|Chicago North West Division High School
|Courtesy of Ellen DePriest
The History of Chicago Northwest Division/Tuley
Chicago (population: 2.8 million) is located along the shores of Lake Michigan in
northeastern Illinois. From its early days as a Potawatomie settlement, then as the site of Fort Dearborn in 1803, which led
up to the formation of the city and its incorporation in 1833 and 1837, respectively, the "City of Big Shoulders" became a
major location in the US for various reasons. Railroads and water transportation were two reasons why Chicago was one of the
fastest growing cities in the country during the 19th Century.
Today, numerous railroads and highways of interstate, US, state, and local designations bring people
together in the city on a daily basis, as does air traffic at O'Hare and Midway Airports. Chicago is a melting pot of people
from many nationalities, making it ethnically diverse, and thus, is referred to as "the cultural, economic, and financial
capital of the Midwest" (according to Wikipedia).
Northwest Division High School was created in 1888 from what can be told, due to history we
have on the former Chicago Central High School. In 1882, Chicago Central closed its doors and three other high schools (North, West, and South Divisions) took all the students. After that took place, Northwest Division opened its doors at North Claremont
and Potomac and graduated it first class in 1892.
The school changed its name to Tuley High School (named for Murray Floyd
Tuley, who was an influential judge in Chicago during the 1850’s) in 1908. The school closed in 1974
when Roberto Clemente High School (now Roberto Clemente Community Academy) took its place to honor the baseball Hall of Famer
on Chicago's West Side.
Tuley High School historian Dan "Max" Maxime provided the following
historical information regarding Tuley High School:
"The school was established in 1888. The site for the beginning
first classes were on the third floor of the Columbus E.S.at Augusta &
Hoyne. The original faculty numbered three, with Franklin P. Fisk, the
Founder and first Principal
He served from 1888 - 1928, an amazing 40
The new building at 1313 N. Claremont, opened in 1891 and the
first graduating class was in 1892. The school name
changed in 1908. Judge Tuley died on December 25, 1905. The school name was changed to honor Judge
Tuley in 1908.
Rockne is Tuley's most "famous STUDENT" and not a graduate. He left school in
his senior year.
*Saul Bellow is Tuley's "most illustrious
Tuley High School had several years where senior classes held two graduations, one in January and one in
June. The last January graduating class was held in January of 1967.
FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO NORTHWEST DIVISION/TULEY HIGH SCHOOL
Year originally opened: 1888
Year name changed to Tuley: 1908
Year closed to become Clemente: 1974
School colors: Blue
School nickname: the
School song: "Alma
from the Commencement Exercises Booklet
Provided by SANDRA WILLIAMS
Hail to thee our Alma Mater, Our dear Tuley High,
have joined to sing your praises, now to do or die.
we now to thee our colors, which we've learned to love
Gold so brilliant as the sunshine, blue the sky above.
thee well, our hours are ending, may we prove to you
Don't you hear our voices bending, Good-by GOLD and BLUE
Raise your voices, lift them up, Loud the chorus swell,
Hail to thee our Alma Mater, Tuley loved so well!
ATHLETICS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
It is conceivable that Northwest Division was a member of the Cook County League and Tuley
continued that affiliation plus was involved in the Chicago Public League while it was in operation. Noted high school historian Robert
Pruter tells us that Northwest Division High School is also credited with being the first public high school
in Chicago to have a gymnasium. The school did not win any team titles in the Cook County League, and even though it
was a charter member of the Chicago Public League, it did not win any team titles thru 1939.
For certain, we know that track and cross-country were offered at Northwest Division, while
baseball and track were available at Tuley. It may have been possible that other sports such as football, basketball,
and wrestling were played at the school, but there are no win-loss records to prove that they were offered.
Whether or not the female students competed in athletics is unknown, but one would want to believe
that the school offered other activities to round out a student's experiences such as speech, debate, drama, band, chorus,
and dances. We would enjoy hearing from a Tuley grad or interested person that knew the school's history to contact us with
TRACK AND FIELD
Northwest Division was competitive on the cinder tracks around the state of Illinois, coming home
with a top-five finish at the state meet in 1901 and having several individuals bring back some medals for their efforts
at the finals in Champaign-Urbana (where they were held at the time), which includes the all-around talent displayed by Frederick
Speik. As Tuley, the school brought home medals in the shorter (or speed) events.
