Montini Catholic High School (Lombard, Illinois)
|Montini Catholic High School|
The Sign of Faith
|19W070 16th Street
Lombard, Illinois, 60148-4797
|Type||Private, Parochial, Co-educational|
|Patron saint(s)||St. John Baptist De La Salle|
|Authority||Diocese of Joliet|
|President||James F. Segredo|
|Average class size||20|
|Student to teacher ratio||14:1|
|Color(s)||Maroon, Gold and White|
|Athletics conference||Suburban Christian Conference|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Musings (literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||'The Bronco Rambler'|
|School fees||$475, Fr/Soph $575 Jr/Sr|
Montini Catholic High School (often shortened to Montini) is a prestigious co-educational, college preparatory, high school, run by the Christian Brothers in Lombard, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Illinois. The school was planned by the Christian Brothers in 1963. Pope Paul VI, whose name was Giovanni Battista Montini (John Baptist Montini), was elected to the Papacy that same year. He was a brilliant and deeply spiritual man. In his honor, the Christian Brothers named the school Montini Catholic High School. Construction of the buildings took place in 1965 and 1966. In September 1966, Montini Catholic High school opened its doors to 217 freshmen. The first commencement exercises were held on June 1, 1970. Since then, Montini Catholic has graduated more than 6,000 students, over 98% of whom have gone on to college.
John Baptist De La Salle, a French cleric, organized the Brothers of the Christian Schools (also known as the Christian Brothers) in France in 1682, an order dedicated solely to education. In the 300 plus years since then, the Christian Brothers have never lost sight of that singular mission, as the organization has grown to include secondary schools, colleges and universities in more than 80 countries.
Today at Montini Catholic High School, while the faculty and administration consist of primarily of lay men and women, the vision of De La Salle remains alive in an educational community, characterized by high standards of teaching, good relationships between teachers and students, high priority given to religious education and an overriding concern for the poor and social justice.
Montini Catholic High School is a Lasallian school which will provide the environment to achieve a quality Catholic, family-centered education for each of its students. This education will provide Montini Catholic students a foundation for lifelong learning. Each student is encouraged and expected to participate in a creative, holistic educational setting that will emphasize message, service and responsibility to community, church and family.
To this end Montini endeavors:
To educate students in the Catholic Faith
To provide an academic environment with a professional faculty and staff who encourage the pursuit of excellence
To provide opportunities for the development of individual abilities and talents
To provide co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which encourage life-long learning
To provide opportunities which appreciate and celebrate human diversity
To guide students in the practice of Christian social behavior
The mission of Montini Catholic High School is to present the message of salvation proclaimed by our Lord Jesus Christ. Montini is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, secondary school offering college preparatory and general secondary education to the young people of Chicago’s western suburbs. The Brothers of the Christian Schools sponsor and manage the school in association with lay men and women, religious and clergy. In accordance with the Christian Brothers’ presence, the following characteristic elements are given priority:
- Attention to the individual
- Special concern for the poor
- Commitment to excellence
- Creative education for a variety of ability levels
- Religious instruction and pastoral service
- Promotion of justice and peace
- Faith-filled and zealous teachers working in association
Montini has a religious purpose and an academic purpose. The religious is primary, as the religious nature of the school pervades the entire school community. Montini works to create a Catholic education community in which faith, culture and knowledge are integrated among teachers, students and parents in a spirit of cooperation.
Montini’s programs attempt to challenge and encourage the spiritual, intellectual, personal, cultural, social and physical development of each student.
Ultimately, Montini’s purpose is the development of the total person: an informed and committed Catholic; an active citizen of the community, country and world; and a physically healthy person.
The campus renovation initiative, begun in the fall of 2002, is called the Capital Campaign. It is divided into three phases addressing facility and campus improvements and growth to the school’s endowment fund. When completed, this Campaign will provide Montini students, as well as and faculty and staff, excellent, state-of-the-art instructional and extracurricular facilities and a strong endowment fund.
Phase I of the Capital Campaign, construction of the West Wing, was completed in 2003. The West Wing contains the 300 Corridor, which added 8 new classrooms to the school and the Field House which has 3 full basketball courts, 18 hoops with 3 partitions, and 2 batting cages.
Phase II of the Capital Campaign, demolition of Dominic Hall and construction of an Academic and Administrative Center, was completed in 2009. The new 32,000 square foot building consists of six new science laboratories, a technology driven learning resource center, guidance center, administrative center, and two student washrooms. Also at this time, the auditorium was remodeled and improvements were made to the sound, lighting, electrical, and audio visual systems. The cafeteria was also remodeled and improved upon with the construction of a new food serving area and a new storage area, along with the painting of a new student mural, the purchase of new cafeteria tables and chairs. New trophy cases and an audio visual system were installed. A new Campus Ministry Center was constructed. Additionally, the athletic corridor also experienced a major facelift with the construction of a new concession and storage facility, the installation of irrigation systems, scoreboards for all the athletic fields, and field grading and fencing improvements.
Phase III of the Capital Campaign is the last Phase. It was begun in the summer of 2010 and should be completed by the year 2016. It consists of six initiatives: construction of a New Music Wing and a Student Physical Fitness center, renovation of the Duffy Memorial Stadium, Cafeteria, and 22 classrooms, and improvements to the Baseball Field. The renovation of Duffy Memorial Stadium which consisted of adding lights, artificial turf, new viewing stands, a six-lane all-weather running surface, and a long jump pit, a triple jump pit, and pole vault pad was completed in the summer of 2011 in time for the fall sport playing schedule.
Montini Catholic High School provides a college preparatory curriculum as comprehensive and rigorous as any high school can offer. With annual ACT scores well above the national average, 98% of graduating seniors continue their education at the college of their choice. In recent years those choices have included some of America’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, such as Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan, Brown, Purdue, Marquette, Princeton, Yale, and many more.
All students take the ACT Exam. The top 25% of the class of 2011 earned an average ACT score of 29. Seventy-five percent of students earned an average ACT score of 25 and all exceeded the State and National Average at 23. Annually over 80% of Montini’s Advanced Placement (AP) students receive college credit. In the last seven years, the Montini Catholic High School Math Team has finished in the top 10 in the 2A Division Math Competition in the State of Illinois.
The faculty for the 2011-12 school year consists of 52 men and women whose average teaching experience is 17 years. Seventy-three percent have advance degrees with 37 having Master's Degrees and 5 having Ph.D.'s.
The school year is divided into two 18 week semesters. Mid-semester grades are issued at 9 weeks. The school day consists of 8 class periods of 48 minutes each.
The school won five state championships in football: 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The school has won ten state titles in wrestling: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The girls basketball team won the 2010, 2011, and 2012 state championships.
The school's dance team, The Broncettes, have won 2 consecutive state Pom titles.
- Scott Sobkowiak, Former MLB player (Atlanta Braves)
- Tim Fugger, NFL player (Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals)
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