The History of Good Counsel High School
Chicago (population 2.7 million) is located in northeastern Illinois in eastern Cook
County. Lake Michigan, the Chicago and Illinois Rivers, and the Des Plaines River are the main waterways to and from
town. I-90, I-94, I-55, and I-57 will all lead you to the "Windy City." From what started as a small village in the early
1800s, Chicago has grown to the nation's third largest city and one of the most famous places in the world.
As Chicago expanded from its original location at Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, so did the need for
creating schools to educate its young people. The Catholic archdiocese also saw for this need and created schools for the
children of catholic families as neighborhood populations grew.
Good Counsel High School was established in 1911 in Milwaukee, WI with 12 students
under the teaching of members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice. The purpose of the school was
to educate candidates that were considering joining the Felician Sisters, using a flexible curriculum that was modeled after
that of a Felician seminary in Detroit.
However in 1927, the school pulled up stakes and transferred their motherhouse to Chicago's northwest
side at what is now Peterson Avenue (U.S. Route 14) and Pulaski Street. Good Counsel was a boarding as well as a day
high school for girls. This arrangement lasted until 1948 when it was decided that the boarding portion of the school
would end. The high school continued on as a day school for girls only.
Good Counsel began construction on new facilities in June 1963, which later were dedicated on May 1, 1966.
The school was considered on the cutting edge of education, being one of the first in the nation to use a modified modular
system of scheduling, offering film education classes as well as AP (advanced placement) courses that gave college credit,
as well as having team teaching, and continual review of its discipline codes & faculty handbooks.