A coeducational day school serving students JK-12


The strength of the Latin community, in part, lies in our many long-standing traditions. These things bring us together and serve as a reminder of all we share.

The year Latin was founded by a small group of parents. The first class was made up of 10 middle school boys.

Mabel Slade Vickery

Latin’s first headmistress and founder of Latin School. Miss Vickery’s devotion to innovative teaching and learning and to student wellness remains alive in the school today. Miss Vickery's birthday is celebrated on September 13.

Mabel Slade Vickery


The Romans/Roman

The name of all Latin's athletic teams and the school mascot.

Orange & Blue

Latin’s school colors since 1906. 

Big Games

Latin’s most-attended athletic event, the girls and boys varsity basketball teams go on the road to the DePaul University arena to play on a big stage. The upper school band also performs and the Rising Romans basketball teams play at half-time.

studeent with megaphone at Big Games


the Latin seal
In Latin, this word means “faithfulness” or “loyalty” and was adopted as the school’s motto in 1898. It still appears on the school’s official crest.
Annual Event

Latin’s annual fundraising event is held each spring. All proceeds support Latin’s financial aid program which is now more than $4 million annually.

The Latin Fund
Philanthropy has always played an important role in Latin’s history. The Latin Fund provides foundational support for students, faculty and programs. The goal is 100% participation in this fund.
Romans Raise & Revel collage


upper school students playing saxophones
The Latin Fight Song

Written by former band director Michael Teolis in 1996, this song is a fan favorite. It is sung at pep rallies, athletic events and anywhere else Latin spirit strikes.

The Alma Mater
The official school song written in the 1930s. It is sung at many major school events. (Hint: if you need the words, they are printed on the walls of the upper school lobby.)


romans run

Students ready for Romans Run.

Romans Run

One of Latin’s largest community events. Students, parents and alumni of all ages run through Lincoln Park on the Saturday of Homecoming & Reunion weekend.



This annual celebration means “coming together” and is celebrated as our first all-school event every September as a way of kicking off the school year.



project week logo
Project Week

Started in 1972, P-Week is an opportunity for upper school students to get out of the classroom on a variety of local, national and international learning adventures. It takes place in March. Middle school also has a long standing P-Week tradition which takes place in late April.

Project Week