Irvin C. Mollison Elementary School is located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community. It is a neighborhood located on the South Side of the city of Chicago, Illinois. In the early 20th century, Bronzeville was known as the “Black Metropolis,” one of the nation’s most significant landmarks of African-American urban history. At one time, Bronzeville was a vibrant community inhabited by musicians, businessmen, politicians, entrepreneurs, and millionaires. Bronzeville boasted the first black owned and operated bank and insurance company. Many famous people were associated with the development of this area, including jazz and blues greats Louis Armstrong and Nat “King” Cole. Other noteworthy residents include, author Lorraine Hansberry, aviator Bessie Coleman, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Congressman William Dawson, and local publishing magnate, the late John H. Johnson. Some of Bronzeville’s luster diminished following World War II, which brought decades of economic disinvestment and social change. But by the mid 1990’s, signs of revitalization and interest emerged. Forty-Seventh Street was and remains the hub of the Bronzeville neighborhood and in recent years has started to regain some of the former glory of years gone by.
Irvin C. Mollison School is the Home of the Hawkeyes where we are “Learners Today….Leaders Tomorrow.” The school is named after the first African-American jurist appointed to the federal bench by late President Harry S Truman in 1948. Mollison sits in the heart of Bronzeville just four blocks north of historic 47th St’s, Harold Washington Cultural Center, and two doors west of Louis Armstrong’s Chicago home where he practiced “scat” with legendary jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald. Mollison faces the beautiful Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and is one block north of the oldest African American newspaper, the legendary Chicago Defender.
Currently, Mollison welcomes about 360 students and their families each day. Mollison has two half-day preschool programs, as well as, full day kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. We are proud to say that Mollison’s middle school is a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. We are also a World Language Academy, offering instruction in both English and Spanish. Mollison offers a full range of afterschool activities ranging from academic to extracurricular programs, a boys’ and girls’ basketball team, track and field, a student council, flag football, and a range of other activities. We also have partnerships with different national and community agencies, businesses, and individuals who are willing to lend their time and talent to support our students. At Mollison, we are proud to have an involved and supportive Local School Council and a host of parents that regularly volunteer to support the success of Mollison. Most importantly, however, Mollison School is filled with children who have dreams, and their dreams are filled with becoming future leaders and global citizens.