Major Campus Improvements at Mount Carmel
Incredible Campus Improvements at Mount Carmel
As Mount Carmel enters its 120th year educating young men, it’s truly an exciting time at 64th and Dante. The historic campus is undergoing incredible changes. There are two major projects happening on campus; 1stfloor classroom renovations, which will complete all the classrooms in our main building and the construction of Barda-Dowling Stadium on campus.
Through the generosity of our alumni, Mount Carmel is renovating the last 5 classrooms in our iconic building. This will complete the renovations of all the classrooms in the original building. All of the class rooms are state-of-the-art and designed to teach to the male brain. The new classrooms coupled with the fact that our teachers receive special training to better engage male students allow Mount Carmel to teach to boys’ strengths. Recent research indicates that there is an education gender gap in traditional American classrooms, which does not favor male leaners. We are focused on providing young men an environment that they can thrive and excel. Our teachers engage these young men through problem solving activities, group work, competition, and the use of media/technology. In addition, our rituals and Carmelite tradition provide the foundation for teamwork, male-bonding, extracurricular involvement and school spirit that makes the Mount Carmel experience one-of-a-kind. We are dedicated to continuing our century long tradition of education in an all-male setting.
For the first time in our storied history, our 12x State Champion football program, will play all home games on campus. Soccer, lacrosse, and rugby will also utilize the stadium as their home field. The upgraded facilities will provide opportunities to host post-season games on campus. The Barda-Dowling Stadium at Carey Field honors three Mount Carmel families. Jim Barda #38 (1963) and Kevin Dowling #57 (1996) are the only two players in the rich history of Mount Carmel football to have their numbers retired; both passed away as members of the Caravan football team. The original practice field was dedicated in the 1990’s, through the generosity of the Carey family (Jean, Honey, Tom ‘51, Bob ‘53, Judy and Tony ’61) in honor of their father, Robert F. Carey, Sr. The Stadium project was made possible through the generous support of a Mount Carmel alumnus.
The young men that attend Mount Carmel truly have a unique experience and one that is unparalleledin Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Our students come from over 100 zip codes and 200 grammar schools. This offers a level of diversity and inclusion that is unique to Mount Carmel. It provides our students the opportunity to make friends from all over the Chicago metropolitan area and Northwest Indiana. Building these relationships, students grow in their cultural understanding and expand their social networks.
We are grounded in Carmelite tradition that provides and incredible platform to achieving our goal to Build Character for a Lifetime.