|FACTS ABOUT ST. CONSTANCE/CARDINAL STRITCH HIGH SCHOOL
Year opened (as St. Constance): 1932
First graduating 4-yr class: 1939
Renamed Cardinal Stritch: 1947
Went all-girls’: 1960
Year closed: 1970
School colors: Red & White
School nickname: unknown
School song: unknown
There is no record of any post-season trophies won by the school on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org), although it is possible that the school may never had been a member. Still, students at Stritch could have participated in activities to round out their educational experiences at the school, such as band, choir, drama, GAA, Sodality, and many others. We would like to hear from a graduate or a person who was close to the school about some of the activities that the students had while attending Stritch.
From Gretchen (Kuhn) Olivero:
“I was one of the graduates in the last graduation class of the school in 1970. In looking at a HS graduation picture, my cap and gown was red and white, which may have been the school colors at that time.
There were around 87 students in that last graduating class. I will have to dig out my yearbook to be sure of the number. In my 4 years there, we had a Mission Club, which I was a member of. We had Future Teachers of America, Choir, Drama and Sodality. In 1980, we had our ten year reunion, which I attended. A 25 year reunion was held, which I did not attend. 2010 will be our 40 year reunion, but so far I have not heard anything. I have been searching the internet for that, which is how I found your website.”
From Mary Lou (Barwig) O’Brien (class of 1954): “Hi, I just found out about this link tonight after having dinner with my daughter and her family. I mentioned that I would like to locate some of my friends from Cardinal Stritch High School.
I graduated in June of 1954 but also had friends from the classes of ‘52 and ‘53. My wonderful son-in–law emailed me this link tonight. I currently reside in Texas but lived at 5621 N. Neva Ave. during high school years. (One of my sisters lives at that address now.)
I have so many happy memories from my years of 1950-54. Sister Valencia was the principal and Sister Lucille Marie was also a nun there. I remember her so well because she was one on my mother’s best girlfriends! So I had to behave very well, which wasn’t easy for me!
I do still keep in touch with some of my girlfriends but haven’t heard of a reunion since our fabulous 50th one on Oct. 9, 2004…….we were going to do it again 5 years later, but haven’t. I would love to help out getting another for right now…..who has to wait for another special year???
If you have any info on who I can contact or how to get another reunion going for class of ‘54 and also how to locate some people from class of ‘52, I would appreciate it. You have my address and I have the one below that was on the link. I am also on Facebook.”
From Jeannine Smentek (class of 1961):
I graduated from Cardinal Stritch H S in 1961.The photo on your website is of the “new” St. Constance Grammar School, not Cardinal Stritch. This building stands on the site of the former “grotto” that was there.
Our class held their 50th reunion last July (2011). I’ll send a link to your page to the reunion committee members and maybe some of them can provide more photos and information. I think they do know the words to the school song.
DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION…
about the history of St. Constance or Cardinal Stritch High School in Chicago? Then we’d like to hear from you in order to get the spirit of the school alive. Information such as words to a school song, photo of the original building, team nickname, names of notable alumnae, and much more are welcome. You can either email us with your information at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it thru the USPS to:
Illinois High School Glory Days
6439 North Neva
Chicago, IL 60631