We do know that Marywood offered basketball at one time, but do not have any record of other extracurricular activities that the Marywood students may have participated, but most people would believe that those young ladies had many avenues to show off their talents, whether it be in choir, drama, band, GAA, or other school organizations. We are in need of more details in this area.
Marywood competed in the Catholic High School Girls’ Basketball League from 1927-31, according to Robert Pruter. Along with the likes of Alvernia, Aquinas, Longwood, Loretto High, Loretto Academy, Mercy, St. Catherine (later known as Siena), St. Mary, St. Scholastica, St. Xavier, Visitation, and Wilmette Mallinckrodt, these schools played each other until the Catholic Youth Organization formed its own girls’ league in 1932.
from Barbara Hofstetter:
“I recently attended a 40th class reunion for the class of 1971…the class that never graduated. When Googleing Marywood, I came across the site. I was a Junior when the Sisters of Providence announced that they were closing the school. I have never forgotten how sad that day was. We were all called into the Gymnasium for a school assembly and the Principal of the school announced that Marywood would be closing at the end of the school year. Yes, and the reason was for lack of enrollment. There were two new high schools in the area: Regina Dominican and Marillac High School in Glenview. These two schools were mainly responsible for the demise of Marywood.
If you need more info about Marywood, I would be happy to oblige.”
from Mary Cay (class of 1968):
“We just got out in time before they closed. We had an unbelievable time at Marywood. They were known for their swim club. It was synchronized swimming and we had a beautiful swim show every year with music, costumes and such talent. I should know…I was president of the club my senior year.
“The basketball team was always great! We had tournaments with other girls schools and usually won! Although our big rival was Alvernia. There are still quite a few friends that we keep in contact with and the reunions are always something to look forward too. Most of my friends went to college after Marywood and finished. They prepared us very well.
“Just thought I would send a lil’ info. Our motto was (are you ready?) “Do as Mary wood!””
from Elizabeth Burger (class of 1960):
“I am so happy to find Marywood online and maybe get some more information. I graduated in 1960 and I LOVED going to school there. Such happy days and I boarded.
“My mom threw all my yearbooks away so no last names in my brain anymore. I want to connect with my old classmates. I did the swimming ballet, love the huge art room, played tricks on the sisters who guarded us at night. What fun we had!
“So cool to see the old building and tower. Was the art room in the tower? I went to mass every day…omg.. and practiced piano like the devil.”
from Victoria Martinez (last freshmen class in 1969-70):
“Hi. I was a freshman when Marywood closed in 1970. I so loved coming to this school every morning from Chicago. I was on the swim team, and basketball team. I also remember playing Joseph that year in a school play.
“I remember that light blue uniform that I used to roll up all the time with our white blouses and blue jacket. I so loved coming to this school every morning from Chicago. I met so many great girls and teachers there. I always remember it being so cool to be in a school with all girls.
“There was such a closeness amongst each other. I also remember that dreaded day they called us all to the gym to tell us this would be the last year for Marywood. We were all crying that we would not be together anymore.
“Most of my friends went to Scholastica or Regina but I got stuck at Sullivan High School in the city. That’s when my life went down a different path for many years. I always tell everyone if it wasn’t for my eight years in a Catholic grammar school and my Freshman year in a Catholic H.S., I would have not learned anything.
“That year at Marywood was one of the best years of my life. My mom lost all my yearbooks, so if there is anyone who knows how I can get another book, it would be greatly appreciated.”
from Moira Heffron (daughter of Marywood alumnae Maryruth Stephan, dated 8/31/2021):
“My mom graduated from Marywood in 1928. A field day from 1927 shows a track meet and awards for varsity basketball and champion basketball team, as well as for volleyball, baseball, and swimming (the top award went to her friend, Joyce Raiche).
“There were also individual and group music performances as shown in a recital program with orchestra as well as solo instruments; violins, pianos, harps, and voice chorus performed at their commencement. I hope this adds to your information on activities pursued by Marywood students.”
IF YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT EVANSTON MARYWOOD…
then we invite you to contact us. We can be reached by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to us at the following address. Items such as memories, types of activities, school colors, school song, etc. are helpful to us.
6439 North Neva
Chicago, IL 60631
|Marywood classmates at 40th class reunion
|Courtesy of Barbara Hofstetter