Chicago Catholic League
The Chicago Catholic League (CCL) is a high school athletic conference based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. All of the schools are currently part of the Illinois High School Association, the governing body for Illinois scholastic sports. While some of the schools are coeducational institutions, the conference only supports athletics for male teams (the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference serving as its female counterpart).
The CCL is perhaps best known for its dominance in football, water polo, and wrestling. Since the IHSA began a state football tournament in 1974, the CCL has placed first or second more than any conference or league in the state. Since 2002 when the IHSA first sponsored a state tournament in water polo, the CCL has not failed to win the state title for boys. Since 1984, when the IHSA moved to a dual team state series in wrestling (previously, the team champion was based on the advancement of individuals in the individual state tournament), the CCL has also finished first or second more than any conference or league.
The conference is also noteworthy for some of its alumni which include stars of the past like Cy Young Award winning pitcher Denny McLain and Basketball Hall of Fame member Moose Krause. It also includes more contemporary athletes such as NBA star Corey Maggette and All-Pro quarterback Donovan McNabb. Perhaps the conference's most accomplished alum is Duke University men's basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski.
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