Saint Ignatius College Prep is a private, coeducational Jesuit college-preparatory school located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The school was founded in Chicago in 1869 by Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J., a Dutch missionary to the United States. Saint Ignatius College Prep is Chicago’s flagship Jesuit high school and one of the pre-eminent Catholic college preparatory schools in the United States.
|Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School|
1076 West Roosevelt Road
|Type||Private college-preparatory school|
|Motto||Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam|
(For the Greater Glory of God) unofficial motto: "Ignatius starts with I and ends with us"
|Patron saint(s)||Ignatius of Loyola|
|Founder||Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J.|
|Authority||Archdiocese of Chicago|
|Oversight||Society of Jesus|
|NCES School ID||01601838|
|President||John J. Chandler|
|Principal||Dr. Sterling Brown|
|Principal||Dr. Geoff Miller|
|Teaching staff||87.6 (on an FTE basis)|
|Average class size||25|
|Student to teacher ratio||17:1|
|Hours in school day||6.2|
|Campus size||23 acres (9.3 ha)|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gold|
|Annual tuition||$20,900 (2023-2024)|
St. Ignatius College Prep
|Architectural style||Second Empire|
|NRHP reference No.||77000480|
|Added to NRHP||November 17, 1977|
|Designated CL||March 18, 1987|
Exterior of St. Ignatius College Prep in December 2010
Saint Ignatius College Prep is designated on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The school's main building was designed by Canadian architect Toussaint Menard in Second Empire style and opened in 1870. The original school building is one of only five existing Chicago structures to predate the Great Fire of 1871.
The school began on two acres of land and now occupies a 26-acre campus. The campus includes the original building and modern facilities adjacent to the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is located 1.5 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. Among the unique spaces is the 1887-88 Brunswick Room featuring elaborate cabinets and woodwork installed by the Brunswick Company for the school’s natural history museum, the Foglia Library, the “Chicago gallery” of architectural artifacts in the Driehaus building, and Father Damen’s office. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, St. Ignatius College Prep was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1987.
In 1836, the Dutch Jesuit Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J. (March 20, 1815, Leur, Netherlands – January 1, 1890, Omaha, Nebraska), was recruited to work with Native Americans in the Dakotas by Fr. Peter De Smet, S.J. In 1844 he was ordained a priest in Missouri. In 1857, Damen was first assigned to Chicago to start a parish for Irish immigrants on Chicago's near-West Side, then an area of the sprawling prairie. The construction of the Holy Family Church was completed in 1860.
The culmination of Father Arnold J. Damen, S.J.'s work in Chicago, the St. Ignatius campus was opened in 1870 as St. Ignatius College. Loyola University originated from this institution but, since 1922, St. Ignatius has operated solely as a college preparatory school. The Second Empire-style edifice is among the oldest in the city, a rare and distinctive example of institutional designs pre-dating the Chicago Fire of 1871.
The demographic breakdown by race/ethnicity of the 1,373 students enrolled for the 2019–2020 school year was:
|White||Hispanic||Black||Two or More Races||Asian||American Indian/Alaska Native|
Extracurricular activities edit
Saint Ignatius competes in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) and the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most sports and competitive activities in the state. The school's teams are stylized as the "Wolfpack".
Notable alumni edit
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (February 2021)
- Charles Bidwill, owner of the Chicago Cardinals (1933–47); inducted in 1967 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Chloe Bennet (2010), actress and singer
- Lawrence Biondi (1957), President, St. Louis University
- John P. Daley (1965), Cook County Commissioner
- William M. Daley (1966), former White House Chief of Staff under Barack Obama and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1997–2000)
- Richard Driehaus (1960), businessman and philanthropist; namesake of the Driehaus Prize given in architecture
- John Joseph Duda (1995), actor
- Nnanna Egwu (2011), professional basketball player, former center for Illinois Fighting Illini
- Mellody Hobson (1987), Co-CEO of Ariel Investments; also TV correspondent in the field of finance; married to filmmaker George Lucas
- Joseph D. Kearney (1982), dean at Marquette University Law School
- Dan Lipinski (1984), former U.S. Representative representing Illinois's 3rd congressional district (2005–2021)
- Michael Madigan (1960), former Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
- John J. McNichols, Illinois state representative and lawyer
- Stanley Miarka, Negro league baseball second baseman
- John Mulaney (2000), Emmy-winning standup comedian and former writer on Saturday Night Live
- Bob Newhart (1947), actor and comedian (Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show)
- Gina Rodriguez (2002), Golden Globe winner, actor 
- Marty Russo, Former United States Representative.
