Knute Rockne High School
Backstory and Context
Before its final naming of Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Northwest Division High School was home to Knute Rockne, the honorable head coach of the Notre Dame football team. Attending Northwest Division High School until 1905, he had an immense love for football since watching the University of Chicago football team but that was not the only sport he was involved in. Rockne also participated in boxing and track in high school. Being an undersized athlete at 110 lbs, he particularly enjoyed track because you didn't need to have the size to be good at track and held a record in pole vault. In this sport he would learn about competition which he would use in his coaching days.
Rockne was kicked out of school when he and his track teammates skipped school to practice. The news would get out and they would split the team up and disperse them to different schools. The school that Rockne was sent to did not have a track team and his father pulled him out of school and made him get a job. This would force him to leave behind the opportunity to graduate from high school and receive a high school diploma.
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