About Us

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Neighborhood - We are located in the West Loop Gate, about 4 blocks east of the United Center

Origin of School Name - We are named after Whitney Moore Young Jr. (1921-1971) a well known Civil Rights Leader.

Nickname -  Dolphins,  The name was voted on and chosen by the student body because the dolphin is an inteligent, graceful, and fast mascot.

Community Notes - We are 4 blocks west of Greek Town, 2 blocks North of Little Italy, 10 blocks North of the Pilsen neighborhood, 3 blocks west of the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago.

Famous Athletic Alumni - Katrina Adams (Tennis Pro, Current COB, CEO, and President of the USTA), Russell Maryland (NFL Pro), Arlene Limas (Ti-kwon-do Olympic Gold Medalist), Quentin Richardson (NBA Pro), Dominique Canty (WNBA), Jahlil Okafor (NBA Pro)

Famous Alumni Non-athletes - Andy and Lana (Larry) Wachowski (Writers and Directors of the "Matrix" Movie), John Tobias (Developed the video game "Mortal Combat"), Sharif Atkins (Actor - ER), Joan Higgenbothan (Astronaut), Adrian Dolan (Ballerina) and Tanya Pikins (Actress-Daytime TV).