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Olive-Harvey College began its service to residents of the South Side in the late 1950s with the opening of the Fenger and Southeast campuses of the City Colleges of Chicago. These two campuses were consolidated and renamed Olive-Harvey College in 1970. The college moved to nine buildings located at its present site at Woodlawn Avenue and 101st Street pending the construction of a new building. The college is named in honor of two Chicagoans who lost their lives in Vietnam while on duty with the United States armed forces: Milton Lee Olive, III, paratrooper, and Carmel Bernon Harvey, Jr., infantryman. Both were posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Milton Lee Olive, III
(1946 – 1965)
While participating in a Search and Destroy operation in the vicinity of Phu Coung on October 22, 1965, Private First Class Milton Lee Olive, III, without hesitation, saved the lives of fellow Soldiers by falling on a live grenade and absorbing the shock of the blast with his body. Olive was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Lyndon Johnson. He was the third United States service- man to be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam.
Carmel Bernon Harvey, Jr.
(1946 – 1967)
Specialist Four Carmel Bernon Harvey, Jr. was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon for exhibiting exceptional valor during combat in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. On June 21, 1967, a grenade which was clipped to Harvey’s belt became activated while he was defending a grounded helicopter. Unable to detach it and realizing imminent death, Harvey charged a communist machine gun position, enabling two wounded Americans to evacuate the endangered area.
The main campus of Olive-Harvey College was completed with the opening of a four-level building on a 67-acre campus at 101st Street and Woodlawn Avenue in 1981. The campus is conveniently located just off the Bishop Ford Expressway. Chicago Transit Authority buses stop directly in front of the main building. For students wishing to drive, large, well-lighted parking lots are available.
The college is the largest campus of any of the City Colleges providing an atmosphere conducive to personal, social, and academic growth and success. The main facility, including outdoor physical education fields and landscaping, was built at a cost of approximately $28.5 million. The building houses 35 special instructional areas and laboratories, 50 classrooms, a cafeteria, and Learning Resource Center, which houses the college’s largest open computer laboratory. Physical education facilities include an indoor swimming pool and gymnasium, weight and exercise room, softball diamond, and a soccer field, all located on a landscaped campus. Other facilities include a ChildDevelopment Laboratory Center which provides day-care services for children of students and for the community.
The college has 30 computing centers, including a state-of-the-art academic computing center, and a MacLab. Nine one-story buildings on the campus provide space and facilities for other programs, including technical programs and short-term skills training.
In 1988, the college completed construction of the South Chicago campus, which provides additional educational programs and services in the heart of South Chicago. Its classrooms, laboratories, and service offices provide educational opportunities to students in a location readily accessible to residents of South Chicago. Located at 3055 East 92nd Street, the South Chicago campus provides a variety of academic and vocational educational opportunities for adults, including short-term technical training programs. Students in these programs are encouraged to pursue additional opportunities by continuing in programs at Olive-Harvey College on the main campus.
The student body reflects diverse academic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. The college recognizes that education for this population of students has historically served as a means of improving their quality of life as well as providing access to participation in a larger society. Olive-Harvey College recognizes the aspirations and expectations of its students, the need for mastery of basic skills and knowledge, and the need for students to know themselves and the world in which they live. The college pledges itself and all of its resources to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and understanding requisite to effective participation and success in this rapidly changing and complex world.