CHICAGO | Stagg High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a namesake event April 12 at the University of Chicago’s Bartlett Hall, where Amos Alonzo Stagg served as associate professor and director of athletics.
The celebration begins with a tour of architectural landmarks at 5 p.m. starting at the Ratner Athletics Center, followed by a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the hall. The celebration will feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and desserts. Door prizes will also be awarded.
The event, hosted by the newly formed Stagg Community Organization, incorporates the talents of students. The Stagg Madrigal Singers and Stagg Jazz Band will perform, and students in the culinary department will make desserts. In addition, art students are involved in creating the tickets and graphics for the program’s ad book, and graphic arts students will help produce material for the event.
Tickets, which cost $40 per adult, will be sold until April 1. A shuttle bus from Stagg costs $5. Email StaggSCO@gmail.com for information. The community, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and retired employees are welcome.
Stagg served the University of Chicago from 1892 to 1932, and his office was in Bartlett Hall. The high school, located in Palos Hills, proudly displays one of those doors in its Stagg History Room, obtained when renovations took place at the hall.
A pioneering college coach, especially in football, Stagg brought innovation to the game, inventing the lateral pass, huddle, uniform numbers and tackling dummy. He helped organize the Western Conference, predecessor to the Big Ten Conference. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 both as a player and as a coach. The Division III championship game for the NCAA is known as the Stagg Bowl.
The Stagg Community Organization provides opportunities to meet and network with other parents, teachers, staff and school administrators, as well as being a voice for change at the school. Stagg's students live in Palos Hills, Palos Park, Palos Heights, Hickory Hills, Bridgeview, Worth, Willow Springs, and Orland Park.