Just the Facts:

History: With the strong support of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and Mayor Richard J. Daley, Hales Franciscan High School was established by the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province in 1961 to provide African-American males with a high quality, Catholic, private school education.

For more than half a century, the name Hales Franciscan has been a recognized symbol of academic excellence, hope and inspiration for the parents and young men we serve.  A tradition of excellence is found in all of our programs.

In addition to our high school program, Hales Franciscan intermittently operates a facility sharing service, afterschool program, weekend community school and adult training program.

Mission: Provide our students with a values-based, future-focused Catholic education and character building program in a safe, loving and inspiring environment that develops them into men who are prepared for today’s and tomorrow’s opportunities, achieve academic excellence, embody moral values and are prepared for life success.

Financial Assistance: Hales Franciscan offers two types of aid: merit and need based.

Accreditation: Hales Franciscan High School is accredited by Cognia.

College Acceptance: Since 1996, 100 percent of Hales Franciscan High School graduates have been admitted to institutions of higher learning. Below is a partial list of colleges and universities that have accepted and admitted Hales Franciscan graduates in recent years.

  • Alabama University
  • Barry University
  • Bucknell University
  • Central State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Colgate University
  • Cornell University
  • Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • Dillard University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hampton University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Howard University
  • International Academy of Design & Technology
  • Iowa State University
  • Langston University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Memphis
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Milikin University
  • Monmouth College
  • Morehouse University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University, Calumet
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Stanford University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Unites States Military Academy, Westpoint
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New England
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Illinois University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Yale University

Athletics & Clubs: More than 85 percent of Hales Franciscan students participate in organized extra-curricular activities and athletics. Hales Franciscan Spartans athletic achievements include 18 Chicago Catholic League titles; 16 State of Illinois Regional titles; 8 State of Illinois Sectional titles; 6 State of Illinois Super-Sectional titles; 3 State of Illinois titles; 2 Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame inductees.