St. Teresa High School (Decatur, Illinois)

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St. Teresa High School
St. Teresa High School, Decatur, Illinois
2710 North Water Street
Decatur, Illinois 62526
United States
Coordinates 39°52′21″N 88°57′14″W / 39.87250°N 88.95389°W / 39.87250; -88.95389Coordinates: 39°52′21″N 88°57′14″W / 39.87250°N 88.95389°W / 39.87250; -88.95389
Type Private
Motto Serviam
(I will serve.)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1866
Founder Ursuline Sisters
Oversight Diocese of Springfield
President Dr. Kenneth C. Hendrikson
Principal Mr. Larry B. Daly
Faculty Ms. Theresa Bowser (Asst. Principal/Dean), Todd Vohland (Director of Athletics), Fr. Steve Arisman (Campus Ministry)
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment <300 (2017)
Average class size 14
Campus size 21 acres (8.5 ha)
Campus type Closed
Color(s)      Orange
Athletics conference Central Illinois Conference
Mascot Bulldog
Team name Bulldogs
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication "Bulldog Biz" (newsletter)
Yearbook Teresian
Tuition $7,000 (2018–2019)

St. Teresa High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Decatur, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.


St. Teresa was established in 1866 as Academy of St. Teresa by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. In 1868 the Ursuline Sisters took over the responsibility of operating the school. St. Teresa was originally located on the 400 block of East Eldorado Street, until 1913, when it was moved to its current location and designated as an all-girls boarding school.

In 1930, due to increases in student enrollment, the Ursuline Sisters petitioned Bishop Griffin for an expansion of the academy. Bishop Griffin fulfilled their request, and in return the nuns were asked to build a co-ed building. After the transition into a co-educational institution, the school was renamed as St. Teresa High School and Sister Loretto Boland was appointed as the first principal. In 1955, as enrollment further increased, eight classrooms and a gymnasium were built and dedicated to Bishop O'Connor[2]

In 1996, the Ursuline Sisters withdrew their sponsorship of the school and a not-for-profit corporation was formed to assume ownership and control of St. Teresa High School.[3]

In 2015, a new athletic wing was built, containing new locker rooms and an exercise/weight lifting room. Its construction was possible by donations and had its first use in the 2015-2016 school year.


St. Teresa High School requires that each student earn a total of twenty-six credits to graduate, including four from theology and English. St. Teresa High School also requires ten service hours to the community per school year, and students must pass the Illinois and U.S. Constitution Tests. Many AP and Honors courses are available to students in subjects such as calculus, chemistry and English. Seventh and eighth graders from the three Catholic schools in the area (Holy Family, St. Patrick, and Our Lady of Lourdes) can take advanced math and science on campus.

95% of students take part in extracurricular activities or athletics[4] (listed below), including Student Council, Scholastic Bowl, WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), National Honor Society, Drama (with two major productions each school year), Art, Band, and Chorus. Students also take part in the various clubs formed at the school, such as Art Club, Debate Club, International Club, Juggling club, and Serviam club (named after the school motto).

St. Teresa High School has an athletic program that offers football and baseball for boys, volleyball, softball, and cheerleading for girls, and cross country, tennis, track and field, basketball, soccer, and golf for both.


The current campus is one building in three parts: the science wing (which also includes the music room and chapel) on the south side, the main building, and the athletic wing (including the Joe Venturi gymnasium, locker rooms and weight room) on the north side. Students must remain on campus through the school day. To the east of the school are the football field (doubling as a soccer pitch) and the baseball diamond. The softball diamond is to the south of the school.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ St. Teresa High School. "History of St. Teresa High School". Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Board of Directors | St Teresa Catholic High School". Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  4. ^ St. Teresa High School. "Student Organizations". Retrieved August 13, 2016.