Students at Gordon Tech College Prep High School may see a big change in their educational experience in the coming weeks as the school appears poised to announce a new alliance with DePaul University.
It is not clear what form DePaul’s involvement with the Catholic high school at 3633 N. California Ave. will take, though there’s some indication it could amount to rebranding the school along the lines of Loyola Academy in Wilmette and the University of Chicago Lab School on Chicago’s South side.
DePaul spokesman Ed Lawler refused to confirm or deny those suggestions in an interview with Roscoe View Journal. Lawler would only say that the school expects to have a press release in mid-October describing the nature of the relationship.
Two years ago a group of Chicago Public School parents and administrators from Audubon Elementary School pushed to create a new charter high school in the Gordon Tech facilities, but that trial balloon was quickly popped by Gordon Tech’s principal Kelly Jones, who vowed at the time that, “Gordon Tech is a Catholic school. It’s got to remain Gordon Tech High School. Our school continues to grow. As far as we’re concerned it’s a Catholic preparatory school.”
Gordon Tech has been operated by the Resurrection Fathers and Brothers since 1952. In 1961, the school moved to its present location just across the Chicago River from CPS’ Lane Technical High School. At first an all-boys school, Gordon Tech began admitting girls in 2002. Even so, enrollment has dwindled from a high of about 2,000 students in the early 1980s to 515 this year.