Evanston Township High School’s Educational Foundation announced it has received a pledge of $250,000 in support of the reconstruction of two classrooms at ETHS for the new Algebra In Entrepreneurship program. The gift comes from David and Susan Milligan, ETHS graduates of the classes of 1958 and 1960.

Upon fulfillment of the gift, the suite will be named the Milligan Center for Entrepreneurship. “I am so impressed with the growth of the ETHS Educational Foundation in the past decade and so thankful for the many generous contributors who have made possible extraordinary opportunities for ETHS students,” said Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. “This substantial leadership gift from David and Susan Milligan demonstrates for us the impact our alumni can have in making sure students today and for years to come will continue to experience the ETHS advantage. By giving to the Foundation, our alumni and friends are making a meaningful difference and touching the future. We can all feel pride in being part of the remarkable Wildkit family.”

The classroom setting will replicate a contemporary business environment with furnishings for board meetings, white boards, technology and teaming tables to promote collaboration and teamwork.

This double-period, interdisciplinary course combines Algebra I content with entrepreneurship. Co-taught by Ross Freeland (Math) and Chris Manila (Career/Technical Education), every math concept will be directly applied back to business and provide students with a better understanding of both algebra and business principles. The course is designed to get students excited about becoming true entrepreneurs. They have the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service.

Evanston-area entrepreneurs and business experts are lining up to serve as coaches and mentors to guide student teams through an authentic business incubator “start-up” process and get them geared up for pitch week. In addition, students at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management will provide guidance throughout the year. “Think of it as ‘Shark Tank’ meets algebra,” explained Peter Bavis, ETHS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Milligan says “Sue and I are excited to fund this multi-use center which should help ETHS and its creative faculty continue their exploration of more fun and effective learning experiences to fit the needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.”