Maryville Academy

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The Maryville Academy is a Roman Catholic institution for the treatment of physically, sexually, and emotional abused children, located in Des Plaines, Illinois. Founded in 1883, it operated under the leadership of Father John P. Smyth, formerly an All-American basketball player at Notre Dame University, from 1970 until 2003, and it hosts the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2002-2003 the academy was adversely impacted by a resident's suicide, reports of physical and sexual assaults among residents and charges of poor accounting. The State of Illinois pulled residents from the facility until 2007.[1]

Pete Townshend became involved with the academy, and between 1997 and 2002, Townshend played five benefit shows for Maryville Academy, raising at least $1,600,000. His 1998 album A Benefit for Maryville Academy was made to support the activities of the academy.


  1. ^ Martin, Michelle (August 17, 2008). "Maryville Academy celebrates 125 years". Catholic New World. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 

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