Crane students and parents were visibly enraged after school. After all, earlier that they they were given official written notification that their school was going to be closed. The CPS anounnced that Crane on the west side and Dyett on the south side are going to be closed. All current students will be allowed to finish their high school until graduation (including freshman). But starting next fall students that would have gone to Crane will instead be rerouted to Wells high school and freshman that would have gone to Dyett will go to Phillips.
According to CPS chief Jean Claude-Brizard:
“We know how difficult this is for some folks,” Brizard said. “But we all have to agree that we have to do what’s right for kids and this is the best solution.”
Brizard cites chronic poor academic performance as one of the main contributing factors to decide to close the schools.
From a sports perspective this is devastating for both schools. Dyett, was just awarded a sports facilities makeover by ESPN and things were looking up despite the turbulent times. Crane, is a school with a rich basketball history. They are always a contender in the tough Red-West conference. Crane has won 11 Public League basketball titles, with the most recent one coming in 2003 (That's right they finished ahead of Simeon and Whitney Young that year). Crane also has two current NBA players - Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies and Will Bynum of the Detroit Pistons.