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

St. Francis de Sales High School
10155 South Ewing Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60617
United States
Coordinates 41°42′37″N 87°32′06″W / 41.71037°N 87.5349°W / 41.71037; -87.5349
School type private, coed
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Opened 1893
Oversight Archdiocese of Chicago
Principal John Kimec
Teaching staff 24[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 319[2] (2008)
Campus urban
Color(s)      navy blue
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic League;
Girls Catholic Athletic Conference
Nickname Pioneers; Pioneer Nation[2]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Yearbook Mitre[4]

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.


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. In 1962, the Archdiocese of Chicago officially took over operation of the school.



St. Francis’ mission is to foster a Catholic educational community that allows for the uniqueness of each student, while teaching charity, tolerance, and understanding through academic, social, and spiritual development.


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 Social Studies - including U.S. History (and passage of the Public Law exam) and Sociology

7 credits of Math and Science combined

1 credits of Physical Education/Health

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.[2] 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 alumni


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