- Chicago Catholic League
The Chicago Catholic League (CCL) is a high school athletic conference based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. All of the schools are currently part of the Illinois High School Association, the governing body for Illinois scholastic sports. While some of the schools are coeducational institutions, the conference only supports athletics for male teams (the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference serving as its female counterpart).
The CCL is perhaps best known for its dominance in football, water polo, and wrestling. Since the IHSA began a state football tournament in 1974, the CCL has placed first or second more than any conference or league in the state. Since 2002 when the IHSA first sponsored a state tournament in water polo, the CCL has not failed to win the state title for boys. Since 1984, when the IHSA moved to a dual team state series in wrestling (previously, the team champion was based on the advancement of individuals in the individual state tournament), the CCL has also finished first or second more than any conference or league.
The conference is also noteworthy for some of its alumni which include stars of the past like Cy Young Award winning pitcher Denny McLain and Basketball Hall of Fame member Moose Krause. It also includes more contemporary athletes such as NBA star Corey Maggette and All-Pro quarterback Donovan McNabb. Perhaps the conference's most accomplished alum is Duke University men's basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski.
School Town Team Name Colors IHSA Classes 2/3/4 Reference Bishop McNamara High School Kankakee Fighting Irish A/1A/2A  Brother Rice High School Chicago Crusaders AA/3A/4A  De La Salle Institute Chicago Meteors AA/3A/4A  Fenwick High School Oak Park Friars AA/3A/4A  Gordon Technical High School Chicago Rams AA/2A/3A  Hales Franciscan High School Chicago Spartans A/1A/2A  Leo Catholic High School Chicago Lions A/1A/2A  Loyola Academy Wilmette Ramblers AA/3A/4A  Mt. Carmel High School Chicago Caravan AA/3A/4A  Providence Catholic High School New Lenox Celtics AA/3A/4A  Seton Academy South Holland Sting A/1A/2A  St. Ignatius College Prep Chicago Wolfpack AA/3A/4A  St. Laurence High School Burbank Vikings AA/3A/4A  St. Rita of Cascia High School Chicago Mustangs AA/3A/4A 
St. Joseph High School is slated to join in 2011. Lake Forest Academy is slated to compete in the conference for football only in 2011.St.Viator High School joined in 2010 to competete in the conference for lacrosse. Additionally, St. Patrick High School, Notre Dame High School, and Marist High School participate in the conference for Boys Bowling.
For those schools which are coed, most of the girls teams compete in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference. The girls teams from Bishop McNamara, Fenwick, and Providence compete in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
The Chicago Catholic League was formed in 1912 as a way to give the all-male Catholic schools of the area interscholastic competition. The move to form the league was precipitated when the dominant high school league in the metropolitan area, the Cook County High School League, delayed the application of St. Ignatius Academy and DePaul Academy. Representatives of eight schools met at the Great Northern Hotel—De Paul Academy, St Ignatius Academy, St Rita College, St. Cyril College (which would become Mount Carmel High School), Cathedral High, St. Philip High, Loyola Academy, and De La Salle Institute — but could not get together on the particulars to form a football–only league.
In the third week of November, the schools managed to form a league and drew up a schedule of games in basketball and indoor baseball. The founding members of the league were St. Stanislaus, De la Salle, De Paul, St. Ignatius, St. Cyril, St. Philip, Loyola, and Cathedral. By the spring when a baseball schedule was drawn up, Holy Trinity had joined the league, but Cathedral dropped out, leaving an eight-team circuit. In the fall of 1913, the league introduced football. By the following year, league champion De Paul, felt feisty enough to invite St. John’s Preparatory from Danvers, Massachusetts, to Chicago to engage in an intersectional contest. De Paul narrowly lost the game, but it demonstrated to the league that its program was thriving. Two years later De Paul traveled to Boston and met Beverly High in Fenway Park, destroying the team 30-7. More schools joined the circuit before the decade was up, St. Patrick in 1913, and St. Mel in 1918.
Because the Catholic school population relative to the mainstream public secondary schools and the private school was more an immigrant and working class population, the sports that the league initially sponsored reflected this demographic makeup. For example, during the first four years of the league’s existence, only baseball, basketball, indoor baseball, and football were offered. Basketball was the most robust sport, as the league not only provided for heavyweight and lightweight schedules, but also bantamweight (added in 1919) and flyweight competition (added in the early 1920s). The Chicago Public High School League and Suburban League offered basketball only in the heavyweight and lightweight classes, after experimenting only a few years with a bantamweight class.
