Loyola Academy

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Loyola Academy
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Women and Men for Others
Address
1100 Laramie Avenue
Wilmette, Illinois, 60091
USA
Information
School type private, parochial, secondary
Denomination Roman Catholic
Opened 1909
Authority Archdiocese of Chicago
Oversight Jesuits
CEEB Code 144403[1]
President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, S.J.[2]
Principal Dr. Kathryn Baal
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Maroon
     Gold[3]
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic League
Girls Catholic Athletic (GCAC)
Team name Ramblers[3]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [4]
Publication Menagerie Arts[5]
Newspaper 'The Prep[6]
Yearbook 'The Year'
Affiliation Jesuit Secondary Education Association
Website
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Loyola Academy is a private, co-educational college preparatory high school, located in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, it is a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association. It is also the largest Jesuit high school in America, with over 2,000 students from more than 80 different zip codes throughout the Chicago area.

History[edit]

Loyola Academy was founded as a Roman Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school for young men in 1909. The school was originally located in Rogers Park, Chicago, on the campus of Loyola University Chicago's Dumbach Hall; it moved to the current Wilmette campus in 1957. Both Loyola University and its prep school adjunct, Loyola Academy, grew out of St. Ignatius College Prep, a Roman Catholic, Jesuit college preparatory school in Chicago that was founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, with both university and preparatory programs for young men. While St. Ignatius transitioned to being solely a preparatory school while remaining in the same location, Loyola Academy and University were established in Rogers Park. All three institutions were named after the Basque intellectual and Spanish Army General, St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuits.

As a precondition to granting approval to move to the suburbs, the Archdiocese of Chicago required the Jesuits to stipulate that they would continue to serve the young Roman Catholic men of the city of Chicago. Consequently, Loyola Academy has had a significant representation of Chicago residents, of various financial means giving the school an economic diversity fairly unique in the Chicago area.

During the bulk of its history, Loyola Academy maintained the strict disciplinary and academic regimen seen in most exclusive American prep schools. Students were required to wear blazers and ties, maintain silence when moving between classes, attend weekly Mass on campus, address their teachers as either "sir" or "Father," and maintain a demeanor befitting the Jesuit educational ideal of "Men for others."

One of Loyola's "sister schools" was Regina Dominican High School, an all-girls Academy located less than a mile away in Wilmette. Beginning in 1970, small groups of select Regina students began commuting to Loyola to take selected advanced science and computer science classes, as these classes were unavailable on their campus at the time.

The Jesuit presence has not been as large as it used to be in the school's past, with some 40 priests teaching and working at the school in 1961, down to 11 out of roughly 200 staff members in 2007.[7]

In 1994, Loyola Academy merged with Saint Louise de Marillac High School, an all-girls high school from Northfield, Illinois and became a co-educational school. The President of Marillac was approached by Loyola to consider a co-ed option on the North Shore as requested by the Archdiocese. [1]. About that same time, Loyola added on to their existing building. In 2003, Loyola Academy opened a new 60-acre (240,000 m2) campus in Glenview, Illinois. The property, once part of the decommissioned Glenview Naval Air Station (NAS Glenview), was purchased by Loyola in 2001 and now houses several athletic fields for lacrosse, baseball, softball, and soccer, a cross country path, and a wetland preserve area that has been used as a natural laboratory for science classes.

While Loyola Academy is a Jesuit, Catholic school, it has always admitted non-Catholics seeking a Loyola education.

Academics[edit]

Loyola Academy offers a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum with over 110 courses in language arts, fine arts (dance, music, theater, visual arts, and architecture), foreign languages (Spanish, French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Ancient Greek), mathematics, physical education, science, social studies, and theology. (As it is a college-preparatory high school, it does not offer any true vocational courses.) The school has two competitive honors programs (the Dumbach Scholars and the Clavius Scholars), and a plethora of students enrolled in AP classes. Loyola also offers the O'Shaughnessy Program, which assists students who show the potential for success in college but may require smaller classes and extra help from teachers. Annually, about 99% of students are accepted by four-year universities.

The school fields a Certamen team, and 2005, six students received perfect scores on the National Latin Examination. Loyola is also very active in forensics, Scholastic Bowl, and Science Olympiad competitions.

Service[edit]

Loyola places a particularly strong emphasis on community service, encouraging their students to be "Women and Men for Others, Leaders in Service." During the summer, many students join service sites across the United States and around the world, and during the school year, Loyola's "Life! Be In It!" program allows students to in participate in Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity International, and various other community outreach programs. One of Loyola's stated objectives is that every graduate be "committed to doing justice," and thus it encourages students to contribute to their communities and learn more about the world around them. These service programs are complemented by a series of religious retreats. During a student's junior or senior year, he or she can choose to participate in the Kairos retreat.

Athletics[edit]

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Loyola Academy offers 16 women's sports and 17 men's sports. The Ramblers (borrowing their nickname from the teams at Loyola University). The school competes as a member of the CCL.

Prior to the IHSA Football Championships (1974), Loyola won the Prep Bowl in 1965, 1966 and 1969. Loyola won the state championship in football in 1993 and were runners-up in 1992.

In 2009, the women's softball program won their first IHSA state championship beating Edwardsville 2-0 in the championship game.

In 2009, the men's cross country team was ranked #1 in the nation for a week by Dyestat, was state runner-up, third at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional, and received an at-large bid to join York and Neuqua Valley at the national meet in December. They continued to earn fourth place at the Nike Cross Nationals meet, the best of any team in the midwest that year.[citation needed]

The men's lacrosse team won three straight championships from 2002 to 2004.[8]

In November 2011, the Loyola Academy football team lost to Bolingbrook in the class 8A Illinois State championship.

In August 2012, the Loyola Academy football team, along with Loyola students, faculty, families and alumni, traveled to Dublin, Ireland to participate in a football tournament. The Ramblers played a Jesuit high school powerhouse from Texas. In a thrilling game with a last minute field goal, the Ramblers fell to the Rangers 30-29.

In the Semifinals of the IHSA playoffs, a valiant comeback by the Ramblers fell short. They were upset 27-24 by Glenbard North, finishing the season with a record of 11-2.

In 2013, Loyola lost to Naperville Central, 13-10, in the 8A State Football Championship.

In 2014 Loyola defeated Fenwick 11-10 (OT) to capture the IHSA Boys Water Polo State Championship. The Ramblers were also State Champions in 1978.

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Politics and public service[edit]

Arts and letters[edit]

Business and technology[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • 1 Did not graduate from Loyola; transferred to North Shore Country Day School after sophomore year.
  • ² Did not graduate from Loyola; left after sophomore year to play in the minor leagues.
  • ³ Did not graduate from Loyola; transferred to Fossil Ridge High School in Texas after sophomore year.
  • 4 Did not graduate from Loyola; dropped out after a few semesters to take a job as a reporter.

References[edit]

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