Mount Carmel High School (Chicago)
|Mount Carmel High School|
Zelo Zelatus Sum Pro Domino Deo Exercituum
With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts
|6410 S. Dante Ave.
Chicago, Illinois, 60637
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Authority||Archdiocese of Chicago|
|President||Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm|
|Principal||Mr. John Stimler|
|Slogan||You came to Carmel as a boy. If you care to struggle and work at it, you will leave as a man.|
|Fight song||The Mount Carmel Fight Song|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Catholic League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Mount Carmel High School is an all boys, Catholic high school in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the school has been operated by the Carmelite order of priests and brothers since 1900. Several priests and brothers who teach at the school live in the nearby Saint Cyril Priory, though most of the staff consists of lay teachers.
Mount Carmel is nationally known for its athletics program, which includes one of the historically best football teams in the state of Illinois. Numerous alumni have gone on to careers in the National Football League such as Donovan McNabb and Simeon Rice, and three former head football coaches went on to notable college head coaching careers. Alumni have won all four major professional team sports championships in North America (Stanley Cup, World Series, Super Bowl, and NBA Championship).
Mount Carmel is occasionally confused with Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois, and Mount Carmel High School in Mount Carmel, Illinois. The former is also a Carmelite school, while the latter is the town of Mount Carmel's only public high school.
In the Fall of 1900, the Carmelite order established St. Cyril College at 54th and Jefferson (now Harper) on Chicago's South side. In the first year there were 13 students and five priest teachers. The following year the college was moved to 64th and Washington (now Blackstone) because of the need for a larger building and better access to public transportation. The St. Cyril College Building at 64th and Star (now Dante) was completed in 1902, and classes began with 137 students and 11 faculty members. The school was consecrated by Bishop Peter Muldoon on August 10, 1902; a delay caused by the death of Archbishop Patrick Feehan.
Upon opening the college had three departments: (1) Academic, which included both a junior high and a high school program; (2) College, a four-year program with emphasis on Greek and Latin; (3) Commercial, a three-year course.
In 1918, with young men being called to serve in World War I, the college curriculum was dropped while the high school department was enlarged and improved.
In December 1922, Father Elias Magennis, General of the Carmelite Order, and Archbishop Mundelein of Chicago agreed on the need for the immediate construction of a new St. Cyril High School Building. In the spring and summer of 1924, a three story main building was erected by the Thompson-Starrett Construction Company with Zachary Davis (the "Frank Lloyd Wright of Baseball") as the architect. William Lynch, a St. Cyril College graduate, was in charge of construction. Later that fall, the new building was dedicated as Mount Carmel High School.
During World War II, Mt. Carmel began preparing students for wartime employment or military service, offering courses in aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, and civil air regulations. Countless alumni from the Greatest Generation went on to serve in the United States Military.
In the 1960s and 70s, economic and sociological factors changed Mount Carmel's Woodlawn neighborhood- fewer Catholics were living in the immediate area and the school's enrollment dropped. Mount Carmel's close proximity to the Black P. Stones/El Rukn street gang may have also hurt their ability to attract students. Despite these conditions, improved bus routes permitted many students to continue reaching the school.
Thanks to the efforts of Father David Dillon and numerous other Mount Carmel faithful, the school emerged stronger than ever in the 1980s and 90s. The already storied athletic program rose to dominance, winning state championships in Basketball, Football, Hockey and Wrestling. Over the past two decades, the campus has been expanded to include modern facilities that support science, technology and continued athletic success. The combination of the school's rich history, generous alumni and popular staff has built a promising future for Mount Carmel.
The Mount Carmel campus is located at the intersection of East 64th Street and South Dante Avenue, near historic Jackson Park, Lake Michigan and the University of Chicago campus. The oldest surviving campus structures are the Carmelite Chapel and three-story main building from 1924 (see above photo).
In the 1950s, Mt. Carmel built a Student Center on the north side of the main building. Then in 1968, a grant from the Archdiocese of Chicago's "Project: Renew" permitted the construction of a learning center and library that connected the main building to the student center. The campus would grow again to include Carey Field on the south end of school property.
