Frank Lollino Jr. Teaches Physical Education at Lane Technical Preparatory High School

Posted: November 14, 2015 in Sports

Lane Technical Preparatory High School became a college preparatory institution in the 1930’s. Lane Tech Prep is still housed at the campus which opened in 1934, with 30 acres of landscaped space for students. Lane Tech went coed in 1971, and today women make up over half of the Lane Tech Prep student body. Lane still emphasizes the technological aspects of a college education and now offers study to students from the seventh through the twelfth grades. The overwhelming majority of Lane students earn degrees in a variety of fields, including architecture, engineering, medicine, mathematics, science, journalism, accounting, music, art, and teaching. Frank Lollino Jr. was privileged to teach Physical Education at Lane Tech.

Frank Lollino Jr

Frank Lollino Jr

7000 students were enrolled at Lane Prep by 1930, and it was vastly overcrowded, leading to the decision to build a new Lane Tech. Upon opening day of the new campus, 9000 young men initiated the new school by walking from the Cubs Park to the doors. Such a population of students necessitated classes in shifts. Lane students provided four Red Cross ambulances, a B-17 Flying Fortress warplane and 3 million dollars in war bonds through there overwhelming efforts in war drives. The Red Scare in the 60’s and fears about the Space Race led Lane to close its admissions to only those which would make the greatest contributions to American science advances. Over 1500 boys protested at the Board of Education’s decision to admit girls in order to bolster enrollment in 1971. Despite fears to the contrary, the overall academic quality of the school improved after the coed decision was reached. The Lane Technical Preparatory High School of Frank Lollino Jr. still boasts the majority of athletic championships, has a college attendance rate of 85%, and records more Ph.D.’s as former graduates of Lane than any other high school in the United States.


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