From Our President

Welcome to DePaul College Prep where we pride ourselves on providing a challenging Catholic college prep education for young women and men. Our academic partnership with DePaul University, our dedicated faculty, innovative teaching and learning curriculum and our welcoming community of students combine to create an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and values each student.

Guided by our core values of Faith, Respect, Excellence and Service, DePaul Prep’s faculty and students are a community of learners who are actively engaged in our classrooms, on the athletic fields, and in the city of Chicago. Our continuing success implementing our strategic plan, Vision 2020: Faith in our Future tells us that the dedication and hard work of the entire DePaul Prep community is working, and we are energized to continue to achieve our goals.

Each day, we endeavor to respond to the seminal question posed by St. Vincent de Paul more than three hundred years ago: “What Must Be Done?”

This inquiry and our response to it are central to who we are and what we represent. The students and faculty of DePaul Prep are guided by faith, steeped in academic rigor and committed to service for the betterment of our society.

We are proud to be DePaul College Prep, and we are grateful for the continuing sponsorship of the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Resurrection. We are proud to educate students who are prepared and eager to become lifelong learners and successful leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals. We are proud to embrace the diversity and beauty of our extended classroom – the city of Chicago.

As you look through the resources on our website, I hope you are able to sense the vitality, community and spirit of DePaul Prep. We extend a warm welcome to you. Join us as we embrace our bright future.

St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!

Mary A. Dempsey

Mary A. Dempsey


Ms. Mary Dempsey served as the first Chair of the Board of Directors at DePaul College Prep from 2014 - 2016. In 2016, Ms. Dempsey was elected President of DePaul Prep. She remains a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Dempsey is an attorney and President of the Philip H. Corboy Foundation. From 1994 - 2012, she served as Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library where she was responsible for the construction of 44 neighborhood branch libraries, the introduction of rich book collections and technology system wide, and the creation of innovative programs such as One Book One Chicago and the YOUMedia digital technology initiatives for teens.

Ms. Dempsey is a Trustee and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of DePaul University, a member of Executive Board of the Big Shoulders Fund, a trustee of Frances Xavier Warde School, a member of the Advisory Board of Misericordia, a member of the Board of Directors of the Polk Bros. Foundation and the founding Chair of the Leader Council of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

Ms. Dempsey holds a BA from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, a Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a JD from the DePaul University College of Law.

She has received 5 honorary degrees and numerous awards for her work.