, 1904. Phillips had replaced the old South Division High School, established in1875 which had been located at 36th and Wabash. When the new building was opened at 39th Street and Prairie Avenue, it served the children of the wealthy members of the community and a few African American children of their servants. Students included the young Armours, Swifts, and Cudahys of the meat packing industry; the Peacocks, Stevens, Pullman, and McCormicks also attended.

In 1907 only 90 African American students were enrolled. Dr. Anabelle S. Prescott, former student and teacher at Phillips, stated that in 1912 there were only four African American students in her graduating class. By 1921 the school had become forty percent African American. The increase in African American students was due in large part to the influx of Southern African Americans as one part of the “Great Migration” after World War I. The school became the first all-black high school in Chicago. Phillips housed a junior and senior high school. It became over crowded; two shifts were used to provide education to the students. Small cottage like classrooms were added to try to accommodate over 4,000 students - twice the capacity for what it was designed.”

In 1929 the Board of Education voted to build a New Wendell Phillips High School at 49th and Wabash Ave. The Great Depression slowed the work on the new school; it was finally completed in 1935. A fire caused the student body of Phillips to move to the new school on February 4, 1935. The original school colors of red and black were adopted by the new school. Phillips later was repaired and opened again for freshmen only. It adopted the blue and white colors. Student enrolled increased to such an extent that the school at 49th and Wabash was renamed DuSable High School, and Phillips continued its proud heritage of educating the young since that time. A new addition was added in 1937. The addition housed an elementary school. Another addition was built in 1944. The last addition completed the Wendell Phillips High School physical plant.

In the 1960’s the school was again overcrowded. providing educational services to over 3000 students. The school went to three shifts and again built mobile units in the parking lot to try to house the students. IN the early 1970’s the school underwent a major internal rehabilitation.

Beginning in the early 70’s there began a steady decline in student enrollment due to housing changes within the community and attendance policies adopted by the Chicago Board of Education. Like many older schools in the city this time was also one of neglect. Repairs were put off and the facilities deteriorated.

Finally in the late 90’s major repairs and improvements were began with the help of school administrators, community activists, parents and political representatives. As a result, major external improvements were completed. A Phillips-Mayo campus project added green space and additional sports facilities. The present administration has worked diligently to update computer facilities, the library, and plan to provide internet accessibility to the student body. More improvements are in the planning stage. Like the community in which it stands, Wendell Phillips Academy High School is striding into the new millennium seeking innovations to meet the needs of the student community.

AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Phillips Academy High School to AUSL in 2010 as a turnaround school. Turning around a school is one approach that CPS uses to improve neighborhood schools that have been failing for many years. The transformation begins with the new leadership and teachers in the building to deliver effective instruction and the right climate and culture to the same neighborhood students.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Phillip Staff?

If you have any questions, the Phillips Academy High School staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone:773-535-1603

Fax: 773-535-1605

Administration

Matthew Sullivan
Principal
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Ronnie Bates
Assistant Principal
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Teachers

Katie Adams
English Dept.
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Karen Allen
Military Instructor
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Susany Babu
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Gabrielle A. Benoit
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Kirsten Bernardini
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Alaric Blair
English Dept.
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Vikki M. Blake
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Kimberly M. Broughton
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Deborah Caise-Fitzpatrick
English Dept.
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Olga A. Cholewick
Math Dept.
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Laura M. Decker
Science Dept.
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Corinne I. Durrette
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Toni M. Elliott Bell
Fine Arts Dept.
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Raphael M. Emery
Military Instructor
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Eric Gaviglio
Social Studies Dept.
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Colin N. Gaw
Social Studies Dept.
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William Hendrickson
Social Studies Dept.
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Rufus Jackson
English Dept.
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William A. Jackson
Math Dept.
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Jeewant Kaushal
Math Dept.
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Michael J. Larson
Social Studies Dept.
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Laura Lopez
English Dept.
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Kathryn A. Lucido
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Brock Massie
English Dept.
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Troy J. Mcallister
P.E. Instructor/Head Football Coach
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Timothy D. McGaughey
Fine Arts Dept.
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Tara A. McMurray
Math Dept.
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Adrienne K. Morales
Math Dept.
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Sarah L. Mostad
Fine Arts Dept.
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Shanna M. Pierce
Math Dept.
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Raquel Rattray
English Dept.
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Uriah H. Rice
Science Dept.
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Cristina M. Salvador
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Christopher S. Sempowski
Social Studies Dept.
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Dazlynn E. Smith
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Malakia K. Thomas
Military Instructor
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Haley Wallace
Foreign Language Dept.
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Gyzelle S. Watkins
Science Dept.
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David Wilson
Science Dept.
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Joanne Wilson
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Kristen A. Zaki
Diverse Learner Instructor
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Support Staff

Matthew Barrron
Technology Coordinator
773-535-1721
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Benna Bell
School Nurse
773-535-1834
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Lawrence Briggs
Head Boys Basketball Coach
773-535-1539
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Steve A. Brown
Dean of Discipline (Girls)
773-535-1607
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Taylor M. Cobb
10th-12th Grade Counselor (A-J)
773-535-1516
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Rhonda J. Fleming
10th-12th Grade Counselor (K-Z)
773-535-0378
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Karen L. Harris
Attendance Office Clerk
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Kurt P. Jackson
School Business Manager
773-535-1541
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Kathryn Kaushal
Post Secondary Counselor
773-535-1970
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Cynthia L. McCullough
Freshman Counselor
773-535-0158
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Ilene O. Morris
Main Office Clerk
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Karriem A. Muhammad
Dean of Admissions
773-535-0118
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Miguel Ochoa
Building Engineer
773-535-1618
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Elijah Palmer
Dean of Discipline (Boys)
773-535-1839
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Samantha L. Payne
Lunchroom Manager
773-535-1620
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Constance Ramsay
Main Office Clerk
773-535-1616
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Larry L. Stokes
Head Girls Basketball Coach / School Security Officer
773-535-1510
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Selina A. Thompson
Attendance Office Clerk
773-535-1083
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