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Brother Rice High School
10001 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois, 60655-3356
Coordinates 41°42′40″N 87°43′11″W / 41.7111°N 87.7197°W / 41.7111; -87.7197
Type private, parochial, all-male
Motto Viriliter in Christo Jesu
(Act Manfully in Christ Jesus)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1956
Authority Archdiocese of Chicago
Oversight Christian Brothers
President Br. Karl Walczak
Principal James Antos
Teaching staff 79
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,201 (2008)
Campus urban
Color(s)      maroon
     burnt orange
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic League
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Tuition US$7,900[2]

Brother Rice High School is an all-male, Catholic, college preparatory institution located in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. On the same block of land, directly to the east, is the all-female Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, while Saint Xavier University is located just to the south of Mother McAuley, and to the southeast of Brother Rice. Its enrollment is mostly drawn from local neighborhoods such as Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, West Lawn, Morgan Park and Ashburn, as well as local suburban municipalities 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.


School colors and seal

The official school colors are marroon and orange. The maroon was taken from the maroon and gold colors of Iona College founded in 1940 by the congregation of Christian Brothers and located in New Rochelle, New York. The orange is taken from the black and orange colors of Leo High School located in Chicago, Illinois and also opened by the Christian Brothers in 1926. The Brother Rice school seal has similar design features to the seal of Iona College from New Rochelle, New York.[3] For a picture and description of the seal click here: School Colors & Seal


Academically, the school is a college preparatory school. The minimum graduation requirements for every student give them the qualifications to enter any state university in Illinois.[4]

Brother Rice has received several popular academic accolades over the past couple of years. For the fifth consecutive year Brother Rice has been named on the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America Honor Roll.[5]

Mission Statement

We, the family of Brother Rice High School, are a diverse, Catholic Christian community, committed to preparing young men for college and for the process of life-long learning. We educate young men to act manfully in Christ Jesus and to deal wisely with their world in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and the charism of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. Visit: Mission Statement

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to take four years of Theology. Freshman and sophomore students are required to complete ten hours of community service, while juniors and seniors are required to complete ten hours of community service per semester. Juniors and seniors are permitted to apply for a waiver for the semester requirement, and move all of their community service hours to one semester or the summer, if they receive approval to do so (generally if the student is involved in a large scale community service project).[6]

Honors/Advanced Placement Program

The school offers the following Advanced Placement courses: Spanish Language, French Language, U.S. History, and European History

The school also offers one of the AP Computer Science courses, but calls it AP Java without specifying whether the course is AP Computer Science 'A' or 'AB'. The school also lists an "Advanced Placement" Computer Science course using C++, though this has been discontinued by the College Board as an option in their AP program, which exclusively emphasizes Java.[7][8] The school lists a single AP course which prepares students to take both the AP English Language and AP English Literature tests. The AP Calculus class permits students the option to take either the 'AB' or 'BC' AP test.[9]

Currently a four-semester course, open to juniors and seniors, allows CCNA certification.[9]

Curriculum and Educational Support Committees

The Curriculum Committee and Educational Support Committee are enforced to serve as advisory boards to the principal on all matters relating to educational improvement, course offerings, course changes, and overall curriculum development. This school board is responsible for addressing any concerns of the faculty, staff, administration, and students in efforts of academic improvement. For additional information on Brother Rice's school board visit: Curriculum and Educational Support Committees


Brother Rice Crusaders competes in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL), and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), the organization which governs most sports and competitive activities in the state. Teams are stylized as the Crusaders.

The school sponsors interscholastic teams in baseball, basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. While not sponsored by the IHSA, the school also sponsors teams in ice hockey and rugby.[10]

The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective state tournaments sponsored by the IHSA:[11]

  • Baseball: 4th place (2006–07); 2nd place (1980–81); State Champions (1975–76)
  • Football: 2nd place (1985–86); State Champions (1981–82)
  • Soccer: 4th place (1993–94, 2003–04)
  • Track & Field: 2nd place (1977–78)
  • Volleyball: 3rd place (2003–04)
  • Water Polo: 3rd place (2006–07); 2nd place (2001–02); State Champions (2002–03)

Prior to the IHSA sponsoring water polo in 2002,[12] Brother Rice won 13 state titles (1979–80, 80–81, 81–82, 82–83, 83–84, 84–85, 85–86, 87–88, 88–89, 93–94, 94–95, 95–96, 97–98).[13]

The Chicago Catholic League's ice hockey champion wins the Kennedy Cup, an award that has been contested since 1964; the oldest high school ice hockey prize in Illinois. Brother Rice has won this award five times (1969–70, 70–71, 71–72, 75–76, and 2000–01).[14]

The rugby team did not begin until 2000 but won the Illinois state championship 7 years in a row (2000–06) before finishing 3rd in 2007. In 2009 the team once again brought the state championship back to Rice. They also qualified and performed well at the midwest tournament each of the 6 years they won the Illinois state championship.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


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