Chicago DePaul University Loop H.S.

The History of Chicago DePaul University Loop High School

Chicago (population approximately 2,800,000) is situated in the far northeastern portion of Illinois in the heart of Cook County. Highways leading to and from Chicago include I-55, I-57, I-88, I-90, and I-94. Several railways also take you into the nation’s third largest city.

Lake Michigan serves as Chicago’s eastern border and was vital (and still is today) to Chicago’s early growth and economy.The area in which Chicago is located was first settled in the very early 1800’s. The mouth of the Chicago River at Lake Michigan served as an important waterway from the east to the west. The town was organized in 1832 and chartered as a city in 1837. Chicago’s population that year was 4,180.

By the late 1800’s, Chicago was a boom town, the population increasing at a rapid rate. Along with this boom came the need for education. Residents saw to it that their children were given many opportunities. Along with the growth of public schools came the establishment of several private and parochial schools.

As a way to reach out to those men and women who had not completed their high school education, the Vincentian Fathers opened DePaul University Loop High School in September of 1925 to prepare students for college studies. Emphasis was placed on English, foreign languages, math, and science courses.

A diploma from DePaul Loop automatically gained a graduate admission to either DePaul University or the University of Illinois without having to take an entrance exam. Faculty members at DePaul Loop were also teachers in the Chicago Public School system by day; thus the school was considered a night school.

Unfortunately, DePaul Loop had to close its doors in 1936 due to education regulations that prohibited high schools from holding classes in the same building as that college or university courses were offered. However, students were not left high and dry because they were able to continue at Marquette Institute.


Year opened:        1925

Year closed:         1936


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