FACTS ABOUT SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL (May Street)
New building opened: 1927
Year it became all-girls': 1944
Burgundy & White
School nickname: unknown
We are unaware that there were any extra-curricular activities for the students at Sacred Heart on May
Street, although it may be easy to imagine that they enjoyed intramural sports and GAA, plays, music, dances, and other things
to round out their high school careers. We are curious as to what the students did to stay involved at the school.
**From Maureen (Carey) Hanson (Class of 1961):
"I am a proud graduate of Sacred Heart - 70th & May Streets. I graduated from grammar school in 1957 and SHHS in 1961. We are a proud and loyal group from the greatest
parish on the south side of Chicago. We meet every couple of years for a celebration of the wonderful years and childhood
we all shared or, as we have come to believe, "a time and place unmatched by any other." This is the message on a remembrance
card from a previous gathering.
To start off, the school colors for the high school
were burgundy, trimmed in white. I still have my high school sweater. I don't remember a mascot. Our school
paper was 'The Maroon' and I believe that it was published monthly. Per my copy of 'The Maroon' for June 1, 1961, thirty nine
seniors were to receive their diplomas at 4:00 p.m. in Church with Father Reuter, the parish pastor, presiding.
Our yearbook was The Thesaurus.
During our four years in high school at SHHS, we had many activities from academics to the arts to sports. We
enjoyed plays, fashion shows and music festivals. In sports we participated in intramural volleyball and basketball, as well
as the C.Y.O. girls' high school volleyball tournament each year. On the religious side, we had the Legion of Mary, May
Crowning each Spring and dramatic ceremonies as a part of the liturgical calendar. Each
year we participated in, or endured, a silent retreat. We usually enjoyed our juke box in the gym at lunch time every
day except for Lent when the music was silent. As I recall, we usually had volleyball games between the different classes
I believe that Sister Frances DeSales was the principal the whole time I was in high
school. When I graduated from grammar school on June 13, 1957, Sister DeSales
was also the principal of the grammar school and, at that time, Msgr. Harry Koenig was the pastor of the
parish. I also have a tuition envelope from 1953-54 and the monthly stipend was $1.25 per month and $2.50 in May. This
is a little information about this wonderful parish school. I hope that it is helpful in your research.
Our gatherings are well-attended by many of the former parishioners as they reconnect with old
friends and neighbors. We have had overflow crowds each time. You are probably aware that the Church was torn down
several years ago and, I believe, that the school and convent remain. One of the most treasured door prizes at the gathering
is always a brick from the Church. I hope that this info gives you a sampling of the reverence and love we all have for
this wonderful parish and school of our younger days."
I was enrolled at Sacred Heart in the 50's. My parents moved because of the changing of the neighborhood in the early 60's
and relocated in the suburbs. I do have some class pictures that I can make copies of to send to you. In fact, I am in touch
with Father Ken Fleck, who is pastor of St. George's Church in Tinley Park, IL. I was wondering when the next get together
will be for Sacred Heart School. I believe that Father Fleck has attended the gatherings. My mother, her sister and brothers
also went to the school back in the 30's. Please send me any information you might have of the class that would have graduated
from grade school in '1963. Thank you, Cathy Kent (Mary C. Sukis)
From Jack Manning:
"My name is John (Jack) Manning. I lived at 71st and Elizabeth and graduated from Leo High School in 1947. My
family attended Sacred Heart Church and I dated several young ladies from Sacred Heart High School.
"In the mid-1940's, a priest friend of my family (Fr. Guirsh?)
was having dinner with my family and asked me what he could do to attract more young people to the church. I suggested he
convert the high school auditorium to a basketball court. The court should run parallel to the state and doors to avoid the
large pillars in the room.
did this and it attracted many young people to the gym. I played, coached, and officiated in tournaments. I played CYO basketball
for Sacred Heart at St. Sabina's.
interested in what's happened to my South Side, hearing that Visitation High School also closed. I'm checking on (Vice President)
Mike Pence's family. whose father also graduated from Leo HS...his mother graduated from Visitation HS in 1950.
"Sacred Heart CYO has an All-American NBA star (Johhny
"Red" Kerr) in the Hall of Fame. He was very tall when he was 12-13 years old, and believe he attended Tilden Tech. I live
in Tampa, Florida...left Chicago in 1950 for the US Navy. This is FYI, but getting the gym (at Sacred Heart) is something
I've very proud of."
CAN YOU PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION TO US....
about the history of Sacred Heart High School on May Street in Chicago? If so, here's your chance to let
us know. We enjoy hearing about the school history, activities, memories created, and photos of the school. Please send them
to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or thru the mail at:
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