In the early 1960s, increasing enrollment in local Catholic high schools prompted Bishop Lane of Rockford to ask the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois to staff a high school for young women in Aurora, Illinois.
Bishop Lane presided over dedication ceremonies at a 20-acre campus on North Edgelawn Drive on Sunday, July 11, 1962, and he later announced the name would be Rosary High School.
Classes began in the fall of 1962, and the first class graduated in 1966.
A Rosary education is built on the four pillars of Dominican life: Prayer, Study, Community and Preaching.
A Rosary student is encouraged to “preach with her life”. Rosary students regularly perform double and triple the required hours of service each year, and recently established an annual “service day” to go out into the community to serve.
Rosary students regularly perform well on standardized tests and academic competitions, and are accepted into their top-choice colleges across the country, and are offered a large number of scholarships.
On the artistic level, students perform in several choirs and orchestras, musicals and plays, as well as art and photography exhibitions.
Athletically, students compete in golf, volleyball, tennis, swimming, cross country, cheerleading, basketball, soccer, softball, and track and field.
The school recently added lacrosse and is adding bowling this year. Rosary athletes regularly sign up to practice their sport at university.
The Rosary will celebrate its 60th anniversary with activities throughout the year, beginning with an opening Mass on Sunday August 28.
All members of the Rosary Community are invited to join them for any event.
The 60th Anniversary Opening Mass is open to all members of the Rosary community, past and present.
Mass begins at 1 p.m. in the auditorium, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive.
This will be followed by refreshments and school tours led by the Student Ambassador leadership team.
RSVP for Mass at www.rosaryhs.com/60mass or call (630) 896-0831 and leave your name and phone number.
Events throughout the year include special events for alumni, young families, and those interested in music/drama, athletics, and trivia.
• The annual Rosary Candlelight Ball, now called “Loyal to the Royals”, will take place on February 25th. All are invited to attend.
• For alumni, Rosaire is bringing back an all-school reunion lunch on Saturday November 12th. The Dominican Alumni Awards, honoring graduates for professional and community service, will also be presented Nov. 12.
• The annual Remembrance Mass on Sunday, November 13 includes all deceased Rosary alumni and all family members of the Rosary community who passed away in the past year.
• For alumni and community members with young families, the Rosary offers Halloween trick or treat on Saturday, October 29; a pancake breakfast with Father Christmas on Sunday, December 4; and an Easter egg hunt on March 25.
• The fall musical will be “Fiddler on the Roof,” featuring students from Rosary and Marmion, Thursday through Sunday, November 3-6. Rosary has previously staged this show in 1977, 1982 and 1995, and Marmion in 2006. Alumni of the show will be recognized at performances.
• All are invited to join the January 14 Rosary Quiz Night, sponsored by the Rosary Royal Parents (formerly Parents Auxiliary). Prizes will be awarded to quiz winners and tabletop themes. Alumni are encouraged to grab a table with their classmates and participate.
• Sports Boosters is sponsoring an “NCAA Take Over the Tavern” event at the Two Brothers Roundhouse for the March Madness tournament. All former Rosary athletes and supporters are invited to attend.
• The anniversary year will end with a fine arts dinner theater sponsored by Rosary Fine Arts Boosters. Rosary and Marmion alumni are welcome to perform, solo or in groups. This year’s theme is “Decades,” and they’re looking for popular songs from the past 60 years. Current students from both schools will also perform. Everyone is welcome.
Watch the Rosary website at www.rosaryhs.com/60 for full details as they become available.
Rosary High School is a college-preparatory Catholic high school for young women sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. The Rosary creates a brotherhood of truth, faith and strength. For more information about Rosary High School, visit www.rosaryhs.com.