School History


In 1961...

The Clerics of St. Viator founded Saint Viator High School as a school for young men in an effort to fulfill their commitment to the Christian education of youth.

In 1987...

Saint Viator High School merged with Sacred Heart of Mary in Rolling Meadows to become a coeducational institution. 

While demographic and cultural influences led to a coeducational institution, the two schools had a long-standing history together that included:

  • annual musical, educational and social programs and activities – e.g. joint classes, dances, etc.;
  • families with students at both schools; and
  • a commitment to quality college prep education in an atmosphere of care and commitment based on Gospel values.

In the years that have passed, over 14,000 young men and women have graduated from Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary High Schools.


Saint Viator High School is often described as a place that "feels like family" by those who walk through its doors. Welcoming nearly 1,000 students daily, Saint Viator exists as a comfortable, yet challenging community in which students are valued and educated as whole people. Classes are small enough for students to get to know everyone, yet large enough to enable a competitive curriculum. Teachers and staff are dedicated to the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional growth of each student, providing the attention, nurturing and support a successful academic career requires.

Whether in the classroom, on the stage, on the athletic field or on retreat, our students are called to be supportive, caring individuals celebrating faith, friendship and the achievements of every member of the school community.

The Saint Viator community values individuals for who they are and challenges them to be all God calls them to be. We are a school where people are more important than things and where the Spirit of God is invited to be the center of our life.

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