As Northwest Division
440-yd dash---3rd place
1899 Herbert Ahlswede
1900 Ernest Quantrall
High Jump---2nd place
FOR FOURTH IN STATE!!!
STATE FINAL STANDINGS
1 Chicago Englewood
3 Aurora West
Chicago Northwest Division 9
Ernest Quantrall High
Standing Broad Jump---3rd place
1907 John Devine 880-yd
1909 A.N. Sheriff 220-yd
1911 R.G. Solum 220-yd
R.G. Solum 440-yd
At the time of researching this page, we were made aware that the school (listed as Northwest Division)
did compete in this event, according to Robert Pruter. In November of 1907, Northwest Division along with McKinley, Medill, Crane, Austin, and Oak Park were involved in a meet on the west side of Chicago. Nothing
more has been found about Northwest Division's harriers.
Most famous alumni of Northwest Division High School:
Knute Rockne, famous coach of Notre Dame University football from 1918 to
1930, was a student of Northwest Division High School, Notre Dame, and a member of the College Football Hall of
Fame. A nice history of his life can be viewed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knute_Rockne .
Although there are no win-loss records to prove that the school did offer this sport on the IHSA
website (www.ihsa.org), we do know that a Tuley grad did make his way to the professional ranks. Mel Beckett was
a center that went on to letter at Indiana in 1950-51, then found himself in a starting role at the same position with
the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League from 1953-56. Beckett was an CFL all-star in 1956, but was killed
in a plane crash while returning home from the game at Vancouver in December of that year.
In his memory, Beckett's number 40 jersey was retired by the Roughriders, and a trophy that bears
his name along with that of another teammate who was killed in the same plane crash (Mario DeMarco) is awarded annually to
the top lineman in the CFL's Western Division.
Tuley enjoyed two spring seasons with a trip to the state tournament to take its place to represent
the Chicago Public Schools system as one of best in Illinois, prior to the two-class system. One of those seasons was
in the school's final year of operation before it changed its name to Clemente.
1958 17-8 Qualified for State Tourney Coach
Lost 11-4 to Des Plaines Maine
Township in quarterfinals
24-7 Qualified for State
Tourney Coach Rich Tomoleoni
Lost 4-1 to Northbrook Glenbrook North in quarterfinals
FAMOUS ALUMS OF NORTHWEST DIVISION/TULEY HIGH SCHOOL
notable professional basketball player with Chicago, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia from 1949 to 1961, doing so without going to college. He was discovered playing
semi-pro ball with independent teams after high school before he signed with Indianapolis.
Atteridge-- was a lyricist and librettist on Broadway, working for the Shuster Theater chain. More about his works
can be found here: http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/notable_writers/C5006 and http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F00715FE3F5E13738DDDAD0994DE405B848DF1D3.
--Saul Bellow— notable novelist, whose works were inspired by his growing
up in Chicago, the best known works
being The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Humboldt's Gift
--Sydney J. Harris—
Chicago Daily News columnist in the 1950s and 1960s.
--Allen Sherman – was born Allan Copelon, he became a nationally known comedian, especially after his hit, “Hello
Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!” became a huge sensation in 1963.
--Jule Styne – notable composer-songwriter of many standards, including "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Diamonds Are A Girl's
Best Friend," and "People."
--Mike Todd – motion picture producer and showman, was married to actress Elizabeth Taylor at the time of his death in a
1958 plane crash.
--Sam Wanamaker – worked as both a director and actor in motion pictures and television, and in theater, was most responsible
for building the Globe Theater in London.
**From Sandra Williams (Class of 1960):
"I am from the 1960 June Class of Tuley. I was looking for a picture of the school
and came across your site. I found many of your facts very interesting. I do remember
the baseball team going down state. It was a big deal then - we had a great team."
From Ruperto Aguirre (former student, attended fall of 1961)
"Is there someone
directly now with the old Tuley High School or now with Roberto Clemente (Academy) that can help me?
"Let me briefly
explain: When my father passed away on August 14th, 1961, my mother sent me to live with my brother in Chicago, and for four
months thereafter I was enrolled at Tuley H.S. on Western Avenue is all that I recall. Now I am 67 years of age and have never
forgotten the teachers that were kind and good to us.
