FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO MERCY HIGH SCHOOL
Year opened: 1924
Year closed: 1972
School colors: Yellow & White
School nickname: unknown
School song: "Mercy
"Mercy Girls" would form a "Mercy Circle" and sing:
A Mercy girl is hard to beat
She has that Mercy look from head to feet.
She has that smile, that style that winning way
when you look at her you'll recognize her and you'll say
Now that's a girl I'd like to know
She has that good old Mercy pep and glow
And just one date with her is such a treat
She can't be beat. She's one of those Mercy Girls
We are aware that the ladies from Mercy participated in volleyball and basketball at one time against
other Chicago Catholic schools, but are unaware if there were other activities that they competed in, whether it be telegraphic
contests with the IHSA in archery, swimming, or bowling.
Mercy High competed in the Catholic High School Girls Basketball League, which existed from 1927 to 1931.
The school played in the league against St. Catherine, Loretto High, Loretto Academy, Aquinas, Alvernia, Visitation, Longwood, and other all-girls schools. Mercy won the first two league championships, in 1927 and 1928.
Certainly, there had to be many extra-curricular activities that were a fun and educational
part of attending Mercy. Band, chorus, student government, plays, and many other activities were likely offered throughout
the school year.
**From Lynn Bauer:
"I attended Mercy HS from 1960-1964. Don't remember the school song, but there was one. The school
colors were yellow and white. Volleyball was still a big sport there in those years. We had school dances in the gym.
Boys from St. Leo, St. Rita, Mendel, Brother Rice came with girls from Mercy."
Lichtenberger Patton (Class of '52):
"I attended Mercy from 48-52, when Sr. Mary of the Angels
was principal, Sr. Joel- VP, and Sr. RoseMarie- vocal teacher, Sr. Bernadine-
Band, and Mary Synon-Drama teacher, Ms. Smith-gym teacher, just to mention a few.
loved school and the nuns MOST of the time, and was very involved in singing, drama, and sports. We would stroll
around the block during lunch period, and on several occassions decided to live dangerously and take a "double lunch," which
meant we would skip a class after lunch and mingle with the next lunch group so as not to be discovered. OOOOooo, those were
My mother, Rita Munday, and aunt, Mary Margaret Munday, as well as my sisters
Pat and Suzie Lichtenberger also attended Mercy. It would be great to hear from other classmates,
("lights in the crowd," as Sr. Mary of the Angels called us) with stories of school days.
**From Mary Mroczkowski Lewandowski (Class of 1952):
"I graduated from Mercy in 1952 and remember Jane Lichtenberger,she had the most
gracious voice.I also took voice lessons from Sr. Rosemarie. The operettas we gave were great fun. I
don't have too many contacts from the class of 52, the only ones I remember are Audery Bartosz Martini, Mary Ann Zackie
Stone, Marlene Komorski Marlowe, I
would love to hear from my classmates."
**From Sr. Maureen Courtney (Class of 1956):
"I graduated from Mercy High School in 1956. I treasure many memories from that school and always remember the counsels
we received! Sister Mary Mark was the new principal in our senior year but we all still fondly remembered
Sister Mary of the Angels. One can only speak with pride about the beauties of that place.
On a more humorous note: as a Little Sister of the Poor and caring for the elderly, one dear lady in Denver confided
to me: "when I was growing up in Chicago I attended St. Xavier Academy on
Cottage Grove. My fondest memory was a beautiful young sister - and I don't know whatever happened to her. Her name was
Sister Mary of the Angels." It proved to me that it is a small world after all and that each of the Sisters made an impression
on us in ways we never knew. God Bless."
**From Arlene Callender Bradshaw (Class of 1960):
"I graduated from Mercy in 1960 and my sister, Joan Callender Mulligan graduated in 1953. I remember
Sister Rosemarie well. My sister could sing like an angel...was in Glee Club and Acapella. When
I started as a freshman in 1956, Sister had Glee Club tryouts, and with a name like "Callender",
she remembered the connection and was overjoyed to see that Joan's sister wanted to be in the Glee Club also. Little did she
know that Joan sang like an angel and Arlene squawked like a crow! After I did my
required tryout, Sister said, "Dear, your voice is interesting, but you're certainly not your sister." She strove to teach
all of us Glee Club "rejects" how to sing, but most important I remember how she taught us to appreciate music...from show
tunes to Gregorian Chant.
After being reassured that I really didn't sing well, I immediately went down to the sewing room and made friends with
Sister Ambrosia. I loved going to Mercy and my most favorite time of the year was the three days before
Thanksgiving when we'd have our Retreat."
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