The History of Chicago Alvernia Catholic High School
Chicago (population 2.8 million) is in northeastern Illinois in eastern Cook County. Lake Michigan, along with the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers being the main waterways in the city. Interstates 55, 57, 90, & 94 will all lead you to the “Windy City,” as will numerous state and US highways. From what started as a small village in the early 1800’s along the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago has grown to the nation’s third largest city and one of the most famous places in the world, as the result of an ethnically diverse community that adopted the city.
The following information regarding Alvernia High School was supplied to us by Alvernia alum Judy Skotzko:
“Alvernia High School was opened in 1924 by the School Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee, WI. as an all-girl Catholic high school on the northwest side of Chicago. The school was located at 3901 N. Ridgeway. It closed in 1989. During the 65 years of its existence, it educated over 13,000 young women.
The Alvernia Alumnae Association is a robust organization that serves to connect all who attended, taught at, or worked at Alvernia. We conduct a fund-raising luncheon each spring; the proceeds go to support the ministries and the retirement fund of the School Sisters of St. Francis. Our website is www.alverniaalumnae.org.
On the site you’ll see a picture of the school and hear the school song. Our school colors were brown and gold. Sports played at the school were mostly intramural. The Glee Club and Orchestra performed at concerts throughout the city.”
Alvernia High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1924
Year closed: 1989
School team nickname: the “Cougars”
School team uniform colors: Brown & Gold
School Fight Song: “All Hail Alvernia”
Submitted by Meghan Smeenge