St. Laurence High School

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St. Laurence High School
5556 West 77th Street
Burbank, Illinois 60459
United States
Coordinates41°45′14″N 87°45′36″W / 41.75389°N 87.76000°W / 41.75389; -87.76000Coordinates: 41°45′14″N 87°45′36″W / 41.75389°N 87.76000°W / 41.75389; -87.76000
MottoWhere Leadership Begins
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Sister schoolQueen of Peace
OversightArchdiocese of Chicago
PresidentJoseph A. Martinez
PrincipalJim Muting
Average class size24
Campus size23 acres (93,000 m2)
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)Black and Gold         
Fight songViking Fight Song
Athletics conferenceChicago Catholic League
MascotIgor the Viking
Team nameVikings
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
PublicationGladsheim (literary magazine)
NewspaperThe Helm
Tuition10,000 (2017-2018)
AffiliationCongregation of Christian Brothers

St. Laurence High School is a coeducational, STEM-based high school, founded in 1961. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the school is conducted by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and is named for the Irish Saint Laurence O'Toole. It is located in the southwest Chicago suburb of Burbank, Illinois, adjacent to Queen of Peace High School, a private, all-female Catholic high school. St. Laurence will turn Co-ed in 2018 due to the closing of Queen of Peace High School. [2]

Co-ed year[edit]

Due to construction delays on the Queen of Peace High School building, Queen of Peace High School classes were held in the D and E-Wings of the St. Laurence building for one school year while construction on Queen of Peace High School was completed.

Historic reminder: that first year the urinals in the girls' wing were covered by boxes, at the request of the sisters; the anchors and bolt holes are still visible.


Classes are divided into three levels: B Track, A Track, and Honors. The majority of the students are in A Track classes. The students enrolled in the Honors level are given additional schoolwork and an extra 0.5 added to their GPA. A 2005/06 Helm article complained that the differences between the A Track and Honors track are growing and that students believe that it wasn't fair that you can get all "A"s in an A Track class and have a 4.0 GPA, whereas all "B"s in an Honors class would only yield a 3.5 GPA. There continues to be a discussion over these issues.[citation needed]

At the start of the 2013 school year, St. Laurence became a STEM school. For STL, STEM is inclusive of spirituality and leadership along with science, technology, English, and math. STL intends that the STEM format will become a new learning development for 21st century learners.


St. Laurence is a member of the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).

St. Laurence sponsors interscholastic teams in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling, which compete in IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments. The school also sponsors an ice hockey team.[3]

The following teams have finished in the top four at the IHSA state tournament in their respective class.[4]

  • Baseball: 3rd place (1992–93 (2016-17)
  • Basketball: 4th place (1976–77)
  • Football: Champions (1976–77); Runner-Up (1979–80)
  • Wrestling: Champions (1989–90)

The ice hockey team finished second in state in 1981, and reached the state Elite 8 in 1999.[citation needed] The now-defunct water polo team finished third in state in 1986 and won a state championship in 1987.[citation needed]

In 2004 the Varsity Hockey team won the AHAI White Division State Championship.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "AdvanceEd-NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  2. ^ "All-Boys' St. Laurence High School Announces Plans to Go Co-Ed". 14 February 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ "St. Laurence HS Athletics; accessed 7 March 2009". Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Page Not Found". Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Coaches". Top Gun Wrestling Club. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  6. ^ "Ladewski Heading New Baseball Museum". St. Laurence High School. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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