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Creiger High School Building (on Adams St.)
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Photo by Cody Cutter (Feb. 2009)

Creiger High School (on Grenshaw Avenue)
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credit: CPS Alumni website (http://www.cpsalumni.org/)

 
 
The History of Chicago Cregier Vocational High School
 
Chicago (population 2.8 million) is located in far northeastern Illinois in the center of Cook County. Chicago is famous for many different reasons and was a great influence on the growth of the United States in the early 1800s. Today, it is the third largest city in the United States and Illinois' largest city. 
 
It is known that Cregier High School was opened in 1957 on the city's West Side to alleviate crowding at nearby schools, namely Crane Technical High School, but it was closed down in 1995. The original school building was located at 1820 W. Grenshaw. The school was moved to 2040 W. Adams in 1980. 
 
The school building ended up being the home of three smaller schools, Foundations for elementary students, Nia for middle schoolers, and Best Practice for high schoolers. The process to house smaller schools in a setting similar to the Creiger location was a success and today, a number of former Chicago public high schools are converting their buildings for the same reason to help enhance educational success.
 
 
FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO CREGIER HIGH SCHOOL
 
School opened:                  1957
School closed:                   1995
School colors:                    Kelly Green & White
School nickname:               the "Tigers"
School song:                      unknown   
ATHLETICS
 
We are aware that the school was a member of the Chicago Public League and offered boys' basketball  baseball, wrestling, and track, but as for other sports, there is no evidence that we have found to show that Creiger had a team in them. If anyone has information about the athletic and extra-curricular success that the school had, we invite them to contact us at the addresses listed at the end of this page.
 
BOYS' BASKETBALL
 
The Creiger basketball program was known state-wide for its run-and-gun style of basketball, due to the fact that the school had a smaller then regulation-size floor on campus. Some folks, even some alumni, would refer to the gym as a "cracker box."  But it was a unique place to play. As a result, a number of entries in the IHSA record book feature Creiger's hoop successes as of August 1st, 2007. Among them:
 
--12 games of 100 or more points scored (state record, set in 1984-85…overall record was 16-4 that season), 
--scoring average per game of 100.35 (only school to reach 100 per game) in 1984-85.
 
Most points scored in a game by one team: 

  152, Cregier vs. Chicago Prosser (51), Feb. 8, 1967--2nd highest total 
  149, Cregier vs. Chicago Juarez (91), Feb. 13, 1987--5th highest 
  143, Cregier vs. Chicago Roosevelt (89), Dec. 1, 1977--tied for 9th 
  143, Cregier vs. Chicago Juarez (73), Feb. 20, 1985--tied for 9th 
  143, Cregier vs. Chicago Juarez (69), Feb. 17, 1989--tied for 9th 
  142, Cregier vs. Chicago Lincoln Park (96), Mar. 1, 1985--tied for 13th 
  138, Cregier vs. Chicago Near North Career Magnet (117), Jan. 21, 1982--20th 
  137, Cregier vs. Chicago Wells (67), Feb. 21, 1967--22nd 
  135, Chicago Marshall vs. Cregier (97), Jan. 24, 1969--30th 
  134, Cregier vs. Chicago Wells (88), Jan. 18, 1985--34th
 
Most points scored by two teams in a game:
 
  255, Cregier (138) vs. Chicago Near North Career Magnet (117), Jan. 21, 1982--1st 
  252, Chicago Manley (127) vs. Cregier (125), Feb. 20, 1986--2nd 
  241, Chicago Crane (128) vs. Cregier (113), Feb. 25, 1986--4th 
  240, Cregier (149) vs. Chicago Juarez (91), Feb. 13, 1987--5th 
  238, Cregier (142) vs. Chicago Lincoln Park (96), Mar. 1, 1985--7th 
  235, Cregier (120) vs. Chicago Westinghouse (115) (OT), Feb. 9, 1978--8th  
  233, Chicago Orr (127) vs. Cregier (106), Jan. 13, 1994--9th 
  232, Chicago Marshall (135) vs. Cregier (97), Jan. 24, 1969--tied for 10th 
  232, Cregier (143) vs. Chicago Roosevelt (89), Dec. 1, 1977--tied for 10th 
  232, Cregier (120) vs. Chicago Young (112), Jan. 30, 1986--tied for 10th 
  232, Chicago Manley (118) vs. Cregier (114), Feb. 24, 1989--tied for 10th 
  226, Chicago Westinghouse (125) vs. Cregier (101), Feb. 19, 1980--tied for 15th 
  226, Cregier (120) vs. Chicago Metropolitan (106), Feb. 27, 1985--tied for 15th 
  225, Cregier (114) vs. Chicago Orr (111) (OT), Jan. 25, 1980--tied for 18th 
  225, Chicago Westinghouse (119) vs. Cregier (106), Mar. 6, 1985--tied for 18th 
  222, Cregier (134) vs. Chicago Wells (88), Jan. 18, 1985--tied for 22nd 
  220, Chicago Metropolitan (119) vs. Cregier (101), Jan. 14, 1981--25th
 