Thanks to the Capital Campaign Case Study, the Walter Scott School property was acquired- and in 1992, construction began on a new monastery for the Carmelites. The Graham Center was then constructed on the site of the old Carmelite Monastery. Although the old Priory was demolished to make room for the science and computer center, the original Chapel was saved and given a facelift. In 1999, the Scott School property was used to build Haggerty Field for soccer and baseball. The campus again expanded in 2005 by adding the Mt. Carmel Convocation Center on the site of the old student parking lot. This addition is home to offices and meeting areas for alumni and faculty, a student center/dining hall, new computer and science labs, and the Cacciatore Athletic Center. The athletic center features three gyms, an indoor track, locker rooms and a modern weight room. A new student parking lot was built on the north end of the campus.
Ongoing maintenance to existing facilities have included renovations to the original pool and Carey Field, which was converted to a multipurpose Sprint Turf playing surface. The 'Old Gym' is still maintained to host athletic competition, including the school's annual Fight Night boxing event. The school has future plans to renovate the main building, while also adding a new library, technology center, auditorium & performing arts center.
Academic excellence is the trademark of Mt. Carmel High School. Mount Carmel has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon and National Exemplary School, and offers four comprehensive programs of study to serve the needs of all college bound students:
The Honors/Advanced Placement Program The Honors Program challenges students to maximize their potential by placing them in accelerated courses, and enriches their experience through Advanced Placement courses in Literature, American, European and World History, Physics, Calculus and Foreign Languages.
Excel Program The Excel Program is for accelerated and above average students who wish to pursue a challenging curriculum which will prepare them for the nation’s top colleges and universities.
Foundations Program The Foundations Program is for students with average test scores who have demonstrated a strong academic work ethic and desire to attend a four-year collegiate program.
McDermott-Doyle Program The McDermott-Doyle program meets the needs of young men with specific learning disabilities who seek a college education but require accommodations to achieve their goals.
*Renewable tuition reductions, or academic scholarships, are available to incoming freshmen based on their performance on the entrance exam.
Mount Carmel competes in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL). The school's forerunner, St. Cyril, was one of the eight founding members of the league in 1912, and Mount Carmel is one of five remaining charter members. Mount Carmel is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and teams are stylized as the Caravan.
Mount Carmel sponsors interscholastic athletic teams in: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors ice hockey and rugby.
The following teams have won their respective state championship tournament or meet:
- Baseball (IHSA 4A): 2012-13
- Basketball (IHSA AA): 1984–85
- Football (IHSA, multiple classes): 1980–81, 88–89, 89–90, 90–91, 91–92, 96–97, 98–99, 99–2000, 00–01, 02–03, 12-13, 13-14
- Ice Hockey (AHAI) : 1979, 86, 87, 88, 90 
- Wrestling (IHSA AA): 1991–92, 92–93, 93–94
- Water Polo (Illinois Water Polo): 1975
The 12 state football championships are the second highest total in Illinois history, trailing only Joliet Catholic. The football team is also second in all-time in wins amongst Illinois schools, trailing only East St. Louis.
The football team has won a record 13 Chicago Prep Bowl Championships in 1927, 1933, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1960, 1967, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1993, 2001 and 2011. The 1932 Prep Bowl was not played when the Public League champion refused to play; Mount Carmel claims this as a forfeit championship. The school also claims a Prep Bowl championship in 1939, though the game ended in a tie.
The Ice Hockey Club has amassed a Catholic League record 20 Kennedy Cup awards (1965,'73,'74,'77,'78,'79,'80,'81,'82,'85,'86,'87,'88,'89,'90,'93,'97,'98,'99, and 2000) 
In 1916, St. Cyril's and Hyde Park High School competed in the first ever dual boxing meet between Cook County schools. The tradition of boxing at Mt. Carmel continues to present day at the annual Fight Night in Spring.
In 1995, Mt. Carmel's wrestling team was in contention for its fourth consecutive state championship. After winning its regional tournament, the IHSA disqualified the team from further participation, claiming the team had violated the cap on tournament participation. Mt. Carmel filed suit in court, and a Cook County judge determined that the IHSA was following its rules arbitrarily, and ordered the Association to restore Mt. Carmel to the state tournament. An hour after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on an IHSA appeal, and sided with Mt. Carmel, the IHSA suspended the dual team state tournament. The IHSA attempted to appeal to the original judge. When that failed, the tournament was cancelled.
