Our goal is not simply having a great season, but developing a great person. St. Rita students are encouraged to participate in a variety of sports. Hard work, perseverance, teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership are the cornerstones of our athletic programs.
St. Rita High School has a rich tradition of excellence in athletics for over 110 years.
Many of our student athletes are awarded college scholarships. Recent graduates have received scholarships to colleges and universities such as Northwestern, Illinois, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, West Point, Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue, Notre Dame, New Hampshire, Indiana State, University of Chicago, Villanova, Western Michigan, Virginia, and Merrimack.
Our athletes are led by some of the finest teachers and coaches in the state.
Our programs are designed to lead young men to discover and surpass their physical and mental limits, while learning life lessons as a result of a competitive program.
St. Rita maintains the finest athletic facilities right on its own campus. Practice and home events take place on the spacious 37 acres adjacent to the school.
A state-of-the-art synthetic playing surface for football, lacrosse, soccer and rugby.
The field is surrounded by an eight-lane all-weather rubberized track.
The grandstands seat 4,000 people. Long Jump and High Jump areas for Track and Field.
Varsity Baseball Field
Renovations include: a state-of-the-art scoreboard, press box, underground sprinkler system, brick backstop and outfield fence.
Capacity of 1,500
Lower-Level Baseball Field
Three Football Practice Fields
(including Doyle Stadium)
Complete Physical Fitness Training Facility
Weight and Conditioning Room which includes free weights, cable machines and Hammer Strength machines.
Indoor Five-Lane Swimming Pool
St. Rita Fight Song
Come, let us cheer for old St. Rita • With her colors Red and Blue • And we’ll sing just to her honor • For she’s ever staunch and true • And we’ll cheer her on to victory • and we’ll fight until we’re through • For here’s to old St. Rita High School • We’re all for you. • Hit ‘em high, Hit ‘em low, Go Rita Go! (Repeat verse)
Talk to any school administration and they’ll agree that athletics are a big part in the development of the whole student; this is true at St. Rita and has been ever since it fielded its first football team in 1908. But how does one compare teams from year-to-year, or decade-to-decade? You don’t. You don’t because the organization of teams from any era changes vis-`a-vis another era. Conference alignments adjust regularly, as do the requirements for admission. For example, in the old days, basketball teams were fielded on the basis of height: called Juniors or Lights (under 5’8”) and Seniors or Heavies (over 5’8” in height); and those were just the varsity upperclassmen, the lower level freshman and sophomore teams being called Bantams and Flys. Today, we divide varisty and the junior levels with no regard to a player’s height. Almost every time a team is added or dropped from a conference, alignments change. Throughout, balance is the goal.
If you go back to St. Rita’s founding, there was a Cook County League loosely representing most of the schools in the greater Chicagoland area, Catholic and Public; teams made arrangements with individual teams, and there wasn’t much formal organization. In 1912, the Chicago Catholic League was formed to organize the Catholic schools into competitive groups. Shortly thereafter, a new Chicago Public League superseded the Cook County League, with suburban schools looking for their own conference arrangements in a new Suburban League. But, even with this more formal arrangement, schools were not forced to remain in a particular alignment.
That said, St. Rita has enjoyed a stellar history in sports over the last one hundred years, with numerous national, state, city and conference championships in a variety of sports. Through the years, particular sports have been added and dropped, and sometimes reinstated, as conditions and the interests of the student body change. At present, St. Rita offers competitive level in 16 sports. Lineups are also fielded as club teams or intramural squads, and that doesn’t even touch on the numerous activities offered at St. Rita, some IHSA state sponsored.
While some of the greatest rivalries and traditions remain within the Chicago Catholic League (for example the Kennedy Cup or the St. Rita vs. Mt. Carmel Rivalry), one could never discount those between the Catholic and Public Leagues (for example, the Chicago Prep Bowl); with more organizational control of high school sports exerted by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) over the last 30 years, contests between upstate and downstate teams are now a regular occurrence (for example, the State Championship Series). Through it all, St. Rita of Cascia High School has been a major participant and a major contributor.
Text taken from St. Rita of Cascia High School, Centennial Rememberance. 2005 by Richard P. Bessette