The History of Sacred Heart High School @ Oakley & Huron
(population approximately 2,800,000) is situated in the far northeastern portion of Illinois in the heart of
Cook County. Highways leading to and from Chicago include I-55, I-57, I-88, I-90, and I-94. Several railways also take you
into the nation's third largest city.
Lake Michigan serves as Chicago's eastern border and was vital (and still is today) to Chicago's early growth
and economy.The area in which Chicago is located was first settled in the very early 1800's. The mouth of the Chicago River
at Lake Michigan served as an important waterway from the east to the west.
The town was organized in 1832 and chartered as a city in 1837. Chicago's population that year was 4,180.
By the late 1800's, Chicago was a boom town, the population increasing at a rapid rate. Along with this boom came the need
for education. Residents saw to it that their children were given many opportunities. Along with the growth of public schools
came the establishment of several private and parochial schools.
The existance of the Sacred Heart High School at Oakley Avenue and Huron Street was a short one. This two-year
co-educational school opened in 1939 by the Reverend Monsignor Victor Blanhunka. Both academic and commercial
courses were offered during it's existance.
The school did not have a large enrollment, and was only open until June 1940. The remaining students were
transferred to St. Joseph High School on Hermitage Avenue.
Our good friend Michael M. tells us about the school:
"The two teachers during the short life of Sacred Heart High School on
Huron Street were very popular with their students. The first-year class was taught by Sister M. Constance Skamla,
who later served the Order as a nurse and who died on June 24, 1985. The advanced class was taught by the very much beloved
Sister M. Ivana Flajnik. Sister Ivana also taught for more than twenty years at St. Procopius High School on
Allport, where again she was very much loved by her students. She died at the convent in Joliet on May 28, 1998."
FACTS ABOUT SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL (Oakley & Huron)
Year opened: 1939
Year closed: 1940
School colors: Red & White
School song: unknown