High Jump’s Impact Recognized by Two Partner Schools

The Latin School of Chicago’s Winter 2020 issue of Latin Magazine featured High Jump in the article “30 Years and Still Rising: High Jump’s Lasting Impact”. With a focus on select Latin School & High Jump alumni, the piece provides an overview of High Jump’s history and the diverse, surprising experiences that its alumni have had through the years. Of the over 2,000 students educated through High Jump, 141 have attended Latin. In fact, High Jump began in 1989 “as a joint venture between Latin and Parker, with Latin serving as the host school.” That first year, just 16 students were part of the program; today, more than 400 students are educated every year across three Chicago high school campuses. High Jump co-founder Eleanor Nicholson, a former upper school director at Latin, is thrilled with the progress and legacy of the program she helped create. “There are days that I just pinch myself. Who would have thought? It’s been a terrifically satisfying ride,” she says. For more about Latin/High Jump alumni’s perspectives on the program, read the full article.

Another partner school, The University of Chicago Laboratory High School, also featured High Jump in a recent publication. As a partner to High Jump for more than 25 years, the Lab School has helped prepare our students for “the rigorous classwork of Lab…[and] the social environment of a high school.” Many Lab School students are involved in the High Jump program, either as participants or volunteers; to read their insights about the program, check out the full article.

High Jump is just the beginning of a successful educational journey for many students. More than ever, we must continue to build equitable learning opportunities for Chicago’s middle school youth.

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