As Mount Carmel High School enters its 120th year educating young men, it’s truly an exciting time at 64th and Dante.
The historic campus is undergoing incredible changes. There are two major projects happening on campus: first-floor classroom renovations, which will complete all the classrooms in the main building, and the construction of Barda-Dowling Stadium on campus.
Through the generosity of its alumni, Mount Carmel is renovating the last five classrooms in its iconic building. This will complete the renovations of all the classrooms in the original building.
All of the classrooms are state of the art and designed to teach to the male brain. The new classrooms, coupled with the fact that its teachers receive special training to better engage male students, allow Mount Carmel to teach to boys’ strengths.
Recent research indicates that there is an education gender gap in traditional American classrooms, which does not favor male learners. Mount Carmel educators are focused on providing young men an environment in which they can thrive and excel. Mount Carmel teachers engage these young men through problem-solving activities, group work, competition and the use of media/technology.
In addition, the rituals and Carmelite tradition at the school provide the foundation for teamwork, male-bonding, extracurricular involvement and school spirit that makes the Mount Carmel experience one of a kind. The school is dedicated to continuing its century-long tradition of education in an all-male setting.
For the first time in its storied history, Mount Carmel’s 12-time state champion football program will play all home games on campus. Soccer, lacrosse and rugby will also utilize the stadium as their home field.
The upgraded facilities will provide opportunities to host post-season games on campus. The Barda-Dowling Stadium at Carey Field honors three Mount Carmel families. Jim Barda #38 (Class of 1963) and Kevin Dowling #57 (1996) are the only two players in the rich history of Mount Carmel football to have their numbers retired; both passed away as members of the Caravan football team.
The original practice field was dedicated in the 1990s, through the generosity of the Carey Family (Jean, Honey, Tom ’51, Bob ’53, Judy and Tony ’61) in honor of their father, Robert F. Carey, Sr.
The stadium project was made possible through the generous support of a Mount Carmel alumnus.
The young men who attend Mount Carmel truly enjoy a unique experience and one that is unparalleled in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Its students come from over 100 ZIP codes and 200 elementary schools.
This offers a level of diversity and inclusion that is unique to Mount Carmel. It provides its students the opportunity to make friends from all over the Chicago metropolitan area and Northwest Indiana. Building these relationships, students grow in their cultural understanding and expand their social networks.
Mount Carmel High School is grounded in the Carmelite tradition that provides an incredible platform to achieve the school’s goal to “Build Character for a Lifetime.”
For more information about upcoming events at Mount Carmel High School, visit the website at mchs.org.