At least three former students have competed in the Olympic Games (Chris Chelios in Ice Hockey, Eric Pappas in Baseball, and Joe Williams in Wrestling).
Arts, Sciences and Letters
- James T. Farrell was an author of over 40 published works, including the Studs Lonigan trilogy.
- Jacob "Jake" Matijevic (1947–2012) led the NASA engineering team for the Mars Exploration Rovers (including the "Spirit", "Opportunity" and "Curiosity" rovers) and has several landmarks (including "Matijevic Hill" and "Jake Matijevic rock") named for him on the planet Mars.
- Richard Anthony Parker was an Egyptologist who studied the mortuary temple of Ramses III, founded the Brown University Department of Egyptology and was selected as a Corresponding Fellow at the British Academy.
- Elmer Angsman was an NFL running back (1946–52), playing his entire career for the Chicago Cardinals. Angsman holds the NFL postseason record for yards per carry (15.9), set in the 1947 NFL title game.
- Chris Calloway is a former NFL wide receiver (1990–2000), playing most of his career with the New York Giants.
- Cesar Carrillo is a former Major League Baseball pitcher from the San Diego Padres.
- Chris Chelios is a former NHL defenseman (1983–2009) who won 4 Stanley cups. He also played on four Olympic and two World Cup teams for the United States.
- Frank Cornish was an NFL offensive lineman (1990–95). He played for the World Champion Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII.
- Matt Cushing is a former NFL tight end (1999–2005), playing his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Ziggy Czarobski was a defensive tackle with the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football Conference (1948–49). He played for the University of Notre Dame in 1942, 46, and 47 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
- Count Dante (John Timothy Keehan) was a martial arts champion and teacher.
- Steve Edwards is a former NFL offensive guard (2002–07).
- Tony Furjanic is a former NFL linebacker (1986–88), playing most of his career with the Buffalo Bills.
- Darrell Hill is a former NFL wide receiver (2002–04), playing his entire career for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Ross LaBauex is a professional soccer player for the Colorado Rapids of the MLS.
- Frank Lenti owns the record for most head coaching football wins in IHSA history (in state, and at one school). He also owns the coaching record for most state title game appearances (16) and wins (11).
- Jordan Lynch was a 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist  and NCAA record-breaking quarterback for the Northern Illinois Huskies.
- Mel McCants, former NBA forward for the Los Angeles Lakers (1989–90).
- Denny McLain is a former Major League Baseball pitcher (1963–72), playing most of his career with the Detroit Tigers. He was a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and won the AL MVP award in 1968. He was the last Major League pitcher to win 30 games in a season.
- Donovan McNabb is an NFL Network analyst who was the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. As a player he was named to five NFL Pro Bowls.
- Erik Pappas is a former Major League Baseball catcher (1991–94), playing major league games for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. He was also a member of the 2004 Greek baseball team which participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
- Simeon Rice is a former NFL defensive end (1996–2007). He was the third overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, and was a member of the Super Bowl XXXVII Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Craig Robinson was the head men's basketball coach at Brown University and Oregon State University. He is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.
- Jack Stephens, former NBA player for the St. Louis Hawks (1955–56).
- Ed Stewart, All-American football player.
- Nate Turner is a former NFL running back (1993–95), playing most of his career with the Buffalo Bills.
- Antoine Walker is a former NBA forward (1996–2008). He was a member of the 1996 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats and the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat.
- Lloyd Walton is a former NBA guard (1977–81), playing most of his career with the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Joe Williams was a 4-time IHSA state champion wrestler. He also became a 3-time NCAA Champion, 6 time U.S. National Champion, and finished fifth at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
- Richard Kiley was a two-time Tony Award and three time Emmy Award winning actor of stage, film, and television. He originated the role of Don Quixote/Miguel de Cervantes in the Broadway premiere of Man of La Mancha.
- Todd Looby is a film producer and editor, known for Lefty (2009), Son of None (2011), Lollywood (2012) and Be Good (2012).
