Loyola Academy is a co-educational, Jesuit, college preparatory high school located in Wilmette Illinois. Although it is located on the North Shore and draws around 50% of its students from suburbs bordering Wilmette, the remainder of LA students come from all corners of the Greater Chicago area. Its not uncommon to have a kid from Barrington and a kid from Lincoln Park sitting with you in the 'brary. We Ramblers take pride in this wide-spread diversity. Loyola does its best to build a school community and have Ramblers out in the world, so there is a heavy emphasis on service work living out the school's motto, 'Leaders in Service' and/or 'Men and Women for Others'. In fact, over 90% of graduates take part in Life! Be In It! at least once in their career.
Loyola is well known for its strong athletic program. The Loyola football team consistently makes it far in the IHSA playoffs, but athletic success is not limited to the Gridiron. You'd be hard-pressed to find a year where we didn't win CCL/GCAC in at least 15 sports. Other notable teams are the Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Hockey and Swimming and Diving.
The main focus of Loyola is to get kids into college, and were damn good at it. On an annual basis, 99.9% percent of our graduates attend four-year universities including a substantial number of Big Ten and a handful of Ivy League acceptances. It would be hard to find a Rambler who has not taken at least one AP course in their tenure.
Certainly the Academy has a culture like no other. Everybody is related to at least one other person that goes/has gone to the Academy. Every Rambler can say 'I got two jugs' without thinking twice about it. It is hard to name all the people who got thrown out in their because there are so many. No one actually knows what a Rambler is. Avoid Suela at all costs. The librarians are glorified babysitters. Everybody parks at Edens and hopes they don't get caught.
Most students claim to hate Loyola Academy, but they know that their stay at the Academy will be among the best 4 years of their lives.