The girls of Loretto Academy participated in G.A.A. and other activities to help them achieve
physical fitness. The school closed (1972) before the IHSA officially recognized and sponsored girls athletics
(1974). However, the school was among a pioneering group of high schools that participated in interscholastic athletics,
as evidenced by the following facts provided by historian Robert Pruter.
As early as 1927, Loretto was part of the Catholic High School Girls' Basketball League, competing against
Visitation, Loretto High, Longwood, St. Catherine (later known as Siena), St. Xavier, St. Mary, Mercy, St. Scholastica, Evanston Marywood, and Wilmette Mallickrodt. The school did not win a conference championship and the league broke up in 1932 when the Catholic Youth
Organization formed its own league.
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We are certain that there were many extra-curricular activities that were a fun and educational part
of the Loretto High School experience. Band, chorus, student government, plays, and many other activities were likely
offered throughout the school year.
From Evelyn Wright (class of 1965):
I attended Loretto (Englewood) my first year....our school closed...last 3 years at Loretto Academy - Woodlawn....what
1. Glee Club...I didn't know it at the time that the Mary Poppins songs would forever be with me. Which,
by the way, I love to sing even today.
2. There was also the Sodality of Our Lady Club...I was a member...we met in
the school library
3. Where uniforms...were such a blessing.
4. Loretto offered Business Ed or College
courses...I sincerely appreciate my typing/shorthand teacher, Mother Clarice...because of her, I was the fastest typist as
well as #1 writing and transcribing Gregg Shorthand. This skill afforded me employment...and saved my dad.
Nuns...I help pay my tuition by working at the School/Convent so I got to know the nuns quite well as they did me. They
were the best."
"I remember Loretto Academy quite well. I attended Mount Carmel High School from where I graduated in 1952. I
am now 80 years old.
"Also I lived a 66th and Ingleside at the time and was fortunate to have 3 very beautiful girls
living next door to me. They were the Shanley sisters whose names were Mary, Nancy, and Jeanne. They all served as cheer-leaders
for the MC football team. Mary was the oldest, then Nancy and Jeanne.
"I am saddened to think how time has passed,
but then again fortunate to have such warm memories."
From Judy (Mangan) Wisniewski (class of 1954):
"I noted while reading the interesting article on Loretto (Woodlawn) under some
of the facts about Loretto, it stated that the school colors "were not known." They were a light blue and white (know
for sure those were our colors) and believe they were in honor of the Blessed Virigin Mary. The Loretto Sisters are still
around and have a motherhouse in Wheaton, Illinois.
husband was a Mt. Carmel graduate, and in a way that is how we first met. I was attending a forum at Carmel one Sunday as
was he. We were sophomores at the time and eventually were married for 52 years. but he passed away in 2009.
"By the way, I sent the link to "Illinois High School Glory Days" to the gals
from Loretto I am still in contact with. We were a small, pretty close class.
"I attended Quincy College, which at one time was a seminary. I think the year I started was about the 2nd or 3rd
year when they first started admitting women and I had a scholarship."
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