- Tim O'Connor is an actor, best known for his work on television (Elliot Carson on Peyton Place, Dr. Huer on Buck Rogers in the 25th century).
- Daniel Sunjata (Dan Condon) is a Tony Award-nominated actor (Take Me Out) who stars in the television series Graceland. Sunjata has also played significant television roles in Rescue Me, 30 Rock and Grey's Anatomy. His film credits include The Devil Wears Prada and The Dark Knight Rises.
Politics and Public Service
- William Cunningham (1985) is an Illinois State Senator (18th District).
- Tom Dart is the current Sheriff of Cook County (2006–present).
- Edward Derwinski was a United States Representative for Illinois' 4th congressional district (1959–83). He served as the first U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hold cabinet level status (1989–92), doing so under United States President George H. W. Bush.
- Dan Duffy (1984) is an Illinois State Senator.
- John J. Hennessey (August 20, 1921 – March 20, 2001) was a United States Army Four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, United States Readiness Command (USCINCRED) from 1974 to 1979.
- John Pope is the current alderman of Chicago's 10th Ward.
- Matthew O'Shea is the current Alderman of Chicago's 19th Ward.
- Edward Vrdolyak is a former Chicago Alderman and was President of the Chicago City Council (1977–1983).
- Terry Brennan was the school's head football coach (1949–53). He later served as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame (1954–58).
- Wally Fromhart was the school's head football coach (1937–43, 46). He was later coach at the University of Detroit (1954–58).
- John Jordan was the school's basketball coach. He later head coach at the University of Notre Dame (1951–64).
- Ray Lemek was an assistant football coach for one year between starring for the University of Notre Dame and being drafted in the 1956 NFL Draft. He was an All-Pro NFL offensive lineman (1957–65).
- Frank Maloney was the school's head football coach (1963–68). He later was the head football coach at Syracuse University (1974–80).
- Bill Weick is the school's former wrestling coach (1985–2003). He was an accomplished national and international wrestler who also served as a coach for Team USA at several international competitions, including several Olympic games.
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- "Dedicate a Catholic School: Carmelite Fathers Open St. Cyril's College, Bishop Muldoon Making the Address". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 11, 1902. p. 14. "The institution was founded two years ago ... A building on Jefferson avenue was first used ..."
- "St. Cyril's College Building". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 11, 1901. p. 38. "St. Cyril's College ... is to be built at 6413 Starr avenue ... The work of excavation is now in progress."
- "St. Cyril's to be dedicated: Catholic College will be formally consecrated on Sunday, Aug. 10, Bishop Muldoon officiating". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 8, 1902. p. 13. "The dedication of St. Cyril's college ... which was postponed on account of the death of Archbishop Feehan ..."
- "Cardinal sees U.S. Wonders - Vannutelli Says Boasts of Americans Not Exaggerated: Praises Chicago Schools". Chicago Daily Tribune. September 27, 1910. p. 5. "(The Cardinal and his) party took luncheon at St. Cyril's college, Starr avenue and East Sixty-fourth street"
- "St. Cyril's Carmelite School". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 12, 1923. pp. A12. "Architect Zachary T. Davis has drawn plans for St. Cyril's Carmelite school, to be erected on the north side of 64th street, between Dante and Blackstone avenues ... work will start next month and the building will be completed in time for the opening of school in 1924."
- "Aviation Course on Curriculum of Mt. Carmel: Study Recommended by Air Corps". Chicago DAily Tribune. August 9, 1942. pp. s3.
- Colander, Patricia (May 12, 1974). "Commuters solve problems at Mt. Carmel". Chicago Tribune. p. 35. "Mt. Carmel ... in recent years the community which supported the school has changed from white and Catholic to black and Protestant ... The practice of busing students into the city ... is a key factor in Mt. Carmel's fight for survival."
- "Mt. Carmel High Gets Grant". Chicago Tribune. July 9, 1968. pp. a6.
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- Blue Ribbon Schools 1982-2002.
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- Smith, Wilfrid (December 4, 1927). "Mount Carmel wins City Prep grid Title: Schurz eleven fights gamely but loses, 6-0 - 50, 000 watch teams play in cold". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. A1.
