Carmel High School (Mundelein, Illinois)

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Carmel Catholic High School
1 Carmel Parkway
Mundelein, Illinois 60060
United States
Coordinates42°16′19″N 87°59′11″W / 42.2719°N 87.9864°W / 42.2719; -87.9864
School typeprivate, coed
MottoHonestas Pro Vita
(Latin: Values for Life)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
OversightArchdiocese of Chicago
PresidentBradley Bonham
PrincipalJason Huther
Teaching staff78
Enrollment1,400 (2010)
Average class size24-25 Students[citation needed]
Student to teacher ratio16:1[citation needed]
Campus size50 acres[citation needed]
Color(s)     brown
Fight song"We Are from Carmel"
Athletics conferenceEast Suburban Catholic Conference
Team nameCorsairs
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average ACT scores28[citation needed]
PublicationHarbinger (literary magazine), Colloquium (President's newsletter), Currents (alumni magazine)
Tuition$12,100 [2]

Carmel Catholic High School is a co-educational, college preparatory, Catholic high school run jointly by the priests and brothers of the Order of Carmelites and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Located in Mundelein, Illinois, Carmel serves all of Lake County, as well as some of the surrounding counties, and southern Wisconsin. An institution of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Carmel Catholic is one of three Carmelite-run high schools in the Chicago area, the others being Joliet Catholic High School and Mount Carmel High School.


In the early 1960s, the Carmelites and the Sisters of Charity were asked to build separate but similar Catholic high schools for the northern part of the Archdiocese of Chicago; an area corresponding roughly to Lake County. The boys school opened in 1962, with the girls school opening the next year. Following a lengthy planning process, the decision was made by the Carmelites and the BVM Sisters to combine the two schools and establish a Board of Directors. This was done beginning in the 1988–89 school year.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1985, 1996, 2002, and 2007, Carmel Catholic High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.[4]


The school offers 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (C: Mechanics), U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, European History, World History, English Language, English Literature, Spanish Language, French Language, Latin, Studio Art, Music Theory, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Psychology, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics.


Carmel's athletic teams are named Corsairs, and the school's colors are brown, gold, and white. Carmel competes in the East Suburban Catholic Conference in its interscholastic athletics program.

The school sponsors both men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The school sponsors men's teams in baseball, football, and wrestling, while sponsoring women's teams in cheerleading, gymnastics, pom poms, and softball. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors an ice hockey team.[5]

The following teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament:[6]

  • football: 2003
  • girls gymnastics: 1992, 1993, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • girls soccer: 2015
  • boys wrestling(individua;): 2018

Fine arts[edit]

Carmel Catholic's fine arts program includes chorus, band, drama, and visual arts.

The drama program produces one play and one musical per year. The school's current long-range strategic plan includes the construction of a new fine arts wing by 2012. The Fine Arts wing was opened in 2013. The drama program is a troupe of the International Thespian Society and has had students participate in the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.

The choral program has a number of different choirs for students to join: Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Advanced Choir, as well as two show choirs, Co-Choir and Treble Choir, and one jazz/ a cappella group, Parkway Singers.

In the band program there are many different groups: The Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. During the football season, the Marching Band plays at all home games and at as many playoff games they can get to.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. ^
  3. ^ History of Carmel Catholic HS
  4. ^ Berger, Susan. "School gets 4th Blue Ribbon: Carmel Catholic is only one in state honored this year", Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2007. Accessed November 1, 2007. "Carmel also received the Blue Ribbon Award in 1985, 1996 and 2002. Only four other high schools nationwide have won the award four times."
  5. ^ Carmel HS Athletics
  6. ^ "Page Not Found". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  7. ^ Lissau, Russell (24 June 2009), "Director of Carmel's Street Scenes show dies", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL, USA), retrieved 9 January 2010, Music and theater helped define Mary K. "Sissy" DePrima's life. The director of Carmel Catholic High School's popular Street Scenes student show since 1982 ... DePrima's survivors include: a sister, Margaret Skrypkun of Chicago; two daughters, actress Marietta DePrima Newbern of Los Angeles ...
  8. ^ a b Marshall, Jon (1996-10-26). "Politics comes home to Carmel as two well-known alumni visit". Daily Herald.
  9. ^ Scifo, Tony (1996-11-05). "Carmel's political alumni return for chat with students Carmel High School". Daily Herald.
  10. ^ McGraw, Patricia Babcock (November 9, 2007). "For Salvi clan, it's all about family". Archived from the original on October 22, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "MLB Draft History". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  12. ^ "MLB Draft History". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Joe Tyler". Olympics at Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  14. ^ Scalf, Abby (2002-10-13). "Lake County sports stars to be inducted into hall of fame". Daily Herald.
  15. ^ "Jeff Zgonina". Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  16. ^ "Sean McGrath". Retrieved 26 January 2016.

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