Steinmetz College Prep High School has an 82-year tradition of serving the students of the Northwest side of Chicago. In the current era of competition from selective enrollment, charter, and private high schools, Steinmetz – home of the Silver Streaks – remains a neighborhood gem, the “Best in the West.”
For the Star, the most important Steinmetz graduate is Playboy editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, ’44, whose ongoing generosity has enabled us to print a full-sized, full-color monthly newspaper. He also provided cameras, computers, and other equipment essential for the production of the newspaper. His notes of support are regularly printed in our letters to the editor section of the newspaper.
When the high school was planned for the Northwest side of Chicago in the 1920’s, the largely German-American neighborhood influenced the Board of Education to name the school after scientist Charles P. Steinmetz.