- "Mount Carmel beats Harrison for Title, 7 TO 0 :Kemmerling Plunges Over in Fourth Quarter". Chicago Daily Tribune. December 10, 1933. pp. b4.
- Doherty, Robert (December 3, 1950). "Lane Indians Find Caravan Much Too Strong for Ambush". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. b5.
- Leo, Ralph (December 2, 1951). "Mount Carmel Wins All-City Prep Crown: Still Champs He's Loose, but so's the Football! Mount Carmel beats Lindblom for City Crown". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. a1. "... enabled Mount Carmel ... to retain its all-Chicago high schoo football championship ... on a 19-6 victory over Lindbloom ..."
- Le Donne, Jerry (November 30, 1952). "Mt. Carmel Routs Austin, 27-14, for City Prep Title: Captures 3d in Row; Pinn Scores Twice". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. a1.
- "71,178 See Mt. Carmel' beat Taft, 27-8: Caravan rolls to Fifth All-City Championship Tough Line Holds Eagles to 68 Yds. Rushing 71,178 Watch Mt. Carmel Beat Tulft for Title, 27-8". Chicago Daily Tribune. December 4, 1960. pp. a1.
- Leo, Ralph (December 3, 1967). "'Little Sugar' A Sweet Sight to Mt. Carmel: Zuccarelli Standout in Prep Bowl". Chicago Tribune. pp. b10. "Mount Carmel's 37 to 0 victory over Dunbar in the Prep bowl game yesterday in Soldiers' field ... before a wet but enthusiastic crowd of 58,354 Public and Catholic league football fans ..."
- Shnay, Jerry (December 6, 1981). "Mt. Carmel survives Robeson in Prep Bowl". Chicago Tribune. pp. c9. "Robeson used boldness and bravery, but Mt. Carmel relied on discretion ... to capture Saturday's Prep Bowl in icy Soldier Field. Some 3,000 fans braved falling temperatures ..."
- Shnay, Jerry (December 4, 1983). "High school football :Mt. Carmel QB winds up a winner". Chicago Tribune. pp. e9. "Pappas, the Mt. Carmel quarterback ... powered the Catholic League representative to a 28-6 victory over Simeon in the 51st annual Prep Bowl at Soldier Field before just 2,423."
- Tierney, Tim (December 1, 1985). "Mt. Carmel upends Lane in Prep Bowl". Chicago Tribune. pp. c10. "Mt. Carmel scored two touchdowns in the third quarter Saturday at Soldier Field to earn a 19-14 come-from-behind victory overLane Tech in the Prep Bowl"
- Burns, Marty (November 27, 1993). "Mt. Carmel makes Redemption look easy". Chicago Tribune. p. 8. "A crowd of only 1,244 was announced Friday as showing up to watch the 60th annual Prep Bowl at frigid Soldier Field ... The Mt. Carmel players were out to prove something to themselves, and they did with a 34-14 victory over Bogan. Donovan McNabb threw two touchdown passes"
- Duncan, Sean (November 24, 2001). "Another winning pose for Lentis ; This time, Jr. gets into action". Chicago Tribune. p. 10. "Only this time, Frank Lenti Jr. was in uniform, holding the Prep Bowl trophy and smiling with his father, who guided Mt. Carmel to a 50-0 throttling of Public League champion Morgan Park, the most lopsided victory in the 68 years of the game."
- city championships
- Burns, Edward (December 3, 1939). "Navy Wins: Mt. Carmel ties Fenger, 13-13 :2 Touchdowns in 4th Period even up score 75,000 Watch Prep Champions Play. Charity Wins Mount Carmel Gets 13-13 Tie with Fenger". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. b1.
- "First Game for De Paul Five". Chicago Daily Tribune. January 5, 1908. pp. C2. "De Paul university will open its basketball season Tuesday night when the ... team meets ... St. Cyril's college. This is the first representative team De Paul has put in the field and prospects are bright."
- Eckersall, Walter H. (March 28, 1916). "Hyde Park Boxers thump St. Cyrils in First Prep Meet". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 15. "For the first time in the history of athletics in Cook county high schools or academies a dual boxing and wrestling tourney was held yesterday."
