Christian Liberty Academy Purchased Former Arlington High School Building AND Property After District 214 Closed School

Arlington High School Circle Drive


Recently one of our favorite news sources (Daily Herald) appeared to have published an important fact with an error regarding the host of a District 214 MSL Basketball event. Three MSL basketball games were held at Grace Gymnasium at Christian Liberty Academy, 502 West Euclid Avenue. The Elite Eight 1981-82 Arlington High School basketball team was also recognized at the event. The article announcing the event, published by the Daily Herald before the event, incorrectly reported that District 214 owns the property and Christian Liberty Academy is a tenant at the property at 502 West Euclid Avenue.

The district still owns the property at 502 Euclid in Arlington Heights, but Christian Liberty Academy is now the tenant. Christian Liberty opened a few years after Arlington closed in 1984 due to declining enrollment.

— Daily Herald MSL East teams eager for return to Grace

In fact, Christian Liberty Academy purchased the former Arlington High School building and the property from Township High School District 214 and opened their school about 18 months after Arlington High School was closed because of declining enrollment.

According to Christian Liberty Academy Pastor Calvin Lindstrom, Christian Liberty Academy owns both the former Arlington High School building and the property. Lindstrom added that Christian Liberty Academy opened 18 months after Arlington closed.

Currently it’s unknown whether a source misled the Daily Herald reporter, or whether there was some other misunderstanding.

Several Arlington High School graduates were concerned about the statement, and one attorney and inlaw of a former Village of Arlington Heights trustee even mentioned this past weekend that he thought he had heard several years ago that District 214 owned the property — the rumor apparently worthless hearsay.

Enrollees, supporters and potential enrollees of Christian Liberty Academy over the weekend discussed that it’s important to properly understand whether the school and foundation is owned on property that Christian Liberty Academy also owns.

Christian Liberty Academy owns the former Arlington High School building and the property. In 1985, it was widely reported that the school and property were purchased for $1.51 million.

Arlington High School Circle DriveChristian Liberty Academy (former Arlington High School) Circle Drive at 502 West Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights on Friday, February 9, 2018.

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