The History of Marillac High School
Northfield (population 5,389) is located in far northeastern Illinois in far northern Cook County. Illinois Routes 43 (Harlem Avenue) and 68 (Dundee Road) travel through Northfield as Interstate Highway 94 passes by the east side of town. The Amtrack Soo Line Railroad travels through the west side of Northfield. To read about the history of the town please check out http://www.northfieldchamber.org/history.shtml. Northfield began its history in the 1850s however was not officially incorporated as a town until 1926.
The history of Marillac Catholic High School, officially known as Saint Louise de Marillac High School, is in need of research. According to the web address of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louise_de_Marillac_High_School , the school was founded in 1967 and operated by the Daughters of Charity. The first group of girls who entered the school were freshmen and sophomores who began classes in 1968. Marillac was an all-girls catholic high school who served the northern area of Cook County well for many years. The 1990s brought with them talks of closing Marillac High School. This effort was realized when Marillac High School officially closed in 1994. This was the result of a consolidation effort between Marillac High School and Loyola High School of WIllmette.
The girls of the Marillac High School area began attending Loyola Academy in Willmette, formerly an all-boys Catholic high school. The Marillac High School building is now a preschool- 8th grade grammar school called Christian Heritage Academy. The web address for the school is http://www.christian-heritage-academy.org/ .
**Marillac alumnae Patti tells us:
“I’m from the Charter Class at Marillac. When Marillac opened, there were no sophomore’s, only freshmen. The school wasn’t completely done and there were halls and class rooms we couldn’t use at first, it didn’t really matter to us. We turned into a fairly tight group of girls, we all knew each, which in itself was pretty amazing. We voted on the school colors, the final two choices were pink and black and green and blue. Obviously green and blue won. The Juniors and Seniors had uniforms that were green and blue, I don’t know if that ever changed. Our daily schedules were different: alpha, beta, delta, gamma and epsilon. No matter if we had a day off we ran those days concurrently.
Nuf Yad was started by Miss Myers, the Drama teacher, who was fabulous. We had great nuns in the early days. Sr. Constance was the Principle, Sr. Ann the Guidance Counselor – she was busy, Sr. James, Sr. Ann Marie, Sr. Honoria, Sr. Agnes, Sr. Marilyn the list goes on. One thing should be noted about Marillac, it was a great prep for College. By not not having assigned study halls we were left on own to make decisions about what we should do with our time between classes. Obviously, in the beginning those decisions, weren’t always the best, but we learned through trust.
It was a great place, I made lasting friendships there. If those walls could talk – On My!”
Marillac High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1968
First graduating class: 1971
Year closed: 1994
Consolidated to: Loyola Academy HS (Wilmette)
Marillac HS team nickname: the “North Stars”
Marillac HS team colors: Navy Blue & Kelly Green
School Fight Song: unavailable