- Johnson, K.C.; Hanley, Reaid; Johnson, Scott (February 5, 1995). "IHSA ruling pins Mt. Carmel's hopes Caravan disqualified from State Meet for too many invitationals!". Chicago Tribune. p. 16. "On Friday, the Illinois High School Athletic Association disqualified Mt. Carmel, ranked third nationally by USA Today, from advancing in the dual-meet state series, maintaining it had wrestled in five invitationals this season-one over the allowable number ... Mt. Carmel won nine weight classes and qualified 13 wrestlers at Saturday's Marist regional ..."
- Fegelman, Andrew; Johnson, K.C. (February 17, 1995). "Judge favors Mt. Carmel; IHSA will Appeal". Chicago Tribune. p. 10. "Mt. Carmel ... was allowed to pursue a fourth straight Class AA wrestling title when a Cook County judge ordered the school into the already-delayed Marist dual regional tournament ... Circuit Judge Margaret McBride ... overturned the decision earlier this month by the IHSA, ruling that the association was interpreting its rules "arbitrarily.""
- Hanley, Reid; Fegelman, Andrew (February 22, 1995). "IHSA puts wrestlers on hold Dual-Meet Tourney suspended after Supreme Court backs Mt. Carmel". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. "The announcement that the tournament was being suspended came only an hour after the Illinois Supreme Court terminated the IHSA's legal battle with Mt. Carmel and handed the IHSA a rare legal setback."
- Temkin, Barry (February 26, 1995). "As IHSA grapples for answers, all wrestlers lose". Chicago Tribune. p. 16. "Friday, IHSA officials still were assembling information they hope will win them a rehearing before the Cook County judge who earlier had ruled the IHSA had acted arbitrarily in booting Mt. Carmel from the tournament. If that fails, the IHSA Board of Directors will have to decide whether to proceed with the tournament with Mt. Carmel in it."
- Hanley, reid (February 28, 1995). "IHSA cancels Class AA wrestling tournament". Chicago Tribune. p. 43.
- Sunjata, Daniel (April 18, 2007). "Lessons transcend athletics". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
- Martin, Michelle (May 9, 2004). "Catholics weave together the fabric of Chicago". The Catholic New World (Chicago, IL, USA: Archdiocese of Chicago). Retrieved October 12, 2009. "Even someone like James T. Farrell, it was his eighth grade teacher who suggested that he might want to be a writer, that he had this gift. It was nurtured by the Carmelites at Mount Carmel ..."
- Rowley, Storet (August 23, 1979). "Writer James T. Farrell dies at 75: Writer James T. Farrell dies at 75". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. "A good athlete, Farrell won many varsity awards at St. Cyril High School here, forerunner of Mt. Carmel ..."
- NASA Staff (September 28, 2012). "Mars Rover Opportunity Working at 'Matijevic Hill'". NASA. Retrieved October 12, 2012. "The team chose to refer to this important site as Matijevic Hill in honor of Jacob Matijevic (1947-2012), who led the engineering team for the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity for several years before and after their landings ..."
- MCSH Staff (October 2, 2012). "Caravan in the News - Mars Rover Opportunity working at Matijevic Hill". Mount Carmel High School (Chicago). Retrieved October 12, 2012. "The team chose to refer to this important site as Matijevic Hill in honor of Jacob Matijevic '65 (1947-2012), who led the engineering team for the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity for several years before and after their landings ..."
- Goldsborough, Bob (October 10, 2012). "Jacob R. Matijevic, 1947-2012 - Engineer worked on Mars rover missions". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
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- "Elmer Angsman, 76, Halfback; Holds N.F.L. Postseason Record" Obituaries: The New York Times, April 17, 2002.
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- Bell, Taylor H. A. (2004). Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: high school basketball in Illinois. Champaign, IL, USA: University of Illinois. p. 150. ISBN 0-252-02948-8. "Chicago's Mount Carmel High School has a rich football tradition ... Donovan McNabb, Simeon Rice, Tony Furjanic, Chris Calloway, Nate Turner, Terry Brennan ... and Elmer Angsman played there ... Chris Chelios ... got plenty of ice time at Mount Carmel ... "The coach talked to me about some of the basketball players who had played there - Lloyd Walton ... Craig Robinson ... Mel McCants wondered too ..."
