(4-14-21) COVID 19 has inflicted financial issues that will force the closing of a well known private school at the end of the current school in the Chicago suburbs…(Westchester) St. Joseph. The school was featured in a well-known documentary ‘Hoop Dreams’.

Best known for its boys basketball program over the years. The school won two Illinois High School Association boys’ basketball championship…in 1999 and 2015.

St. Joseph’s Hall of Fame Head Basketball Coach Gene Pingatore, (1,035–383) won the most games as a coach in Illinois High School Association basketball history. His most famous player he coached over his fifty years years is well known NBA star Isiah Thomas .

Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film that follows the story of two African-American St. Joseph high school students, William Gates and Arthur Agee and their dream of becoming professional basketball players.

Originally intended to be a 30-minute short film produced for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), it eventually led to five years of filming and 250 hours of footage. It premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It was only the second documentary film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

It was #1 on the Current TV special 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die.In 2005, Hoop Dreams was included in the annual selection of 25 motion pictures added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and recommended for preservation

Yesterday the school issued the following statement on the closing of the school –