Brother Rice High School (Chicago)

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Brother Rice High School (Chicago)
Brother Rice logo.png
Viriliter in Christo Jesu
Act Manfully in Christ Jesus
10001 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois, 60655-3356
United States
Coordinates 41°42′40″N 87°43′11″W / 41.7111°N 87.7197°W / 41.7111; -87.7197Coordinates: 41°42′40″N 87°43′11″W / 41.7111°N 87.7197°W / 41.7111; -87.7197
Type Private parochial boy's school
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1956
Authority Congregation of Christian Brothers of Ireland
Oversight Christian Brothers
President Kevin Burns
Principal James Antos
Teaching staff 79
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,029[1] (2014)
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Maroon and Orange          
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic League
Nickname Crusaders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Tuition US$10,450[3]

Brother Rice High School is a Catholic, college preparatory institution located in Chicago, Illinois, and is administered under the Congregation of Christian Brothers. On the same block of land, directly to the east, is the all-female Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, while Saint Xavier University is located just to the south of Mother McAuley, and to the southeast of Brother Rice. Its enrollment is mostly drawn from local neighborhoods such as Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, West Lawn, Morgan Park and Ashburn, as well as local suburban municipalities such as Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Palos Heights, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, and Alsip. The Christian Brothers of Ireland founded the school in 1956. Thus, the school's namesake is the founder of their religious order, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. It is affiliated with Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

School colors and seal[edit]

The official school colors are maroon and orange. The maroon was taken from the maroon and gold colors of Iona College founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and located in New Rochelle, New York. The orange is taken from the black and orange colors of Leo High School located in Chicago, Illinois and also opened by the Christian Brothers in 1926. The Brother Rice school seal has similar design features to the seal of Iona College from New Rochelle, New York.[4] For a picture and description of the seal click here: School Colors & Seal[dead link]


Academically, the school is a college preparatory school. The minimum graduation requirements for every student give them the qualifications to enter any state university in Illinois.[5]

Brother Rice has received several popular academic accolades over the past couple of years. For the fifth consecutive year, Brother Rice has been named on the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America Honor Roll.[6]

Graduation Requirements[edit]

Students are required to take four years of Theology. Freshman and sophomore students are required to complete ten hours of community service, while juniors and seniors are required to complete ten hours of community service per semester. Juniors and seniors are permitted to apply for a waiver for the semester requirement, and move all of their community service hours to one semester or the summer, if they receive approval to do so (generally if the student is involved in a large scale community service project).[7]

Honors/Advanced Placement Program[edit]

The school offers the following Advanced Placement courses: Spanish Language, French Language, U.S. History, European History, Music Theory, Chemistry, German Language, Economics, and U.S. Government.

The school also offers one of the AP Computer Science courses, but calls it AP Java without specifying whether the course is AP Computer Science 'A' or 'AB'. The school also lists an "Advanced Placement" Computer Science course using C++, though this has been discontinued by the College Board as an option in their AP program, which exclusively emphasizes Java.[8][9] The school lists a single AP course which prepares students to take both the AP English Language and AP English Literature tests. The AP Calculus class permits students the option to take either the 'AB' or 'BC' AP test.[7]

Currently a four-semester course, open to juniors and seniors, allows CCNA certification.[7]

Curriculum and Educational Support Committees[edit]

The Curriculum Committee and Educational Support Committee are enforced to serve as advisory boards to the principal on all matters relating to educational improvement, course offerings, course changes, and overall curriculum development. This school board is responsible for addressing any concerns of the faculty, staff, administration, and students in efforts of academic improvement. For additional information on Brother Rice's school board visit: Curriculum and Educational Support Committees[dead link]


Brother Rice competes in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the organization which governs most sports and competitive activities in the state. The team is nicknamed the Crusaders.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams in baseball, basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams in ice hockey and rugby. The Brother Rice rugby team has won nine state championships and one national championship since the teams formation.[10]

The following teams have won their respective state tournaments sponsored by the IHSA:[11]

  • Baseball: 1976
  • Football: 1981
  • Water Polo: 2003

Prior to the IHSA sponsoring water polo in 2002, Brother Rice won 13 state titles (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998).[12][13]

The Chicago Catholic League's ice hockey champion wins the Kennedy Cup, an award that has been contested since 1964; the oldest high school ice hockey prize in Illinois. Brother Rice has won this award five times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 2001).[14]

The Prep Bowl pits the Chicago Catholic League champion versus the Chicago Public League champion, in a football game played at Soldier Field. Brother Rice has appeared in eight Prep Bowls (1975, 1980, 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012), having won five, which is the 4th most of all-time.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-07-28. [dead link]
  3. ^ 2008-09 tuition[dead link]
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Graduation requirements[dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ a b c Course descriptions[dead link]
  8. ^ Overview of AP Computer Science A
  9. ^ Overview of AP Computer Science AB
  10. ^ Athletic teams sponsored[dead link]
  11. ^ IHSA record page for Brother Rice HS
  12. ^ IHSA boy's water polo chronology
  13. ^ Chicago Sun Times April 2, 2008 Memorable Crusades to Titles[dead link]
  14. ^ Kennedy Cup champions[dead link]
  15. ^ "Jim Adduci Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ Faingold, Scott, "REO Speedwagon rolls home: Central Illinois’ classic rock favorite sons perform here Feb. 25", Illinois Times, Thursday, February 18, 2010. " ... recalls Cronin, who graduated from Brother Rice High School in Chicago ..."
  17. ^ David Diehl stats & bio
  18. ^ Mark Donahue stats & bio at football
  19. ^ "Sweet Home Chicago: Michael Flatley". biographic sketch. Office of the Clerk of Cook County. 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2011. High School: Brother Rice High School, Chicago 
  20. ^ Phil Hicks stats & bio;; accessed 1 January 2009
  21. ^ "Rico Hill". Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ MLB draft picks from Brother Rice HS
  23. ^ interview[dead link]
  24. ^ Dougherty, Pete (16 June 2011). "Former Packers assistant Meyer added to 2 halls of fame". Bay Press Gazette. Retrieved 27 July 2011. Former Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator John Meyer was inducted into two halls of fame in Chicago this spring. Both inductions were for his athletic career at Brother Rice High School in Chicago. 
  25. ^ Johnson, K.C. (11 April 1999), "Versatile Olczyk Hopes Hawks Want Him Back", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 15 August 2011, Olczyk, who turns 33 on Aug. 16, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 when his one-year, $600,000 contract expires. He wants to return to his hometown Blackhawks. Management, with several restricted free agents to sign, has yet to determine if Olczyk is in its plans. The native of Palos Heights and Brother Rice graduate found himself in an identical position last summer, and he opened his free agency by calling General Manager Bob Murray 
  26. ^ Mt. Greenwood Anniversary (mentioning John Powers and Brother Rice)[dead link]
  27. ^ John C. Reilly (I) - Biography
  28. ^ Obituary for Jim Zulevic, with copy of Chicago Tribune article[dead link]

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