Burbank Queen of Peace High School "Pride"

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Burbank Queen of Peace High School Building
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The History of Burbank Queen of Peace High School
 
Burbank (population 28,925) is located in south-central Cook County. The eastern edge of Burbank shares a border with the southwest side of the city of Chicago. The main roadways leading to and from Burbank include Central Avenue, 79th Street, and South State Road. Illinois Route 50 (Cicero Avenue) passes through the east side of town as well. The land on which Burbank is located was first settled in 1850. It was not until the 1920s that the area became substantially inhabited. In 1970 Burbank was incorporated into an official Illinois city.
 
Burbank Queen of Peace High School was established in 1962 by the Siniswa Dominican Sisters as an all-girls catholic high school. During it's first year operation classes were held at St. Laurence High School, also in Burbank, for the 400 students enrolled while construction of the Queen of Peace High School building was being completed. The Queen of Peace building was completed prior to the start of the 1963-64 school year at which time classes began at that facility.   
 
Queen of Peace High School enjoyed 55 years of service educating young women in the Burbank area. During that time approximately 15,000 students earned their diplomas. The school building was designed for an enrollment capacity of 1,400. This capacity, or close to it, was the norm during the 1960s and 1970s. As recently as 2007 the enrollment of Queen of Peace High School was nearly 700 students. The final year at Queen of Peace there was an enrollment of 288 students. The school closed on June 30, 2017 due to an extended enrollment decline and financial shortfalls.
 
 
Sadly the Queen of Peace high school building, gym, and all other buildings that were a part of the school have been demolished. The girls in the area still have an option of attending a catholic high school as the next door neighbor of Queen of Peace, St. Laurence High School, began a new era of accepting female students upon the closure of Queen of Peace High School.
      
Queen of Peace High School "Quick Facts"
 
Year Opened:             1962
Year Closed:               2017
Girls now attend:        Burbank St. Laurence High School
Building fate:              Demolished
School Nickname:      "Pride"
School Colors:            Green & White
School Fight Song:

Queen of Peace Athletic Letter
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ATHLETICS
            
The Queen of Peace "Pride" had some excellent successes in athletics. Volleyball sticks out as the most decorated sport in the school's history. The listings below come from the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org). If you have any information to add to any sport listed, or additional information regarding sports or activities not listed, please contact us.
 
VOLLEYBALL
     
The volleyball teams at Queen of Peace High School were strong throughout the history of the program. A SECOND PLACE finish in the 1977-78 Class 'AA' tournament was the highlight. The girls also finished 4TH in 1995-96. The resume for the program is as follows:
 
State title games:  (1) 1977-78 'AA'
State final top 4 finishes:  (2)  1977-78 (2nd), 1995-96 (4th)
Sectional Titles:  8
Regional Titles:  20
District Titles: 2
   
1977-78     30 - 7     IHSA Class 'AA' 2ND PLACE             Coach Glenn Schultz
                                 District Champions
                                 Sectional Champions
                                 Super-Sectional Champions
    
1978-79                    IHSA Class 'AA' District Champs    Coach's name & record needed
    
1979-80 through 1987-88:  Team records & coaches' names needed. 
   
1988-89                    IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs Coach's name & record needed
  
1988-89 through 1992-93:  Team records & coaches' names needed.
   
1993-94                    IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs Coach's name & record needed
     
1994-95      Team record & coach's name needed.
  
1995-96     35 - 8     IHSA Class 'AA' 4TH PLACE             Coach Linda Vivona
                                 Regional Champions
                                 Sectional Champions
                                 Super-Sectional Champions
     
1996-97     31 - 6                                                                  Coach Peg Meyer
   
1997-98     30 - 7     IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs  Coach Peg Meyer
     
1998-99     34 - 5     IHSA Class 'AA' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach Peg Meyer
                                Regional Champions
                                Sectional Champions
   
1999-00  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach's name needed
                                Regional Champions
                                Sectional Champions
    
2000-01  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach's name needed
                                Regional Champions
                                Sectional Champions
    
2001-02  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach's name needed
                                Regional Champions
                                Sectional Champions
    
2002-03  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Sweet 16 Finalist    Coach's name needed
                                Regional Champions
                                Sectional Champions
    
2003-04  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
   
2004-05  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
      
2005-06  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
     
2006-07  (needed)  IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
    
2007-08    Team record & coach's name needed.
  
2008-09  (needed)  IHSA Class '4A' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
   
2009-10  (needed)  IHSA Class '4A' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
   
2010-11    Team record & coach's name needed.   
    
2011-12  (needed)  IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
   
2012-13    Team record & coach's name needed.   
   
2013-14  (needed)  IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
    
2014-15  (needed)  IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champs   Coach's name & record needed
    
2015-16  (needed)  IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champs   Coach Karen VanAssen
   
2016-17  (needed)  IHSA Class '3A' Elite 8 Finalist         Coach Karen VanAssen 
                                Regional Champions
                                Sectional Champions

BASKETBALL
 
The Queen of Peace basketball program was also very successful. TEN Regional Championships and a Sectional Championship were highlights. This included a Sweet 16 appearance in Class 'AA' in 1992-93.  
 
