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Brother Rice High School is a Catholic, all male college preparatory institution in Chicago, Illinois administered under the Congregation of Christian Brothers. On the same block of land, directly to the east, is the all female Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, while Saint Xavier University is just to the south of Mother McAuley, and to the southeast of Brother Rice. Its enrollment is mostly drawn from local neighborhoods such as Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, West Lawn, Morgan Park, and Ashburn, as well as local suburban municipalities such as Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Palos Heights, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, and Alsip. The Christian Brothers of Ireland founded the school in 1956. The school's namesake is the founder of their religious order, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. It is affiliated with Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Brother Rice High School
Brother Rice logo.png
10001 South Pulaski Road


Coordinates41°42′40″N 87°43′11″W / 41.7111°N 87.7197°W / 41.7111; -87.7197Coordinates: 41°42′40″N 87°43′11″W / 41.7111°N 87.7197°W / 41.7111; -87.7197
TypePrivate parochial boys' school
MottoViriliter in Christo Jesu
(Act Manfully in Christ Jesus)
DenominationRoman Catholic
AuthorityCongregation of Christian Brothers
OversightChristian Brothers
PrincipalRobert Alberts
Teaching staff42
Enrollment1,464 (2016–17)[1]
Average class size21
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Maroon and Orange          
Athletics conferenceChicago Catholic League
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]


School colors and sealEdit

The school colors are maroon and orange. The maroon was taken from the maroon and gold colors of Iona College founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and in New Rochelle, New York. The orange is taken from the black and orange colors of Leo High School in Chicago, Illinois and also opened by the Christian Brothers in 1926. The Brother Rice school seal has similar design features to the seal of Iona College from New Rochelle, New York.[4] For a picture and description of the seal click here: School Colors & Seal


The school is a college preparatory school. The minimum graduation requirements for every student give them the qualifications to enter any state university in Illinois.[5]

Honors/Advanced Placement ProgramEdit

The school offers the following Advanced Placement courses: Spanish Language, French Language, U.S. History, European History, Music Theory, Chemistry, German Language, Economics, and U.S. Government.

The school also offers one of the AP Computer Science courses, but calls it AP Java without specifying whether the course is AP Computer Science 'A' or 'AB'. The school also lists an "Advanced Placement" Computer Science course using C++, though this has been discontinued by the College Board as an option in their AP program, which exclusively emphasizes Java.[6][7] The school lists a single AP course which prepares students to take both the AP English Language and AP English Literature tests. The AP Calculus class permits students the option to take either the 'AB' or 'BC' AP test.[8]

A four-semester course, open to juniors and seniors, allows CCNA certification.[8]

Curriculum and Educational Support CommitteesEdit

The Curriculum Committee and Educational Support Committee serve as advisory boards to the principal on all matters relating to educational improvement, course offerings, course changes, and overall curriculum development. This school board addresses concerns of the faculty, staff, administration, and students in efforts of academic improvement. For additional information on Brother Rice's school board visit: Curriculum and Educational Support Committees


Brother Rice competes in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the organization which governs most sports and competitive activities in the state. The team is nicknamed the Crusaders.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams in baseball, basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams in ice hockey and rugby. The Brother Rice rugby team has won nine state championships and one national championship since the teams formation.[9]

The following teams have won their respective state tournaments sponsored by the IHSA:[10]

  • Baseball: 1976
  • Football: 1981
  • Water Polo: 2003

Prior to the IHSA sponsoring water polo in 2002, Brother Rice won 13 state titles (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998).[11][12]

The Chicago Catholic League's ice hockey champion wins the Kennedy Cup, an award that has been contested since 1964; the oldest high school ice hockey prize in Illinois. Brother Rice has won this award five times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 2001).[13]

The Prep Bowl pits the Chicago Catholic League champion versus the Chicago Public League champion, in a football game played at Soldier Field. Brother Rice has appeared in eight Prep Bowls (1975, 1980, 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012), having won five, which is the 4th most of all-time.

