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Wells Community Academy High School

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School type
Public Secondary

School district
Chicago Public Schools


Chicago Public Schools



CEEB code

+1 773-534-7010

Rituparna Raichoudhuri

1935 (current building)

936 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA

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William H. Wells Community Academy High School (commonly known as Wells High School) is public 4–year high school located in the West Town neighborhood on the Near Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Wells is a part of the Chicago Public Schools system. Wells serves grades 9 through 12. Wells is named after former superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools William Harvey Wells.


Wells serves a section of the Chicago Loop and parts of the Near North Side.


Wells was established in William Harvey Wells's honor approximately a year after his death in 1886. The current building opened in 1935 on the site of the original school with extra ground at the north. Originally, the city of Chicago planned for Wells to open as a junior high school in 1930; construction of the school was delayed.


In October 2013, Rituparna Raichoudhuri was named as principal of the school, succeeding Ernesto Matias. Raichoudhuri served as resident principal during the 2012–13 school year, and previously served in the office of performance management at Chicago Public Schools, and as a teacher in California.

Small schools

Wells is divided into 5 Smaller Learning Communities:

  • Freshmen Academy
  • Law & Public Safety Academy (LPSA)
  • Logistics Academy
  • Chicago Urban Teachers Academy
  • TeraU Program
  • Athletics

    Wells competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Wells sport teams are nicknamed Eagles. The boys' basketball team won the public league championship in 1936–37. The boys' soccer team were regional champions in 2008–09, and the girls' team were regional champions in 2011–12.

    Feeder patterns

    K-8 schools which feed into Wells include Andersen, Burr, Columbus, Chopin, Jenner, Lozano, Mitchell, Ogden K-8, Otis, Peabody, Pritzker, and Talcott.

    Notable alumni

  • Curtis Mayfield – R&B/funk singer, songwriter.
  • Jerry Butler – singer, politician.
  • Michael Rooker – Actor.
  • Ramsey Lewis – Musician.
  • Junior Fonseca F Kennedy Jr, Esq -- Citizen.
  • References

    Wells Community Academy High School Wikipedia

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