History

Boylan Catholic High School opened its doors on September 7, 1960. Named in honor of the Most Reverend John J. Boylan, third Bishop of Rockford, the school was built in response to the leadership of Bishop Loras T. Lane who saw the need to serve the Catholic community with a co-educational high school.

The school continues a long tradition of Catholic education begun in 1910 by St. Thomas High School. This school, at first coeducational, became a school for boys in 1929 when Bishop Muldoon High School for girls opened. St. Thomas closed in 1962, while Muldoon graduated its last class in 1970. Throughout the years, Boylan has been staffed by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Adrian Dominican and Sinsinawa Dominican Orders of Sisters, Diocesan priests and lay teachers who today comprise the majority of the staff.

Boylan Catholic is proud of its distinguished tradition of excellence in academic and co-curricular areas. These accomplishments include a number of firsts: the first school in Northwestern Illinois to incorporate computer aided design and drafting (CADD) in its industrial arts curriculum (1989); the first in Rockford to initiate a Natural Helpers program (1985); the first in the city to have a Mock Trial Team (1992) and the first to publish a magazine featuring student literary and artistic works (1986).Each of these firsts remain today as signature components of the school program.

Boylan Catholic is the first and only high school in Northwestern Illinois to receive three United States Department of Education Exemplary School Awards in 1987, 1991, and 1998. Annual ACT and Advanced Placement scores which are well above state and national averages, reflect a rigorous academic program. The school recognizes incoming freshmen who score at the 95th percentile or above on the HSPT as Bishop Lane Scholars.

Since the school's earliest days, students and staff have reached out to people of all ages and circumstances of need. The annual Christmas Basket Drive and Speed McCoy Scholarship Drive are all-school efforts to provide for the needy and for families who demonstrate need for tuition assistance. There is a myriad of service activities which involve students of every grade level as well as alumni and parents. Alumni continue Boylan Catholic's tradition of service across the Rockford community and around the world.

State Championships are part of the school's proud tradition. Boylan Catholic's Mock Trial team won the school's first and second State Championships in 1999 and 2001. In 2002, the Boys' Golf team won the first athletic team State Championship. In 2010, Boylan Catholic's Football and Boys' Soccer teams won State Championships in the same season, becoming the first to do so in the State of Illinois. Successive State Championships include Football in 2011, Boys' Golf in 2013, and Choral Music in 2014 and 2015.

The Boylan Players continue the tradition of fine theatre born in the school's earliest years and evidenced by alumni who have received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony nominations or awards.

Now in its 56th year, Boylan Catholic is home to its third generation of students. Customs such as the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dances, Friday night football and Homecoming cut across time, bringing alumni, now parents themselves, back to the place of their youth.

Boylan Catholic alumni are actively engaged in support of the school's mission. In addition to their participation in strategic planning and fund development, alumni serve the school through the Boylan Educational Foundation Board, Home and School Association, and the Alumni Board of Directors. Since 1995, the school has conferred its highest award, the Veritas, on alumni whose lives reflect Boylan Catholic's mission.

In 2015, Bishop David J. Malloy appointed Amy Jogerst Ott, Class of 1987, as Boylan Catholic's first president. As such, she ensures the school's Catholic identity and oversees administration of these key areas: advancement, enrollment, finance, and marketing. The president is supported and assisted by a Board of Consultors appointed by Bishop Malloy. Jerry Kerrigan, the school's eighth principal, oversees the academic program and works with and reports to the President in order to fulfill the school's mission.

Boylan Catholic High School welcomes all young people and their families to join the school's Christ-centered community in its pursuit of truth, service and academic excellence.

 

 