The Catholic League added track and field in 1917, but it was not until 1924 that three “country club” sports were added to the league’s schedule golf, tennis, and swimming. The addition of these sports brought the league up to the level of offerings by the Chicago and Suburban public leagues. The 1920s also saw the addition of more schools to the league—St. George, Joliet De la Salle, and Fenwick.
Some working class sports that had great appeal in some Catholic schools were boxing and bowling, and the league sponsored competition for a few years during the Depression in boxing, and much longer in bowling.
By the late 1950s some of the Catholic League members were growing restive, wanting to participate in the state tournaments sponsored by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). In February four rebellious Christian Brothers schools—St. Mel, St. George, De La Salle, and St. Patrick—withdrew from the Catholic League, set up their own league, and joined the IHSA the following year. In 1965, the Jesuit school, St. Ignatius, also left the league to join the four the league set up by the Christian Brothers schools.
The Catholic League finally joined the IHSA in 1974, and eventually saw the return of St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, and De La Salle back into the league. Because of their membership in the IHSA, the 29 year old tradition of a Catholic League All-Star basketball game was forced to end in 1974.
- (Defunct) Archbishop Weber High School Red Horde
- (Defunct) St. Martin de Porres Academy Silver Eagles
- (Defunct) St. George Dragons
- (Defunct) Mendel Catholic Monarchs
- (Defunct) DePaul Academy Blue Demons
- (Defunct) St. Mel Knights
- (Defunct) St. Philip Gaels
- St. Francis De Sales Pioneers
- Guerin College Preparatory High School Gators
- Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers
- St. Patrick Shamrocks
- 1975–76 • Brother Rice (Class AA)
- 1977–78 • Providence Catholic (Class A)
- 1981–82 • Providence Catholic (Class A)
Prior to the 2007-2008 season, the state basketball title was contested in two classes. Since then, it is contested in four classes.
- 1978–79 • Providence Catholic (Class A)
- 1984–85 • Providence-St. Mel (Class A)
- 1984–85 • Mount Carmel (Class AA)
- 2002–03 • Hales Franciscan (Class A)
- 2003–04 • Leo (Class A)
- 2008–09 • Seton Academy (Class AA)
The Chicago Catholic League is divided into Blue and a White divisions. The Blue includes Brother Rice, Loyola, Mount Carmel, St. Rita, Fenwick and Providence. The White includes DeLaSalle, St. Ignatius, Bishop McNamara, (Burbank) St. Laurence, Gordon Tech, Seton Academy, Hales Franciscan, and Leo.
From 1980–2000, Class 6A was the largest (by school population) class in Illinois high school football. Class 7A and 8A were added in 2001. From 1974–79, Class 5A was the class for the largest schools.
- 1976–77 • St. Laurence (Class 5A)
- 1978–79 • St. Rita (Class 5A)
- 1980–81 • Gordon Tech (Class 6A)
- 1980–81 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 1981–82 • Brother Rice (Class 6A)
- 1982–83 • Bishop McNamara (Class 3A)
- 1985–86 • Bishop McNamara (Class 3A)
- 1986–87 • Bishop McNamara (Class 3A)
- 1987–88 • Providence Catholic (Class 4A)
- 1987–88 • Bishop McNamara (Class 3A)
- 1988–89 • Mt. Carmel (Class 6A)
- 1989–90 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 1990–91 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 1991–92 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 1991–92 • Providence Catholic (Class 4A)
- 1993–94 • Loyola Academy (Class 6A)
- 1994–95 • Providence Catholic (Class 5A)
- 1995–96 • Providence Catholic (Class 4A)
- 1996–97 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 1996–97 • Providence Catholic (Class 4A)
- 1997–98 • Providence Catholic (Class 4A)
- 1998–99 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 1999–2000 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 2000–01 • Mt. Carmel (Class 5A)
- 2001–02 • Providence Catholic (Class 6A)
- 2002–03 • Mt. Carmel (Class 6A)
- 2002–03 • Providence Catholic (Class 5A)
- 2004–05 • Providence Catholic (Class 6A)
- 2006–07 • St. Rita (Class 7A)
The Prep Bowl is an annual contest played between the Chicago Catholic League and the Chicago Public League and is played at Chicago's Soldier Field. It was first played in 1927, though after a forfeit in 1928, was not played again until 1934, and was the premier high school football event in Illinois until the IHSA formed the state championship football playoffs in 1974. The 1927 game between Mt. Carmel and Carl Schurz High School drew an estimated 50,000 fans; the largest crowd to see a prep football contest in American history, up to that time. In subsequent years, larger crowds were drawn to the annual game.
