Regina Dominican, a college preparatory Catholic high school for young women, sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, fosters academic excellence, truth, peace and justice while challenging each student to develop leadership for life and respect for all races, cultures and faiths.

Through the Dominican mottos of CARITAS (compassion) and VERITAS (truth) we inspire our students to strike a balance of spirit and mind. Our holistic approach to academic and personal development honors the individual needs of each of our students and instills these core values which guide all aspects of the Regina Dominican community.

Regina Dominican School History

School History

The Adrian Dominican Sisters first came to Chicago in 1909 when small groups were sent to St. James in Maywood Parish and Queen of Angels Parish in Chicago.

At the request of Cardinal Samuel Stritch, the Adrian Dominican Sisters established Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette to educate young women in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Its name was chosen in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers. The school officially opened in September 1958. 64 sophomores and 200 freshmen were the first students to fill the halls of the school that would later become the alma mater of over 9,800 young women. S. Mary Kevin Campbell, O.P. oversaw the construction of Regina Dominican and was appointed the first principal.

Regina Dominican has provided a Catholic, Dominican environment where young women develop spiritually, intellectually, culturally, and emotionally. The school remains a place where young women create lasting memories, lifelong friendships, and irreplaceable experiences.

For over 50 years, Regina Dominican has educated and reinforced leadership and confidence in 9,800 plus women. As a result, alumnae can be found throughout the world working in a myriad of positions including CEOs, judges, attorneys, nurses, doctors, teachers, and mothers of future generations. Regina Dominican will continue to educate young women for many years to come.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters

Regina Dominican is a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The Adrian Dominican Sisters are an international Congregation of about 700 vowed women whose religious roots go back to St. Dominic of the 13th century. They are committed to preaching the Word of God, the formation of faith-centered communities and ministries that further the values of the Gospels within the Dominican congregation and beyond.

They minister in 25 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and in five countries: Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, and Taiwan. Responsive to the “signs of the times,” they strive to address the needs of the world – to serve where they are called to go.

The Sisters’ ministries have been developed from the traditional fields of education, healthcare and social work. Through this work, they perpetuate the Dominican tradition of preaching by bringing prayer and religious study to their ministries in areas such as education, administration, law, social work, health care, pastoral ministry, music, art and clerical work.

About 201 Associates (married and single men and women) share their Mission to preach the Good News of the Gospel and to bring about change in our world.

The Adrian Dominican Sister’s main campus (Motherhouse) is in Adrian, Michigan, in the Diocese of Lansing. Located on this campus are the Congregation’s administrative offices, Weber Retreat and Conference Center, the Dominican Life Center (a continuum of care for members of the Congregation) and Siena Heights University.

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