REV. JOHN P. SMYTH
Executive Director of Standing Tall Charitable Foundation,
President of Notre Dame College Prep,
and Past President of Maryville Academy

Personal History, Awards & Honors
Born in Chicago June 5, 1934
Graduated DePaul Academy 1952
Graduated University of Notre Dame 1957
Ordained April 28, 1962
Assigned to Maryville July 7, 1962
Appointed Director of Maryville Academy November 1970
Appointed Past President of Maryville Academy January 2004
Established The Rev. John P. Smyth Standing Tall Charitable Foundation July 2005
Appointed President of Notre Dame High School, Niles, Illinois March 2007


Sugar Bowl Classic Tourney M.V.P. 1955-1956
Notre Dame Basketball Team Captain 1956-1957
NBA First-Round Draft Choice (St. Louis Hawks) 1957
UPI All-America Team Honorable Mention 1957
Chicago Catholic Athletic League Hall of Fame 1975
Notre Dame Club of Chicago "Man of the Year" 1975
WAIT 820 Radio’s Citation of Merit in Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Community 1975
Minority Information Referral Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award 1975
University of Notre Dame Top 25 Alumni 1975
Mercy Mission’s Don Bosco Award June 1982
Chicago Chapter National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Inc.
Contribution to Amateur Athletics Award July 1982
University of Notre Dame Alumni Association’s
Harvey G. Foster Award October 1982
Chicago Father’s Day Council "Father of the Year¨ May 1984
University of Notre Dame Monogram Club’s "Man of the Year" June 1985
C.A.CC. Crime Prevention Committee Distinguished Service Award March 19896
Des Plaines Elk Club "Man of the Year February 1986
Notre Dame Club of Chicago Edward "Moose" Krause Award February 1987
President’s Child Safety Partnership Award (Paulina Home) November 1987
St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital "Man of the Year" May 1988
Chicago Sports Hall of Fame July 1989
Montay College "Share the Vision" Award April; 1992
St. Mary of the Lake Seminary "In Service to One Another"
Catholic Humanitarian Award September 1992
Notre Dame High School "Sancta Crux Award 1992
Columbus-Cabrini Medical Center "Mother Cabrini" Award June 1993
One Church/One Child "Man of the Year" September 1994
Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, "Sword of Loyola" November 1994
Calvert House – UIC "Ignacio Martin-Baro" Award November 1994

Wizard of Oz on Ice "Heart Award" presented by Miller Park Communications September 1995
St. Patrick High School 135th Anniversary "Crystal Shamrock Dinner Honoree" September 1995
Prevent Blindness America "Morrie Mages Philanthropy Award" February 1996
LaRabida Children’s Hospital "100 Big Hearts for Young Hero’s" Award June 1996
University of Notre Dame "Generations" Celebration Honoree May 1997
Dominican University Honorary Degree May 1997
Notre Dame Club of Chicago "Knute Rockne Award" February 1998
Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill Award for Outstanding Dedication to Catholic Education 1999
Governor George H. Ryan, Champions in Adoption, Outstanding Achievement Award 1999
Cook County Juvenile Court, Centennial Lifetime Service Award 1999
City Club of Chicago, Lunde-Cooperman Memorial Award 1999
Prevent Blindness America "Morrie Mages Philanthropy Award" 1999
Notre Dame Club of Chicago, Zora Zorich Humanitarian Award 1999
One Church One Child Dedicated Leadership Award June 2000
March of Dimes "Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award" October 2000
Society of St. James the Apostle Award November 2000
Lincoln Academy of Illinois Laureate May 2001
Illinois State Crime Commission "Salute to Those Who Make A Difference" Award June 2001
Gordon Tech Man of the Year Award November 2001
Galway Fellowship Club Man of the Year Award January 2002
University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal May 2002
The Illinois Literacy Foundation Award August 2002
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Caritas Christi Urget Nos Award October 2002
Our Children’s Homestead Commitment to Children Award December 2002
Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame George L. Connor Memorial Award September 2003
National Catholic Educational Association St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award September 2003
The McDermott Center Humanitarian of the Year Award October 2003
Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary
Archbishop James E. Quigley Distinguished Alumnus Award February 2004
Northwest Side Irish Humanitarian of the Year February 2005
John Paul II Newman Center at UIC Ethical Leadership Award April 2005
Fenwick High School Lumen Tranquillum Award November 2005
The A-E-O International Center for Athletic & Educational Opportunities
Meyer-Harte Award December 2005
Archdiocese of Chicago / Office for Hispanic Ministry Pope John XXIII Award / July 2006
Tribute Recipient for Accomplishments and Contributions
City of Des Plaines, Illinois / March, 2007
Rev. Robert E. McLaughlin Faith Foundation Award First Award Recipient / June 2007
Sports Faith International Hall of Fame Awards Reception
Excellence in Education Award January 2009