Athletics

St. Rita To Get Fitness Center After Receiving $2.5 Million Gift

St. Rita High School plans to break ground on a new fitness center Friday, thanks to a $2.5 million gift.

The pledged donation came from Bernard DelGiorno, first vice president of investments for UBS Financial Services. In the past, DelGiorno has made big donations to the University of Chicago.

In recognition of his gift, the all-boys Catholic high school at 7740 S. Western Ave. will officially be now located on the Bernard J. DelGiorno Campus. The school's name, however, will remain St. Rita.

St. Rita High School's Mrozek Family Fitness Center

St. Rita High School's Mrozek Family Fitness Center

Aside from a new fitness center, the money will be used for resurfacing the gym floor and improving the baseball complex. A portion of the gift — $800,000 — also will be used to boost the school's endowment, St. Rita's President Michael Zunica said.

"We really feel good about our facility here. But we always thought we had a phenomenal house with a bad basement in terms of the weight room," Zunica said Wednesday.

Construction of the 6,000-square-foot fitness center is expected to be complete when students return from summer break Aug. 17, Zunica said. The fitness center will be named for Ernie Mrozek, a 1971 St. Rita graduate and who served as the school's president for five years until Zunica was named to the post in 2016.

St. Rita Earns High Ranking from Niche

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Chicago is a world-class city. City residents and suburbanites enjoy first-rate amenities. Not only does Chicago have unrivaled architecture, museums and diversity, it also has some of the best Catholic High Schools in the nation. The opportunity of a lifetime awaits eighth graders on Saturday, December 2--high school entrance exam day in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

It seems this new date, earlier than in past years, has left many eighth grade students still undecided on what high school is the best fit for them. Luckily, with all the quality Catholic High School choices available to students on the South Side of Chicago, it's hard to go wrong.

Many parents reported that Niche and its rankings helped them weigh their high school options.

This past year, Niche* released a new list of Top-Ranked Chicago Southland High Schools.

On that list, St. Rita of Cascia High School is the top-ranked all-boys Catholic school in the Chicago Southland. St. Rita also captures the the #2-ranked spot on the Chicago Southland best-overall Catholic school list. 

St. Rita comes in at #8 overall when compared to all 67 Catholic high schools in the entire State of Illinois.

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St. Rita earned an "A+" overall Niche** grade. The Mustangs also earned an "A+" in Academics and Clubs & Activities, an "A" in the College Preparation, and an "A-" in the Teacher category.

St. Rita also received a very respectable grade of "B+" in Sports and a "B" in Diversity. When reviewing St. Rita's profile, you'll see it continues to set the high-water mark among it's peers.

To learn more about St. Rita, please contact our admissions team at (773) 925-RITA. We invite you to take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime and test at St. Rita on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 a.m. 

* According to its website, Niche rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S. Further, Niche states it has the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. Further, according to Niche.com, the best Catholic high school rankings are based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, student and parent reviews, and more.

St. Rita Welcomes WCIU, The U's Morning Show in anticipation of tonight's Game of the Week

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St. Rita High School was featured today on WCIU, The U’s morning show, The Jam.  The show’s man about town, Jon Hansen spent the morning with the St. Rita Marching Band and St. Rita cheerleaders in anticipation of tonight’s WCIU, The U Game of the Week – the much anticipated St. Rita vs. Mount Carmel matchup.

Check out the footage on the Jam's Facebook Page.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on the U-Too!  The varsity game will air on the U-Too at 7:30 pm. Viewers can find The U Too on WCIU-TV 26.2, XFINITY 230/360, RCN 35, Dish 48, AT&T U-verse 24 and WOW 107.

Or, come out to the game, stay for the party and then watch the replay this weekend! All St. Rita fans, adults, and friends are encouraged and invited to attend the Oktoberfest event after the game ends. There will be great food, refreshments, and music for all!  

Encore broadcasts of the game can be seen Saturday at 6 PM and Sunday at 9 AM over on WMEU 48.2, Comcast 359, RCN 32 and WOW 184!

Go Rita Go!

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Russell Excited For Opportunity As St. Rita A.D.

Just seven years removed from graduating from St. Rita, Roshawn Russell '08 returned to his alma mater in 2015 as the school’s assistant admissions director.

He admits it was a little weird, but pretty cool, to see the school from the faculty’s perspective.

Now, Russell is seeing St. Rita from another point of view.

A 2008 graduate, Russell is in his first year as St. Rita athletic director.

“It’s been cool being on the other side of the fence. It’s weird at the same time being back at my high school,” Russell said with a laugh. “I definitely feel prepared with the years I spent in college. It prepared me for this moment. I’m really humbled. This is that dream job I never saw coming.”

St. Rita Named Top-Ranked All-Boys Catholic High School in Chicago's Southland

According to the Beverly Patch, Niche has released a new list of top-ranked Chicago Southland High Schools.

On that list, St. Rita of Cascia High School is the top-ranked all-boys Catholic school in the Chicago southland. St. Rita also captures the the #2-ranked spot on the Chicago southland best-overall Catholic school list. St. Rita comes in at #8 overall when compared to all 67 Catholic high schools in the entire State of Illinois.

St. Rita earned an "A+" overall Niche grade. The Mustangs also earned an "A+" in Academics and Clubs & Activities, an "A" in the College Preparation, and an "A-" in the Teacher category.

St. Rita also received a very respectable grade of "B+" in Sports and a "B" in Diversity. When reviewing St. Rita's profile, you'll see it continues to set the high-water mark among it's peers.

To learn more about St. Rita, please contact our admissions team at (773) 925-RITA, consider registering for a shadow day, or mark your calendar for our October 22 open house.

* According to its website, Niche rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S. Further, Niche states it has the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods.