Hales Franciscan High School

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Hales Franciscan High School
Hales Franciscan High School in May 2015.jpg
In Virum Perfectum
(Unto perfect manhood)
4930 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60615
United States
Coordinates 41°48′18″N 87°36′25″W / 41.80500°N 87.60694°W / 41.80500; -87.60694Coordinates: 41°48′18″N 87°36′25″W / 41.80500°N 87.60694°W / 41.80500; -87.60694
Type Private Secondary Catholic
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1962[citation needed]
Oversight Archdiocese of Chicago
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 110 (2015[citation needed])
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Campus type Urban
Color(s)     Red
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic League
Nickname Spartans
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Hales Franciscan High School (known simply as Hales) is a private 4-year Roman Catholic high school located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Hales is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.


Since its founding, Hales Franciscan High School has celebrated African-American heritage and endeavored to instill cultural pride. Today, the school continues to be the only historically African-American, all-male, Catholic college preparatory high school in the State of Illinois and one of three such institutions in the nation.[citation needed] The school is a non-profit, independent high school, fully accredited by the North Central Association and certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.[2] Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the school became coed.[3]

Notable staff[edit]

  • Jack Ryan – (2000–03), Politician. Ryan left the school to run for the open U.S. senate seat in the 2004 election. After winning the Republican primary, his campaign was derailed when court files detailing incidents relating to his sex life with ex-wife Jeri Ryan were unsealed. The election was won by Barack Obama.[4]
  • Tim King – Founder and CEO of Urban Prep Academies. After completing his law degree, King was named President of Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. During King's five-year tenure as President of Hales, 100% of the schools's graduates were admitted to college. While at Hales, King appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in an interview in which Oprah characterized him as an "Angel".

Notable alumni[edit]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on June 20, 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ HFHS. "Identity and History". Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9211624
  4. ^ John S. Jackson (August 2006). "The Making of a Senator: Barack Obama". Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Retrieved 2014-05-20i.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)