|Chicago Good Counsel Catholic High School
|Now a Chicago Public High School
|Good Counsel High School Cross
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.
|Courtyard & Gazebo of GCHS
Counsel High School was closed, ceremoniously graduating its last class in 2003. Good Counsel was owned and managed by
the Felician sisters who made the inevitable but extremely difficult decision to close the high school. At the
time its closing was announced, the
Congregation of Sisters of Saint Felix also offered financial assistance to
current students who continued education at another catholic girls' high school,
but with a higher tuition than what they were paying at
Good Counsel. (Thank you to Annie Baker for this information.)
The Good Counsel High School facility has usefully continued on as a Charter School for the Chicago Publilc
Good Counsel High School Quick Facts
Year opened in Milwaukee: 1911
Moved to Chicago:
Year boarding of students ceased: 1948
Good Counsel HS team nickname: the "Chargers"
Good Counsel HS team colors: Blue & Gold
School Fight Song:
"Hail, Good Counsel High"
Written by Sister Alphonsetta Haneman, C.S.S.F.
Katie Suerth Beese
G.C.H.S. Class of 1992
Class of 1985
G.C.H.S. Class of 1984
Sing for Joy, Sing for Glory!
Counsel High, Good Counsel High.
Raise your banner, Swing it high!
Good Counsel, Good Counsel, Good Counsel High!
Hail, Good Counsel High!
United, true, firm, loyal we stand.
In service plighted to you,
In virtue honoring you -ou-ou -ou!
Clear name is our trust.
Sacred, keep it we must.
Lead on, Good Counsel High,
To high ideals beyond.
|Charger Softball Field
The Good Counsel High School girls had some real nice seasons in athletics. In addition to many team accomplishments,
there were some truly incredible performers and athletes which graced the courts and fields of GCHS as well.
We are in need of the better team records and coach's names for Good Counsel High School of Chicago
TRACK & FIELD
One female athlete carried the Good Counsel High School banner quite proudly in the sport of Track & Field.
Jessica Fouche' earned SIX individual medals at the IHSA State Meet in three different years. Her efforts were
capped by an incredible performance her senior year bringing home THREE GOLD MEDALS!! Jessica's effort
allowed Good Counsel to claim a fourth place finish as a team in 2000-01. Jessica's incredible day landed her as
one of the top times for the three events she participated her senior year.
These great accomplishments are listed below.
1998-99AA Individual Medalist - Jessica Fouche' 400
Meter Dash 5TH Place
1999-2000AA Individual Medalist - Jessica Fouche' 400 Meter Dash 2ND
200 Meter Dash 8TH Place
2000-01AA Team Placed FOURTH at IHSA State Track Meet!!
Jessica Fouché 100 Meter Dash
(Time of 11.78 is still #24 All-Time in IHSA Girls Track History)
Jessica Fouché 200 Meter Dash
(Time of 24.06 is still #12 All-Time in IHSA Girls Track History)
Jessica Fouché 400 Meter Dash
(Time of 55.02 is still #17 All-Time in IHSA Girls Track History)
1 Chicago (Morgan Park) 77
2 Evanston (Twp.)
3 Palatine (H.S.)
Chicago (Good Counsel) 30
4 Elmhurst (York)
4 East St. Louis (Sr.)
|Good Counsel HS Gymnasium
The basketball program at Good Counsel High School won a total of THREE Regional titles. Team records of these
and other great Good Counsel HS teams are needed.
1978-79 IHSA 'AA' Regional
1983-84 IHSA 'AA' Regional Champions
1984-85 IHSA 'AA' Regional Champions Coach
Sue Noworolnik Strickland
2000-01 15 - 15
Coach Tony Sansone
|Good COunsel Basketball Team 1984-85
A Sweet 16 appearance in the IHSA State Tournament in 1985-86 highlighted the GCHS girls season. Two Regional titles,
a Sectional title, and a District title were a few of the great accomplishments of the GCHS volleyball program.
1981-82 District Champions
1985-86 IHSA Sweet 16
1994-95 Regional Champions
MEMORIES AND FACTS
From Ann Peterson Dunklau, Class of '70:
"I have pictures posted on Facebook that I took the last day that GC was open after the liturgy & open
house. There are also pictures of the play FUNNY GIRL posted there. I've attached the link to the page
at the end of this email.
DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION YOU WISH TO SHARE?
There are a lot of holes to fill regarding the history of the Good Counsel athletic program and school
accomplishments in general. Girls' athletics and the better records and successes of the teams are not even touched
upon. If you have any information you can share, ESPECIALLY a photo of the old school building, you can forward them
to us at email@example.com
. You can also write to us at:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il. 60631