Building on Our History to Create a Culture of Excellence

Deneen School of Excellence opened in in 1954. The building originally contained 13 classrooms; 6 classrooms were added in 1959 and an additional 10 classrooms were added in 1963.

The building was renovated in 1995 and a new, fully accessible, main entrance, office, cafeteria, and additional classrooms were added.

Today, the building contains 33 classrooms and serves 550 students.

Deneen School of Excellence is named in honor of Charles S. Deneen (1863-1940) who was an Illinois Governor (1905-1913) and U.S. Senator (1925-1931). Deneen also served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1892. He had also been the lead prosecutor in Chicago’s infamous Adolph Luetgert murder trial.