St. Laurence High School

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St. Laurence High School
5556 West 77th Street
Burbank, Illinois 60459
United States
Coordinates 41°45′14″N 87°45′36″W / 41.75389°N 87.76000°W / 41.75389; -87.76000Coordinates: 41°45′14″N 87°45′36″W / 41.75389°N 87.76000°W / 41.75389; -87.76000
Type private
Motto Where Leadership Begins
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1961
Sister school Queen of Peace
Oversight Archdiocese of Chicago
President Joseph A. Martinez
Principal James Muting
Faculty 60
Grades 9-12
Gender all-male
Average class size 24
Campus size 23 acres (93,000 m2)
Campus type suburban
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Fight song Viking Fight Song
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic League
Mascot Igor the Viking
Team name Vikings
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Gladsheim (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Helm
Yearbook Valhallan
Tuition 9,400 (2014-2015)
Affiliation Congregation of Christian Brothers

St. Laurence High School is a private, all-male Catholic college preparatory high school founded in 1961. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the school is conducted by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and is named for the Irish saint, St Laurence O'Toole. It is located in the southwest Chicago suburb of Burbank, Illinois, adjacent to Queen of Peace High School, a private all-female Catholic high school.


Due to construction delays on the Queen of Peace High School building, Queen of Peace High School classes were held in the D and E-Wings of the St. Laurence building for one school year while construction on Queen of Peace High School was completed. While teaching at St. Laurence that first year, the nuns from Queen of Peace High School were offended by the urinals in the restroom of the wing being used for the girls' school, so they asked that the urinals be removed. The urinals were instead covered by a large wooden boxes. The anchors and bolt holes where the boxes were attached can still be seen today.


Classes are divided into three levels: B Track, A Track, and Honors. The majority of the students are in A Track classes. The students enrolled in the Honors level are given an extra .5 added to their GPA and additional schoolwork. A 2005/06 Helm article complained that the differences between the A Track and Honors track are growing and that students believe that it wasn't fair that you can get all "A"s in an A Track class and have a 4.0 GPA whereas all "B"s in an Honors class would only yield a 3.5 GPA. There continues to be a discussion over these issues.[citation needed]At the start of the 2013 school year, St. Laurence became a STEM school. For STL, STEM means Spirituality, Leadership, Science, Technology, English, and Math. STL hopes that the STEM format will become a new learning development for 21st century learners.


St. Laurence is a member of the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).

St. Laurence sponsors interscholastic teams in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling, which compete in IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments. The school also sponsors an ice hockey team.[2]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective class' state tournament, sponsored by the IHSA.[3]

  • Baseball: 3rd place (1992–93)
  • Basketball: 4th place (1976–77)
  • Football: Champions (1976–77); Runner-Up (1979–80)
  • Wrestling: Champions (1989–90)

The ice hockey team finished second in state in 1981, and reached the state Elite 8 in 1999.[citation needed] The now defunct water polo team finished third in state in 1986, and won a state championship in 1987.[citation needed]

In 2004 the Varsity Hockey team won the AHAI White Division State Championship.

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