St. Francis de Sales High School (Chicago, Illinois)

St. Francis de Sales High School is a private, Roman Catholic High School in Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the southeast side of the city, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

St. Francis de Sales High School
10155 South Ewing Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°42′37″N 87°32′06″W / 41.71037°N 87.5349°W / 41.71037; -87.5349
School typeprivate, coed
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
OversightArchdiocese of Chicago
PrincipalRoni-Nicole Facen
Teaching staff24[1]
Enrollment127 (2017)
Color(s)  navy blue
Athletics conferenceChicago Catholic League;
Girls Catholic Athletic Conference
NicknamePioneers; Pioneer Nation[3]
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]


The school is named for St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622), a Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church.

The school was started by the School Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Joliet; who staffed the St. Francis de Sales parish schools, starting in 1893. In the late 1890s the school began to offer high school courses, though the school did not become a four-year high school, until 1937. In the 1950s, enrollment saw a significant increase and it became evident that if the school were to meet the educational challenges before it, an expansion of facilities was eminent.

New developments for the school were finished on February 19, 1956 and two years later, on April 20, 1958, the new building was dedicated. In 1962, the Archdiocese of Chicago officially took over operation of the school.



Accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, St. Francis de Sales’ academic program is guided by standards designed to provide a competent faculty, and a variety of instructional strategies, which allow each student to be successful.

Specific graduation requirements for St. Francis include the following:

4 credits of English

4 credits of Theology

2 credits of History

7 credits of Math and Science combined

2 credits of Foreign Language

2 credits of Electives

1 credit of Physical Education/Health

1 credit of Fine Arts

Students are strongly encouraged to take at least three (3) units each in math, science, and social studies to comply with entrance requirements for the universities sponsored by the state of Illinois.


St. Francis de Sales is a member of two athletic conferences. Teams for young men compete in the Chicago Catholic League.[6] Teams for young women compete in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC).[7] The men's teams are called the Pioneers, while the women's teams are called the Lady Pioneers.[3] St. Francis de Sales is also a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) which governs most sports and competitive activities in Illinois, as well as sponsoring many of the state championship tournaments.

Sports currently available to St. Francis students include men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, and wrestling.

Notable alumniEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ St. Francis de Sales homepage; Departments; accessed 17 May 2009[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ a b c School info for St. Francis de Sales HS;; accessed 17 May 2009
  4. ^ Mitre homepage; accessed 17 May 2009 Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ SFDSHS. "School History". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  6. ^ Men's athletics at St. Francis de Sales; accessed 17 May 2009 Archived 13 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Women's athletics at St. Francis de Sales; accessed 17 May 2009 Archived 13 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Eric Anderson stats and bio;; accessed 1 January 2009
  9. ^ Mike Sullivan states and bio;; accessed 7 June 2009 Archived 18 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Mike Sullivan coaching info; San Diego Chargers website; accessed 7 June 2009 Archived 21 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine