St. Ignatius College Prep

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This article is about the high school in Chicago. For the similarly named high school in San Francisco, see St. Ignatius College Preparatory.


Saint Ignatius College Prep is a private, coeducational Jesuit high school located in Chicago, Illinois. The school was founded in Chicago in 1870 by Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J., a Belgian missionary to the United States. The school is coeducational, Catholic, college preparatory and sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). The school enjoys a strong academic reputation within a faith-supportive school community. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

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The school's main building was designed by the Canadian architect Toussaint Menard in the Second Empire style. It is one of the five extant, public buildings in Chicago that predate the Great Fire of 1871. Its construction was begun in 1869, a fact commemorated on the school’s façade. The main edifice is on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a Chicago Landmark on March 1987. The 19 acre (77,000 m²) campus is located on Chicago's West Side, adjacent to the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Features of the campus besides the 1869 building, include the Richard H. Driehaus "1895" Building, the Chicago Walsh-Slattery Center, the James and Genevieve McLaughlin Center and its 380 seat McLaughlin Theatre, with an interior modeled after still-extant, late 19th century Chicago theaters. The Grand...
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