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In 1927, Cardinal Mundelein extended an invitation to the Dominicans of St. Joseph Province to build and administer a new high school in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In a simple but impressive ceremony, the corner stone of the high school bearing the shield of the Dominican Order was placed by The Very Reverend Raymond Meagher, O.P., S.T.Lr., Provincial of the Province, on Tuesday, August 13, 1929. Before the corner stone was laid, however, most of work on the building was completed and with the splendid cooperation of the subcontractors, the school was ready for the opening day of school on Monday, September 9, 1929.

Fenwick opened its doors to 200 students and a staff of 11 Dominicans. The high school was named in honor of Edward Dominic Fenwick, O.P., the first Bishop of Cincinnati. Father Fenwick helped spread Catholicism throughout the Midwest and established the Dominican Order in the United States west of the Allegheny Mountains.

A strong feeling of tradition, pride and excellence has been part of the many successes and transitions that Fenwick has experienced over the years. Fenwick High School is said to be the only school in the country to include among its alumni an astronaut, Rhodes Scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and CEO's of many national and international corporations. In 1984 Fenwick was recognized as one of the nation's 60 exemplary secondary schools in the Department of Education's inaugural Excellence in Education program. In 1992, Fenwick opened its admission to young women becoming a Catholic coeducational institution.

Since 1929, Fenwick has served as a corner stone in the lives of all of its graduates. 

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