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Welcome to DePaul College Prep!

DePaul College Prep, located on the Father Gordon Campus, is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory, International Baccalaureate high school offering Chicago’s college-bound students a 21st century approach to education and a close-knit school family that values each student as a person of promise and potential.

Founded in 1952 by the Congregation of the Resurrection as Gordon Technical High School, DePaul College Prep is located in the heart of the city’s Northside, with deep roots in the community -- and a bold vision for the future. A unique partnership with DePaul University drives and defines this vision. By extending its educational expertise in the areas of curriculum, technology, college counseling and beyond, DePaul Prep’s faculty, staff, and students benefit immensely from the DePaul University partnership. Together, these two institutions are forging a new path to equip students for the challenges of a changing world while grounding them in the timeless values of the Catholic tradition.

Students, faculty, staff, and board members make tremendous efforts to bring you the DePaul College Prep experience through our website. Still, the best way to get to know DePaul College Prep is to visit. We hope to see you at an open house, athletic contest, theatrical production, academic competition, or concert.


James J. Quaid, Ph.D.



Dr. James Quaid


Dr. James Quaid brings over 36 years of experience to his role at DePaul College Prep. Prior to joining DePaul College Prep in 2013, Dr. Quaid served as Headmaster of Marmion Academy in Aurora, IL, held the position of Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago and was Principal of Fenwick High School in Oak Park for 16 years. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and philosophy from Benedictine University, Dr. Quaid also holds a master’s degree in history from Purdue University, a master’s degree in education from Loyola University and a doctorate in educational leadership and counseling from Loyola University. In 2011, he earned additional certifications including a non-profit management endorsement from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. During the last 25 years, Dr. Quaid has served on multiple Catholic school boards, university boards and the High School Leadership Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He has also been elected to the Board of Directors and the Legislative Commission of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The Chicago Catholic League, East Suburban Catholic Conference and Fenwick High School have all inducted him into their Halls of Fame. Last year he received the "Vision of Hope Award" from the Congregation of the Resurrection and he has been recognized for excellence by the Illinois State Board of Education.