CHICAGO (CBS) — The theater at Harold Ramis’ alma mater will be named in the late Chicago comedian and director’s honor later this month.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, on May 17, Nicholas Senn High School will rename its 80-seat theater for Ramis, a 1962 graduate. The school also will offer a free screening of “Groundhog Day,” one of his most acclaimed movies, starring fellow Chicago comedian Bill Murray.
Senn principal Susan Lofton said, after Ramis’ death in February, the idea for a tribute began small, then mushroomed.
“So many people reached out and said, ‘Hey, we know he was an alum, we want to be involved, we want to get involved,’” Lofton said.
Lofton said Ramis embodied the spirit of Senn.
“You find yourself. You become successful,” she said. “The things you do are important and affect the quality of life locally, globally. And, certainly, Harold Ramis exemplifies that.”
David Gregg, coordinator if Senn’s International Baccalaureate program, said Ramis returned to Senn 10 years ago for the now-discontinued Principal for a Day program.
“He liked being back in the building. He liked talking a little bit about his high school career,” he said.
Members of The Second City, where Ramis honed his comic genius, will attend the tribute, which is open to the public.