Olympia Fields, IL High Schools
Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Home of the Vikings
Homewood-Flossmoor High School is a three-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award for excellence. Homewood-Flossmoor High School is located in nearby Flossmoor, IL. The district encompasses nearly 11.5 square miles, drawing students from the communities of Homewood, Flossmoor, Chicago Heights, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, and Olympia Fields, serving school districts 153, 161 and 167.
The Homewood-Flossmoor High School campus consists of a North and a South Building. The South Building contains a number of sub-buildings each assigned a letter and includes the school’s radio station (WHFH) 88.5 FM Flossmoor, television station VTV, science labs, a swimming pool, a music building, gymnasium and an auditorium. An ice rink is also located on the campus, owned by the local park district.
In 2014, Homew00d-Flossmoor High School took part in a multi-million dollar renovation of the North building on campus. The renovations included a new 200-meter track containing four full-sized basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts in the center of the track. The 9,000sf facility also contains a state-of-the-art cardio and training equipment. Additionally, a 50-yard indoor turf has expanded the playing and practice season for a variety of field sports and activities, including football, soccer, field hockey, baseball and marching band. The project was finished in late spring 2014. In 2015, Homewood-Flossmoor High School was awarded a Gold LEED Award for outstanding environmental practices in the construction of this addition.
Rich Central Campus High School
Home of the Olympians
Rich Central High School was a 2012 U.S. News & World Report Bronze Level Award Recipient of one of America’s Best High Schools. Rich Central High School is a public four-year high school located in Olympia Fields, IL. The Rich Central Campus serves the cities of Matteson, Richton Park, Country Club Hills, Chicago Heights, Tinley Park, and parts of Olympia Fields, IL. It is a part of Rich Township District 227, which also includes Rich East High School and Rich South High School.
Although the school is located in Olympia Fields, it does not serve the entire village. Some Olympia Fields students attend high school at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Bloom High School, depending on the subdivision where the student resides.
Bloom High School
Home of the Trojans
Bloom High School is a public school in Chicago Heights, Illinois. It is part of Bloom Township High School District 206.
The school was founded in 1900. A second Chicago Heights high school, Bloom Trail, was established in 1976 to offset overcrowding. Since 1995, however, Bloom and Bloom Trail have shared the same sports programs, drawing from over 3,000 students in grades 9 to 12.
The present Bloom High School building, erected during the Great Depression, was named to the National Register of Historic Places on June 3, 1982. It is an Art Deco structure with six WPA murals. The frescoes were created by Edgar Britton in 1935. The two limestone sculptures were designed by Curtis Drewes. The main structure of the high school was designed by the architectural firm of Royer, Danley, and Smith of Urbana, Illinois. Major additions were finished in 1956 and 1976.
Marian Catholic High School
Home of the Spartans
Marian Catholic High School is a co-educational, college preparatory secondary school in Chicago Heights, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
In 1949, after making a request to Samuel Stritch, Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, a priest at St. Agnes parish in Chicago Heights was given permission to purchase land and begin raising funds for the construction of a coed high school. By 1951 enough capital had been raised to hire a local architect to design the building. The Cardinal then mandated that there were to be two cooperative schools, one for women and one for men, each to be run by a religious order. The new plan called for the first school to accept coed classes until the boys’ school was ready, about four years after the school for women was open.
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois agreed to oversee and staff the new school in 1955. Ground breaking occurred on January 6, 1957, and the school opened in September, 1958. The school was dedicated by Cardinal Albert Gregory Meyer on January 11, 1959.
In September, 1961, the first group of seniors preparing to graduate stood at 165, but the incoming freshman class was 450. The initial staff of six nuns was now at 18, and had outgrown the capacity of their convent in nearby Homewood. The Dominican Sisters added a new convent to the school to accommodate the growing staff. Without a male religious order to sponsor the male school, plans were eventually dropped to build the second school. Mobile classrooms were brought in to help with the overcrowding.
In 1970, the Sisters and the Archdiocese reached an agreement that would leave the sisters as the sole sponsors of the school, while the Archdiocese committed more money to build an addition. While the Archdiocese did not cover all of the needed additions, over the intervening years the school continued to raise money and make needed additions and renovations.
Junior High Schools in Olympia Fields IL
- Parker Junior High School
- Arcadia Elementary School was recognized in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School
- Western Avenue Elementary School
- Kennedy Elementary School
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