"My parents had
14 children and I was the one that left home to live in shelter houses and hobo camps across the country. Once living on the
streets of Chicago, I belonged to a neighborhood youth group called "The Latin Counts" of 18th Street and would like
someday to see them or have contact with them again.
"I know some
of them might have gone to Tuley. But all that I know are there first names and they are: Louie, little Ray, and more importantly
was our leader "Sal," who I have featured in my Autobiography ("Midnight Confessions") and life's journey.
Besides that book, I've written various others but my memories of the city of Chicago and its great people have always
been close to my heart"
"My name that I used in Chicago was "Rusty" and I am trying to reach some
of those members of the "Latin Counts" that I briefly knew when I was in your city.
"At 17 years, I rode box cars throughout the United States
but I have never forgotten those memorable times I had as a youth in Chicago... please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and anxious to hear from you, Ruperto Aguirre."
From Nydia Esther Cruz Terracina (class of 1968):
"I graduated in 1968. My name then was Nydia Esther
Cruz. In the film/tv industry my name is NYDIA RODRIGUEZ TERRACINA. I married my high school sweet heart Vidal Rodriguez, who also
went to Tuley. He died in 1980 in a motorcycle accident. I then remarried Mr. Terracina - married 30 years!
"If you happen to look me up in the IMBD
movie site...all the features I have worked on are listed under that name. I
am not trying to toot my horn but I DO get a "kick" out of saying "from Humboldt Park, Tuley High to the
big screen!"...and reflecting that back then...I had NO idea where I would end up! I have the BEST memories from Tuley High School...I absolutely
loved it there! The teachers were so upright and fair in the
treatment of students.We were treated with such respect!
"I happened to look up your site because my daughter was telling me about her upcoming 10 year high
school reunion. I was telling her that our graduating class was large. I tried to looked it up on your
site and unfortunately I couldn't find the number. It was held at the "Armory" located
at the corners of Kedzie and North Anenue. Do you happen to know
the size of the 1968 graduating class? Thank you so much for your time and energy! With regards, Nydia. Go WILDCATS!"
**From Francisco Villarreal (Class of 1971):
"My Name is Francisco but the 1971 year book has me down as
Anthony, I graduated in 1971 I was on the basketball team in 1970 They call me (Hopper) because of how high I jumped that
name comes to me since Grammar School, a friend named Peter Estrada gave me that name and it stayed with
me till High School.
"I love that name and many people knew me by that name only.
Any way I just wanted to leave some Comment for you or who ever is reading this I LOVED TULEY HIGH SCHOOL some of my best
years of my life you can say are in my memories with Tuley I had lot's of friends, partied, had lots of girlfriends, and I
enjoyed going to school, never had any bills to pay or problems, never worried about what was going to happen to me or where
was my life going all I did was in joy life.
"Now, I have a family, bills to pay, a very responsible job
a carrier, problems in the world, wars, a no good President that we don't know where the country is going, the music is different
these day--it wasn't like the olden days when you can really here the music and enjoy it. What's this rap music now? That's
that all about I hate it. Stress every where am older now not sick thank god but I do have to take care of my self not like
when I was a teenager.
"So you see, this is why I miss my golden years at Tuley. Why
do we have to change? I'll never know why. Well, I am glad of my life right now because I have what I have because of
a good education from Tuley and I want to thank you for that, I'll see you who's ever reading this and I hope you have time
to reply on this short story of my and how I miss those Years. God Bless. Tony Villarreal (HOPPER)"
From Rita Hernandez (class of 1971, from June
"(I was) happy to read Tony (Hopper) Villarreal's story.
"I remember my English teacher Mrs. Liberian. She always
checked on me since I was a new student from Albuquerque. NM. Also my zero-period woodshed teacher.
"I enjoyed typing on the verityper.
I can't recall the other classmate who also typed. I see remembeclassmates. We typed for the school paper.
" I was very shy & homesick coming
to a big city was frightening. Sad to find out no one knows what happened to all the memorable. It will be 50 years (this year and) wish we could have a reunion.
back to Albuquerque, but my siblings still live in Illinois. Hope to hear from
**From Patricia Falbo (Class of 1963) tells
us this bit of Tuley HS information:
"I think our class was one of the last that had the split grades which were A and B. (A graduating senior was 4A while
those who just became seniors were 4B.)"
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