With the advent of the IHSA state series, the Prep Bowl was contested by the winner of a special playoff in each league played by teams not qualifying for the state playoffs, and teams that were eliminated in early rounds of the state playoffs. It is traditionally played on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is the same day which the IHSA plays its smaller school state championships in football. As of the 2009 game, the Catholic League holds a 51-23-2 advantage in the series.
In 1981, the IHSA membership voted on a limitation that prohibited member schools from participating in more than nine games, plus the IHSA state series. The Prep Bowl was given a special exemption from this.
Prep Bowl Results Year Winning Team Losing Team Notes 1934 Lindbloom 6 Leo 0 1935 Lindbloom 6 Leo 0 1936 Austin 19 Fenwick 19 (tie) attendance: 75,000 1937 Austin 26 Leo 0 attendance: 110,000 (largest in Illinois high school history) 1938 Fenger 13 Mt. Carmel 0 attendance: 80,000 1939 Fenger 13 Mt. Carmel 13 (tie) attendance: 75,000 1940 Fenger 13 Leo 0 attendance: 75,000 1941 Leo 46 Tilden 13 attendance: 95,000 1942 Leo 27 Tilden 14 attendance: 75,000 1943 St. George 19 Phillips 12 attendance: 80,000 1944 Tilden 13 Weber 7 1945 Fenwick 20 Tilden 6 attendance: 80,000 1946 Fenger 13 Weber 7 attendance: 85,000 1947 Austin 13 Leo 12 1948 Lindbloom 13 Fenwick 7 1949 Schurz 20 Fenwick 7 1950 Mt. Carmel 45 Lane Tech 20 1951 Mt. Carmel 19 Lindbloom 6 1952 Mt. Carmel 27 Austin 19 1953 St. George 38 Austin 12 1954 Fenger 20 Mt. Carmel 13 1955 Chicago Vocational 6 Weber 0 1956 Leo 12 Calumet 0 1957 Mendel 6 Calumet 0 1958 Austin 20 Fenwick 7 1959 Lane Tech 19 Fenwick 0 1960 Mt. Carmel 27 Taft 8 1961 Weber 14 Lane Tech 12 attendance: 83,750 1962 Fenwick 40 Schurz 0 attendance: 91,328 1963 St. Rita 42 Chicago Vocational 7 attendance: 81,270 1964 Weber 34 Chicago Vocational 13 1965 Loyola Academy 33 Chicago Vocational 13 attendance: 75,400 1966 Loyola Academy 20 Chicago Vocational 14 1967 Mt. Carmel 37 Dunbar 0 1968 Mendel 41 Chicago Vocational 19 1969 Loyola Academy 26 Lane Tech 0 1970 St. Rita 12 Lane Tech 8 1971 St. Rita 18 Morgan Park 12 1972 St. Laurence 24 Taft 7 1973 St. Laurence 40 Phillips 24 1974 St. Laurence 34 Chicago Vocational 0 1975 Brother Rice 26 Chicago Vocational 0 1976 Chicago Vocational 13 St. Rita 6 1977 St. Rita 20 Lane Tech 8 1978 St. Laurence 34 Sullivan 8 1979 Julian 30 Joliet Catholic 22 1980 Brother Rice 39 Julian 6 1981 Mt. Carmel 14 Robeson 6 1982 Gordon Tech 24 Julian 0 1983 Mt. Carmel 28 Simeon 6 1984 DeLaSalle 25 Julian 20 1985 Mt. Carmel 19 Lane Tech 14 1986 Loyola Academy 14 Simeon 12 1987 Gordon Tech 29 Julian 14 1988 Loyola Academy 21 Julian 6 1989 Julian 48 Fenwick 14 1990 Robeson 8 Gordon Tech 7 1991 Fenwick 28 Bogan 0 1992 Mather 15 Brother Rice 6 1993 Mt. Carmel 34 Bogan 14 1994 Brother Rice 28 Dunbar 22 1995 Loyola Academy 15 Julian 14 1996 Loyola Academy 28 Dunbar 8 1997 Dunbar 28 Marian Catholic 21 1998 Hubbard 28 Joliet Catholic 16 1999 Hubbard 20 DeLaSalle 13 2000 Marion Catholic 23 Simeon 14 2001 Mt. Carmel 50 Morgan Park 0 2002 Carmel 50 Dunbar 20 2003 Loyola Academy 22 Simeon 14 2004 Brother Rice 35 Lane Tech 14 2005 Morgan Park 14 Brother Rice 13 (OT) 2006 Brother Rice 24 Hubbard 14 2007 St. Rita 31 Morgan Park 7 2008 Loyola Academy 17 Lane Tech 0 2009 St Rita 34 Simeon 20 2010 Fenwick 6 Curie 0
- 1986–87 • Loyola Academy (Class AA)
- 1992–93 • Bishop McNamara (Class A)
- 1996–97 • Loyola Academy (Class AA)
- 2000–01 • Loyola Academy (Class AA)
- 2000–01 • Bishop McNamara (Class A)
- 2001–02 • Loyola Academy (Class AA)
Swimming and diving
- 1989–90 • Fenwick
- 1990–91 • Fenwick
- 1991–92 • Fenwick
Track and field
- 1980–81 • Leo (Class A)
- 1994–95 • Leo (Class AA)
- 1997–98 • Leo (Class A Co-Champions)
- 2001–02 • Leo (Class A)
- 2002–03 • Leo (Class A)
The IHSA began a state series in water polo with the 2001–02 school year. Prior to that, a high school state championship was sponsored by Illinois Water Polo.
