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. A few years later in 1915, the Congregation opened Aquinas High School in Chicago. Until the school’s closing in 1983, Aquinas educated thousands of young women. The Sisters opened Bishop Quarter Military Academy for Boys in Oak Park in 1917 and educated young men there until 1968. Since 1909, they have staffed over 22 elementary schools across the Archdiocese of 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 9,000 young women.
S. Mary Kevin Campbell, O.P. oversaw the construction of Regina Dominican and was appointed the first principal. In the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Alumnae Directory, S. Mary Kevin recalled her message to parents at the first meeting in the school cafeteria on November 12, 1958, “The school is only a tool in your hand to help you with the responsibility of educating your children and grounding them with a good foundation for life.”
True to those words, 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 9,700 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 most importantly mothers of future generations of citizens of this “shrinking world.”
Our parent, graduate parent, and alumnae community are supportive and eager to participate in our Regina Dominican events that bring people together to share time, treasure and talent at every age level. Regina Dominican will continue to educate young women for many years to come.