Message from the Principal:
CHOOSE Neighborhood. CHOOSE Lake View. 


Welcome to Lake View High School! As the oldest high school in Illinois, we take pride in the traditions and history that echo loudly through our hallways. Building upon our rich past, today’s Lake View is a 21st century learning environment that provides students with a first-class education and prepares them for college, careers and whatever the future may bring.

Lake View’s creative and supportive environment fosters a sense of community, innovation and personal growth for current and future Wildcats. My personal experiences as a CPS student in a diverse, high-performing neighborhood high school, have shaped who I am today and drive me to challenge, prepare and inspire our students and staff.

As one of the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Initiative High Schools in CPS, learning at Lake View goes beyond the basics by fostering critical thinking and disciplinary literacy. Whether a student enrolls in Honors, AP or dual-credit courses competes on one of our 28 sports teams, or joins a club, our offerings appeal to the broad interests of our diverse student body.  By combining rigorous academics with robust extracurricular, cultural and social experiences, we strive to provide our students with a high school experience that promotes self-confidence, minimizes stress and maximizes their potential. 

For nearly 150 years, Lake View High School has set the standard as a premier neighborhood high school: proud of our past, committed to our present and poised for our future.  

The choice is yours.

Paul "PJ" Karafiol
Principal