Notable alumniEdit


  • Jim Adduci (1977), former MLB outfielder, starred collegiately at Southern Illinois[22]
  • David Diehl (1998), former NFL offensive lineman for the New York Giants, Super Bowl champion & Pro Bowler, starred collegiately at Illinois [23]
  • Mark Donahue (1974), former NFL offensive lineman, starred collegiately as a 2-time All-American at Michigan [24]
  • Bobby Frasor (2005), McDonald's HS All-American point guard, starred at North Carolina where he won the 2009 national title. Current head varsity basketball coach at Brother Rice[25]
  • Phil Hicks (1971), former NBA forward, drafted #27 in 1976 NBA Draft, starred collegiately at Tulane [26]
  • Rico Hill (1995), former NBA forward, drafted #31 in 1999 NBA Draft, starred collegiately at Illinois State and was named 1998 Missouri Valley Conference POY[27]
  • Paul Hutchens (1989), former NFL Offensive Tackle for Green Bay Packers 1993-1994 [28][citation needed]
  • Pete Mackanin (1969), manager of Philadelphia Phillies, former MLB infielder (1973–81) and manager of Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds [29]
  • John Meyer (1960), former AFL linebacker and NFL assistant coach, starred collegiately at Notre Dame [30]
  • Ed Olczyk, NHL Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup champion, former center, head coach and broadcaster, drafted #3 in 1984 NHL Draft [31]
  • Lance Ten Broeck (1974), PGA golfer currently on the Senior Tour, won 1984 Illinois Open Championship, starred collegiately as an All-American at Texas[citation needed]
  • Andy Gallik (2010), NFL center for the Tennessee Titans.


  1. ^ IHSA School Directory
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ 2008-09 tuitionArchived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [1] Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Graduation requirements Archived May 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Overview of AP Computer Science A
  7. ^ "Overview of AP Computer Science AB". Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  8. ^ a b Course descriptions Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Athletic teams sponsored Archived May 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ IHSA record page for Brother Rice HS
  11. ^ IHSA boys' water polo chronology
  12. ^ Chicago Sun Times April 2, 2008 Memorable Crusades to Titles[dead link]
  13. ^ Kennedy Cup champions[dead link]
  14. ^ Faingold, Scott, "REO Speedwagon rolls home: Central Illinois' classic rock favorite sons perform here Feb. 25", Illinois Times, Thursday, February 18, 2010. " ... recalls Cronin, who graduated from Brother Rice High School in Chicago ..."
  15. ^ "Sweet Home Chicago: Michael Flatley". biographic sketch. Office of the Clerk of Cook County. 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-04-11. Retrieved 15 August 2011. High School: Brother Rice High School, Chicago
  16. ^ interview Archived October 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Mt. Greenwood Anniversary (mentioning John Powers and Brother Rice) Archived December 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ John C. Reilly (I) - Biography
  19. ^ Cheung, Ariel (April 13, 2015). "Ald. Tunney Talks Cubs, Pride Parade and the Future of Lakeview". DNAInfo. Chicago, Illinois. Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Obituary for Jim Zulevic, with copy of Chicago Tribune article Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Garmes, Kyle. "Castle stars in TBS show with George Wendt". The Beverly Review. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  22. ^ "Jim Adduci Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  23. ^ David Diehl stats & bio
  24. ^ Mark Donahue stats & bio at football database.comArchived 2007-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "Frasor Named Head Basketball Coach". Brother Rice High School.
  26. ^ Phil Hicks stats & bio;; accessed 1 January 2009
  27. ^ "Rico Hill". Archived from the original on March 14, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
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  29. ^ MLB draft picks from Brother Rice HS
  30. ^ Dougherty, Pete (16 June 2011). "Former Packers assistant Meyer added to 2 halls of fame". Bay Press Gazette. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2011. Former Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator John Meyer was inducted into two halls of fame in Chicago this spring. Both inductions were for his athletic career at Brother Rice High School in Chicago.
  31. ^ Johnson, K.C. (11 April 1999), "Versatile Olczyk Hopes Hawks Want Him Back", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 15 August 2011, Olczyk, who turns 33 on Aug. 16, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 when his one-year, $600,000 contract expires. He wants to return to his hometown Blackhawks. Management, with several restricted free agents to sign, has yet to determine if Olczyk is in its plans. The native of Palos Heights and Brother Rice graduate found himself in an identical position last summer, and he opened his free agency by calling General Manager Bob Murray

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