- "Mt. Carmel grad, one-time Hammond resident Cesar Carrillo to make big-league debut" (Press release). Associated Press (NWI.com. August 11, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
- Hayes, Neil (November 9, 2008). "Top Chicago Athletes - No. 7: Chris Chelios". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "He helped Mount Carmel win a state championship as a 115-pound sophomore reserve."
- Bell, Taylor (May 17, 1996). "Noga's Play Reminiscent Of Mt. Carmel's Chelios". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "Evergreen Park's Matt Noga is in that 1 percent. At 15, after tying a school record for assists while starting as a freshman at Mount Carmel, Noga decided it was time to leave home to pursue his dream: to play in Division I. Shades of the Blackhawks' Chris Chelios, another Mount Carmel player who left home early to pursue his NHL dream."
- "Frank Cornish". statistics and biographical sketch. databasefootball.com. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
- Tucker, Steve (November 8, 2007). "Forget-them-nots, Meteors, tripleheader at Gately make for fine trifecta". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "Last week, I put together a list of Public League, Catholic League and DuPage Valley Conference football players who had played in high school since the state playoffs began in 1974 and had played at least one regular-season game in the NFL. Boy, did I miss a bunch ... Among the Mount Carmel additions are Darrell Hill, Frank Cornish and former Bears offensive lineman Steve Edwards."
- "College Hall of Fame elects Czarobski". Chicago Tribune. February 1, 1977. pp. c3. "Ziggy Czarobski, who earned All-American honors twice as a Notre Dame tackle ...The Chicago native entered Notre Dame in 1942 after being named all-city three times while at Mt. Carmel High School."
- Jauss, Bill (July 3, 1984). "Obituaries :'Ziggy' Czarobski, 61, Notre Dame All-America". Chicago Tribune. pp. n6. "Zygmont Peter "Ziggy" Czarobski ... was already a Notre Dame All-American in 1946 when ... Frank Leahy learned of the quick wit of his junior tackls from Chicago's Mt. Carmel High School."
- Ayoob, Massad F. (January 1976). "Count Dante's Inferno: What it's really all about". Black Belt (Burbank, CA, USA: Rainbow Periodicals) 14 (1): 34. Retrieved October 14, 2009. "I did all the boxing I could in high school. I went to Mount Carmel High, which was called "the little Notre Dame" ... I was only there three years because I finished in a public school ..."
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- Mitchell, Fred (July 9, 2009). "Donovan McNabb’s father can’t wait for Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles game Nov. 22". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "Donovan McNabb played at Mt. Carmel before starring at Syracuse."
- Leusch, John (April 22, 1961). "McLain Is Mt. Carmel Hero Again". Chicago Daily Tribune. pp. d3. "Dennis McLain, a pitching hero in Mount Carmel's Catholic league baseball opener ..."
- Goddard, Joe (April 5, 1991). "Optimism bubbling for trio of Cub newcomers". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "Chico Walker of Tilden High and Erik Pappas of Mount Carmel made the Cubs ..."
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- Disabato, Pat (May 1, 2009). "Mount Carmel honors Craig Robinson: Obama's brother-in-law and OSU coach graduated in 1979". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "... Craig Robinson greeted the media prior to his induction into the Mount Carmel Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday ..."
- Reaven, Steve (March 3, 2008). "Keeping up with ... Mt. Carmel's Craig Robinson". Chicago Tribune (ChicagoSports.com). Retrieved October 12, 2009. "It came from newly hired Northwestern men's basketball coach Bill Carmody and eventually led to Robinson, a Mt. Carmel graduate, joining the Wildcats' staff as an assistant."
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- Ginnetti, Toni (May 7, 1996). "Walker to Test NBA Waters: Former Mount Carmel Star Leaving Kentucky As Soph". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "No one ever questioned Antoine Walker's potential to be an NBA player. "He had so much talent, and all the college coaches who came to recruit him were up-front and said it," Mike Curta, Walker's coach at Mount Carmel High School, recalled."