Most points scored in a losing effort:

  125, Cregier vs. Chicago Manley (127), Feb. 20, 1986--1st 
  117, Chicago Near North Career Magnet vs. Cregier (138), Jan. 21, 1982--tied for 3rd 
  115, Chicago Westinghouse vs. Cregier (120) (OT), Feb. 9, 1978--5th 
  114, Cregier vs. Chicago Manley (118), Feb. 24, 1989--6th 
  113, Cregier vs. Chicago Crane (128), Feb. 25, 1986--7th 
  112, Chicago Young vs. Cregier (120), Jan. 30, 1986--8th 
  111, Chicago Orr vs. Cregier (114) (OT), Jan. 25, 1980--9th 
  106, Cregier vs. Chicago Austin (109), Feb. 21, 1984--tied for 17th 
  106, Chicago Metropolitan vs. Cregier (120), Feb. 27, 1985--tied for 17th 
  106, Cregier vs. Chicago Westinghouse (119), Mar. 6, 1985--tied for 17th 
  103, Chicago Austin vs. Cregier (113), Jan. 24, 1984--tied for 25th

Most players in double figure scoring in a game from one team:

  7, Cregier vs. Chicago Prosser, Feb. 8, 1967--tied for 3rd 
  7, Cregier vs. Chicago Juarez, Feb. 17, 1989--tied for 3rd

Most points scored by a team in one half of play:

  78, Cregier vs. Chicago Prosser, Feb. 8, 1967 (2nd half)--14th 
  77, Cregier vs. Chicago Juarez, Feb. 13, 1987 (1st half)--15th 
  76, Cregier vs. Chicago Wells, Jan. 18, 1985 (2nd half)--tied for 21st 
  76, Cregier vs. Chicago Juarez, Feb. 20, 1985 (2nd half)--tied for 21st 
  76, Cregier vs. Chicago Manley, Feb. 20, 1986 (2nd half)--tied for 21st 
  75, Cregier vs. Chicago Orr, Feb. 22, 1985 (2nd half)--27th  

Most points in one half by both teams:

  140, Cregier (76) vs. Chicago Manley (64), Feb. 20, 1986 (2nd half)--1st 
  136, Cregier (74) vs. Chicago Young (62), Jan. 30, 1986 (2nd half)--2nd 
  133, Cregier (68) vs. Chicago Near North Career Magnet (65), Jan. 21, 1982 (1st half)--3rd 
  125, Chicago Near North Career Magnet (67) vs. Cregier (58), Feb. 26, 1985 (1st half)--tied for 6th 
  125, Cregier (72) vs. Chicago Juarez (53), Feb. 13, 1987 (2nd half)--tied for 6th 
  124, Cregier (66) vs. Chicago Tuley (58), Feb. 23, 1966 (2nd half)--tied for 9th 
  124, Cregier (76) vs. Chicago Wells (48), Jan. 18, 1985 (2nd half)--tied for 9th 
  124, Chicago Crane (69) vs. Cregier (55), Feb. 25, 1986 (Public League playoff, 1st half)--tied for 9th 
  123, Cregier (71) vs. Chicago Lincoln Park (52), Mar. 1, 1985 (Public League playoff, 2nd half)--13th 
  122, Cregier (70) vs. Chicago Near North Career Magnet (52), Jan. 21, 1982 (2nd half)--14th 
  121, Chicago Westinghouse (69) vs. Cregier (52), Feb. 19, 1980 (2nd half)--15th  
  120, Cregier (67) vs. Chicago Juarez, Jan. 19, 1988 (2nd half)--17th

Most points scored by a team in a quarter:

   44, Cregier vs. Chicago Prosser, Feb. 8, 1967 (1st quarter)--20th

Most points scored in a quarter by both teams:

   78, Cregier (43) vs. Chicago Young (35), Jan. 30, 1986 (4th quarter)--4th  
   77, Cregier (43) vs. Chicago Manley (34), Feb. 20, 1986 (4th quarter)--5th 
   74, Cregier (42) vs. Chicago Near North Career Magnet (32), Jan. 21, 1982 (4th quarter)--7th 
   72, Cregier (40) vs. Chicago Wells (32), Jan. 18, 1985 (4th quarter)--8th 
   70, Cregier (42) vs. Chicago Near North Career Magnet (28), Jan. 21, 1982 (1st quarter)--13th 
   68, Chicago Westinghouse (38) vs. Cregier (30), Feb. 27, 1987 (Public League playoff, 3rd quarter)--tied for 17th
   68, Chicago Metro (38) vs. Cregier (30), Jan. 20, 1989 (4th quarter)--tied for 17th

Most Field Goals made by a team in a game:

  75, Cregier (152) vs. Chicago Prosser (51), Feb. 8, 1967--1st 
  70, Cregier (143) vs. Chicago Juarez (73), Feb. 20, 1985--3rd (NOTE: 111 shot attempts for Cregier in that game was the fourth best, as is the 72 rebounds for Cregier.)

  67, Cregier vs. Chicago Juarez, Feb. 17, 1989--tied for 5th 
  66, Cregier (149) vs. Chicago Juarez (91), Feb. 13, 1987--tied for 7th 

Most Field Goals made by two teams in a game:

   107, Cregier (60) vs. Chicago Near North Career Magnet (47), Jan. 21, 1982--1st
   105, Chicago Manley (54) vs. Cregier (51), Feb. 20, 1986--tied for 2nd 
   105, Cregier (66) vs. Chicago Juarez (39), Feb. 13, 1987--tied for 2nd 
   101, Cregier (70) vs. Chicago Juarez (31), Feb. 20, 1985--4th

   100, Cregier (51) vs. Chicago Westinghouse (49), Feb. 9, 1978 (OT)--tied for 5th 
   100, Cregier (52) vs. Chicago Crane (48), Feb. 25, 1986 (Public League playoff)--tied for 5th 
     98, Cregier (53) vs. Chicago Metro (45), Feb. 27, 1985--7th 
     97, Cregier (50) vs. Chicago Young (47), Jan. 30, 1986--8th 
     96, Cregier (57) vs. Chicago Lincoln Park (39), Mar. 1, 1985 (Public League playoff)--9th 
     95, Cregier (57) vs. Chicago Clemente (38), Feb. 23, 1978 (Public League playoff)--tied for 10th 
     95, Chicago Farragut (54) vs. Cregier (41), Feb. 11, 1986--tied for 10th 

Most points scored in a game by a player:

  56 by Jesse Chism, Cregier vs. Chicago Lake View, Dec. 15, 1964 

  53, Reggie Murray, Cregier vs. Chicago Metro, Jan. 20, 1989 (19 FG, 1 three-pt. FG, 14 FT)

BASEBALL

Although there are no win-loss records to be found about the school's history, we are aware that one Creiger player was drafted by the Major Leagues. In 1973, Elbert Coutter was a 29th round selection of the hometown White Sox. He never appeared in a big league contest.
 
WRESTLING
 
Dennis Crosby tells us that Creiger excelled in the sport of wrestling in the late 60's and early 70's as well.  Please contact us if you have further information to provide on this or any other activity at Creiger High School.

FAMOUS ALUMS

Milton Johnson (class of 1971) tells the Glory Days staff that Creiger also had bowling and track teams in addition to being a student manager with basketball and track, plus competed in wrestling and bowling. He later went on to become an executive producer and on-air personality at radio station WVON in Chicago. Two of his classmates were NBA referee Danny Crawford and Meddie Ivory Clark, who was a pilot and a member of the Civil Air Patrol Mobile Squadron, graduating from the University of South Alabama.
 
 
IF YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CREIGER HIGH SCHOOL....
 
please let us know. We'd like to find out more in order to tell the story about the history of the school, its' students, and distinguished alumni. Information such as school colors, nickname, school song, and more are what we're looking for. Please contact us by either clicking on this CONTACT US link, or by emailing us at dr.veeman@gmail,com. We'll also accept your submissions at the following address:
 
Illinois High School Glory Days
6439 North Neva
Chicago, IL  60631