1988-89               IHSA Class AA Regional Champs       Coach's Name Needed
     
1989-90               IHSA Class AA Regional Champs       Coach's Name Needed
               
1990-91     Team record & coach's name needed.
  
1991-92               IHSA Class AA Regional Champs       Coach's Name Needed
    
1992-93   24 - 7   IHSA Sweet 16 Finalist                         Coach Ray Konrath
                             Regional Champions
                             Sectional Champions  
      
1993-94               IHSA Class AA Regional Champs       Coach's Name Needed
     
1994-95     Team record & coach's name needed.
1995-96     Team record & coach's name needed.
1996-97     Team record & coach's name needed.
              
1997-98               IHSA Class AA Regional Champs       Coach's Name Needed
      
1998-99     Team record & coach's name needed.
1999-00     Team record & coach's name needed.
2000-01     Team record & coach's name needed.
2001-02     Team record & coach's name needed.
2002-03     Team record & coach's name needed.
2003-04     Team record & coach's name needed.
2004-05     Team record & coach's name needed.
2005-06     Team record & coach's name needed.
    
2006-07     9 - 20                                                                 Coach's Name Needed 
2007-08   14 - 15                                                                 Coach's Name Needed 
2008-09     9 - 17                                                                 Coach's Name Needed 
2009-10     8 - 18                                                                 Coach's Name Needed 
              
2010-11     6 - 20  IHSA Class 3A Regional Champs       Coach's Name Needed
    
2011-12     5 - 22                                                                 Coach's Name Needed 
     
2012-13                IHSA Class 3A Regional Champs       Coach's Name Needed
    
2013-14      2 - 28                                                                Coach George A. Shimko
2014-15      8 - 23                                                                Coach George A. Shimko
       
2015-16    20 - 11  IHSA Class 3A Regional Champs      Coach George A. Shimko
     
2016-17    28 - 4    IHSA Class 3A Regional Champs      Coach George A. Shimko & Alex Shimko

COMPETITIVE DANCE
      
The competitive dance team qualified for the state finals on one occasion.
 
2014-15    Team Qualified for Class 1A State Finals       Coach Ashly Sproule

CROSS COUNTRY
     
The Pride Cross Country program qualified for the IHSA state finals on 2 occasions and won a Sectional title. One athlete earned medals in 3 consecutive seasons at the IHSA State Meet.
 
1990-91    IHSA Class 'AA' State Qualifier                      Coach Laura Haggerty
             
1991-92    IHSA Sectional Champs & State Qualifier     Coach Laura Haggerty
   
1988-89    IHSA Class 'AA' State Meet Medalist
   
                 Delilah DiCrescenzo - 10TH Place
    
1999-00    IHSA Class 'AA' State Meet Medalist
   
                 Delilah DiCrescenzo - 2ND Place
        
2000-01    IHSA Class 'AA' State Meet Medalist
   
                 Delilah DiCrescenzo - 3RD Place

SOCCER
     
Queen of Peace won a total of 3 Regional titles in soccer.
 
2004-05             IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs       Coach's name & record needed
                  
2011-12             IHSA Class '1A' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
    
2012-13             IHSA Class '1A' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            

SOFTBALL
      
Six Regional titles, three Sectional titles, and 3 Elite 8 appearances were attained by the girls softball program.
 
1990-91                IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs       Coach's name & record needed
    
1991-92 through 2001-02:  Team records & Coaches' names needed.
   
2002-03   30 - 8    IHSA Class 'AA' Elite 8 Finalist             Coach's name needed.
                             Regional Champions
                             Sectional Champions
  
2003-04    Team record & Coach's name needed.
    
2004-05   27 - 11  IHSA Class 'AA' Elite 8 Finalist             Coach Erin Lorenz
                             Regional Champions
                             Sectional Champions
    
2005-06    Team record needed.                                           Coach Erin Lorenz
    
2006-07   22 - 12  IHSA Class 'AA' Elite 8 Finalist             Coach Erin Lorenz
                             Regional Champions
                             Sectional Champions
     
2007-08                IHSA Class '4A' Regional Champs       Coach's name & record needed  
   
2008-09 through 2015-16:  Team records and coaches' names needed.
    
2016-17                IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champs       Coach Stephanie Ruvalcaba
     

TRACK & FIELD
     
One athlete earned medals in consecutive years at the IHSA State Track Meet.
 
1999-00          IHSA Class 'AA' Individual Medalist
   
                       Delilah DiCrescenzo - 1600 Meter Run - 6TH Place
   
2000-01          IHSA Class 'AA' Individual Medalist
   
                       Delilah DiCrescenzo - 1600 Meter Run - 7TH Place

OTHER EXTRA-CURICULAR ACTIVITIES
 
It is highly likely that the Queen of Peace 'Pride' offered many others activities for its students to participate in. Band, chorus, student government, drama, and many other activities were probably a part of the Queen of Peace experience.  

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION...
       
...regarding the history or activities that were a part of the Queen of Peace High School experience please contact us at the following email address.