Leo High School students on the road again after bus torched - FOX 32 News Chicago

Leo High School students on the road again after bus torched

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Several months after their school bus was torched, a South Side, all-boys Catholic high school is celebrating. With support from alums and parents, the Leo High School athletes are on the road again.

Leo Catholic High School opened its doors in 1926. President Dan McGrath joined Good Day Chicago Monday morning as the school celebrates and dedicates the new buses paid for by generous donations from the community.

"We had a tremendous fundraiser over the summer," McGrath said. "One was vandalized, another one died of natural causes - it failed an IDOT inspection. We have to transport our teams and our kids and our clubs."

"Plus we have initiated a transportation program to get kids to school in the last year and a half," the president continued. "One of the big concerns we hear from the parents is, "If I don't drive how is he going to get there?' We're offering transportation to boost enrollment. For that, we need vehicles."

McGrath also explained how the school's mission has changed over the years. There was a time that Leo faced the possibility of closing. But now the school is thriving – in fact, they're doing better than ever.

"The alumni are tremendously supportive and we have great kids," McGrath explained. "Leo has always been a school of opportunity. Back in the previous century when I went here, our dads were cops and firefighters and tradesmen, and the kids who came to Leo were looking to better themselves. Leo always provided that opportunity for us."

"Even now, we have a 100% graduation rate," McGrath concluded. "Every one of our kids the last five years has been accepted to at least one college. When they leave, they are ready for the next step: College, the work force, the military. We prepare them for life."

Reading, writing, arithmetic and computer skills are still the basics. But another major focus at Leo is etiquette. As part of the consumer education/life skills curriculum, Leo students are taught some of the best ways to navigate social situations to land the job or get into the school they're aiming for.

Members of the Leo High School football team also joined Good Day to relay how excited they are to be able to get to the games they're competing in and how they're using what they're learning in real life, even today.

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