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Austin Seeks to Convince Students to Choose Local High Schools

Nov 19, 2014 • DNAinfo
"I know for a fact that a lot of students from the Austin community have gone to schools like Taft [High School at 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.], Catholic schools and ... Some are families fleeing Chicago for bordering states like Indiana or Iowa to find ... More

Taft High School's New Principal Is Mark Grishaber

Jun 13, 2014 • DNAinfo
NORWOOD PARK — The Taft High School Local School Council unanimously picked Mark Grishaber, an assistant principal at Whitney Young High School, to lead Taft High School for the next four years. Grishaber, who lives seven blocks from Taft, rushed ... More

Teen dies after hit by Metra train near Taft High School

Mar 7, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
Teen dies after hit by Metra train near Taft High School. March 07, 2014|By Mitch Smith | Tribune reporter. Rail workers stop traffic to allow a train to pass after a pedestrian was struck and killed by an earlier train. (Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune). More

New Taft Principal Mark Grishaber Gets to Work

Jun 19, 2014 • DNAinfo
NORWOOD PARK — Mark Grishaber may not officially start as Taft High School's new principal until July 1, but the former Whitney Young High School assistant principal has already taken the reins at the Far Northwest Side high school. His first order of ... More

'New Era' Begins at Taft With Completion of $17 Million Renovation

Aug 26, 2014 • DNAinfo
NORWOOD PARK — The completion of a $17 million renovation of Taft High School signals the start of a new era for the neighborhood high school, city and school leaders said Tuesday. ... Taft is the most crowded high school in Chicago. During the 2014 ... More

Taft Principal Finalists Field Pointed Questions from Selection Committee

Jun 10, 2014 • DNAinfo
NORWOOD PARK — All three finalists vying to become principal of Taft High School vowed at a forum Monday evening to make the Northwest Side school one of the city's best and to improve its less-than-stellar reputation. The three candidates to lead the ... More

Taft High Coach Nets 600 Career Wins In Typical Quiet Fashion

Apr 21, 2014 • DNAinfo
Pildes himself would touch on only a few details. He grew up in West Rogers Park and graduated from Sullivan High School and University of Illinois at Chicago. His parents and only brother are all dead. He does not have a wife or children. He is Jewish ... More

Taft Principal Suspends Dress Code After Barrage of Complaints

Aug 15, 2014 • DNAinfo
NORWOOD PARK — After being besieged with complaints about Taft High School's uniform dress code, Principal Mark Grishaber announced Thursday he would allow students to wear what they want during the first two weeks of class. Students — who have ... More

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