St. Patrick High School (Chicago)

St. Patrick High School
5900 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60634
United States
Coordinates 41°56′21″N 87°46′29″W / 41.939166°N 87.77472°W / 41.939166; -87.77472Coordinates: 41°56′21″N 87°46′29″W / 41.939166°N 87.77472°W / 41.939166; -87.77472
Type Private
Motto Religio Mores Cultura
(Religion • Morals • Culture)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1861
Oversight Archdiocese of Chicago
President Dr. Joseph Schmidt
Principal Jon Baffico
Teaching staff 52
Grades 9-12
Gender Boys
Enrollment 812 (2011-2012)
Campus urban
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Slogan Taking you where you want to go
Athletics conference East Suburban Catholic Conference
Nickname Shamrocks
Rivals Notre Dame High School
Guerin College Prep
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper Green and Gold
Tuition US$11,000[2]
Affiliation Christian Brothers

St. Patrick High School is an all male college preparatory Catholic high school located in the Portage Park neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1861, it is among the oldest continuously open high schools in the Chicago area. The school is the oldest Catholic school in Chicago.[3]


The original school was opened by the Christian Brothers near Adams Street and Des Plaines. In 1953, the school moved to its current site, on Belmont and Austin avenues. The student population was bigger than anticipated, which required almost immediate addition to the new structure; a construction project completed for the 1956—57 school year.

In 1991, one floor of the school was redeveloped as a computer center. After a long term fundraising effort, further addition and remodeling took place with the addition of an atrium, theater, music facilities, media center, and a second smaller gymnasium.[3]

Drug Testing Program

In 2004, St. Patrick High School initiated a mandatory drug testing policy for all students.[4] The policy calls for each student to be tested through hair samples at least once each year. Because of the random nature of the testing, some students may get tested more than once. Students who test positive are given the opportunity to work with the school to determine the best counseling route, but must submit to another test within 100 days, at the student's expense.[5]

Student life


St. Patrick's athletic teams are named the Shamrocks. The school participates in the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) for most of their sports, which include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. The school also sponsors teams in bowling, swimming & diving, and water polo which are not sponsored by the ESCC. All of these sports have state tournaments sponsored by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).[6]

The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments:[7]

The water polo team won the ISA state title in 1997, going 28–0. This was not an IHSA sponsored title, as water polo only became an IHSA sponsored sport in 2001.

Non-athletic activities

The school also has an academic team, a chess team, band, FIRST robotics, and dance. The chess team finished second in the IHSA state chess tournament in 1977 and tied for third in 2008.[7]

The cheerleading squad is composed of girls from nearby all-girls schools who choose to try out.[8]

Theatre Department

The school's Theatre Department stages one play in the fall, one student play in the winter, one musical in the spring, and one miscellaneous play in the summer as part of its Community Theater Initiative.

Notable alumni

Ryan Tosoc (2008) Professional Poker Player

Notable faculty


  1. NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  2. 1 2 History of St. Patrick HS Archived October 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Drug testing announcement Archived July 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. St. Patrick Drug Testing Policy
  5. List of athletic teams Archived May 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. 1 2 "IHSA record page for St. Patrick HS". Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  7. St. Patrick Cheerleading Archived September 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. 1964 Michigan Football Roster at, accessed 2 September 2011
  9. Goldstein, Richard (March 18, 2006). "Ray Meyer, Former DePaul Coach, Dies at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 3014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. John G. Mulroe - 10th District at, accessed 2 September 2011
  11. Band members inducted into Hall of Fame (p. 14-15)
  12. "Dan Santucci stats and bio". Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  13. "American Superstar interview with Jacob Zachar". Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
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