Marist High School (Chicago, Illinois)
|Marist High School|
|4200 West 115th Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60655-4306
|Motto||Ignited By The Light ∙ Illuminating The Path ∙ Setting Hearts On Fire|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic, Marist Brothers|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Chicago|
|President||Br. Hank Hammer F.M.S|
|Athletics conference||East Suburban Catholic Conference|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Average ACT scores||26|
Marist High School is a coeducational, college preparatory Roman Catholic secondary school located in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The school was founded by and continues to be affiliated with the Marist Brothers.
The school opened on September 9, 1963 with 320 young men enrolled as the charter class. The school would be a male only institution until the 2002—03 school year, when girls were admitted for the first time. The full transition to a coeducational institution was completed in the 2005—06 academic year. Originally, the Christian Brothers of Ireland were asked to open another all-male high school on the land that was to eventually see Marist built, but with three area schools already under their purview, Leo Catholic High School, Brother Rice High School, and St. Laurence High School; the Christian Brothers declined, thus paving the way for the Marist Brothers to be asked to lead this new school for boys on the Southwest Side.
In the mid-1990s, the school community decided to begin a transition from its original mascot and nickname, "Redskins", to a less controversial one. "RedHawks" became the new mascot and nickname beginning in the 1997—98 school year. The change in nickname also caused several minor changes in student life, with an example being the change in name of the yearbook from Plainsman to The Lantern.
Starting in 2003, the school launched a multi-year fundraising campaign to advance needed upgrades to the school's physical structure, as well as to provide for the school's financial foundation. technology upgrades, and to continue financial assistance to students.
Like many Catholic high schools, students are required to take four years of coursework in Religious Studies. In their fourth year, students may opt out of traditional coursework and fulfill their graduation requirement through work in community service or in peer leadership. In community service, students are assigned to travel off campus to work at a hospital, a work community for adults with developmental disabilities, a grammar school, or other such environment. Peer leadership offers seniors the opportunity to work within a classroom aiding teachers and other students.
Seventeen different AP classes are offered in: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus (both AB and BC), Biology, Chemistry, Physics (C), U.S. History, European History, U.S. Government and Politics, Psychology, Computer Science (A), Art History, Studio Art, French Language and Spanish Language
Marist sponsors the following sports for both boys and girls, all of which are governed by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA): basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field, volleyball, and new to the 2011 school year, lacrosse. Boys compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Girls compete in poms, cheerleading, and softball.
Marist competes in the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC). Marist also competes in the largest school classes of the state series sponsored by the IHSA. Known more for academics than athletics, Marist has finished in the top four in several IHSA sponsored state championship series. Among them:
- Baseball: State Champions (1977–78); 3rd place (2000–01)
- Basketball (girls): 4th place (2007–08)
- Cross Country (boys): 3rd place (1996–97); 4th place (1982–83, 83–84)
- Football: 2nd place (1986–87, 2009–10)
- Softball: State Champions (2011–12)
- Volleyball (boys): State Champions (2001–02) & (2009–10); 4th place (1995–96)
- Volleyball (girls): 4th place (2011–12)
- Wrestling: State Champions (1982–83, 86–87); 2nd place (1996–97); 3rd place (1984–85, 88–89, 90–91)
- Hockey: 2nd Place (1992),(1994)
The varsity wrestling team won twenty-seven consecutive varsity conference titles dating from the 1980–81 season through the 2006–07 season. The school claims this to be an American high school record.
While not sanctioned by the IHSA, Marist won the Kennedy Cup, the oldest hockey prize in Illinois high school hockey, as a part of their Chicago Catholic Hockey League Championships in 1991,1994 and 1995.
Since its founding, Marist has enjoyed a natural rivalry with nearby all-male high school, Brother Rice. While not exclusive to football, the annual game between the two schools is often the most notable event in the rivalry. When Marist became a coeducational school, the local all-female high school in the neighborhood, Mother McAuley became a natural rival.
The Marist band, is somewhat unique in that it is not only an activity, but also an Honors academic class. The band functions as a marching band generally in the autumn (performing pregame, halftime, and postgame shows at home football games), and as a concert band for the remainder of the year (highlighted by Christmas and Spring Concerts). The general exception is their annual performance in the Chicago Columbus Day Parade, the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Chicago St. Patrick's Day parades.
The band is generally not a competition band, but has been successful enough to perform on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and to be the featured marching band to open the new Comiskey Park in 1991.
The Marist band has won numerous honors and awards, and has traveled across the country to perform in parades and shows such as the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Peach Bowl, the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade and many other events. This past year, the Marist marching band were grand national field show champions out of 10 bands at the 2011 Chick-fil-A bowl competition, with a score of 93 and a gold rating.
Marist is also known for its highly successful summer theatre program, Lantern Theatre, which incorporates current students, alumni, faculty, and other Marist members into its high quality musical productions and improvisation shows. 
- James Tyree, CEO and Chairman at Mesirow Financial, Class of 1975.
- Dan Donegan - Disturbed guitarist, Class of 1986.
- Tom Gorzelanny - Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, Class of 2000
- Patrick O'Malley - Former Illinois State Senator and gubernatorial candidate 2002
- Christian Picciolini, Emmy nominated television producer and director (JBTV), author, peace advocate (1988)
- Tim Pyznarski, Former MLB player (San Diego Padres)
- Bill Risley, Former MLB player (Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays)
- Robert A. Clifford, noted trial attorney, Class of 1967
- Chetan Kumar, Kannada cinema actor, Class of 2001
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Tuition information
- Marist vs. Brother Rice - Twenty Years of Tradition August 25, 1995 p. 27 by Chris Fusco Marist '90, et al.
- Course catalog
- Marist Athletic Records at IHSA.org
- ESCC Wrestling history; accessed 8 September 2008
- Kennedy Cup information at USAHockey.com
- Greve, Courtney (26 March 2006), "Turning in his baton: Original Marist music man ready to retire", Daily Southtown (Tinley Park, IL, USA): B1, B8, "Although the emphasis was never on competition ... the groups found consistent success under Manna's direction. The marching band, for example, was selected to perform when Jay Leno taped his show in Chicago, when the new White Sox ballpark opened, and at nearly every major college football game, including the Rose Bowl."
- Marist Band Information page
- Tom Gorzelany's information page at mlb.com