Leo Catholic High School
|Leo Catholic High School|
|7901 South Sangamon Street
Auburn Gresham, Chicago, Illinois 60620
|Type||private all-male, secondary parochial|
|Motto||Facta Non Verba
(Deeds Not Words)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Pope Leo XIII|
|Founder||Msgr. Peter F. Shewbridge|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Chicago|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Catholic League|
|Mascot||Leo the Lion|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Affiliation||Congregation of Christian Brothers|
Leo Catholic High School is an all-male Catholic high school in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and home to a predominantly African–American student body. The school is named in honor of Pope Leo XIII.
Established in 1926 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, their first school in Chicago, Leo Catholic High School has educated thousands of boys from Chicago's South Side and suburbs.
The school colors are black and orange. Since Leo was founded, the Christian Brothers of Ireland have established two more boys schools, Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High School. As a sign of respect for Leo, Brother Rice took the orange in addition to maroon for its school colors, and St. Laurence took black in addition to gold for their schools. Brother Rice and St. Laurence are often called "Sons of Leo."
These teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA state tournament:
- basketball: 4th place (1997–98); State Champions (2003–04); 2nd place (2015–16)
- track & field: 3rd place (1982–83, 2000–01, 2004–05); 2nd place (1999–2000, 2003–04); State Champions (1980–81, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2010-11, 2011-12)
The school was initially known for its football team, which made 8 appearances in Chicago's Prep Bowl, which pitted the champion of the Catholic League against the winner from the Chicago Public League from 1934 to 1956. The 1941, 42 and 56 teams won Prep Bowl city championships at Soldier Field. Leo High School is also recognized as the 1941 high school football national champion.
In particular, the 1937 and 1941 Prep Bowls are recognized as holding the state of Illinois' all-time records for attendance at a football game. The 1937 attendance was estimated at 110,000 spectators, which saw Leo lose to Austin High School, 26–0. The 1941 game saw 95,000 spectators watch Leo defeat Tilden High School, 46–13. The 1940 and 42 games each had 75,000 fans, meaning Leo has played in front of four of the 11 largest crowds in Illinois high school history.
Heads of School
- Brother J. I. Doorley (1926-?) (source: Caritas Christi Urget Nos: The Institutional History of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 1981, edited by Reverend Msgr. Harry C. Koenig, S.T.D.
- Br. Michael S. Curtis, CFC (?–1935)
- Br. Patrick E. O'Ryan, CFC (1935–1941)
- Br. Patrick D. McCarthy, CFC, Ph.D (1941–1947)
- Br. James H. Vaughan, CFC (1947–1953)
- Br. Thomas B. Regan, CFC (1953–1961)
- Br. Patrick L. O'Hare, CFC (1961–1965)
- Br. Thomas V. Ryan, CFC (1965–1966)
- Br. Ronald J. Lasik, CFC (1966–1968)
- Br. Edwin T. Hennessey, CFC (1968–1974)
- Br. John H. Greenan, CFC (1974–1977)
- Br. Frederick C. Shannon, CFC (1977–1983)
- Br. Francis S. Verre, CFC (1983-1986)
- Br. Patrick D. McCormack, CFC (1986–1991)
- Robert W. Foster (1991–2010)
- Dan McGrath '68 (2010–present)
- Harold Blackmon, professional football player, Seattle Seahawks
- John Boles (class of 1966), Major League Baseball manager and executive
- Andre Brown (class of 2000), NBA forward (2006–present)
- Thomas R. Fitzgerald (class of 1959), retired chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
- John R. Gorman, auxiliary bishop of Chicago +++++++
- Jason Jefferson (class of 1998), NFL defensive lineman (2005-08)
- Edward Maloney, former Illinois State Senator
- Thomas Murphy, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation (1974–80)
- Jim O'Toole (class of 1955), Major League Baseball pitcher, starter for National League in 1963 All-Star Game
- Stan Patrick (class of 1940), professional basketball player
- Chris Watson (class of 1995), NFL defensive back (1999–2003)
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- 2007-08 tuition
- "1942 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- IHSA record page for Leo HS
- IHSA general records for high school football
- "1941 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1947 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1953 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1961 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1965 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1966 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1968 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1976 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "1979 Leo High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "Brother Proud Of Leo`s Multiracial `Family`". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "Leo High School officials announce tuition program". The Beverly Review. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- Andre Brown stats & bio @basketball-reference.com
- "Leo Men in the News". Leo High School. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
- Jason Jefferson stats & bio @nfl.com
- Jason Jefferson bio at usatoday.com
- "Thomas A. Murphy, former GM Chairman & CEO, dies at 90" (Press release). General Motors. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
Murphy served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 and reached the rank of lieutenant (j.g.). He was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Hornell, N.Y., and attended Leo High School in Chicago
- Chris Watson bio & stats @nfl.com
- Chris Watson stats & bio @databasefootball.com Archived 2009-05-25 at the Wayback Machine.
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