Schaller’s Pump closes after 136 years

Just a quick note, and a piece of  history.   Schaller's Pump, the oldest tavern in Bridgeport, has closed it's doors.  Sunday, April 30th  was the final  night of business for this historic Tavern in  Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. George Schaller, Grandfather … [Read more...]

Rich Doyle, Vet & Alumni to lead Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mt. Greenwood Memorial Day Parade,

Below is an article from the Beverly Review explaining changes to this years Memorial Day parade, as well as announcing their choice for Grand Marshal, Leo Alumni Richard Doyle class of  1965.   Congratulations Rich, and thanks for all you do  for the vets and the … [Read more...]

William J. Walker ’75, promoted to Brigadier General of D.C. Army National Guard

[Washington, D.C.— March 7, 2016] – William J. Walker was promoted to Brigadier General, Land Component Command of the District of Columbia, Army National Guard. General Walker was nominated by President Obama, confirmed by the Senate and his formal ceremony took place in January, 2016. Born and … [Read more...]

7 decades after dropping out to serve in WW II, Jim Wilkins receives diploma

  On January 7th, 1943, Jim Wilkins played hooky. Instead of attending classes at Leo High school, he enlisted. On Friday, November 6th, 2015, Jim finally received his High School Diploma.  Following are links to the ABC news video and an article from the Daily Southtown. The Alumni … [Read more...]

Paul M. Somers ’46

The Class of ’42 by Paul M. Somers ’46 I graduated from Leo High School on a warm Sunday afternoon in June of 1946. At the end of the festivities, I got into our luggage-laden 1939 Plymouth, and Dad, Mom, Jean and I drove to Champaign, where I was left to matriculate myself into the University of … [Read more...]

Joe Murphy ’61

 As taken from the book "Echoes in the Gangway" by Joe Murphy '61 Chapter 29  High school days   “You’re no mental giant, Murph!” – Brother Coogan, 1958   After a summer fraught with worries about starting high school I wound up arriving two days late. Thanks to our extended visit … [Read more...]

Curtis Cooper ’75

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 1/11 CURTIS COOPER '75 Every era has its wonders and aura of innate possibilities. Coming of age on the South side of Chicago in the late nineteen-sixties and early seventies is tinged with the contradictory and the eventful. It was a time of discord and … [Read more...]

Jack Schaller ~ Schaller’s Pump

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 8/10 JACK SCHALLER ~ SCHALLER'S PUMP A LEO STORY OF MEN GIVING BACK It could be a scene from a play, or a movie. It's a beautiful late summer afternoon. A weekday. A group of older, clearly distinguished gentlemen, friendly and at ease with each other … [Read more...]

Peter Doyle

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 8/10 PETER DOYLE Life at Leo The hundreds of young men he taught and counseled at Leo called him Brother William. He arrived, a young adult himself, at Leo in the fall of 1967, the world gripped in social convulsions and rapidly shifting social … [Read more...]

Edwon Simmons ’93

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 8/10 EDWON SIMMONS '93 What’s in a name, Shakespeare famously asked in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet observes, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Names are sometimes a curse, but they sometimes get right at the heart of the … [Read more...]