English offered several sports for its students, such as track, swimming, softball, tennis, football, and boys'
basketball. It is possible that baseball was also offered. If anyone has information about this, please contact us at
the addresses listed below.
The school was competitive during the spring months around the turn of the 20th Century, bring three state championships
and as many top 10 team finishes at the state meet in Urbana-Champaign.
1896 TIED FOR 5TH IN STATE!!!
STATE FINAL STANDINGS
1 Rockford HS
2 Chicago Englewood 21
3 Chicago Hyde Park
4 DuQuoin HS
5 Peoria HS
Earle Fitch 440-yd
jump---STATE CHAMPION!!! (height 5'3")
Dennis Kelly Shotput---2nd place
1899 Tied for 10th in State
10 Chicago Lake
10 Chicago English
Louis Byrne 800-yd
walk---STATE CHAMPION!!! (time 3:30)
1901 Tied for 8th in State
STATE FINAL STANDINGS
1 Chicago Englewood
8 Chicago English
8 Dixon HS
8 Chicago Hyde
William Hogenson 220-yd dash---3rd place
Robert Andrews Hammer---STATE
CHAMPION!!! (distance 128"7")
English made some "waves" when it started to compete in 1898. That year, a annual swimming carnival was started that
year in the Chicago area as a English student won an 80-yard race, in what is considered the earliest-known prep swim meet
in the state of Illinois. The school also had a water polo team around the same time as prep swimming teams were in their
infancy, and joined the Interscholastic Water Polo League in 1901 along with Armour
, Oak Park, and Austin, among others.
The Cook County League, in which English was a member, offered this winter version of indoor baseball, using a softer
ball and thinner bats than the ones used in outdoor play. In 1895-96, English joined the league along with North Division
, South Division
, West Division
, South Chicago
, and Medill
for this sport. After the name change to Crane in 1905, that school (with the Halas brothers, Frank,
Walter, and George--yes, the founder of the Chicago Bears!) went on five titles in seven years between 1907 and
English did take to the courts with rackets in hand as early as 1894 when the school played against other schools
such as North Division, Lake View, Oak Park, Evanston, and Englewood, and West Division, all of which played in the Cook
County High School Lawn Tennis Association tournament that year.