We know that the boys of Lewis Institute competed in interscholastic sports. The boys were involved in water
polo, swimming, and track & field competition for sure. We believe the boys may have competed in basketball, baseball,
and possibly golf as well. We are searching for the following items; school team nickname, uniform colors,
fight song, coaches names, and other great accomplishments.
The school requested permission to join the Academic League in 1900, but was rejected due to the fact that it offered
education to two-year college students, according to historian Robert Pruter. The college was an issue because some
students were either 21 years of age or beyond it, but Lewis officials tried to reason with league officials that
those under 21 at the high school would not be allowed to participate in league contests, but were denied admission.
TRACK & FIELD
In 1916, Lewis finished 5th in the state Class "C" Track Meet. This is not a misprint. Class "C" was reserved that
year for Illinois private schools and out-of-state schools who wished to compete. According to the IHSA website,
this was the only year there were three classes (A,B, and C) offered in IHSA history for track & field.
1916C STATE FINAL STANDlNGS---5TH IN STATE!!! 1
Evanston Academy 48
2 Lake Forest Academy
25 3 Braxil, Indiana
25 4 Chicago Morgan Park Academy 18 5 Chicago Lewis Institute
10 6 Onarga Grand Prairie Seminary 6 7 St. Joseph, Michigan
Individual Medalist for Lewis Institute
H. Zerwer 100-yd
dash---STATE 'C' CHAMPION!!! (time :10 3/5)
dash---STATE 'C' CHAMPION!!! (time :06.0)
SWIMMING AND WATER POLO
The very early 1900's saw the development of several competitions around the state between the early high schools of
the day. In Chicago, schools were offered the chance to compete in the sports of water polo and a few swimming
competitions. According to the IHSAs H S.toric portion, Lewis was active in these sports as well (http://www.ihsa.org/initiatives/hstoric/swimming_boys_early.htm
From Ray Featherstone:
"I enjoyed reading the information on the history of Lewis Institute on your website since both my father and
his brother were students there in 1912. They were members of Gamma Rho fraternity at the time. I still have my father's copy
of the 1912 Lewis Annual which has some entertaining as well as educational topics of interest."
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