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Encyclopedia > Brother Rice High School (Chicago)
Brother Rice High School
Motto Viriliter in Christo Jesu
("Act Manfully in Christ Jesus")
Established 1956
Type Private all-male secondary
Principal James P. Antos
Students 1,200
Grades 9–12
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Colors burnt orange and maroon
Mascot Crusaders
Website www.brrice.org

Brother Rice High School is an all-male, Catholic, college preparatory institution located in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the school property line borders Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Saint Xavier University . It enrolls approximately 1,200 boys, mostly from local neighborhoods such as Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park and Ashburn, and suburban communities such as Burbank, Oak Lawn, Alsip, and Evergreen Park. The Christian Brothers of Ireland founded the school in 1956. Thus, the school's namesake is owed to the founder of their religious order, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. The school colors are maroon and burnt orange. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Brother_Rice_High_School_Chicago_Logo. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... Educational institutions are often categorised along several dimensions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... This article is about the medieval crusades. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Holy Name Cathedral is the motherchurch of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. ... Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is an all-girls, Catholic high school located in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago at 3737 West 99th Street. ... St. ... Beverly, one of the 77 official community areas, is located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. ... Mount Greenwood is a predominantly Irish-Catholic neighborhood on the Southwest Side of Chicago. ... Morgan Park, located on the far south side of city of Chicago, Illinois is one of the citys 77 official community areas. ... Ashburn, one of Chicagos 77 official community areas, is located on the southwest side of the city. ... Burbank is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Oak Lawn is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Alsip is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Evergreen Park is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other persons named Edmund Rice, see Edmund Rice (disambiguation). ...

Currently a four-semester course allows CCNA certification, and many other courses give AP college credits. In 2004, 2005, and 2006 Brother Rice was named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country. On September 14th, 2006 the school celebrated its 50 year anniversary. An academic term is the time during which a school, college or university holds classes. ... Cisco Career Certifications are IT professional certifications for Cisco products. ...



In athletics, the School is known for Water Polo with a rich history of 13 State Championships. The School has also won State Championships in baseball (1976) and football (1981). Brother Rice has recently added to its success in volleyball under Coach Br. Ickes. The school has recently won 5 consecutive State Championships in rugby, 2 under Coach Brian Rohan. Other successful sports include basketball, tennis, bowling, swimming, and hockey. The school is also known for its charity work in the surrounding neighborhoods. It is one of the most recognizable schools in the Chicago area. All students are required to do community service hours, and the overwhelming majority of students do more than required.



The first faculty of eleven Brothers welcomed the freshman class of 420 students in September 1956. Brother William C. Penny was the school's first principal and the main classroom and athletic facility was completed within a year of the schools opening. A standard of excellence that has been the hallmark of Brother Rice through its history was recognized by the North Central Association which granted accreditation only two years after opening, unusually fast for private schools. Brother Rice High School boasts one of the finest facilities of any Catholic high school in the nation, but this too has developed as a result of dedicated efforts throughout the school’s history.


Making way for the increasing demands of a college preparatory curriculum, Brother Rice opened in 1969 a new 16,000 square-foot library, now called the Pilon Learning Resource Center, which remains one of the largest and most technically advanced high-school libraries in the state. Through the fund-raising efforts of the students, Mothers’ Club and Dads’ Clubs, a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool and a band room, also opened in 1969.


The next major facility enhancement took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s during "Project 25," yielding additional offices, a second gymnasium, a new weight room, a locker room, and a 110-seat lecture hall. Once again, student and parent fund raising provided the greatest portion of Project 25's budget.


Responding to the growing needs for computer education, Brother Rice was among the first schools in the area to build and equip a full computer lab. The lab has undergone periodic upgrades since then including a major renovation and upgrade in 1994 when it was named the Joseph H. Cainkar Computer Center.

The Kairos Retreat Program became a part of the schools religious formation efforts in 1987. While maintaining its commitment to prepare students for college, Brother Rice High School founded its very successful Focus Program in 1985 to assist struggling students in their studies. Since its beginnings, the program has prepared hundreds of students, who might not have otherwise even considered attending college, for successful college experiences. In 1985, Brother Rice was one of the first schools in the state to receive the U. S. Department of Education Exemplary Schools award, confirming the schools continued commitment to excellence in education.


The APEX program was founded in 1995 to better serve the needs of the growing number of academically gifted students.

A football stadium was completed and dedicated in the fall of 1990, and in 1993 the "Rice Renaissance" campaign renovated the north gym as well as locker-room and computer facilities. The summer of 1996 saw the complete renovation of the school's guidance center and construction of the new, state-of-the-art physics lab, the Petkus-Crane Physics Center. In 1999, lights installed through the generous contributions of the Brother Rice Family enabled football to be played at night. These 1990's projects were also funded with student and parent help, but the major portions came from the now financially mature alumni, who have become generous supporters of all endeavors of the Brother Rice community.


The $2.75 million capital campaign, “Our Crusade Continues’, remodeled classrooms and labs, renovated the Main Office, opened a new student health center, kept student and administration technology up-to-date and added to the endowment fund for student financial assistance. A new 3700 square foot Fitness Center, the largest in the area, was completed. In 2004, Brother Rice installed a state-of-the-art, eight-lane, outdoor running track with areas associated for field events. The football and soccer stadium was also refurbished.

In August 2005, Br. Karl Walczak, President, and Mr. James Antos, Principal, welcomed 332 young men to the freshman class. They will join the more than 16,000 men who have graduated since 1956. These men will be taught as all Brother Rice students have been taught to live the school’s motto, “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” in school and in life.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of Brother Rice High School include:

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Brother Rice High School (8760 words)
Brother William C. Penny, the school’s first principal, and the Brother Rice faculty and parents were responsible for setting a standard of excellence that has been the hallmark of Brother Rice through its history, and the North Central Association granted accreditation only two years after opening, unusually fast for private schools.
Brother Rice High School is a member of the Illinois High School Association, the Interscholastic Conference of Private Schools, the Catholic Metropolitan Conference, the Illinois Swimming Association, the Catholic Hockey League, and a long-standing member of one of the strongest conferences in the country, the Chicago Catholic League.
Brother Rice students are expected to conduct themselves as Christian gentlemen who respect themselves and their teachers, as well as the rights and property of their fellow students.
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