Mission & History

Marist High School Chicago Mission Statement:
The Mission of Marist High School as a Roman Catholic, coed high school, is to make Jesus Christ known and loved in the Marist Brothers’ tradition, while preparing students for higher education and life.

Marist High School opened its doors on September 9, 1963, under the continuing leadership and direction of the Marist Brothers. A debt of gratitude is owed to the original Brothers, students, and parents who were the early pioneers in building the foundation of Marist. The school has thrived over the last fifty years, and now boasts more than 18,000 alumni. Through the years, Marist has developed an innovative and demanding college preparatory curriculum that serves Chicago-area and suburban students at all academic levels, while keeping its Catholic identity at the forefront of its mission. 


Over the course of five decades, Marist has made significant capital improvements and additions that have provided more classrooms, a theatre, computer labs, new and improved athletic facilities and more. The school has been transformed from its original marshland landscape into a premier 55-acre campus with modern amenities for today’s students.

One of the most significant changes for the school was its transition to a co-ed enrollment during the 2002-2003 school year, with the first co-ed class graduating in 2006. This change opened the doors for thousands of families in the community and truly made Marist a place where young men and women are formed in faith, in a family atmosphere with an eye on the future.

Academically, Marist graduates have gone on to top universities across the nation and achieved success in a variety of industries. Being at the forefront of technology has always been a pillar of the school, and during the 2014-15 school year Marist unrolled a one-to-one iPad technology program that focuses on collaborative learning and supports the dedicated teachers who staff three different college-prep programs.

Marist extracurricular programs have a strong history. Starting from the school’s early days and throughout its membership in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, Marist athletic teams have been consistently successful, and have garnered accolades and media attention on the local, state, and national level. Student clubs have offered a variety of ways to grow skills and talents, and have also brought Marist “honor and glory and fame.” 

Above all, the past fifty-five years have been a journey in faith, family, and service for the school. The opportunity for young men and women to grow spiritually and live out the mission of the school by serving others has always been the guiding principle at Marist. From a long-standing senior service outreach program today serving 18 local organizations to service projects in the community to national and international mission trips, Marist continues to serve “the least favored.”

Marist High School is poised for continued growth in all aspects of school life, and looks to be the leader in Catholic secondary education for “time and eternity.”