- Associated Press (September 16, 2009). "Antoine Walker's court case delayed". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "A Las Vegas court has pushed back a status check to Oct. 29 for former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker ... Walker, a former Mount Carmel star, faces three felony bad check charges ..."[dead link]
- "U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials: Williams, Rulon bound for Athens". Chicago Sun-Times. May 24, 2004. Retrieved October 12, 2009. "In an illustrious wrestling career that includes four state titles at Mount Carmel, three NCAA titles at Iowa and 10 Midlands titles, Chicagoan Joe Williams has dominated almost every level ... Williams took a giant step toward filling in the missing piece on his resume Sunday, earning a trip to Athens by beating rival"
- Vallance, Tom (March 11, 1999). "Obituary: Richard Kiley". The Independent (London, UK). Retrieved October 12, 2009. "Richard Kiley ... Born in Chicago in 1922 to an Irish Catholic family, he was educated by priests at Mt Carmel High School, then attended Loyola University"
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- McDonald, Patrick (December 2, 2013). "Film News: Midwest Indie Fest to Honor 2013 Films at ‘Best of the Midwest’". HollywoodChicago. "On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will award their “Best of the Midwest” honors...and “Be Good,” directed by Todd Looby."
- Sunday, Mary (April 11, 1965). "Chicagoan at Home In Peyton Place". Chicago Tribune. pp. w15. "Tim has come along way ... he was a student at St. Cyril's Grammar school, Mt. Carmel High, and De Paul university ..."
- "AP United States Government class welcomes series of political speakers". Carmel Life (Chicago, IL, USA: Mt. Carmel High School): 16. Fall 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. "Featured speakers included Alderman Ginger Rugai of the 19th Ward, mother of Robert ‘88; Cook County Sherriff Tom Dart ‘80 ... and Alderman John Pope ‘86 of the 10th Ward."
- Edwards, Willard (September 29, 1963). "Bosses Reject Him, So He Runs on Own and Wins: Now Derwinski's a Coming Power in Congress". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 6. "At Mt. Carmel High school and at Loyola university, his instructors, he said, were 'conservatively inclined'."
- "State Senator and NFIB Member Dan Duffy Demonstrates Government Not Always the Answer". press release. National Federation of Independent Business. Retrieved July 7, 2011. "What Senator Duffy didn’t say in his press release is how generously he and his family have contributed to the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship program. Sen. Duffy and his siblings were the first in the nation to endow a YEF scholarship at their alma mater, Mt. Carmel High School, on behalf of their deceased father."
- dePyssler, Steve (Spring 2011), Class of 1938 - Where are they now?, Carmel Life, p. 12, retrieved January 19, 2012, "A look by the numbers...1 4-Star General: General Hennessey"
- Kleine, Ted (February 11, 1999), "Invasion of the Ballot Snatchers: Payrollers descend on the southeast side to win one for the mayor.", The Chicago Reader, retrieved December 12, 2010, "As a boy Pope played for the Hegewisch Bulldogs, a peewee football team, then went to Mount Carmel High School, where he was varsity football captain, made the honor roll, and worked after hours as a janitor to help pay his tuition."
- "Terry Brennan Decides to Keep Mt. Carmel Post". Chicago Daily Tribune. January 18, 1953. pp. A5. "Terry Brennan, former Notre Dame star, today said he will remain as football coach at Maount Carmel High school in Chicago"
- "Sports leaders talk today to 2,000 students". Chicago Daily Tribune. March 12, 1940. p. 21. "Leading Chicago sports figures will appear at a sports show ... this afternoon ... The speakers will include ... Wally Fromhart and Johnny Jordan, both of Mount Carmel High School ..."
- "Bishop Sheil is honored by 2,000 at C. Y. O. Dinner". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 15, 1938. p. 19. "The painting ... was presented on behalf of ... the artist by John Jordan, former Notre Dame basketball star, who is now coaching at Mount Carmel High School."
- "Carey takes football post at Mt. Carmel". Chicago Daily Tribune. March 11, 1956. pp. a3. "Carey's assistants will be Ray Lemek, 1955 Notre Dame captain ..."
- Dunn, Art (November 12, 1977). "Sports Briefings: Briefly Noted". Chicago Tribune. pp. i3. "Syracuse coach Frank Maloney received a new contract at Syracuse. Maloney, former Mt. Carmel coach, is in his fourth season at Syracuse ..."
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