These are Catholic high schools in the state of Illinois which were once in operation, but were closed. Some are from the very early part of the 20th Century or even the late 19th Century. Click on the name of the school for details. As possible, we have listed the schools by Diocese.

Do you have any information, photos, articles, memorabilia regarding these or other Catholic high schools? It would be great to add it to this collection. No need to send originals, photocopies or scans are fine. E-mail here.

Newman Central Catholic, Sterling, IL Vintage photo - school still in operation

Soldier Field 1939 Championship game between Catholic High School finalist and Public High School finalist

Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.
Catholic high school to close on S. Side

St. Martin de Porres Academy, 250 E. 111th, will close at the end of the school year, students and faculty were told Wednesday. School officials blamed declining enrollment and budget problems. The Roman Catholic school was created in 1987 from a consolidation of three high schools: Mendel Preparatory, Unity and St. Willibrord. The schools merged into the Mendel building.

Copyright 1997 Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.

Chicago Sun-Times

May 12, 1997

Catholic high school to close

The Archdiocese of Chicago has rejected a last-ditch effort to save St. Martin de Porres High School, 111th and King, and the 40-acre site probably will be put on the block, parents said Monday. Idell Johnson, head of a parents group trying to save the school, said the archdiocese rejected a plan by parents to raise more money and rent out part of the four-building complex. The Augustinian religious order, which owns the complex, have said they want to sell it to the highest bidder, Johnson sa id. Archdiocesan high school consultant Janet Sisler cited escalating costs and declining enrollment for the closing.