One hundred years ago in June 1917, Oak Park’s most famous native son, Ernest Hemingway, graduated from Oak Park High School (now Oak Park and River Forest High School). To celebrate, the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is marking this milestone by holding its annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 17, at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. Leading up to the event, Wednesday Journal will feature pivotal moments from Hemingway’s life each Wednesday, courtesy of the foundation.
“As an adolescent, Ernest had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of activities. He was fortunate to attend Oak Park High School, a large comprehensive high school that offered a variety of extracurricular activities. In addition to football, swimming, track and rifle club, Ernest participated in school plays, played the cello in the school orchestra and became a published author as a result of his participation in Trapeze, the school newspaper, and Tabula, the school’s literary magazine.” p. 15-20.
Nancy Sindelar, “Influencing Hemingway.” Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.