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                    The History of Chicago Saints Peter & Paul High School
 
Chicago (population 2.8 million) is located in far northeastern Illinois in the center of Cook County. The town became a vital hub for transportation and industry in the mid-1800's. Its' location on the banks of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River gave it access to the early transportation mode of the day; water. Chicago has utilized the lake and its early growth to become one of the most prominent cities in the world. O'Hare Airport is one of the world's busiest. Several major highways and Illinois routes lead you to and from Chicago as well.

Saints Peter & Paul High School was located in the South Chicago neighborhood as a co-ed parish school, serving the children of Polish families that were already settled in Chicago.

The school was started with 12 students and one nun from the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate from Joliet in the fall of 1936, adding one grade at a time until it was a four-year school in 1940. Following World War II, Saints Peter & Paul went all-girls in 1948, maintaining an enrollment of 330 students throughout the 1950's.

At its peak, the order had 11 nuns on the faculty in the fall of 1957, but that was cut nearly in half to six in 1965. In its final year of operation, the school had 273 students enrolled, which was one of the reasons why the school closed its doors.

Other factors included the lack of religious personnel that were teaching at the school, financial problems, and the difficulty of conducting classes with limited facilities.

Following the 1969 spring graduation, remaining students were assisted in transferring to Mercy, Aquinas, or St. Francis deSales High Schools. The status of the school building is unknown at this time.   

FACT ABOUT CHICAGO STS. PETER & PAUL HIGH SCHOOL
 
Year opened:                 1936
Became 4-yr school:      1940
Became all-girls':           1948
Year closed:                  1969
School colors:               unknown
School nickname:          unknown
School song:                 unknown
 
 
ACTIVITIES
 
Regardless of one might believe, there was no information found about student life outside of the classroom at Sts. Peter & Paul. There certainly had to be dances, band, chorus, intramurals, and more at the school. We are accepting any information that an alumnus or friend may have at the addresses listed below.
 
MEMORIES
 
from Helen (Bahr) Bernier (class of 1968):
 
"I was there from 1964-68. Since we were an all-girl HS, we did not have dances. We basically followed sporting events and dances at Mt. Carmel HS. We had a Thespian club that put on many events. We did have a choral group, also.
 
"We had gym classes, but had to go to the public school for gym. I don't remember if it was Bowen or CVS, whichever one is closer.
 
"About two years ago (in 2016), there was an episode of "Chicago Fire" and they were at (St.) Peter and Paul. It showed at some sort of a community center, but do not know if it really is one."
 
 
THE TIME IS NOW....
 
to let us know about Sts. Peter & Paul High School on Chicago's South Side. Although it was only open 33 years, the school had to be full of life. We would like to hear from you, whether you graduated from the school, are a friend of the school, or knew someone who went there. There are two ways to contact us:
 
 
or mail: Illinois High School Glory Days
            6439 North Neva
            Chicago, IL  60631