The boys' basketball program did not win any IHSA hardware in the always tough Chicago area. However, there were some highlights
listed in the record books of the IHSA website.
Two highlights in school history in a very short amount of time
Cathedral (coached by Tom Shields) 149, St. Mary of Perpetual Help 25 (1/28/1979)
John Battle scored 85 points (33 FG, 19/25 FT), which is the second highest
total for points scored by a player in IHSA single-game history, even though he missed part of 1st quarter). Cathedral had
65 FGs, scored 77 pts in first half, and 72 in second (all these facts are listed in the IHSA record book).
Cathedral 135, Evanston Roycemore 28 (1/31/1979)
John Battle had 91 pts (45/62 FG, 1/3
FT), which is the most points scored in IHSA single-game history by a player. Cathedral had 64 FG.
The Cathedral Pirates went on to post a 14-11 record that season under Coach Shields, who would later lead Providence-St.
Mel to a Class A state title in 1985, and also took Hales Franciscan to the Class A title game in 1993.
BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD
One male trackster brought home some IHSA hardware from the Class A State Track Meet.
1981A Stanley Evans 100-meter
Only two items were discovered on the IHSA website regarding the girls' basketball program. Both were for the "not so good"
reason of keeping records of this sort.
12/11/1987 132-point margin by East St. Louis Lincoln (134) vs. Cathedral (2). 68 points came in the 2nd half, which was the fourth largest scoring margin (132)
in IHSA single-game history.
11/24/1987 East St. Louis Lincoln (79) vs. Cathedral (0), the third largest shutout margin in IHSA history
The lady netters had some solid seasons recorded on the IHSA website. These seasons are listed below.
1984 6-12 Coach Duane Martin
Coach Cheryl Hill
1986 2-16 Coach Barbara Rigney
1987 0-10 Coach Cheryl Hill
The Illinois Theatre Festival is the largest, non-competetive high school theatre festival in the world. It was organized
in 1976 by teachers from the Chicago suburbs. This festival is still going strong as they perform at the University of Illinois
(Champaign-Urbana) and Illinois State University every other January. Cathedral High school participated in this festival
in their final year of operation, 1994.
From Renee Jackson:
"I am a graduate of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School located in Chicago. I graduated in 1983 and ended up going to Cathedral High School. I can tell you I have some wonderful memories of both
schools. I can recall masses taking place all the time or what appeared to be all the time. I recall the nuns and
priest who taught me at both schools RSMs at OLMC and BVMs at Cathedral. Can you believe I am still in contact with two of
the nuns who taught me at Cathedral? I am still in contact with my favorite teacher of all time, Ms. Murphy
who taught me at OLMC.
I remember wearing uniforms at OLMC and being a patrol guard..that was the thing to be! I still attend mass at OLMC
and I am a Eucharistic Minister and Lector as well. When I stand up in front
of the congregation, it always takes me back to the good ole days. I picture myself looking at my former teachers and
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