Lane Tech principal Chris Dignam announced his resignation. He has accepted the principal job at Deerfield High School. Dignam will finish out the school year as Lane's principal then move on to Deerfield in Fall 2015.
Dignam did a great job in raising academics at Lane. He increased the average ACT score for a Lane student to a high of 25.1 and has drastically increased by over 5 fold the number of AP exams taken at Lane.
However, on the sports side, his results have been a bit more mixed. Football - which has always been the pride of Lane has been middling the last few years. He decided to hire a new football coach last month. The boys basketball team has managed to stay above average in the Red North conference - the top conference in the north. The wrestling and swimming program seems to be losing some momentum after being a top programs in the CPS for decades. Soccer, cross country, and track both on the boys and girls side continued to be near the top in the CPS under Dignam's tenure.
I am happy that Dignam found what he feels is a better opportunity. His replacement will now have an opportunity to continue to build on what he did on the academic side for Lane and also hopefully put Lane in a better footing on the sports side. It will start with football - as many eyes will be on the football team.