(CBS) — No Chicago Public Schools team has ever won the state football championship and this weekend Wendell Philips Academy is vying for the 4A title for the second straight year.
“It’s fantastic,” said principal Matt Sullivan. “We want to be the beacon, the shining beacon in the Bronzeville community.”READ MORE: 8-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot In Head In Little Village; Man Critically Wounded
Sullivan says just five years ago, the school had high dropout rates and low test scores.
“In 2010, Phillips High School was the worst school in Illinois,” said Sullivan.