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After 99 years, the St. Edmund Parish School has closed. An account of its final day was published in the Oak Park newspaper, Wednesday Journal. Click here to read the story.

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A Brief History of St. Edmund School

St. Edmund Parish School began its commitment to excellence in Catholic education in 1917, when Father John Code made plans to construct a school on the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Pleasant Street in Oak Park. Henry J. Schlacks designed the building after the Palace of Justice in Rouen, France. The cornerstone was laid on May 20, 1917, but the building was not ready when school started in September. The children attended Bishop Quarter School on Lake Street until the building was completed.

The school was dedicated on October 14, 1917 with a grand procession led by Archbishop Mundelein and Father Code. The Dominican order of nuns from Adrian, Michigan, originally ran the school and lived in a part of the school until a convent was bought for them.

On May 9, 1948, Cardinal Stritch dedicated the annex, which included four new classrooms, a music hall, and a library. Archbishop Albert G. Meyer dedicated the new two-story addition to the school on April 28, 1959.

In 2005, St. Edmund School formed a partnership with Dominican University in River Forest, continuing its mission of providing a well-founded Catholic education to the next generation of students. St. Edmund Parish School proudly celebrated ninety years of service to the parish and to the community in 2007, the year of the Parish Centennial.

The final day of school was June 3, 2016.


(Photo Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Info.) 




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St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 //  Fax Line: 708-848-0049
Parish contact: Christine Rousakis (" // Web site contact: Michael Guerin (
Parish Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am 8:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Website established September 1, 2001
Last updated: July 30, 2016.