The Bowen High School Alumni Association’s primary focus is providing scholarships to deserving graduating Bowen seniors. However, we also raise funds for other important Bowen projects. Please consider donating directly to these worthwhile efforts:
Restoration of the Alumni Association’s library of Bowen Arrow newspapers and Bowenite yearbooks
When a pipe burst in a Bowen storage area it damaged the collection of Bowen Arrows dating back to 1922. We are working toward restoring these irreplaceable classic publications and hope to digitize them so they can be made available to alumni.
Application to have Bowen High School entered on the National Register of Historic Places
Bowen qualifies for this honor for its historical and architectural significance. As one of the first high schools on the southeast side, it was an educational gateway for the children of immigrants, a place where first and second generation children received a high quality education that propelled their participation into American culture and expanded their prospects. Additionally, the 1910 structure is a mission style architectural gem designed by Dwight Perkins deserving of greater recognition.
The process for entry on the National Register is long and costly but Bowen is a strong contender for this honor, which will provide preservation incentives and instill pride in Bowen students and alumni.
Restoration/preservation of the Vicente Mendoza mural
Chicago artist Vicente Mendoza was a Class of 1968 Bowen alumnus. His 1975 mural in the former principal’s office depicts a steel mill blast furnace, cargo ships on the Calumet River, and the diverse citizens of the South Chicago community. The Alumni Association would like to restore and preserve this dynamic painting and make it more accessible to the community.
Please click on the Membership link below to contribute to these projects and to become a member of the Bowen High School Alumni Association. Thank you so much!