History

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Walt Disney Magnet School is an eleven-acre site located on Chicago's lakefront. Much of the student body is bused from the many neighborhoods in the city. Thus, it reflects the racial, ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the city. It opened in the 1970's and was the first magnet school in the City of Chicago. Walt Disney Magnet School is an open spaced environment with a team teaching format. There are approximately 1600 students in Preschool through 8th grades. Disney is part of the Fine Arts Magnet School Cluster and delivers arts and technology integrated instruction.

 


Disney Dates in History

November 9, 1955:
The Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. "Today is; Anything Can Happen Day."

November 9, 2004: 
Diane Disney Miller (the daughter of Walt Disney) helps dedicate a $250,000 animation lab that her family helped fund at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, Illinois


In Memoriam

Diane Disney Miller was an elegant, soft spoken, remarkable woman who carried her family's legacy with grace. We were fortunate to have known her. She enriched the lives of the Disney family with her generosity and her undying support of our vision. May she rest in peace knowing that she brought so much to so many with her personal style and representation of her father's genius. We will miss you, Diane, but you will always be a part of what we do at Disney because you believed in us. And dreams do come true. ~ 11/13/2013


"It is a modest, two-story frame house, sitting on the corner of Tripp Avenue and Palmer Street in Chicago’s working class Hermosa neighborhood.

But the story behind this humble green-and-gray structure is what makes it special. Back in 1891, a young itinerant contractor named Elias Disney bought an empty lot at what is now 2156 N. Tripp Ave. for $700. His wife, Flora, then designed the house, which Elias built with his own hands.

In 1893, the Disneys and their two young children moved in, and they added to their family at the house. Roy was born soon after the family moved into the Tripp Avenue house in 1893. Then came Walter “Walt” Elias Disney, who was born in a second-floor bedroom at the house on Dec. 5, 1901..." read the story here...A Cinderella story for Walt Disney's childhood home