Von Steuben High School

Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
5039 N. Kimball Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60625
Coordinates 41°58′24″N 87°42′48″W / 41.9732°N 87.7132°W / 41.9732; -87.7132Coordinates: 41°58′24″N 87°42′48″W / 41.9732°N 87.7132°W / 41.9732; -87.7132

School type Public Secondary Magnet
Motto We are a professional learning community.
Opened 1928
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Pedro Rafael Alonso
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1611 (2013)[1]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)     Red
Team name Panthers
Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Newspaper The Panther Press
Yearbook Visions

Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center (formerly known as Von Steuben Metropolitan High) is a public 4-year magnet high school located in the North Park neighborhood on the northside of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is operated by Chicago Public Schools The school is named for military officer Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. Von Steuben was named an Outstanding American High School by US News and World Report in 1999 and mentioned in Newsweek's America's Best High Schools list in 2003. According to the US News and World Report in 2012, Von Steuben ranks at #49 at the state level and #1273 at the national level.


Von Steuben competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). In the 2002-2003 the men’s sophomore basketball team won the Chicago class AA city title. In 2005 and 2006 the men's varsity water polo team won the city title. In the 2011-2012 season the men's sophomore volleyball team were named city champions.[3]


  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Swimming
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Women's Tennis
  • Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country
  • Men's and Women's Golf[4]


  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Women's Bowling
  • Men’s Swimming
  • Wrestling
  • Cheerleading
  • Men's and Women's Indoor Track[5]


  • Men’s Baseball
  • Women’s Softball
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Men’s Volleyball
  • Men’s and Women’s Volleyball
  • Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
  • Men's and Women's Water Polo

Von placed 2nd out of 17 CPS schools in the 2011 CPS Debate Tournament.[6]

Notable Alumni

  • Rosalyn Bryant, 1976 Olympic silver medalist in the 4x400 meter relay.
  • Charlene Barshefsky, former United States Trade Representative
  • Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun Times National Washington DC Bureau Chief.
  • Howie Carl, basketball player, played for Rey Meyer at DePaul University and played pro basketball for the NBA's Chicago Packers
  • Albert Goldbarth, poet and author
  • Les Grobstein, sportscaster at WLS, WLUP, WSCR, WMVP Radio; play-by-play voice of UIC basketball and hockey, Northwestern University basketball, the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush, the Chicago Bruisers, the WNBA's Chicago Sky, and more
  • Ash-har Quraishi, broadcast journalist; formerly CNN's bureau chief in Islamabad.
  • Marv Rotblatt, former MLB player (Chicago White Sox)
  • Israel Sanchez, former MLB player (Kansas City Royals)


External links

  • www.vonsteuben.org
  • US News and World Report 1999 article

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