Maria High School (Chicago, Illinois)
|Maria High School|
|6727 South California Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60629
|Motto||Maria Women Make a Difference in the World.|
|Opened||1952 (current building)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC)|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Maria High School was a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Chicago, Illinois. It is located near Marquette Park and Holy Cross Hospital and is within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
St. Casimir Academy was established in the Marquette Park area of Chicago, Illinois, in 1911 by the Sisters of Saint Casimir. Due to increased demand, a bigger but adjacent school was built and opened in 1952 as Maria High School.
Casimira Kaupas, who would be the future Mother Maria (foundress of the order), was born on January 6, 1880, in Lithuania. At the age of 17 she went to Pennsylvania and worked as a housekeeper. She met Sisters of St. Casimir and became a teacher of religion. In 1907, the Sisters of St. Casimir purchased about ten acres of prairie at Marquette Road and Rockwell Avenue in Chicago. The sisters arranged everything for the construction of the school. Construction was completed in 1911. St. Casimir Academy opened with 21 students. Increased demand from prospective students led to the building of a modern high school, adjacent to the Academy, which opened in 1952 and was Named "Maria" for their foundress Mother Maria and the Blessed Mother. Maria High School officially opened on September 8, 1952. About 14,000 young women graduated from the school throughout its operation. “These young women live their lives according to Mother Maria's mantra: Always more, always better, always with love.”
Students at Maria High School were required to wear uniforms.
Holy Cross Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital was sponsored by the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1928. The hospital began providing quality health care. Holy Cross Hospital has been expanded throughout the years and has served many people in need. More than eighty years ago, the Sisters of St. Casimir built Holy Cross Hospital for one purpose; healing. By the time Holy Cross Hospital was built, there were many immigrated families, there were tough economic times, and there were not enough resources for health care. Mother Maria Kaupas and the Sisters of St. Casimir expanded the hospital, and it grew to care for others. To this day, the hospital treats many people who struggle at times to make ends meet. There mission stays true to Mother Maria’s commitment to treat all people with respect and love.
Conversion to a Charter School
Maria High School closed as a Catholic high school in 2013 because of financial challenges. The Sisters of St. Casimir raised $10 million between 2006 and 2011 but it was not enough to continue the operation. Sister M. Immacula Wendt said, “We really believe in the mission to educate young women.” The school now operates as a charter school renamed Catalyst-Maria; it opened in the fall of 2013. It will ultimately accommodate students in kindergarten through grade 12.
- School Website
- Reason for converting to charter school
- Closing of Maria High School
- Closing of Maria High School
- Maria becoming a Catalyst school
- Holy Cross Hospital
- Changes of Maria
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-07-28.[dead link]