ISA State Champions 
- 1974 • Fenwick
- 1975 • Mount Carmel
- 1976 • Fenwick
- 1977 • Fenwick
- 1978 • Loyola
- 1980 • Brother Rice
- 1981 • Brother Rice
- 1982 • Brother Rice
- 1983 • Brother Rice
- 1984 • Brother Rice
- 1985 • Brother Rice
- 1986 • Brother Rice
- 1987 • St. Laurence
- 1988 • Brother Rice
- 1989 • Brother Rice
- 1990 • Fenwick
- 1991 • Fenwick
- 1992 • Fenwick
- 1993 • Fenwick
- 1994 • Brother Rice
- 1995 • Brother Rice
- 1996 • Brother Rice
- 1998 • Brother Rice
- 1999 • Fenwick
- 2000 • Fenwick
IHSA State Champions
- 2001–02 • Fenwick
- 2002–03 • Brother Rice
- 2003–04 • Fenwick
- 2004–05 • Fenwick
- 2005–06 • Fenwick
- 2006–07 • Fenwick
- 2007–08 • Fenwick
- 2008–09 • Fenwick
- 1977–78 • Providence Catholic (Class A)
- 1980–81 • Providence Catholic (Class A)
- 1987–88 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 1988–89 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 1989–90 • St. Laurence (Class AA)
- 1991–92 • Mount Carmel (Class AA)
- 1992–93 • Mount Carmel (Class AA)
- 1993–94 • Mount Carmel (Class AA)
- 1996–97 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 1997–98 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 1998–99 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 1999–2000 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 2000–01 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 2001–02 • Providence Catholic (Class AA)
- 2002–03 • St. Rita (Class AA)
- 2003–04 • St. Rita (Class AA)
- David Diehl - Offensive Tackle for the New York Giants
- Mark Donahue - former guard with the Cincinnati Bengals
- Paul Hutchins - Played tackle for the Green Bay Packers
- Ed Olczyk - NHL player and analyst for the NHL and Chicago Blackhawks
- George Connor (American football) - Chicago Bears, 1948-1955.
- Moose Krause, Basketball Hall of Famer
- Lou Pote, former Anaheim Angels pitcher
- Renaldo Wynn - played defensive end for the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars
- Bill Muellner - Played football for the Chicago Cardinals as well as for the Los Angeles Bulldogs, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Yanks.
- Bill Steinkemper - Played football for the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears.
- Dick Evans - played football for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
- Steve Juzwik - played football for the Washington Redskins. He then had three seasons in the All-American Football League with the Buffalo Bisons (1946–47) and Chicago Rockets (1948).
- Joey Meyer - basketball standout and future head coach of the DePaul University men's basketball program.
- John Teerlinck - played defensive line for the San Diego Chargers
- Johnny Lattner - Heisman trophy winner.
- Corey Maggette - NBA basketball player.
- Mike Rabold, player (eight seasons) in National Football League
- Ken Sitzberger, gold medalist diver, 1964 Summer Olympics
- Marques Sullivan, former player, National Football League
- Patrick Quinn - Governor of Illinois, 2009-?
- Larry Langowski is a wrestler who represented Mexico in the 120 kilogram weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- Robert Meschbach was a professional soccer player who set the (then) national high school record with 71 goals in one season. The record remains an Illinois state record (as of 2008).
- Jitim Young was a basketball player who played professionally in Europe and the Dominican Republic.
- Rich Gardner - played defensive back for the Tennessee Titans
- Jerome Randle- plays in the Turkish Basketball League.