- Todd Stroger (1981), former Cook County Board President
- Ed Sweeney, (1905), starting catcher for New York Yankees
- Robin Tunney (1990), actress
- Michael Wilbon (1976), sports columnist for The Washington Post and host, commentator, and analyst for ESPN.
Notable faculty edit
See also edit
- "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for St Ignatius College Prep". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
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- "Prefect's Office". St. Ignatius College Prep. Retrieved January 13, 2023 – via ignatius.org.
- "Prefect's Office". St. Ignatius College Prep. Retrieved January 13, 2023 – via ignatius.org.
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- NCA-CASI. "AdvanceEd-NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on May 24, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
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- "Tuition Assistance & Affordability | Saint Ignatius College Prep". Retrieved February 17, 2023.
- "National Register Information System – (#77000480)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
- "Chicago Landmarks - St. Ignatius College Prep Building". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2008.
- In Chicago kent bijna iedereen pater Damen Archived May 6, 2019, at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch)
- "IHSA Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep)". Illinois High School Association. February 18, 2021. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
- "High Schools". directory. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
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- Dao, James (June 16, 2000). "The 2000 Campaign: Man in the News; A Son of Chicago – William Michael Daley". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
Tuesday A Man in the News article on Friday about Commerce Secretary William M. Daley misidentified the Chicago high school that he attended. (The error also appeared in a profile of Mr. Daley on Dec. 14, 1996.) It was St. Ignatius High School, now called Saint Ignatius College Prep, not De La Salle High School.
- "Muldoon feted by Saint Ignatius at law luncheon". Bar News. Illinois State Bar Association. 40 (7). February 1, 2000. Archived from the original on June 20, 2006. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
A 1947 graduate of the school, Muldoon will receive its 2000 Award of Excellence in the Field of Law ... Previous award recipients include former appellate justices Gino L. DiVito and Mel R. Jiganti, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley ...
- Neubart, Dave (October 29, 2000). "Richard Dreihaus, 57". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
Driehaus grew up on the Southwest Side and graduated from Saint Ignatius College Prep and DePaul University.
- "Entrepreneurship Program | Saint Ignatius College Prep". invest.ignatius.org. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
- "Roster - Erie BayHawks".
- Chandler, Susan (11 February 2009). "Mellody Hobson: Champion of financial literacy - Ariel's president teaches children and their parents the power of investing". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
Hobson grew up on the North Side as the youngest of six ... But her mother made sure Hobson had a good education, sending her to Saint Ignatius College Prep.
- Lipinski, Dan (20 November 2006). "Remarks by Rep. Dan Lipinski before the National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics". speech. U.S. House of Representatives - Committee on Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
I remember Father Fergus, who taught me physics at St Ignatius, taking this childhood fascination and tying it to engineering.
- Pearson, Rick (April 1997), "What is Mike Madigan up to?", Illinois Issues, p. 13, retrieved November 13, 2009,
Madigan was born into the then-fledgling Democratic politics of the 13th Ward ... he attended St. Adrian Elementary School and Saint Ignatius College Prep, then the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University law school.
- 'Illinois Blue Book 1965-1966, Biographical Sketch of John J. McNichols, pg. 256-257
- Age staff (August 12, 1950). "In Birmingham, White Players Can't Perform On Negro Team" Archived October 29, 2021, at the Wayback Machine. The New York Age. p. 23
- Newhart, Bob (2006). I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny. New York, NY, USA: Hyperion. pp. 24. ISBN 1-4013-0246-7.
I lived about eight blocks from Fenwick High School, but I rode the streetcar forty-five minutes to Saint Ignatius.
- "Todd H. Stroger Biography". Cook County Government. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
- "Former College Players Now in Spotlight of Baseball World". Sioux City Journal. February 18, 1912. p. 13. Retrieved December 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- "ESPN's Michael Wilbon on Life Without Sports".
- "GS: SI v Young 9-30-21". Chicagoland Soccer.
- Directory of Private Schools (2005). Directory of Private Schools: St. Ignatius College Prep
- Newbart, Dave. "University Dean Will Lead St. Ignatius," Chicago Tribune, March 31, 1998.