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