FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL
Year opened: 1883
Year closed: 1904
School colors: unknown
School nickname: unknown
School song: unknown
Merged to become: University High School
Given that it was around the turn of the 20th Century, we do know that Manual did participate in track, baseball (both
indoor and outdoor), and golf, based on facts we found on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org
) or thru the University of Chicago link listed above in the History section. The school was a charter member of the Cook
County League from 1889-1903. It is possible that Manual could have participated in football and basketball,
as well as any girls' sports prior to its merger with South Side Academy.
Manual had a special year to remember on the cinder tracks of Illinois in 1903 with a top five finish at the state track
meet in Champaign. Led by Merrill Follensbee's second place finishes in two field events, the school finished in a six-way
tie for fifth place with a couple of other schools that have their own pages on this website, Minonk
, South Division
, and Henry
Prior to 1903, Willard Doud brought fame to the school's name by winning the one-mile walk event in 1896. The school
also won the Preparatory League's track championship in 1897.
1896 Willard Doud 1-mile
walk---STATE CHAMPION (time 7:50)
1897 Preparatory League Champions
1903 Tied for 5th in State!!!
High Jump---2nd place
Pole Vault---2nd place
Manual offered baseball as early as 1885 but did not play against any schools at the interscholastic level. However,
by 1890, the school fielded a team in the Cook County League with Harvard
, South Division
, and West Division
INDOOR BASEBALL (SOFTBALL)
In this version of wintertime baseball played indoors, Manual made history as it played in the first-known contest. On
November 21, 1891, Manual defeated West Division 20-8.
On the IHSA's website, the only item that showed that there was any semblance of such a sport was that historian Robert
Pruter stated that Manual faced Harvard in a match during the latter part of June 1900, but no result was ever found.