- JaVale McGee- plays for the Washington Wizards
- Chris Watson, former NFL player for the Denver Broncos
- Harold Blackmon, former NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks
- Jason Jefferson, former NFL player for the Buffalo Bills
- Andre Brown - former forward for NBA's Memphis Grizzlies
- Bert Metzger, College Football Hall of Fame
- Matt Cherry - played football for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Dave Finzer - Former NFL punter for the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks.
- Christian Friedrich - First round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft
- Charlie Leibrandt - played baseball for the Cincinnati Reds (1979–1982), Kansas City Royals (1984–1989), Atlanta Braves (1990–1992), Texas Rangers (1993)
- Tim Foley - played football for the Miami Dolphins
- Paul McNulty - played end for the Chicago Cardinals
- Nick Rassas - Last two way player at the University of Notre Dame, NFL player
- John Scanlan - played guard and halfback for the Chicago Cardinals and Louisville Colonels
- Bob Skoglund - played football for the Green Bay Packers.
- Freddie Lindstrom - member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
- Elmer Angsman - played halfback for the Chicago Cardinals
- Denny McLain - Cy Young Award-winner for 1968 & 69 Detroit Tigers.
- Frank Cornish - offensive lineman for Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys of 1992 and 1993.
- Mel McCants - former Purdue and Los Angeles Lakers forward.
- Chris Calloway - former New York Giants wide receiver.
- Hal Cherne - played offensive line for the Boston Redskins
- Bob Davis - played guard for the Los Angeles Rams
- Simeon Rice - former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals defensive end.
- Joe Williams, Mount Carmel - 6 time U.S. National Champion and member of 2004 US Olympic Team.
- Donovan McNabb - Five-time all pro quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, currently with the Washington Redskins.
- Antoine Walker - 3 time NBA All Star.
- Matt Cushing - Pittsburgh Steelers tight end, 1999-2005.
- Chris Chelios - NHL Hockey Player
- Steve Lawson - played offensive line for the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers
- Matt Kerrigan - played quarterback for the New England Patriots
- Dan Goich - played defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, and New Orleans Saints
- Darrell Hill - former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver.
- Bob Gonya - played offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Tony Furjanic - former Notre Dame and NFL Linebacker
- Steve Edwards - former Chicago Bears and New York Giants offensive tackle.
- Tom O'Hara - Olympian and former world record holder for indoor mile and NCAA Champion in Division I cross country.
- Jim Dwyer - 17 seasons of Major League Baseball with 8 teams, member of Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Series championship
- Tim Grunhard - Notre Dame - Kansas City Chief Center, Pro Bowl Center
- Stan Smagala - played football for the Dallas Cowboys
- Kevin Bracken - Olympic Greco Roman Wrestler
- Jeff Kacmarek - played nosetackle for the Detroit Lions
- Walt Barnes - played football for the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos
- Tom Bettis - played football for the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chicago Bears
- Tom Keating - played football for the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Kansas City Chiefs
- Bernie Leahy - played football for the Chicago Bears
- Frank Quilici - Major League Baseball player, started in the 1965 World Series at second base for the Minnesota Twins. Became manager of the Twins in 1972, a position he held until 1975
- Chuck Brodnicki - Played RB for the Brooklyn Dodgers
- Dennis Lick - Former Chicago Bears OL.
- Tony Simmons - Former NFL wide receiver
- Ahmad Merritt - NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals), former Chicago Bears and Chicago Rush (Arena League) player
- Ed Farmer - Former MLB pitcher and current play-by-play voice of the Chicago White Sox
- Tom Flaherty - Played MLB for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Nick Etten - Former MLB All-Star first baseman
- Jim Clancy - Former MLB All-Star pitcher
- Ron Weissenhofer - Played LB for the New Orleans Saints
- Bob Zimny - Played tackle for the Chicago Cardinals
- Mike Kafka - quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Ryan Donahue- kicker for the Detroit Lions
- Pete Bercich NFL Linebacker (1995–98, 2000) Minnesota Vikings.
- Brad Guzan is a goalkeeper who has played for Chivas USA, the US National Team, and for Aston Villa of the English Premier League. Starting goalkeeper for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
- Carmen Pignatiello is a Major League Baseball pitcher who has pitched for the Chicago Cubs (2008)
- Bryan Rekar was a Major League Baseball pitcher (1995–2002).
- Eric Steinbach - NFL Offensive lineman
- Mike Krzyzewski "Coach K" - Duke University and Team USA basketball coach.
- William Joseph "Moose" Skowron Jr. - 5-time AL All-Star (1957, 1958, 1959–61)
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