|Taft High School|
6530 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
|Motto||"Teaching Academics For Tomorrow."|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Royal blue |
|Song||Fly Like an Eagle|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Taft High School is a public 3-year high school located in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Taft serves communities on the far northwest side, specifically Norwood Park, Edison Park, Jefferson Park, Forest Glen and O'Hare. Taft is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district. The school is perhaps most famous as the high school attended by Jim Jacobs, the writer of Grease. Jacobs used Taft as an inspiration in writing the musical. Taft's NJROTC unit has won a Distinguished Unit award every year since 2001. Since 2014, Taft High School has been considered a "wall-to-wall" IB school as part of the International Baccalaureate foundation. Taft high school has offered the International Baccalaureate program since 2001.
Taft competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The boys baseball team were Public League champions in 1968, CPS quarter-finalists in 1985, and regional champions in 2009. The girls volleyball team were Public League champions in the 1979-80 season.
But none of that is enough to sway some alumni of Taft High School, Kath's alma mater, to induct the guitarist, who died in 1978, into the school's Hall of Fame ... Alumni honored in Taft's Hall of Fame include Jim Grabowski, who played for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers; Jerry Krause, former Chicago Bulls general manager; actress Donna Mills; Lynn Martin, a Cabinet member in the George H.W. Bush administration; and Jim Jacobs, who based his musical "Grease" on Taft High School.
Robert Philip Hanssen, a senior at Chicago's William Howard Taft High School in 1962, also saw the first James Bond movie that year.