Boylan Catholic Time Line History

July 21, 1959
Most Rev. Loras T. Lane breaks ground for new school.
April 25, 1960
United Catholic Development Campaign begins to build new Catholic high school
July 28, 1960
Diocese announces name as "Boylan Central" after Most Rev. John J. Boylan, third Bishop of Rockford School is dedicated to Mary, Help of Christians
Aug. 16, 1960
Cornerstone laid
Rev. Anthony Becker named Superintendent; Sr. M. Lois, OSF, named Principal
Sept. 7, 1960
First day of school for 312 freshmen in Boylan's Charter Class; school still under construction
Sept. 9, 1960
First all-school Mass
Sept. 30, 1960
Sports program opens with football win at Beyer Stadium
1962
St. Thomas High School closes
August, 1962
Sr. M. Beatrix, OSF, becomes Principal
1962
First Homecoming Queen crowned
June 2, 1963
58 students of Class of 1963 receive Boylan diplomas
1963
Rev. Thomas Brady named Superintendent
Most Rev. Loras Lane dedicates Titan Stadium
1964
Showboat is school's first musical
First prom is held in Gym
269 members of Charter Class receive diplomas on June 2
Varsity baseball wins school's first Conference Title; first team to head to State
Oct. 23, 1965
First Father-Daughter Dance
1966
Varsity Football wins first Conference Title
1967
Boys' Tennis Team posts first Conference Title
Boys' Golf Team splits Conference Title
1969
Annual Candy Drive begins
1970
Edgar Callahan named Principal/Superintendent
Bishop Muldoon High School closes
First Boylan Open
1971
Varsity Basketball heads to State
Auxiliary Gym Built
1972
Tennis Center Built
1973
Boys' Golf wins first Conference Title
1975
Rev. John J. Mitchell named Principal/Superintendant
First Homecoming King Crowned
Football team takes Second in State
First Mother-Son Dance
1978
Boys' Basketball splits first Conference Title
1980
Boylan Educational Foundation established
1983
Sr. M. Anthony, OP named Principal
1984
Boys' Basketball wins first Conference Title outright
1985
Boylan Catholic celebrates 25 years of tradition of excellence with year-long activities, capped by Jubilee Revue
Muldoon, Boylan, St. Thomas graduates consolidate to form MBT Alumni Association; Alumni Office opens in former convent
Alumni newsletter, Accent on Excellence, published
Natural Helpers Program begins
Boys' Soccer splits first Conference Title
Girls' Softball wins first Conference Title
1986
First publication of Mosaic, school's anthology of literary and visual arts
1987
First United States Department of Education Exemplary School Award
Partners in Excellence Annual Fund initiated
Boys' Soccer takes first trip to State
Girls' Soccer wins first Conference Title
1988
Girls' Soccer takes first trip to State
Girls' Basketball wins first Conference Title
1989
First school in Northwestern Illinois to incorporate Computer Aided Design (CADD) into its curriculum
Computer Network Lab opens
1991
Second United States Department of Education Exemplary School Award
1992
Mock Trial Team established
1993
First Alumni Phonathon funds Arts & Science Complex
1995
Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran dedicates Arts & Science Complex
Legacy Society established
Veritas Award established
Boys' Soccer wins first Conference Title outright
1996
Girls' Tennis takes first Conference Title
1998
Third United States Department of Education Exemplary School Award
1999
Mock trial Team wins Boylan's first State Championship
Outdoor Track dedicated at Homecoming
Pool Complex (former Knight's Club) acquired
2000
Track teams host first home meets
School athletes win first Conference All Sports Trophy
2001
Mock Trial Team wins Boylan's second State Championship
Girls' Golf wins first Conference Title
2002
Boys' Golf wins Boylan's first athletic State Championship
2003
Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran dedicates new Band Room, Music Complex
Girls' Track wins first Conference Title
Girls' Cross Country wins first Conference Title
2004
Boys' Swimming wins first Conference Title
2005
Vince McGuire named Principal/Superintendent
First Excellence in Catholic Education Award
2006
Second Excellence in Catholic Education Award
Girls' Swimming takes first Conference Title
Spirit Walk replaces Candy Drive
Development/Alumni Office becomes Advancement Office
2007
Women's Boylan Open initiated on June 11
Men's Boylan Open returns on June 29
2008
Rev. Paul M. Lipinski named Principal/Superintendent
2009
Advancement Office moves to Alumni Center (former Pool Complex)
2009-2010
Boylan Catholic celebrates 50th school year
July 1, 2010
Imagine Campaign begins
2010
Boys' Soccer wins IHSA Class 3A State Title
Football wins Class 6A State Title
Girls' Volleyball splits first Conference Title
2011
Imagine Campaign renovation of original girls ‘locker room
Mandarin Chinese added to the curriculum
Football wins Class 7A State Title
Girls' Volleyball wins first Conference Title outright
Fall, 2012
Wi-Fi installed in key areas as hot spots
January, 2013
Jerry Kerrigan named Principal / Superintendent
September, 2013
First four color Mosaic issued
Oct. 8, 2013
Most Rev. David Malloy dedicates the Our Lady of Grace Courtyard and Student Entrance
October, 2013
Boys' Golf wins Class 2A State Title
March, 2014
Music Department wins first State Title
September, 2014
50th Father Daughter Dance
October, 2014
Most Rev. David Malloy dedicates the library the Msgr. Raymond Wahl Library
May 9, 2014
Msgr. Thomas Brady dedicates the baseball field the David McCarthy Field
May, 2014
Engineering Graphics class makes robotic hand for eight year old girl
June 20, 2014
Rev. David Finn dedicates the Alumni Center the Voss Family Alumni Center
March, 2015
Music Department wins second State Title
April 1, 2015
Amy Ott ’87 becomes Boylan’s first president
May 12, 2015
Ground broken for the Lou and Irene Bachrodt Center for Health & Fitness

Contact Information:

Mrs. Lynn Cuppini McConville '68

Mrs. Lynn Cuppini
McConville '68
Director of Advancement

lmcconville@boylan.org
Office: 815-877-8008

 

Ms. Michele Ferraro Brown '93

Ms. Michele
Ferraro Brown '93
Associate Director of Advancement

mbrown@boylan.org
Office: 815-316-2422

 

Mrs. Maria Dal Pra Bronowski '87
Advancement Coordinator

mbronowski@boylan.org
Office: 815-877-8008